Ever woken up early on a weekend, everyone else is still asleep, and you think, “Pancakes sound really good right now.”
But you don’t want to stand at the stove for thirty minutes making a whole batch of pancakes that will be cold by the time everyone else is up, so you don’t do it. For one thing, while leftover pancakes are better than no pancakes, they aren’t the same as hot-off-the-griddle pancakes. For another thing, the thought of all that standing and flipping is disheartening when what you really have in mind is sitting and pancaking with a hot cup of something and the newspaper.
Behold, the single serving pancake recipe. There are usage instructions for this recipe that don’t come with most recipes.
1. If you have one, use the vent hood over your stove to keep the sleeping people from smelling the pancakes.
2. Immediately wash, dry and put away the mixing bowl, skillet and utensils used to make the pancakes.
Because the only thing worse than not having pancakes is getting caught not making enough for everybody.
Personal Banana Nut Oat Pancakes
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 medium banana
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp olive oil
2 T chopped toasted pecans or other nuts (optional)
Combine flour, rolled oats, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In a separate small bowl, mash 1/2 banana, blend in egg, milk, and oil. Add to flour mixture and blend. Add a little more milk if you prefer a more liquidy consistency.
Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat and lightly oil. Pour batter to your preferred pancake dimensions onto the skillet when the skillet sizzles gently when you touch a bit of batter to it. Sprinkle the top of the pancakes with the nuts.
Depending on the size of your skillet, you may be able to make all the pancakes in one batch or it may take two. Flip when pancakes show bubbles and slight browning on the edges. (I also peek underneath to check for the perfect golden brown color).
Serve with a few slices of banana and maybe a sprinkle of pecans as well as your favorite pancake toppings.
And remember, get rid of the evidence.