These light and fluffy Blueberry Pancakes are bursting with flavor! This pancake recipe is perfect for your breakfast or brunch and will become your favorite weekend breakfast recipe!
This recipe for Blueberry Pancakes is one that my husband makes for us. He is the pancake maker in our house! Pancakes and waffles are his thing for weekend breakfast time in our house.
Weekends are the perfect time to slow down and enjoy a nice breakfast like pancakes, don't you think? We love to do that and add in fresh fruit like blueberries to the pancake batter.
In the summer we like to go blueberry picking. We usually pick a lot so we use them in blueberry muffins, pancakes and pies. When we go berry picking we usually freeze some berries too so we can use them all year round.
Can frozen blueberries be used in the pancakes?
I prefer to use fresh blueberries when we make pancakes. However, you can use frozen berries in the pancakes if fresh are not available.
If you do use frozen berries, I would thaw them out first and then make sure they are completely dry. Once frozen, there can be extra moisture in the berries which can affect how the pancakes turn out.
You can buy frozen blueberries in the grocery store. However, local grown berries are so good. If you have the chance to go blueberry picking or buy them from a local farmer, I would stock up on those berries!
How to freeze blueberries:
If you want to stock up on blueberries for baking or to add into oatmeal and smoothies during the cooler months when they are not in season, here is how to freeze them...
Place the blueberries in a colander and rinse them with slightly warm water.
Place them on paper towels or a towel to dry.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the blueberries onto the covered baking sheet in a single layer. This way the berries will not stick together while freezing.
Place the blueberries in your freezer until they are frozen (at least two to three hours). Then place them into freezer safe bags or containers. Remove any excess air from the bags and seal them.
Blueberries can be kept frozen for up to one year.
Tip: Label your bags with the date so you know when you placed them in there. Even though we think we will remember, chances are in a few months, we will forget!
How to make Blueberry Pancakes:
How to prepare the pancake batter:
We usually make them about three inches in diameter. However you can make them larger if you prefer.
Wash your blueberries by rinsing them with lukewarm water. Place them on a paper towel to dry.
Preheat your skillet to medium heat (350 degrees).
In a medium sized bowl, beat the eggs. Add in the milk, vanilla and oil. Whisk the ingredients together until they are combined.
Add the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Gently mix the ingredients together with a large spoon or spatula.
Gently fold in the blueberries with a spatula or large spoon.
Using a ladle or large spoon, drop the batter on the heated skillet. Make the pancakes the size you prefer. We usually make ours about a three inch circle.
You should flip the pancakes with your spatula once the bottoms are slightly browned. Use your spatula to lift the side of the pancake up a little to look at the bottom of the pancake
Once you see small bubbles on the pancakes, flip them. That is another way to know your pancakes are ready to flip.
Cook each side about two to three minutes.
Serve the pancakes with syrup. If you like butter, add some small slices to the top of your pancakes. You can also add some extra blueberries over the top of the pancakes!
Can pancakes be frozen? Pancakes can be frozen for up to three months. You can freeze them just like you would freeze blueberries.
Place the cooled pancakes in a single layer on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Leave them in the freezer for 6 hours or until completely frozen. Then place them into a freezer safe bag or container.
By freezing them this way, they will not stick together. Reheat them in the microwave at 20 second increments until they are warm enough for you. Perfect to just warm them up quickly on a busy morning!
How to flip a pancake:
Two ways to tell if your pancakes are ready to be flipped:
- Once you start to see small bubbles on the pancakes.
- Use your spatula to slightly lift the edge of the pancake. If the bottom is starting to brown it is time to flip them.
Once they are ready, slide the spatula under the pancake as close to the center as you can get it.
Quickly flip the pancake over.
Make sure your blueberries are dry before adding them into the pancake mix so that you don't add water to the mix.
Gently fold in the blueberries so that they do not get squished and loose their shape.
When you see small bubbles start to pop, flip the pancake. That is a great way to tell when it is time to flip them!
Looking for another delicious breakfast or brunch recipe?
We also have an amazing homemade waffle recipe that we make often on the weekends! You can eat them plain or top them with syrup, whipped cream, fresh fruit and even chocolate chips.
Let me know how you like the recipe in the comments/rating section below. Thanks!
- 2 eggs
- 1 ¾ cups milk (we use skim or almond milk)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries
- Heat the skillet to medium heat (350 degrees).
- Beat eggs in a medium sized bowl. Add in milk, vanilla and oil. Whisk together ingredients.
- Add flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix well. Gently fold in the blueberries.
- Using a large spoon or ladle, drop batter on heated skillet to make about a three inch circle for each pancake (or what size you want to make them).
- Flip pancakes over once they are slightly browned. Cook each side about two to three minutes.
- Serve warm with syrup. Top with additional blueberries, optional.
Recipe Tips:Make sure your blueberries are dry before adding them into the pancake mix so that you don't add water to the mix. Gently fold in the blueberries so that they do not get squished and loose their shape. When you see small bubbles start to pop, flip the pancake. That is a great way to tell when it is time to flip them!
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Update Note: This recipe was originally posted earlier in 2016, but was published again in 2020 to include step by step directions and new photos.