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Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes are easy, elegant, and full of fresh lemon flavor, and pretty poppyseeds!


Eloise and I had the best little morning getting to know each other!

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Oh, right. As I rode up and down the street with the wind in my hair last night, Ben decided the name Karen just didn’t fit and suggested naming my new/old 1979 Montgomery Ward, beige road bike Eloise. “That way,” he said “I can get a bike and name it Alonzo and we can be Alonzo & Eloise!”


I’m all “Who’s Eloise? And more importantly, who’s Alonzo?!

Apparently Alonozo was a great uncle of his, or something, and he just thought Alonzo & Eloise had a nice ring to it. Omg I can’t even tell you how hard I laughed at this. So cute, so random, so Ben.

So, for my husband, I present to you – Eloise.

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There’s a plastic bag covering the seat because it’s mysteriously leaking water from somewhere,

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the handle bars have been turned right side up (I didn’t even notice they were upside down when I bought it – how embarrassing)


she’s rocking a sweet kickstand,

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and the bike bag I made in 7th grade, just big enough for a water bottle, cell phone and cash, is strapped to the front.

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She’s perfect.

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Eloise and I set off early this morning and by the time 10am rolled around, we had already been to my parent’s house then home, to the grocery store (strapped on a backpack for that!) and back home, then to the gym and back home again!

It was 80 degrees outside when I hopped on the treadmill at 9am, and I was oh-so-very grateful for the AC blasting inside the gym. Although biking around on a road bike is much easier than on a mountain bike – it was freakin’ hot out there! I zipped through my favorite 3-2-1 treadmill routine in the coolness:

Time Speed
0-2 4.0
2-5 6.0
5-8 6.5
8-10 6.8
10-11 7.0
11-14 6.5
14-16 6.8
16-17 7.0
17-20 6.5
20-22 6.8
22-23 7.0
23-26 6.5
26-28 6.8
28-29 7.0
29-32 6.0
32-34 4.0
Total 3.65 miles

That’s 3 minutes at a manageable pace, 2 minutes at a harder pace, then 1 minute at a sprint. I didn’t have an incline on the treadmill so this was easier than I expected, but I didn’t want to exhaust myself and not be able to make it home. I had Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes to make once I got there!!!


I saw these puppies on Dave & Sarah’s blog 1 Cup Awesome a few weeks ago, and have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to make ’em. Today was it.


The recipe is really easy, only has 6 ingredients and tastes exactly like lemon poppy seed bread. It’s cuckoo! All I did was combine “just add water” style pancake mix.


Ricotta cheese – I used low-fat, but you could use part-skim or full fat. Just don’t use fat-free. Fat-free dairy products are not good.


Fresh squeezed lemon juice.


Check out this tiny strainer I picked up at the employee garage sale where I found my bike a couple days ago.


It’s perfect for catching lemon seeds!


Plus water, vanilla extract and poppy seeds.


After a quick whisk,


I poured the batter onto a preheated flat-top skillet.


The batter for these yummy bread-turned-pancakes is rich and luscious from the ricotta cheese, and smelled so good when it hit the heat.


As soon as bubbles started to appear on top, I give ’em a flip!


Which I still suck at doing.


Seriously, why can I not get any better at this?!


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Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes


Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes are easy, elegant, and full of fresh lemon flavor, and pretty poppyseeds!


Makes 4 pancakes

  • 1/2 cup "just add water" pancake mix (I used Krusteaz Fat-Free Buttermilk)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons water
  • 3/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 cup ricotta cheese (I used low-fat)


  1. Whisk together all the ingredients then drop evenly onto a skillet pre-heated to medium heat. Flip when bubbles appear on top, then cook until the second side is golden brown.


From 1 Cup Awesome

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

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It is unreal how much these taste like the real thing. Sweet, with a little lemon kick and a pop-POP-pop from the seeds as you chew. I dusted mine with powdered sugar and dabbed a few bites in real maple syrup. Pancake heaven!

It should come as no surprise that I loved these, given my affinity for pancakes that taste like breads and other baked goods.


Cornbread Pancakes, Pumpkin Pie Pancakes, or Banana Bread Pancakes, anyone? ;)


Thanks for the great recipe 1 Cup Awesome!




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