Friday, September 2, 2011

Single-Serve Pancake Heaven

Hi friends!  Happy Friday.... TGIF!  Who is super excited for the weekend?! ME.  One of my favorite meals has always been Sunday brunch.  Up until the day I moved into my dorm room, my Sunday's were always spent attending mass with my grandparents followed by Sunday brunch.  Can you believe that when I was little I actually thought that everyone ate brunch and no one ate breakfast and lunch on Sunday?  Obviously, I don't think that anymore, but one thing hasn't changed - I love brunch, probably in capital letters.

In terms of brunch foods...I've always loved pancakes... but when you're out and about they aren't always the healthiest choice.  Sometimes they are the size of a frisbee and come in sets of 3.  Other times they come slathered in butter with an ocean of syrup.  Making them at home isn't any easier, when every recipe makes 8-10 pancakes.  On the days that you don't have time to make 8-10 and freeze them for later, you just want one.  Is that such a hard thing to ask for?  Not anymore. 

For the following recipe, I now use Pamela's Pancake Mix (it's gluten free) but I used to use 365 Whole Wheat Pancake Mix and it rocks.  If you don't leave near a Whole Foods, try to find the least processed whole grain pancake mix that you can - the ingredients list should be something like 100% whole grain flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar.  I would recommend looking for Bob's Red Mill - you can usually find this in the organic/health section of your grocery store.   

Perfect Pancake for One


1/3 cup gluten-free pancake mix (I use Pamela's. If you aren't GF use 100% whole wheat)
2 tbsp ground flaxseed 
1/4-1/3 cup soy milk (feel free to use skim, 2% or almond )
1 tbsp 75-80% cocoa chocolate chips (I use WF 365 - 2 grams of fiber!)

1.  Combine the flaxseed with the pancake mix.
2.  Add in your milk of choice.  Let it set for about 10 minutes - this is very important.  Ground flaxseed acts as a binder since you aren't using eggs - give it time to do it's job :)  You might need to add more milk because it can get kinda gummy.  Now, toss in your chocolate chips.  Add a few extra because it's Friday. 
3. In a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray, cook the pancake over low heat.  When bubbles form or the edges seem done, flip and continue cooking until the other side is set.
4.  Enjoy :)

The possibilities are endless for toppings - I like almond butter & coconut :)  Or Justin's Hazelnut Butter.  Toss some berries on the side and enjoy your pancakes for one.  If you are feeling extra decadent, add a tablespoon of dark cocoa powder to your batter. 

What are your favorite kind of pancakes? 

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