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Sunday Family Breakfast: Lemon-Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup

Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes
Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

Sundays are tough. Sure, there’s “Sunday Funday” (aka brunch and maybe a few bloodies or mimosas), but there’s nothing to kill a good mood like realizing the workweek is imminent. And when it’s the Sunday before school starts, it’s the toughest Sunday of them all. Last Sunday, to combat the before-school Sunday blues, I turned to blueberries.

Apparently, we are experiencing a peach drought and a blueberry surplus, as evidenced by the produce section at the grocery store. I took advantage of this and picked up two pints when they were BOGO the other day. I wanted to make something a little healthier than the typical flour, sugar, oil-laden pancakes, but I still wanted the fluffiness that makes a plate of pancakes one of the best breakfasts in existence. I most certainly didn’t want them to taste healthy, either. There’s a time and a place for oatmeal pancakes, but this wasn’t it.

Ricotta cheese is an ingredient most known for its necessity in lasagna, but it’s a star in baked goods, too. Many people avoid ricotta because of its grainy texture, but I assure you it’s undetectable in this recipe. It just makes the pancakes as light as air (and with a protein punch, healthier, to boot). I grated a little lemon zest into the batter and added some juice to be sure the flavor came through.

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes
When they bubble on top, flip them once, wait until they puff (about 1 minute) then plate.

Lemon and blueberry is one of my favorite combinations, ever. Instead of a traditional maple syrup topping, I simmered blueberries with lemon juice, honey, and a little water to make a delectable, gorgeously fuchsia sauce. Easier on the eyes and better for you! (I am in no way a health-food blogger, but I’m often looking for ways to counteract all the delicious, not-so-healthful food I happily consume). Normally I’m ravenous just a few hours after eating a high-carb meal like pancakes, but these kept me comfortably full until lunch, which was a plus.

Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce
Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

As expected, these pancakes were a hit with both Lemon Baby (not quite a year old) and S (4). S had seconds, actually, which I think brought his pancake total to five. He sure can put them away (what I would give for his metabolism).

Bottom line: Although I love an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast, these pancakes didn’t feel too heavy or decadent, thanks to the relatively low sugar and the freshness of the sauce. Try them the next time you’re feeling the Sunday Blues and you need a little pick-me-up!

What’s your favorite kind of pancake or breakfast food? Comment below, and don’t forget to pin, tweet, or share with your breakfast-loving friends!

 

 

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