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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!

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Lonely Girl Pancakes - A Single Serve Pancake Recipe
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
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
Instructions
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!

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Variations:

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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102 Comments

  • Reply milkteaxx January 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    this is perfect! no one in the hose has a sweet tooth like i do!

    • Reply Swah September 10, 2014 at 11:28 am

      I too am alone with my mega sweet tooth, this solves both our problems :)

    • Reply Lexi May 12, 2015 at 9:12 am

      Love these!!

      • Reply Swah May 15, 2015 at 1:11 pm

        Thanks Lexi!

  • Reply vegeTARAian January 15, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    This is PERFECT! Totally giving the vegan version a try with banana and almond milk.

    • Reply Swah September 10, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Let me know how it goes and enjoy Tara! x

  • Reply Christine @ Cooking Crusade January 15, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Even better than lonely girl pancakes, more like secret pancakes that I make for just me and hide/scoff the evidence ;) mwahaha

    • Reply Swah September 10, 2014 at 11:29 am

      I like the idea of secret pancakes… no one will ever know!!

  • Reply chocolatesuze January 15, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    haha omg this recipe is perfect for me i always make too much pancakes and have absolutely no self restraint! love the cheat berry sauce too!

    • Reply Swah September 10, 2014 at 11:30 am

      I too have very little self restraint, so this is perfect!

  • Reply Tina @ bitemeshowme January 16, 2014 at 8:33 am

    haha i love this for the crazy people who cannot control themselves.. like me!

    • Reply Swah September 10, 2014 at 11:31 am

      Haha I feel like food bloggers all have this lack of control in common :)

  • Reply Alana January 16, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Fuck yeah LONESOME EATING! Love that last photo so, so much.

    • Reply Swah September 10, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Thanks Alana, lonesome eating is the BEST

  • Reply Amy Arthurs (Oh, My) January 16, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    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 ;)

    • Reply Swah September 10, 2014 at 11:36 am

      I love the fact no one will ever know our little secret… hehe :)

  • Reply Sandy January 17, 2014 at 4:10 am

    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 ? :))

    • Reply Swah September 10, 2014 at 11:36 am

      So glad you liked it Sandy, I am working on some more small-sized recipes! Coming soon :)

  • Reply Andree-Anne February 25, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    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 ;)

    • Reply Swah February 28, 2014 at 10:36 am

      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 :)

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  • Reply Susanna April 5, 2014 at 4:54 am

    I LOVE these I made mine with Cinnamon in them :) :)

    • Reply Swah April 5, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Oh yum, a great idea!

  • Reply Risuna April 27, 2014 at 1:40 am

    I need to start keep frozen berries in the house XD

    • Reply Swah September 10, 2014 at 11:37 am

      They are so useful! I throw them in porridge, smoothies, baking etc. So versatile!

  • Reply Pau May 28, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Totally guilty!!! I’m eating them as a write !! Awesome and easy recipe thanks!!

    • Reply Swah June 17, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      You are very welcome, glad you enjoyed!

  • Reply fady June 12, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I really love it thanks <3

    • Reply Swah June 17, 2014 at 4:04 pm

      You are welcome x

  • Reply Mia June 14, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Great recipe, perfect pancakes. light, fluffy and tasty, can’t ask for anything more :)

    • Reply Swah June 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it Mia! It is my go-to pancake recipe :)

  • Reply kristie June 21, 2014 at 5:43 am

    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.

    • Reply Swah July 7, 2014 at 11:34 am

      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?

  • Reply Me July 7, 2014 at 12:43 am

    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.

    • Reply Swah July 7, 2014 at 11:27 am

      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 :)

  • Reply Richel Boosheri July 14, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I made these tonight they were perfect thank you :)

    • Reply Swah July 19, 2014 at 11:25 am

      You are very welcome! Glad you enjoyed the recipe :)

  • Reply Rhonda September 2, 2014 at 2:13 am

    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.

    • Reply Swah September 9, 2014 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Rhonda glad you enjoyed it! :)

  • Reply Ann September 26, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    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

    • Reply Swah September 29, 2014 at 6:50 am

      I am so glad you liked them Ann, they are my favourite breakfast! xx

  • Reply Sam September 30, 2014 at 3:23 am

    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.

    • Reply Swah October 1, 2014 at 3:50 pm

      Your additions sound delicious, I’ll have to try them next time! :)

  • Reply Karuna Israni October 7, 2014 at 3:46 am

    These are SO AMAZING! Just what I need when I’m living in a dorm <3

    • Reply Swah October 7, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it Karuna! xx

  • Reply Tanya October 14, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    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

    • Reply Swah November 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      It’s a lifesaving recipe I think! ;)

  • Reply edie October 19, 2014 at 6:22 am

    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 *_*

    • Reply Swah November 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Ooo I love your topping ideas, will have to give them a go xx

  • Reply Andrew Gillies October 20, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Thank you, I loved these Pancakes. The world should know. XO

    • Reply Swah November 11, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Shout it from the rooftops!

  • Reply Keren October 31, 2014 at 3:16 am

    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 :)

    • Reply Swah November 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      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??

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  • Reply Toni December 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Just what I was looking for; however, the recipe is missing salt. I added about 1/4-teaspoon. Perfect.

    • Reply Michaela January 5, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      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!

      Cheers

      • Reply Swah January 5, 2015 at 5:03 pm

        Glad you enjoyed it, and thank you for the tip about the salt (and vanilla!) xx

    • Reply Michaela January 5, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Also meant to say – I added a few drops of vanilla :)

  • Reply Joyce January 1, 2015 at 11:43 pm

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

    • Reply Swah January 5, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them Joyce, happy new year to you too!

  • Reply YeahYeah January 12, 2015 at 4:05 am

    What is icing sugar?

    • Reply Swah January 12, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Icing sugar is also known as powdered sugar :)

  • Reply janette baz January 18, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Just made one, Just ate it! Very good!

    • Reply Swah January 19, 2015 at 1:51 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply Liz January 26, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    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

    • Reply Swah January 27, 2015 at 9:48 am

      You are very welcome Liz, glad you enjoyed them! :)

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  • Reply sundus February 6, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Besttttttt recipe I just tried and it rockedddddddd thanks a lot for sharing it

    • Reply Swah February 10, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      You are very welcome, glad you liked it! :)

  • Reply DieselV77 February 15, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    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

    • Reply Swah February 16, 2015 at 10:18 am

      You are so very welcome! I’ll have to give the egg-less version a try too :) xx

  • Reply Frankie February 17, 2015 at 10:20 pm

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

    • Reply Swah February 18, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      You are so very welcome Frankie! Glad you enjoyed them!

  • Reply Christa February 19, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    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!

    • Reply Swah February 23, 2015 at 10:39 am

      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!

  • Reply Ehsan March 13, 2015 at 10:45 am

    made myself some lonely boy pancakes by doubling the milk and flour in the recipe :P very tasty

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      Glad you enjoyed them Ehsan!! :)

  • Reply clairecho22 March 20, 2015 at 12:45 am

    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!!

    • Reply Swah March 20, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Oo yum the addition of cinnamon and vanilla syrup sounds divine! x

  • Reply Antoinette March 22, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Yummy, yum yum. Was really good. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Nikki March 28, 2015 at 4:20 am

    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

    • Reply Swah March 30, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      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

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  • Reply Phoebe April 7, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    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 :)

    • Reply Swah April 11, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      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 :)

  • Reply Victoria April 25, 2015 at 1:50 am

    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:)

    • Reply Swah April 28, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks Victoria! I am hoping to do more single-serving recipes in the future :)

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  • Reply Gerryanne May 2, 2015 at 12:23 am

    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!

    • Reply Swah May 4, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks for your feedback, I completely agree!

  • Reply Bashaier May 2, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    I JUST MADE THEM!
    Omg !! they’re just so awesome
    Thank you <3

    • Reply Swah May 4, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      You are so very welcome! Glad you liked them xx

  • Reply straw May 12, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    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

    • Reply Swah May 15, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      You are so very welcome x

  • Reply Daisy May 19, 2015 at 8:12 am

    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?

    • Reply Swah May 22, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      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?

  • Reply Mariam June 28, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Thank you thank you thank you! I really wanted pancakes and I didn’t want to use 1/4 of an egg if I reduced the servings of a regular recipe.

    They were delicious!

    • Reply Swah June 29, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      You are very welcome, so glad you liked them!

  • Reply Jas July 3, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    These are awesome! I added a tablespoon of cocoa as well because I wanted some chocolate, also used self-raising flour. Didn’t really measure anything so it was very bucket science but turned out great! Fun to make whilst dancing around the kitchen at 5pm too :)

    • Reply Swah July 7, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      I loved that you made these pancakes in the evening while dancing, what a perfect way to enjoy them! And I am definitely going to have to give them a try with cocoa, yum!

  • Reply Keeeling July 14, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Unfortunately these pancakes turned out way too liquidy. I made them twice just to make sure and they were definitely not of pancake texture but almost wet and crepe like. Great idea though, just wondering if the amount of flour should be more.

    • Reply Swah July 14, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Hi Keeling, sorry to hear they didn’t turn out for you! Bare in mind these pancakes are on the thinner side, closer to crepes than thick American pancakes. However, by all means give it a try with slightly less milk, OR an extra tablespoon of flour to get it to the consistency you want. I hope that helps :)

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