Lonely Girl Pancakes – A Single Serve Pancake Recipe

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I had an intense pancake craving the other weekend, but had no one to enjoy them with and didn’t want stacks of leftovers. So I thought I’d improvise a single serve pancake recipe partially out of curiosity, and partially because I have no self control and would end up eating the remainders cold, straight out of the fridge.

*oh and yes, the title of this recipe is tongue in cheek. You don’t need to be lonely to make it (I wasn’t). Hell, you don’t even need to be a girl.

I’ve experimented with single-serve dessert before in my Microwave Mug Cake Series so I figured I’d apply the same principles. It’s a pretty flexible recipe, I had fresh blueberries and coconut on hand so I used that, but you can use whatever flavours your heart desires!


Lonely Girl Pancakes - A Single Serve Pancake Recipe
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Serves: 1
Pancake Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp flavourless oil (I used sunflower)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt
Optional extras:
  • Maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup of blueberries
  • Ice cream
Cheats Berry Sauce Ingredients:
  • ¼ cup frozen berries
  • 1 tsp icing sugar
Pancake Method:
  1. Sift dry ingredients into a jug and mix.
  2. In a separate bowl (I just use a mug), whisk together the egg, milk and oil until combined.
  3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until well combined. If using additional flavourings, such as berries or coconut, add now and stir gently to combine.
  4. Lightly grease a non-stick fry pan and heat to a medium temperature.
  5. Making this mixture in a jug will make it easier to portion out the batter – make this to your preferred size. I made 5 pancakes about 10cm in diameter.
  6. Cook until bubbles form on surface, flip and cook the other side until lightly browned.
  7. Serve either with a garnish of extra berries and coconut and a drizzle of maple syrup, or see below for a Cheats Berry Sauce.
Cheats Berry Sauce Method:
  1. Put frozen berries in a microwave-proof container, cover it with paper towel or a slightly askew lid. Cook on high for 30 seconds until hot and bubbling.
  2. Add in icing sugar and whisk, combining the sugar and breaking down the berries into a sauce.
  3. You can add a teaspoon of water and strain this if you want a smooth sauce, otherwise the whisk will sufficiently break the berries down to a thick and delicious sauce.

I added a scoop of my Coconut and Salted Caramel Ice Cream I had left over and it was a winning combination!



Make it vegan – Substitute 1 egg for 1/2 a mashed banana. Substitute milk for soy or almond milk.

Make it healthier – Substitute the plain flour for whole wheat or coconut flour. Omit the sugar and oil and add extra berries for sweetness and moisture.

Make it naughtier – Substitute the berries for chocolate chips. Substitute the milk for ricotta. Add a drizzle of homemade salted caramel sauce

How do you like your pancakes in the morning?


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  1. says

    Holy cow this recipe is perfect for me – who wants to be naughty and make pancakes for lunch, but doesn’t want to leave any evidence (left over batter!) for anyone to find. Because otherwise you have to admit that you had pancakes and ice cream for lunch ;)

  2. Sandy says

    Thank you so much !
    I live alone in an apartment and I can’t make big recipes but i love to eat different types of food and try new things.
    I discovered your blog because of your mug cakes (… hurray for individual sizes ! :D ) and I love it ! So great to have variations with your recipes too !!
    Can you post more cheap, small sizes recipes ? :))

  3. says

    Great idea! I have a food blog for the solo cook and love experimenting to come up with smaller portions too. Never thought of trying it with pancakes, so I’ll definitely try your recipe. Love you blog by the way, love all the topics ;) I’m an interior designer and foodie, it just works so well together ;)

    • Swah says

      I love the concept of your blog! I have been living along for a while and cooking for 1 can get a bit annoying.. will check out your blog now :)

  4. kristie says

    I found this to be the worst recipe ever. i used fresh ingredients, my liquid (pancakes) didnt rise, it stayed like water and my 4yr old was very dissapointed in the flat things that came out. i had to use a different recipe for breakfast that wasnt bland and flat.

    • Swah says

      Hi Kristie, that’s a shame it didn’t work out! I have made this same recipe multiple times and it never fails me. Perhaps an ingredient was missing?

  5. Me says

    Hi I was just wondering, I am not a super experienced cook, and I was wondering what is caster sugar? Is it the same as granulated sugar, or icing sugar? Thanks so much whoever answers.

    • Swah says

      Hello! Caster sugar is similar to granulated sugar (also known as superfine sugar in Australia). Icing sugar is more of a light powdery sugar and you usually use it in buttercreams. Hope that helps :)

  6. Rhonda says

    I just made a batch. Very tasty and the perfect amount for me and me alone!
    Thank you. It is the first time I have been to your site and I look forward to exploring it further.

  7. Ann says

    I expected these to be eggy or stiff, but quite honestly… THIS BLEW ME AWAY. they’re the perfect consistency and texture. I had them with homemade cinnamon syrup for breakfast <3

  8. Sam says

    I added a handful of quick oats and half of a sliced up banana.. And used raw sugar. It was really good with the blueberry sauce, but I added more sugar and a tsp of flour to the blueberry sauce recipe. It all turned out yummy.

  9. Tanya says

    Glad I found this single serve pancake idea on here thanks for positing…now I’ll be doing it more often but only making enough for me :) yay

  10. edie says

    i wish i discovered this recipe sooner!! best pancakes i’ve ever had, i added some cinnamon and nutmeg in mine then topped with ginger syrup, whipped cream and pecans. it was heavenly *_*

  11. Keren says

    I love pancakes! But sadly I am not a huge fan of this recipe. The pancakes were too thin and I could taste the egg. I’m glad to see everyone else liked them though :)

    • Swah says

      Sorry to hear you didn’t like them Keren! I wonder if your eggs were extra large which made the mixture runnier and egg-tasting??

    • Michaela says

      I came to say the same thing about the salt, but otherwise this recipe is great and I would make it again :)

      I had never made pancakes with banana instead of eggs but have heard a lot about it and since I ran out of eggs this morning I thought I’d give it a go. I also used whole wheat flour since that was I had – delicious all the same!

      I got two pancakes out of the mixture – perfect for one!


  12. Joyce says

    One delicious and utterly satisfying large pancake with frozen blueberries in my belleh! Thanks much for this recipe and Happy New Year!

  13. Liz says

    Mmmm thank you so much! I have been craving pancakes for ages, but didn’t want to make a huge batch for myself.
    These were quick, easy & totally delicious. xx

  14. DieselV77 says

    Oh my goodness! I just made these with the banana rather than egg… WOW WOW WOW! Possibly the scrummiest pancakes I’ve ever eaten! I ended up putting a whole small banana in rather then 1/2 as it was a bit too stodgy and the flavour was incredible. First time I tried egg-less too, and it was a little trickier to flip them initially, but I didn’t miss the egg in final pancakes at all. I want more now! Thanks so much for the recipe for one! :D xx

  15. Frankie says

    This recipe is perfect! Just the right amount for one and the pancakes were delicious! Thanks for salvaging my pancake day!

  16. Christa says

    I could really taste the egg in these, will probably try them again with Apple sauce instead of egg. But I love the idea of single serve because all other recipes are WAY too much and I would end up eating the rest of the after the kids breakfast!

    • Swah says

      That’s a shame you could taste the egg in them! I find if my bananas are a little on the small side and my eggs on the large side, I can taste the egg more. Let me know how you go with the apple sauce!

  17. clairecho22 says

    Great recipe! Perfect for when you have pancake cravings. I’ve added just a dash of cinnamon in the pancake mixture, and drizzled it with homemade vanilla syrup :) Thanks for sharing the recipe!!

  18. Nikki says

    Not quite sure where I went wrong but mine didn’t cook too well. Kept sticking to the pan even though I’m sure I was using enough oil, the heat was pretty low and I wasn’t leaving them too long before turning – or trying to turn! They didn’t come out nice and rounded, instead they were more squashed up and rippled XD
    BUT despite the awful appearance they tasted amazing! I used sugar and lemon juice on mine. I will definitely use this recipe again! X

    • Swah says

      What a shame they stuck to the pan! Was yours non-stick? Despite their ugly appearance, I am glad you liked the taste :) They are my fav pancake recipe! xx

  19. Phoebe says

    I just made these, I don’t know what happened but they went a sort of yellow colour and didn’t rise, they were sort of like crepes.. Haha.. I think it was because I didn’t add the baking powder, because I had none! Oh well it was still really nice, I Just topped it with lots of vanilla sugar and rolled it up.. Mmm yummy :)

    I will remeber to write baking powder on my shopping list, and I’ll try this recipe again :)

    • Swah says

      Ah yes baking powder converts these beauties from crepes to light and fluffy pancakes. I am glad they were tasty without, but give the baking powder a go next time and I think you’ll love them :)

  20. Victoria says

    This is a great recipe!!! Being a single girl, I find it hard to make delicious meals that are small enough to feed me and not an army. I look forward to many more great ideas from you:)

  21. Gerryanne says

    The recipe is missing salt, which is a must to tasty pancakes (or any other bakery items).. I didn’t think about it as I was following the recipe but I could immediately tell at first taste. Would be perfect with a dash of salt!

  22. straw says

    i love love love loved them!!!!!!!I just made these amazing and fluffy pancakes for myself as a trial before making some for my family! I’m definitely making them for my family for Sunday breakfast . Thanks so much for the recipe

  23. Daisy says

    Hi I decided to try this recipe because I was desperately craving Pancakes however the batter was so thin that I had to make crepés, do you know what might have happened?

    • Swah says

      Hmm this is quite a runny batter so I wouldn’t expect thick American-style pancakes, however perhaps try reducing the amount of liquid next time?


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