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Cinnamon Blueberry Pancakes

Julia loves to make delicious baked treats and share her recipes with others.

Fresh blueberries make pancakes healthier and tastier.

Fresh blueberries make pancakes healthier and tastier.

I Was Inspired by Life Cereal

I'm not the type of person who usually mixes fruit into my cereal. Actually, I'm not the type of person who usually eats cereal for breakfast—I like all things thick, fluffy, and stuffed with extra sweets. In other words, my breakfast of choice would be chocolate chip pancakes, peanut butter waffles, cinnamon french toast, doughnut muffins, or leftover pizza, because it's easy to grab. And top everything with syrup and whipped cream. Except the pizza.

But there is one cereal that is surprisingly healthy yet high on my list of foods to overindulge in: Life cereal. And as summer is blueberry season, we had blueberries sitting around in the fridge when I opened my box of Life.

Freshly washed blueberries

Freshly washed blueberries

Cinnamon and Blueberries: An Unexpected Romance

So of course I added blueberries, because I have a freakish obsession to combine foods. If I am eating a muffin and there is ketchup on the table, I'll have to stop myself from dipping the muffin in ketchup. Because everybody knows that that is just gross, but I love to try new combinations because you never know. Tater tots in ice cream just might be delicious. (It is, I've tried it!)

I also had a box of cinnamon Life cereal, so when I finished my first box of Life, I opened my second. And lo and behold, there were more blueberries in the fridge! So of course, I put them in. And it was absolutely delicious. More so than regular Life and blueberries. There was just something about the little swirls of cinnamon hidden in those squares that reacted with the blueberries and made my taste buds dance.

Cinnamon and blueberries taste great together!

Cinnamon and blueberries taste great together!

Pancake Time

So why not combine blueberries and cinnamon in a pancake? Pancakes are my absolute favorite food, and blueberry pancakes are a pretty common occurrence. Cinnamon pancakes are also delicious, and if cinnamon and blueberries go together as well as I think they do, these pancakes will be absolutely fabulous.

I tried it. They are!

Big and fluffy, stuffed with something I can convince myself is healthy, and juxtaposing that fresh juicy flavor with something strong and spicy. If you like pancakes (and heck, even if you don't), you have to try them with cinnamon and blueberries! You just do.

Mix cinnamon and blueberries into the pancake batter.

Mix cinnamon and blueberries into the pancake batter.

I almost always make pancakes using the recipe from my mama's 30-some year old Betty Crocker cookbook, and then just add in whatever flavors I'm dreaming up at the moment. They are perfectly wonderful pancakes, delicious enough plain without having to add even a drop of syrup.

But add some new flavor and ohhh . . . heavenly. I may be a bit dramatic, but well, I like pancakes.

For this recipe, I added one tablespoon of cinnamon and mixed it into the batter. I then sprinkled a little extra cinnamon into the bowl but didn't stir it in, so that the whole batter would be infused with a bit of cinnamon, but there would also be some cinnamon "hot spots" where you could absolutely taste the cinnamon and the blueberries together. I wanted to taste as much of the two flavors as possible (without going crazy with the cinnamon because whew! it is strong).

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Keep pancakes warm while you make them by wrapping them in tin foil. The foil can then be used to save leftover pancakes in the freezer.


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • blueberries


  1. Beat the egg until it is fluffy.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and whisk together. Do not overbeat; the batter can still be a little lumpy.
  3. Fold in blueberries, as many as you so desire.
  4. Cook in a greased frying pan over medium heat until the edges start to pick up off the pan and bubbles form on top.
  5. Flip over and cook the other side.
A fresh stack of cinnamon blueberry pancakes ready to eat, with syrup and apple juice

A fresh stack of cinnamon blueberry pancakes ready to eat, with syrup and apple juice


Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 26, 2015:

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Julia, this look delicious. I'm not a big fan of blueberries. I haven't had Life cereal in ages. Voted up for useful!

ezzly on March 09, 2015:

Yummy with a capital y never would have thought to put cinnamon in pancakes yet I love cinnamon, so trying this out!

Edna and Earl from The Cliffs of Insanity on November 17, 2014:

I've always tossed cinnamon in my pancakes : ) will have to try it with blueberries now. But I've never made them from scratch, always store bought box. Thanks for including the home recipe, look forward to trying it out!

Julia Rexford (author) on September 23, 2014:

Marlene, I'm glad you tried them and that a teenage boy would like a somewhat healthy pancake recipe!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on September 22, 2014:

I just wanted to come back and say I prepared your recipe for our Sunday breakfast and my grandson loved it so much he went to bed asking if I would prepare pancakes again in the morning. What a hit this grandma made. So, this morning I made an extra large batch and packaged the leftovers for him to take home. The cinnamon "hot spots" made the ultimate difference. Thank you for such a delightful recipe.

smallbizloandepot from Atlanta, GA on September 20, 2014:

Great HOTD! If off work tomorrow and will give this a try, sounds great!

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on September 20, 2014:

I've fixed blueberry pancakes and I've fixed pancakes with cinnamon and bananas, but never blueberry/cinnamon pancakes. Must try - I'm not sure why I never thought to combine two of my favorite things with a third! Thanks for the recipe and congrats on Hub of the Day honors!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on September 20, 2014:

Congratulations on the HOTD! I love pancakes but I have not tried them with blueberries. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Nancy Johnson from Mesa, Arizona on September 20, 2014:

Two of my favorite ingredients together, cinnamon and blueberries! Congrats on the Hub of the Day Award! And thanks for sharing the recipe!

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on September 20, 2014:

Blueberry pancakes are wonderful and you can never go wrong with cinnamon. Thanks for the recipe.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on September 20, 2014:

I love the idea of the cinnamon "hot spots". I'm making this for Sunday breakfast tomorrow. My teenage grandson is here for a visit and I have been trying to pump up the heartiness of the meals. This falls right into the heartiness category. I'm so glad to have this recipe. By the way, congratulations on receiving a much deserved Hub of the Day award.

cheeluarv from INDIA on September 20, 2014:

Congrats on HOTD. Thanks for sharing your inventive ideas on food with us. I do make pancakes with essence but adding cinnamon is the best choice to add natural flavour to the food. Blue berries too.Voted up as useful.

Trina Cusson on September 20, 2014:

Pancakes are my favorite! Cinnamon is a wonderful addition to blueberry pancakes. Thanks for sharing..

Time for me to go whip up some blueberry pancakes :)

Corrinna Johnson from BC, Canada on September 20, 2014:

Yum! These look and sound delicious! Tomorrow is our last day of summer vacation before the kids go back to school (teachers have been on strike) and life gets crazy busy again. I can't think of a better way to enjoy the last leisurely weekend of summer than digging into a large stack of pancakes. Thanks for the recipe!

poetryman6969 on September 20, 2014:

Not much for flap jacks but they look good!

Shamim Rajabali from Texas on September 20, 2014:

Its Sunday tomorrow. Guess what's for breakfast :)

Thanks for the recipe

beliza on September 20, 2014:

These look really good. Thanks for sharing.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on September 20, 2014:


I love anything with Blueberries, especially fruit salads, pancakes, and cupcakes. Fast and simple on-the-run recipes.

Thanks for this one and I will try it.

I use recipes from my mother, grandmother and great-grandmothers handwritten recipe books, when I have time.

Have a great weekend.

Bobbi Purvis

Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on September 20, 2014:

Now you have made me hungry!! They look so delicious, I think I'm going to go make some pancakes for breakfast :)

Jeff Lumiri from Canada on September 20, 2014:

nice hub

Maria Giunta from Sydney, Australia on September 20, 2014:

Oh wow these look so good. Blueberries are one of my favourite fruits and I add cinnamon to lots of my cooking but I've never thought of mixing blueberries and cinnamon. Thanks for a great idea, Sunday breakfasts are now even yummier! :)

Tamara14 on September 20, 2014:

Oh I see my tomorrow's breakfast idea :) I try to avoid stuff like that and mostly eat only fruits and eggs for breakfast, but this is just too tempting and I know my family would love these. I guess tomorrow my yoga training will have to be a bit more intensive :) Thank you for sharing.

mySuccess8 on September 20, 2014:

Pancakes are one of my favorite breakfast meals. Your choice of cinnamon and blueberry makes it even more delicious, great! Congrats on HotD!

Melanie Casey from Indiana on September 10, 2014:

I put cinnamon in all of my pancakes. I just made banana, chocolate chip pancakes today!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on September 09, 2014:

Yummy...and I like the recipe here. I can't wait to make it soon. Thanks for sharing. Voted up!


Jim from Kansas on September 09, 2014:

I've never had them, but would like to give them a try. They look so good.

Sarah Switalski from Iowa on September 09, 2014:

Mmmm... blueberry and cinnamon pancakes are my absolute favorite! Your pictures make it look even yummier than it is! I think we may be having breakfast for dinner tonight! :)

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on September 09, 2014:

Wow. Very nicely done with the photos. This looks spectacularly tasty!

Inda Blackwell from Hampton Roads on September 09, 2014:

I love blueberry pancakes! Why have I never thought about putting cinnamon in the batter?! Thanks for the culinary inspiration!!!

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