Why wait for dessert to have your favorite fruit crisp? These berry crisp lemon ricotta pancakes let you kick off your day with this sweet treat.
berry crisp lemon ricotta pancakes

Sometimes, you just have to go with your gut.



Like when you’re fully intent on making lemon ricotta pancakes with strawberries but then your favorite ice cream cookbook just happens to open up to a page instructing you to mix a full on berry crisp INTO ICE CREAM.

Now, typically, I am never one to ignore the ice cream imperatives that come my way via divine intervention such as this.

But the chilling! The churning! The chilling again!

It would surely take all day.


No, I needed lunch and i needed it now.

Compromise? Berry crisp pancakes.

Except so not a compromise and so what you want for breakfast/brunch/brinner.



These may seem like a lot of steps for a pre-coffee meal, but good news! Both the berry sauce and the crisp topping can be made ahead of time, or thrown into the oven to roast away while you’re preparing the pancakes so that not a minute is wasted.

Multi-tasking before noon AND massive fruit consumption on a Monday.

We’re doing this right.


Berry Crisp Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Why wait for dessert to have your favorite fruit crisp? These berry crisp lemon ricotta pancakes let you kick off your day with this sweet treat.
Yield: 4-6 servings
For the pancakes
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • ½ cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • ¾ tsp lemon zest
For the crisp
  • ½ lb unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ cups old-fashioned oats
For the berry sauce
  • 1 lb strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 10 oz blueberries
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  1. For the pancakes, in a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, egg yolks, ricotta, and lemon zest. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  3. In a small, clean bowl, beat the egg whites until they form stiff beaks. Fold egg whites into the batter.
  4. Heat a griddle and grease with butter. Pour ¼-cupfuls of batter onto the griddle. Cook the pancakes over medium-high heat until small bubbles appear around the edges, about 1-2 minutes. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes, or until risen and golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter.
  5. For the crisp, heat oven to 350. Cut the butter into ½-inch pieces and put it in the fridge while you mix the remaining ingredients.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt. Using your fingers, mix the butter into the flour mixture, rubbing it into the dry ingredients. When the mixture looks like coarse sand, add in the oats and mix well. Spread out on a parchment-lined baking sheet, breaking up any large clumps that form. Bake for 30-35 minutes, tossing halfway through, or until toasted and browned.
  7. Meanwhile, in a glass baking dish, stir together the strawberries, blueberries, sugar, and cornstarch. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until the juices are thickened and bubbling.
  8. Serve the pancakes topped with the berry sauce and crisp.
Pancakes adapted from Food&Wine, Crisp and Berry Sauce adapted from Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 pancakes

For more berrylicious pancakes, check out these:

Sweet Corn Pancakes with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce

Double Berry Puff Pancake from Recipe Girl

Greek Yogurt Blueberry Pancakes with Strawberry Maple Syrup from Ambitious Kitchen

Lemon Raspberry Pancakes from Baked Bree

Red Velvet Pancakes with Coconut Syrup and Blueberries from Eclectic Recipes


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65 Responses to Berry Crisp Lemon Ricotta Pancakes

  1. Why yes I do want these pancakes for every meal today.

  2. What a perfect meal for springtime! Is it acceptable to make these for dinner? 🙂

  3. Love the crunchy topping + berries! Fun way to start the day Joanne.

  4. Is it pancake day and no one told me? Glad I was already on board 😉 These sound like the most heavely breakfast (/dessert!??) I will ever smash my face directly into. Ricotta in pancakes is the best

  5. Leah Davis says:

    Yum! Looks like the perfect use of my strawberries from the Farmer’s Market! Might have to do breakfast for dinner one night this week 🙂

  6. Beth says:

    I’ve just eaten breakfast, and you’ve convinced me that I need brunch, immediately. These look sublime!

  7. SallyBR says:

    Not a big breakfast eater, but I would open an exception for a couple of these… seriously good looking….

  8. Deena kakaya says:

    This one has my name on it; all my fave ingredients! Love light and rich feeling ricotta pancakes x

  9. Shashi says:

    Joanne – these pancakes look so fluffy, I gotta try adding ricotta cheese to my pancakes next time – and that oatey/cinnamony/brownsugary crisp is such an amazing addition on that amazing sauce!

  10. Heather says:

    Oooh, I love this idea. Add a huge dollop of whipped cream for me, and I’m set!

  11. Jordan says:

    YUMMM! Pancakes with berries is my favorite breakfast and with lemon, ricotta, and crunchy, sweet oats? Absolute perfection! It just became a breakfast for dinner kind of day. 🙂

  12. Uhmm yeah no need to wait!! Love these!!

  13. These look so decadent and perfect!!!! I want them right now!

  14. cheri says:

    Love strawberries and blueberries together, then with the crisp and the ricotta and pancakes, sounds divine!

  15. Can I have mine with double portions of crunchy topping? They look GREAT!

  16. Absolutely gorgeous! LOVE these pancakes!

  17. Lisa says:

    That is gorgeous. What a fabulous way to celebrate berries!

  18. sandra says:

    Great idea. I’ve never had luck with crisps. They always turn out very not crispy – more soggy, really. What is the trick?

  19. Pam says:

    What a fantastic idea. I wish my family would have made these for me for Mother’s Day… they look delicious!

  20. These pancakes sound and look so, so amazing! I love using ricotta in baking- and that berry sauce is brilliant!

  21. Min says:

    You’re putting my breakfast to shame here haha. And yes, you def had your share of fruits for the day so all is good. Love the addition of texture to the fluffy pancakes.

  22. Looooove berries with anything and everything. What a fun way to enjoy pancakes 🙂

  23. i wish i had a big stack of THESE pancakes for breakfast. yum!

  24. Monica says:

    Pancakes signal weekend/family breakfast/a special treat to me right away. I suppose it’s because my son loves them so much and we’ve all become hooked on having them often. Your plate of pancakes takes it to the land of holiday breakfasts and special occasion. Love that components can be made ahead. Either way, it looks so pretty and worth the effort.

  25. Have you ever made a french toast casserole, but instead of half and half, you use ice cream? Oh yes. I’m telling you, it’s one of my best kept secrets. Well, not anymore… these pancakes are dreamy!

  26. Meg says:

    These look absolutely fantastic! I’m not usually a breakfast-for-lunch or breakfast-for-dinner sort, but I would totally break that rule for these.

  27. This looks like pure deliciousness on a plate! Especially love those crispy bits!

  28. Berry crisp ice cream, oh man that has got to be good. But berry crisp for breakfast is also a superb idea!

  29. Haahaa, a lot of steps for a pre coffee meal 😉 good thing I’m usually not too hungry first thing in the morning. These are perfect, love using ricotta. I have a cottage cheese pancake recipe that I love. Gotta try these!

  30. Kate says:

    I’ve never made lemon ricotta pancakes, but for some reason, every time I see them they get stuck in my head for days and I’m not happy till I find some!

  31. Lynn says:

    I’m salivating down here. These look so good.

  32. GAH!! Where was a stack of these beauties this morning? Love ricotta in pancakes. Clearly these need to be actioned for brinner!

  33. Oh i want want want!!!!

  34. I declare these beauties to be a Monday morning essential…..and an essential to every day day that ends in a “y” 🙂

  35. Delicious! I am all over this recipe; I’m a huge pancake aficinado 🙂

  36. elly says:

    Brilliant. Just brilliant.

  37. P says:

    Waking up to THIS on a Monday morning? Perfection.

  38. Julia says:

    You just made my stomach rumble! There’s nothing like a stack of pancakes and I love the lemon ricotta flavors with the berry topping. MMM! If I didn’t have chicken slow cooking in the crock pot, I’d be all over a stack o’ flapjacks this evening!

  39. Mmmm! What a perfect summer breakfast treat! The berry crisp topping is very clever.. and those pancakes themselves sound delicious with the ricotta and lemon!

  40. What a fabulous idea to add a crisp topping to pancakes! I don’t know why I’ve never thought of this before…. They look delicious!

  41. Trisha says:

    Joanne, these are just stunning. Totally the right way to start out a Monday. Why has no one thought of a fruit crisp on pancakes before? Genius!

  42. These look so fluffy, gosh we have to add the ricotta in them. You are so right, Pancakes are perfect for Monday!

  43. Lynna says:

    The divine food gods must have done it on purpose so you can share this FREAKIN AMAZING IDEA!!! Whattt??? I love berry crisps and with lemon ricotta pancakes???? How amazing is this!

  44. Hotly Spiced says:

    I love the look of these pancakes and I adore the look of the berry sauce. I’m my juice fast and it’s very hard to look at such yummy and attractive foods xx

  45. Please send some over for my breakfast!

  46. I’ve never heard of such a combination but it makes such sense with the soft pancakes, crunchy topping, all smothered in warm fruit sauce! I wish I’d seen this before Mothers Day but I will keep it in mind for the next special occasion!

  47. These are divine Joanne. I love how pretty they look too – my pancakes are never pretty! – and they have all the good flavours in all the best ways and I really do want them now.

  48. Joanne! I’m moving to a new place this thursday and you’ve just inspired me to make a decent breakfast or brunch with some goodies like this!!

  49. Johanna GGG says:

    wow that does take pancakes to another level – sounds amazing and so much better than ice cream (it is too cold here for ice cream)

  50. I can’t even with these! So good!!!

  51. These pancakes are right up there on my list!! Holy delicious!

  52. Lovely pancakes! The crisp topping sounds amazing!

  53. YASSSS. This is what I want for breakfast. Every day.

  54. Anita D'Souza says:

    Looks amazing! I need to make these ASAP! Great recipe, Joanne!

  55. I loooooove this recipe! Light and fluffy pancakes with berry crisp on top??? Best breakfast ever!!

  56. Sammie says:

    oh my goodness Joanne! Nobody makes pancakes like you do! They look absolutely wonderful! Having this is so much better than those $20 pancakes at cafes!

  57. This is by far the best pancake I’ve ever eaten in my life!

  58. Reeni says:

    Ricotta pancakes rule! Especially when topped with that oaty, fruity crumble! This has to be one of the best ways to eat pancakes. Ever.

  59. grace says:

    those pancakes look so soft and you’ve topped them with such a decadent, flavorful, and exciting combination–these are simply delightful!

  60. Shannon says:

    i have a soft spot for ricotta pancakes… and crisp topping 🙂

  61. Generally I’m not a big fan of pancakes, but i do have to admit that this particular recipe has taken its toll on me, plus the pictures just inspire you to go ahead and prepare it!

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