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Light Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Whip up a batch of these light fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes and start the day with sunshine on a plate! Bright lemon flavour, not too sweet, soft as a cloud.

Light Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Hi! How are you? We’re a week away from Christmas…are you all set? As of today, we’ve already gone to three holiday parties. And have done zero minimal workouts. I think of it as Santa’s gift to me lol.

If you’re looking for a break from all the rich, decadent holiday food (all that glorious food), you’ve come to the right place! I have these fantastic lemon ricotta pancakes for you. Light, bright flavours. Soft and airy. A most wonderful way to start the day.

So whether it’s Christmas morning or just your regular Saturday, make a batch of these pancakes and start the day happy.

Official Pancake Maker

Light Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

I want a proper Belgian waffle maker for Christmas (Red, are you reading this?). We’ve owned a few over the years, each of which we returned to the store because, well, they suck.

I’ve been asking around so that our next one will be The One (do you have a recommendation?) but in the meantime, I’ve been busy experimenting with all kinds of pancakes, earning me the much coveted title of Official Pancake Maker.

While I love both of them, these light fluffy lemon pancakes are my favourite.

Light fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes

Light Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

First because it’s lemon. Those of you who’ve been with me since the start of TUB (thanks xoxo!) know I’m Team Lemon all the way (I have a whole category dedicated to lemons!).

But more than that, these pancakes are super soft and fluffy. You’d need to work the egg whites separately to give the pancakes their height and fluffiness but it’s totally worth it.

Third, it’s light and bright. Pancakes are usually rich and decadent but these are not overly sweet and I find that I prefer not to drown them in maple syrup (don’t judge me). It’s really a great recipe if you don’t feel like eating dessert for breakfast (let’s get real for a moment…I say no to dessert for breakfast too…sometimes…ok not very often…but it happens!).

Lemons > winter

Light Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Most people bake and cook with lemons in the spring and summer but I really love working with them in the winter. Citrus fruits are at their best in the winter and how can you say no to cheerful yellow things in the midst of a snow storm?

Hope you try these lemon ricotta pancakes one weekend soon. They are happy dance-worthy.

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Light Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Light Fluffy Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Author: Jolina
Whip up a batch of these light fluffy lemon ricotta pancakes and start the day with sunshine on a plate! Bright lemon flavour, not too sweet, soft as a cloud.
5 from 27 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine North American
Servings 12 pancakes
Calories 141 kcal


  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 egg yolks slightly beaten
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 ½ cups cake flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt divided


  • In a large bowl, whisk 1 cup ricotta cheese, 1 cup milk, 3 egg yolks, 1/4 cup sugar, 3 tbsp lemon juice and 1 tbsp lemon zest until smooth and fully incorporated. Set aside.
  • Using a handheld electric mixer, a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or a large bowl and a balloon whisk, beat the 3 egg whites until foamy. Add 1/8 teaspoon salt and continue whisking until you reach soft peaks. 
  • Prep your pan by placing it on the stove on medium heat so it's ready as soon as you mix your wet and dry ingredients. In the meantime, go back to your ricotta cheese mixture and sift 1 1/2 cups cake flour, 1 tbsp baking powder, and the rest of the salt over it. Stir until just combined (see note 1).
  • Then gently fold your egg white mixture into your batter a third at a time. What you're looking for is a light, fluffy mixture.
  • Put some oil or butter (or a combination) into your pan and pour the pancakes 1/3 cup at a time. Cook until golden brown at the bottom (2-3 minutes) then flip. Cook another 1-2 minutes (see note 2).
  • Serve warm topped with maple syrup and your favourite toppings like dried blueberries.


  1. Do not over stir the batter. At this stage, you're not looking for a smooth and creamy mixture. Little lumps of flour is OK.
  2. Every stove is different so time and watch your first couple of pancakes to see what the right cook time is for you.
  3. These pancakes freeze really well. Just put them in a Ziploc bag (separated with parchment paper so they don't stick together) and freeze. Then just microwave each pancake for about a minute (no need to thaw) and you'll have good-as-new lemon ricotta pancakes!


Calories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 90mgPotassium: 185mgSugar: 5gVitamin A: 190IUVitamin C: 2.1mgCalcium: 117mgIron: 0.4mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

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Sue Coughlin

Monday 20th of May 2019

Wow. We went to brunch in Philadelphia this weekend and my husband was disappointed that he didn't get the lemon ricotta pancakes that our friend got. I looked these up on line and made them tonight with fresh blueberries maple syrup and just a squirt of fresh whipped cream. Next time I will use a bit more lemon zest because my lemons were small. I think the cake flour, whipped egg whites, folding gently made all the difference. My husband had six pancakes . Thanks for the recipe. Wonderful with a breakfast meat for any meal.


Thursday 30th of May 2019

Awww I'm glad your husband got to have his pancakes! Thanks for your kind words Sue, made my day :) Have a lovely spring/summer!


Saturday 5th of May 2018

Weekends are pancake days at home and one weekend I decided to make your lemon pancakes. I wasnt sure how the kids would like it but they loved it and are requesting for more. It is so soft.


Monday 7th of May 2018

That's awesome Gen! Especially that kids are typically partial to chocolate chips :)


Tuesday 1st of May 2018

I’m so glad tomorrow is Sunday because that means I have a little extra time to make these! Yay – they look fabulous, I’m always searching for a delicious lemon ricotta pancakes recipe. Pancakes are always a good idea, no matter what season it is. I really like this recipe. I am very excited to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing useful ingredients.


Monday 7th of May 2018

I agree! I always say yes to pancakes :)


Sunday 25th of March 2018

These are so delicious! My pancakes didn't look as fluffy as yours ha! but they were so soft. I wonder if I can use this same recipe for waffles?


Wednesday 28th of March 2018

Hi Laura! So glad you liked them. I haven't actually tried them as waffles but I think that's a delicious idea. Let me know how it goes :)


Sunday 25th of February 2018

Hello! This sounds yummy. But do you drain the ricotta?


Thursday 1st of March 2018

Hi Theresa! I buy ricotta in a tub which doesn't typically have a lot of liquid in it. So I don't drain it...