Lemon and Raisin Pancakes


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Appears in

The Quinoa Cookbook

The Quinoa Cookbook

By Penny Doyle

Published 2013

  • About

Making pancakes is a lovely sociable way to start the weekend, when all the family can get involved in making them. Those tucking in won’t notice any difference between these and regular pancakes, happily oblivious to the nutritional boost that quinoa gives them, with its slow-release energy and micronutrients.


  • 1 egg
  • 120 ml/4 fl oz/½ cup plain yogurt
  • 120 ml/4 fl oz/½ cup milk
  • 115 g/4 oz/1 cup quinoa flour
  • 15 ml/1 tbsp baking powder
  • 50 g/2 oz/¼ cup sugar
  • grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 25 g/1 oz/ cup raisins
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • butter and maple syrup, to serve


  1. Whisk the egg, yogurt and milk in a jug (pitcher) until combined. Put the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and make a well in the middle.
  2. Add the egg mixture to the well and use a whisk to incorporate the flour mixture, a little at a time, to make a smooth batter. Add the sugar and lemon rind. Allow to stand for 20 minutes.
  3. When you are ready to cook, pour a little oil into a frying pan or pancake pan and use kitchen paper to spread it evenly over the base.
  4. Place the pan over medium heat, and when hot spoon in enough batter to form two or three pancakes, about 6-7.5 cm/-3 in in diameter.
  5. Sprinkle a few raisins on each pancake and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side.
  6. When the pancakes are puffed and bubbly, and golden on both sides, remove from the pan, top with a knob of butter, and keep warm while you cook the remaining batter. Serve the pancakes warm with extra butter, if you wish, and maple syrup poured over.

Nutritional Information: Gluten free Energy 258kcal/1088kJ; Protein 6g; Carbohydrate 42g, of which sugars 20g; Fat 9g, of which saturates 3g; Cholesterol 34mg; Calcium 99mg; Fibre 2g; Sodium 45mg.


  • Use fresh blueberries instead of raisins, if you wish.
  • Try serving the pancakes with some crispy grilled (broiled) bacon for a traditional American breakfast.