The 30 Lemon Quest : Vegan Lemon and Poppy Seed Pancakes

By Holly Royce

Good Morning everyone!

I would like to invite you all to join me on my 30 Lemon Quest. My housemate recently returned from visiting her father with a giant basket of lemons, 30 to be exact.  My mission is to use them to make delicious vegan treats to share with my housemates, neighbours and in the 1 Million Women office.

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Sunday is a pretty great day for pancakes, and I’ve tried making quite a few vegan ones in my time, but none even came close to how great these lemon and poppy seed pancakes tasted. I have something I like to call the ‘boyfriend test’, where I get my boyfriend (not vegan) to eat what I cooked and tell me how close it came to tasting like ‘The Real Thing’ (his words not mine).  This one came pretty close with a 7/10 in the boyfriend test.

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Please enjoy this recipe and PLEASE share any more vegan recipes involving lemons that you can think of.

VEGAN LEMON AND POPPY SEED PANCAKES (makes 12 pikelets, feeds 3 20-somethings happily)


— 1 cup plain flour
— Juice from 2 lemons (one for the batter and one to go on top)
— 2 Tbs Poppy seeds
— 1/4 cup coconut oil (and a touch extra for oiling the pan)
— Egg replacer  (equivalent of 1 egg)
— 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
— 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
— splash of organic maple syrup or stevia to taste
— 2 Tbs water


—  Stir the non-dairy milk and lemon juice together. Set aside and allow to curdle while you mix up the other ingredients.
—  In a medium bowl, add all other ingredients together.
—  Slowly mix in non-dairy milk and lemon juice
—  Heat pan and lightly brush with coconut oil.
—  Pour out batter into first pancake shape. About 1/2 a minute on each side worked for me, though the first took a little longer to heat up.

Serve with juice of lemon and organic maple syrup on top.

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2 lemons down – 28 to go. Share your lemon based recipes in the comments below!

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