Flourless Lemony Quinoa Pancakes

Here’s a bright, hearty, super nutritious pancake to use up your leftover quinoa, and fuel a good weekend. The lemon and almond extract give these a sweet character, despite no added sweeteners.

I’ve tested flax eggs and chia eggs in this recipe, and found that real eggs are necessary for good texture and binding.

Lemony Quinoa Pancakes

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Active Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Quinoa: 30 minutes
Servings 2



  • 1/2 cup 4 oz leftover cooked quinoa
  • 1 package instant oats, 1 oz
  • 1/4 cup quinoa flakes (not dry quinoa!), 1 oz


  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt (I use non-dairy almond milk or soy yogurt), 2 oz


  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice, fresh, not bottled
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp good quality sea salt

Topping Ideas

  • Yogurt
  • Fruit
  • Nuts or nut butter
  • Berry Compote, see notes
  • Chia jam, see notes


  • If not using leftover pre-cooked quinoa, add 1/4 cup of dry quinoa to a saucepan with 1/2 cup of water. Simmer, covered, on low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Rinse the just-cooked quinoa in cold water to cool and toss in a mesh strainer to remove excess water and fluff the grains. Make sure the quinoa is fluffy and not soggy and wet.
  • Mix the grains, baking powder, and baking soda together in a medium bowl.
  • Mix the egg, yogurt, and flavorings together in a small bowl along with 1 Tbsp of water.
  • Combine the wet and dry ingredients.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over low heat. It’s important to cook these slowly or they won’t be fully cooked inside.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes on the first side and 3 on the other side. I usually get about 4 medium-sized pancakes with this recipe.
  • Add desired toppings.


  • Recipe for Chia Jam 
  • Recipe for Balsamic Berry Compote
  • To make this breakfast gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free oats and quinoa. Both are naturally gluten-free grains, but they are often processed with products containing gluten and this contamination can be enough to trigger an immune response in those with high gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. 
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  1. What brand of quinoa flakes do you recommend?

    • I’ve only ever seen one brand, I didn’t know there was more than one. I would imagine they are all basically the same, like how dry oatmeal is dry oatmeal. 🙂

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