Winter Brunch Orange Spiced Pancakes Recipe | A Rose in Bloom

Update: This post originally ran February 8th, 2015. I have been making these lately and decided to update the photography and tweak the recipe just a tad.

Last week, we discussed how cinnamon sweeps away the winter blues in a swift hush from the corners of the earth. Today, we are using cinnamon yet again, but this time in a pancake breakfast where a flourish of juicy oranges takes center stage.

cut oranges in the morning light

I have a confession: I love carbs. Yes, as much as I exercise, it seems in the winter time I can't help myself. With the winter storm brewing last weekend, I couldn't help but indulge in sweet, sweet pancakes.

orange cinnamon pancakes

seasonal orange brunch breakfast recipe
Pancakes are one of those decadent breakfast perfect for anytime really those cold winter mornings. When I was a kid, my dad would wake up every Sunday and make pancakes for the whole family before we headed off the church. Unfortunately, he often get them a little overcooked (But thank you for the loving thought, Daddy. I'm truly sorry for every time I didn't want to eat your pancakes.) so I grew up thinking I did not like pancakes.

I don't know when that changed. I think it was when a roommate from college made blueberry pancakes during a winter storm. Heh, maybe that is why I always want pancakes when it snows, but back to the point: pancakes are a real treat. One day, thanks to my produce co-op, I found myself with a few too many oranges and a huge craving for spiced pancakes.

What is a girl to do but indulge in all of the above? Hence, this recipe was born. If you ever doubted cinnamon and oranges are a delicious combo, chuck those ideas right out the window, because I am about to prove you wrong.

Fancy Orange Spiced Pancakes
  • 2 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2  cups milk
  • zest of one orange
  • 3/4 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • Oil for frying
Do this the Liz way: dump all the ingredients into the mixer at once. Most people will tell you to keep dry and wet ingredients separate and then slowly add the wet or something.... nope. This is the lazy girl's pancakes. Heat your griddle or frying pan and lightly oil it. Drop a spoonful of batter onto the hot griddle. When the pancakes set and start to bubble, you know it's time to flip that baby and cook until it's as golden as an early spring sun. My brother says I should have created some sort of orange syrup for them, but for now, I am using plain old syrup from the store. Maybe someday I'll be so un-lazy as to make pancakes and my own syrup.

Serve with Cinnamon Vanilla Lattes.
seasonal orange recipe
What's your favorite winter brunch? Does it involve sweet, sweet carbs, or are you a little healthier than me? Should I try other spices or fruits in my pancakes? Let me know!

Stay beautiful,




  1. I wish I didn't already just eat breakfast...damn it! I will have to file this recipe away for next weekend then, because these look so delicious!!! I actually have an Orange Blossom flavored honey which I bet would taste good drizzled over them with some melted butter!
    Also, great job taking the first photo of the orange zest! xx

    1. Thank you! I was incredibly pleased with that photo. For the pancakes, I think that orange blossom honey would be heavenly!

  2. Wow, those look delicious!


    1. Thanks! I haven't tried it, but I am pretty sure you could use almond milk and egg substitute to make them vegan!

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you! They totally were, if I do say so myself.

  4. Oh my holy mother of pearl these look amazing. I know what I'm doing next Sunday morning. Thank you so much for sharing! I can't wait to test out the recipe for myself!!

    The What's In Between

  5. I tried a recipe for healthy pancakes with oats and it tasted pretty bad! I will have to try this one maybe the oranges make the difference ;)


    1. Yeah.... I use white whole wheat flour for a reason. Going 100% whole grain just doesn't always taste good. White whole wheat is fair balance imo.

  6. Nice post!

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  7. Looks super delicious! Well done!
    Stella from a A Shiny Place

  8. That is one kind of pancake I've never tried! Thanks for sharing!

  9. ok wow, they look good! my simple pancake recipe went up today but with orange zest! I bet these were delicious!

  10. Oh my god these look so yummy! I have been seriously craving some pancakes lately! I am also carboloading this winter haha!:)

    Shannon Sage

  11. That looks so good!!! Yummmy! Thanks for sharing

  12. I'm a pancake fanatic and always enjoy tasting different flavors. Looks great Liz!

  13. Ahh man, these look so gorgeous! I love the addition of orange spice, makes the pancakes seem even more seasonal and scrumptious. They just look out of this world divine, and as always your stunning photography is pure perfection <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

    1. Aww thanks! Yeah, I am glad I republished. The photos before were... not good lol. I should really do some before and after posts sometime, hah.

  14. Those pancakes look delicious! Perfect for pancake day next week!
    The Lipstick, The Girl and Her Wardrobe

  15. These look so yummy and the photography is amazing! You should be proud of yourself x

  16. Yum they seem delicious!!
    Lovely blog! <3

  17. This is such a yummy brunch idea!
    It would have so much tastes going on which is just perfect for warm winter days :D
    Thanks for your recipe xx

    Kaylee | JK's Dawn

  18. These look amazing! I may have to try them, I've been looking for a way to spice up my pancakes ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon


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