Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes with Homemade Vanilla Sauce

31 May 2016 by Natanja

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  • Soft, thick and fluffy blueberry pancakes drizzled with a homemade vanilla sauce.

    A stack of Blueberry Pancakes next to a jar of Homemade Vanilla Sauce

    I don’t keep track of days like national “Blueberry Day” or national “Blueberry Pancake Day” (yes, even that exists) because in my world, everyday should be blueberry day. These amazing little berries are way too tasty to only celebrate them on one day. In fact, if I were to be in charge of giving out national days to all the types out food out there, I’d grant blueberries a whole week, or even a month.

    Blueberry Pancakes drizzled with a generous amount of homemade Vanilla Sauce

    Because we all love blueberries so much, I came up with a blueberry version of my classic Extra Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes which contain blueberries in every single bite. But wait, I didn’t stop there. I took it a little further and also made a recipe for a homemade vanilla sauce that you can drizzle (or slather, whatever rocks your boat) on top of these delicious fluffy pancakes. The morning is saved, now we get a tasty treat for rolling ourselves out of bed.

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    Blueberry Pancakes with Homemade Vanilla Sauce

    • Prep Time: 30 minutes
    • Cook Time: 30 minutes
    • Total Time: 1 hour
    • Yield: 6 1x



    Vanilla Sauce

    • 1 vanilla bean
    • 300ml milk (1 and 1/4 cup)
    • 3 egg yolks
    • 80g sugar (1/3 cup)
    • 150ml heavy cream (2/3 cups)
    • 10g cornstarch (1 tablespoon)



    • 200g flour (2 cups)
    • 3 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 50g granulated sugar (1/4 cup)


    • 2 large eggs
    • seeds of 1 vanilla bean
    • 375ml buttermilk (1 and 1/2 cups), plus 2 extra tablespoons
    • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


    • 250g fresh blueberries (8.8oz)
    • butter or coconut oil for the pan


    Vanilla Sauce

    1. Slice the vanilla bean open and scrape out the seeds. Put the seeds, pod and milk into a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
    2. In the the meantime mix the yolks, sugar, heavy cream and cornstarch together until smooth.
    3. Once the milk is boiling, take out the vanilla pod and slowly add in the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Continue to cook it on medium high until it starts to thicken, stirring constantly. Let it cool a bit while making the pancakes.


    1. In a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients with a whisk until well combined.
    2. In a large bowl, mix wet ingredients with a whisk until well combined.
    3. Pour the dry ingredients over the wet and stir gently until no flour specs remain, being careful not to overmix. Then gently fold in the blueberries.
    4. Heat butter or oil in a frying pan and when hot add 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake. Fry until golden brown on each side. You may need to press them down slightly with a spatula since they will rise a lot.


    If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge and reheat them in the microwave the next day. They’ll still taste great!

    As for the vanilla sauce, store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days. Tip: For a quicker breakfast, make the sauce a day ahead.


    Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, but these are all products I highly recommend. I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t verified and/or personally used.


    1. Mona on 2. June 2016 at 16:33

      Those pancakes looks awesome! Perfect for Sunday mornings. I don’t know why people always think they have to buy pancake mix when it is so easy to make from scratch.

      • Natanja on 3. June 2016 at 15:50

        This might make you laugh but where I live you cannot even purchase a pancake mix. 🙂
        They only sell it when a store has “American Week” and there you can purchase it then. But overall it’s really uncommon here. People are more prone to making things themselves.

    2. Jolina - The Unlikely Baker on 2. June 2016 at 19:24

      These pancakes are perfect. I can never get them so round and fluffy like that (well I can, maybe 1 out of 10 tries lol). And yes, I agree blueberries should be granted a whole week 🙂 And yay you’re coming to Toronto! Hope you come in the middle of summer – we’re having a fabulous one so far. And yes I must say that, sorry, the stereotypes are true 🙂 Funnily enough I just wrote a mini love letter about Toronto in a recent post. That’s how much I love this city! Hope you guys have a wonderful time.

      • Natanja on 3. June 2016 at 15:43

        The trick is to work with a thick batter, this way it cannot spread too much and you’ll get fluffy, round pancakes everytime. It works like a charm.
        I’m glad you’re with me on the blueberry thing! 🙂
        Haha they are true?! Awesome! I cannot wait to experience it myself. I’m headed over to your site now to read your love letter about Toronto!

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