Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes


I know. I KNOW! This is literally my fourth breakfast post in a week and a half. I told you that when I get on a roll, I seriously get on a roll. I am not ashamed, and any excuse for pancakes makes for a pretty spectacular day. Besides, it’s Friday. Time to celebrate! I’ve got a super special recipe for you today, and it involves essential oils. I am a big fan, but I’ll get into that in a moment. Did you know that utilizing essential oils goes above and beyond diffusing them or rubbing them on your temples? Yup, you can totally cook with them too. Uh, BONUS! On the menu today? Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes utilizing lemon essential oil. Can I get a yum?

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Happy Friday friends! I hope you guys have exciting plans for the weekend; and if you don’t, you must add these raspberry lemon ricotta pancakes to your weekend brunch menu. You will not be sad about it.

First things first, don’t let the word “ricotta” scare you away. Ricotta is a great creamy element to add to any pancake or waffle recipe. I often either use Greek yogurt or ricotta in my pancakes, and either one can be substituted for the other. You don’t necessarily get an insane ricotta-like taste. It really just adds the perfect texture. There is nothing I hate more than a stiff pancake. Ew.

Raspberry and lemon make up the core components in these pancakes when it comes to flavor and I love combining the two in breakfasts and desserts. Raspberries are one of those berries I always have in my fridge, and when I don’t have fresh ones, I always have frozen ones as a backup.

Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes recipe for breakfast utilizing lemon essential oil! | www.cookingandbeer.com

Now, let’s talk about the star of this show: the lemon! I’ve teamed up with a few blogger friends to bring you a monthly series dedicated to cooking with essential oils. Now if you’ve never heard of essential oils, Wikipedia describes them as “concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants.” That basically sums it up. They have many uses. I mainly use them for diffusing because I tend to be an extremely stressed and anxious person. They really calm me down and make my days a little brighter. ;) I’ve just recently started cooking with them, and there are so many great uses for them. This month we are highlighting lemon, and I am so happy about it as lemon is one of my favorite flavors on the planet. If you aren’t entirely familiar with essential oils quite yet, 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil is equivalent to the zest of one lemon when it comes to strength of flavor, so substitute wherever you see fit.

Below is a group of delicious lemony recipes utilizing lemon essential oils plus my recipe for raspberry lemon ricotta pancakes. Pair them with a citrusy pale ale and have a great weekend everyone! xo

Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes recipe for breakfast utilizing lemon essential oil! | www.cookingandbeer.com

Lemon Infused Sugar // Fruit Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing // Lemon Infused Vodka

Lemon Strawberry Swirled Bread // Lemon Cupcakes with Blackberry Frosting // Lower Calorie Lemon Cookies

Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake // Lemon Cake // Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal Cookie Bars // Strawberry Lemonade Cake Cookies

Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes // Lemon Meringue Pie Fudge // Lemon Poppyseed Crumb Muffins

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Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes recipe for breakfast utilizing lemon essential oil! | www.cookingandbeer.com

Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

Yields 6

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2-3 drops lemon essential oil (zest from 1 lemon + 1 teaspoon of lemon juice may be substituted)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 2/3 cup ricotta cheese (Greek yogurt may be substituted)
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
  • 100% real maple syrup, butter, fresh raspberries (for topping)


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, lemon essential oil, oil, ricotta, whole milk and vanilla until combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir to combine. Do not over mix. The pancake batter should be lumpy. Fold in the raspberries.
  4. Preheat a griddle or large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, spray with a non-stick canola oil spray and pour 1/4 cup of the batter onto the griddle. Do not overcrowd the pan. Work in batches if you must. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until bubbles begin to form. Flip the pancakes and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a plate for serving.
  5. Top the pancakes with butter, 100% real maple syrup and fresh raspberries. Enjoy!

Raspberry Lemon Ricotta Pancakes recipe for breakfast utilizing lemon essential oil! | www.cookingandbeer.com



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  • grandbabycakes

    Ok these pancakes are so gorgeous, I almost tried to bite my screen!

  • Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

    I love lemon and raspberry together, that is such a great idea to combine them in pancakes! These look fantastic!

  • These pancakes look gorgeous Justine! I’ve never tried essential oils in baking/cooking, but I happen to have some lemon essential oil right now. Looks like I’ll be adding these lovely pancakes to the weekend menu!

  • marcie @ flavor the moments

    I’ve made muffins with ricotta and loved them, so I need to add it to pancakes next! What a delicious stack, and I love breakfast recipes so keep ’em coming! The essential oils thing has me totally intrigued, too. :)

  • Beautiful pancakes Justine! Never tried lemon essential oil, but I’m sure these taste delicious! Could eat them for breakfast or dessert :)

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice

    I can’t get enough of breakfast recipes, so keep ’em coming! These pancakes are absolutely gorgeous, Justine! And I’m in love with the fruity flavors and ricotta combo. Looks so perfect!

  • Paige

    I love raspberries and lemon! How can I not make these? I’ve never used ricotta or Greek yogurt in my pancakes, I can’t wait for breakfast tomorrow!

  • So pretty!! I love lemon and raspberry together! Pinned.

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    Pancakes on the weekend are totally exciting! I’m hoping I also get lucky and my kids both sleep through the night. Lol. Love lemon and love that you used the essential oils — I need to try that!

    • I hope they both sleep through the night too, Ashley! I’ll be thinking about you girl. ;) Thanks!

  • These pancakes are gorgeous, Justine! I love the lemon and raspberry combo! I’ve never tried cooking with essential oils before but that’s such a great idea! The ricotta cheese sounds fabulous too:)

  • Rachel Willis

    These look delicious! Love all the fruit- so much better than just syrup alone!

  • Holy gorgeous pancakes!!! I love ricotta! These are amazing. Pinned!!

  • Blair @ The Seasoned Mom

    You’re definitely on a breakfast roll, Justine! It’s my favorite meal of the day, so I’m not complaining! These pancakes might be the most beautiful yet. They look perfect!

  • Justine, the pancakes look great!!! I love ricotta in pancakes! will check out the other recipes with lemon essential oils!!

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    Amazingly beautiful pancakes! Love the flavors of raspberries and lemon together!

  • Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven

    Ricotta pancakes are totally my favorite kind of pancake! They texture is just unreal. ;) I LOVE all the lemon-raspberry goodness going on in this gorgeous stack of pancake heaven! So cheerful and spring-y.