Pancake For One

by Holly on October 9, 2010

in breakfast,recipes,silliness

Being 25 and single can be hard.

Being 25, single and a lover of all things food can be even harder.

For example, what happens when you thumb through your favorite cookbook in search of that one, divine-looking recipe only to find out it serves four people?

Or worse yet, two?

If you’re anything like me, you’ll use your female powers of persuasion to convince yourself you need a week’s worth of Tofu Kale Lasagna leftovers to be healthy, cost-savvy and intelligently effective as an independent single woman of the 21st century.

In reality, you’ll be sick of the lasagna by day three and wish you had a manly boy toy to chow down the rest for you, convincing yourself you could actually persuade said boy toy of eating said lasagna.

It could happen.

I wouldn’t bet the two bushels of kale in my fridge on it.

That, my friends, is one of the many reasons I love breakfast.

In addition to being the most important (and delicious) meal of the day, I also find breakfast to be the most customizable meal of the day.

Pancake for four? Easy.

Pancake for two? Easier.

Pancake for one? Easiest.

Here’s what you need for single girl (or guy) success:

  • scant 1/4 cup flour
  • scant 1/4 cup oats
  • cinnamon
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t canola oil
  • 4 drops NuNaturals vanilla stevia
  • water, as needed

Sift together the flour, oats, cinnamon and powder. Add the egg, oil and stevia until well-mixed. Slowly whisk in water until the batter reaches a thinner, more pourable consistency.

In a greased skillet over medium-low heart, pour in the entire batter. Cook 3 to 5 minutes then flip, cooking an additional 1 to 3 minutes until cooked through.

Top with almond butter, raspberry jelly + maple syrup.

Eat up.

Preferably snuggled under the covers of your bed in your granny panties and unshaven legs after you’ve popped out your flourescent pink retainer…

You may be thinking, “But Holly thy Everythingtarian, why should I be shackled to a lifetime of eating pancakes for breakfast just because nobody seems to recognize the fact I am 25, single and fabulous, which leaves me somberly deprived of the love, respect and adoration I undoubtedly deserve in this life.”

No worries.

The Healthy Everythingtarian has your back.

Pumpkin Custard Oats for one, anyone?


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 9, 2010 at 10:30 am

I wonder what it says about me that I’m married and still snuggle under the covers with unshaven legs and granny panties? I did have a hot pink retainer, but I lost it.

wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas October 9, 2010 at 10:33 am

This is great news not just for the single folk, but also for those whose foodiness is not shared by their partner. I would imagine there are a lot of ’em out there. My husband is an eggs and sausage guy, while I would totally choose your pancake. This will come in handy.

Men are just like food. Hold out for quality over quanitity.

Oh, and they mess up your kitchen. (That’s the other way they are like food.)

Angharad October 9, 2010 at 10:34 am

You’re adorable! Happy weekend. The new site looks fab. xxx

Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries October 9, 2010 at 10:42 am

When you make pancakes that look like that, how is it possible to be single? Maybe you need to get the word out about your pancake creations. I’d holler at some pumpkin custard oats too!!

claire October 9, 2010 at 10:51 am

I love making pancakes for one…so nice and easy!

Christine October 9, 2010 at 10:54 am

Everything you say in this post is so very true. The best thing about moving home after college has been COOKING. I love to cook, my parents love to cook, and we all love to eat, so the fruits of our joint labors (if you can even call it labor) have been plentiful and super delicious.

I will say, though, that sometimes I miss my random dinners for one. A snack plate full of roasted squash, baked tofu, and apple slices with maranatha doesn’t really cut it for a family meal, but sometimes that’s all I want, you know? So, live up your cooking-for-one days while you still can!

Katie October 9, 2010 at 11:11 am

Ha, I’m always victim to making- and forcing myself to eat- 10 servings of the same thing. I will never again make Veganomicon’s Cholent for precisely this reason.

Amanda (Eating Up) October 9, 2010 at 11:18 am

I feel you on the post. Every word.

Erica October 9, 2010 at 11:44 am

:) I usually end up altering recipes to make less too. Since Josh wants something meaty and I want something sans meat….Great pancakes. Love your topping choices. We just tried to go to brunch and the place stopped serving breakfast at 10:30 :( I was bummed because I wanted eggs

janetha October 9, 2010 at 11:50 am

i had protein waffles for one this morning. even when you are married, you have to cook for yourself! ha. cute toes!

BroccoliHut October 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Genius, my friend! Sometimes I feel a little weird posting all my recipes that “serve 1” but it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one cooking single serving recipes:)

Mama Pea October 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I usually have to plow my way through leftovers too. I can get the fam to eat zucchini quinoa lasagna once, but every night for a week is pushing it. And those pesky 750mL bottles of wine…

Alex @ IEatAsphalt October 9, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Ah yes, the cooking for one has gotten me down at times. But I invested in small casserole dishes that make a lasagna perfect for one (with some leftovers). I made potato and kale soup last week, by day three I decided that I hated both potatoes and kale. But not kale chips.

K October 9, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I love recipes for one! Being a new “two”… I still cook for one :) When you are with your Spaniard you still might like the “one” recipes too!
p.s. I have been here for over 2 weeks and I still only cook for myself… is that bad? :)

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 9, 2010 at 12:55 pm

hahah! Well, I hate to break it to you but even when you’re married, your husband may not eat the things you make for him. It’s sad, I know.. but something we all must go through.

Evan Thomas October 9, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Can I just say again how much I love the new site design?
I hear you loud and clear. I can’t wait for dinner tonight: Lamb shephard’s pie for 1! It’s going to be off the individual chain.

Erica D October 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Mmmm. Look on the bright side, at least in America you CAN be single and fabulous and still know the joys of love, respect and adoration. A few days ago, my peer tutor admitted that she thinks that all of the Arab world’s problems stem from society’s sexual repression.

Sounds legit to me.

Katie October 9, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I think cooking for one is the best part of being single! You don’t have to compromise. Oh, wait that goes for everything, not just cooking.

Ummmmm, pancakes….

Crunchy Granola Gal October 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm

um, can i just say the new blog layout is beautiful?!

let me tell you somethin’: having someone to cook for/ dine with makes fooding more fun. but every once in awhile, the single girl pancake is necessary. as is the mini-french press coffee pot that brews only one mug to go along with breakfast. i also find that my boy doesn’t enjoy most of my crunchy foods, which leaves me eating takeout Mexican, delivery pizza and of course plenty of fancy dinners. while this is all well and good in theory, the fact that my favorite pair of jeans no longer fit ain’t cute. so either way, it’s a tossup. i say it’s best to maintain your awesomeness til the right guy appears. and when he does, force him to let you cook, at least in the name of the favorite pair of jeans. just sayin’.

happy weekend holly! :)

Rachael October 9, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Loving the new site. Pretty colors and fonts make the inner girly Rachael very happy.
When I was single, I didn’t cook for myself – I was dubbed a possum by a friend who once saw me eating peas from a can sans spoon. One of the things I dig about having a ton of housemates (the pubic hair and beard clippings on every possible porcelain surface goes without saying) is always having culinary guinea pigs. Oh, and granny panties are here to stay. My guy saw a cartoon character the other night with a rubber looking leather bra – he shook his head sadly and asked if something like that would ever manifest itself in our home. Long live cotton comfort!

*Andrea* October 9, 2010 at 6:54 pm

hahaha you are so hilarious! i love reading your posts : ) i’m 22 and single… and living at home with my parents. can it get any worse?!? lol. on the flip side, if i do make a tofu caserole my mom/dad might eat. nah who am i kidding.

bfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day though! i wake up excited at the thought of oats, nut butters and fruit

Curtis October 9, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I don’t like pancakes. never will. Pretty photos and eloquent verbiage still won’t convince me. let’s talk about butternut squash soup with a hint of apple, garnished with pepper…this should be a breakfast, lunch and dinner food

katie October 9, 2010 at 10:32 pm

whooop whoooop pancake for one!!! That is my kind of talking there! “cooking for one” is the story of my life. I have no idea what im going to do when im supposed to cook for two.

I seriously think its amazing you are single. do NOT settle-you are only still single because God is going to give you the PERFECT man for you soon.. your awesomeness is REALLY hard to match so he is going to pretty much rock.

i know you said nothing about being single but im just sayin

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 9, 2010 at 10:35 pm

The layout is looking awesome and I love your “About” in the right hand corner…super cute and diggin it!

I swear to god that I wouldnt make half the things i make, i.e. desserts to chili to tofu if i didnt have a hubs + child b/c i am SICK of it after 1 serving, let alone all week. They help me go to town not to mention, even when cooking for a family, I ALWAYS or almost always half the recipe if i follow one. I dont want a lifetime supply, i just want a meal, or two, type thing :)

Lynn @ The Actors Diet October 10, 2010 at 1:10 am

even though i’m married, i love recipes for one since i’m often eating by my lonesome. also, i loooove the blog layout.

Katie October 10, 2010 at 7:56 am

Mmm, pancakes for one are perfect! Even when you have a husband. Mine doesn’t even like breakfast, or anything sweet. So I make ‘food for one’ a lot – thanks for the easy recipe!

Virginia @ YtotheUmmy October 10, 2010 at 8:29 am

trust me, coming from me, someone who shares 2 pantries/3 freezers/2 refrigerators with four males that happen to have voracious/at times gluttonous appetites and STILLL has to hide food from “the others”(aka THEM)……………living alone with all that food to yourself don’t sound too bad ;)

Uncle Tommie Timbertoes October 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Well, what I can’t believe is all the nice comments above nothing was said about the toes. Love the toes. Obviously yer not biting those little piggly wigglies.

Laura T. October 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm

awesome post! i also struggle with the whole “cooking for one, but want to make a recipe for 8” type deal. good thing i like leftovers!!

any way we can get a recipe for the pumpkin custard oats?! they look great!

Lorna October 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Oh yum; it’s a little late for breakfast but both dishes look so mouth watering–that I’m doing just that! To snuggling….

Laura October 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm

And a delicious pancake for one that pancake looks!

Susan October 11, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I <3 you. This weekend I am 24, single, and away from home on my first major holiday. I had Subway for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. Thankfully, we'll be able to easily double our pancake recipes one day ;)

Eleanor October 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm

I’m so with you! (Except I’m 31 and single – eek!)
But on the cooking big helpings front, I just make it all and freeze the rest in individual helpings so that on other days I can indulge my laziness too :-)

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