Lemon Cardamom Pancakes with a Zesty Honey Drizzle

I’m so excited about this new pancake recipe I created for Pancake Day! They are the best healthy spin on the classic sugar and lemon pancakes. Each pancake is just bursting with flavour – the richness from the cardamom works so well with zestiness from the lemon and sweetness from the honey. The drizzle is made with more lemon zest, honey and coconut oil to create the most perfect contrast in flavours! They’re so delicious, you can enjoy them throughout the year too, not just on pancake day – they would make the best breakfast or sweet dessert!


Prep: 35M

Cooking: 10M

Total: 45M

Difficulty: easy

For the pancakes:

2 tablespoons chia seeds, 4 tablespoons water

1/2 cup buckwheat flour (100g)

1 banana

1/2 cup brown rice milk (or any other plant-based milk) (150ml)

5 cardamom pods or 1 teaspoon of ground cardamom

zest of 1/2 a lemon

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon coconut oil (for frying)

For the drizzle:

1 teaspoon coconut oil

3 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup

zest of 1/2 lemon


Combine 2 tablespoons of chia seeds with 4 tablespoons of water and leave to sit in the fridge for about of 30 minutes.

Firmly press down on each cardamom pod with the flat side of a sturdy knife. Open the pod and pick out the seeds, discarding the outer shell. Either carefully roughly chop the seeds with a knife or grind them using a mortar and pestle.

Zest an entire lemon and set aside half for the drizzle.

Mash the banana in a bowl and then add all the pancake ingredients to your blender. Blitz well until everything is combined. The consistency should be nice and thick!

Heat the coconut oil over a medium heat in a non-stick pan. Once the oil has melted, use about a ¼ cup of the mix and pour into the pan. Heat until bubbles form about three quarters of the way cooked through and then flip to cook for another minute or two. Repeat with the rest of the mixture adding more coconut oil when the pan dries out. The mix should make 5-6 small pancakes.

Then simply combine all of the ingredients for the drizzle together and stir well.

Stack your pancakes and pour the zesty honey drizzle on top!