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Lonely Girl Pancakes – A Single Serve Pancake Recipe

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. In the interest of maintaining a little self respect, my Lonely Girl Pancakes recipe was born!*

*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. Pancakes are for all!

Lonely Girl Pancakes - A Single Serve Pancake recipe!

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 the first time I made these pancakes which was simple and tasty.

The second time I made the I added a scoop of my Coconut and Salted Caramel Ice Cream I had left over along with some Cheats Berry Sauce and it was a winning combination!


**EDIT 2018**

This recipe has become one of my most popular recipes on Love Swah, ever, so I thought I’d share some amazing creations from my readers below.

First up is this decadent rendition by Jessica featuring cinnamon, banana, and whipped cream. Oh my goodness this looks incredible!

Allie topped her Lonely Girl Pancakes with my Cheats Berry Sauce (recipe below) and it looks incredible.

The Food Mates did a version with Nutella and berries! Yes!

Friends Who Move added some thawed frozen blueberries (look at that blue batter!) and served them up with some berries and a drizzle of maple syrup.

If you’ve made your own version of my pancakes, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!


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

Lonely Girl Pancakes - A Single Serve Pancake recipe!

Lonely Girl Pancakes - A Single Serve Pancake Recipe

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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Swah


Pancake Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp flavourless oil I used sunflower
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt

Optional extras:

  • Maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup of blueberries
  • Ice cream

Cheats Berry Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup frozen berries
  • 1 tsp icing sugar


Pancake Method:

  • Sift dry ingredients into a jug and mix.
  • In a separate bowl (I just use a mug), whisk together the egg, milk and oil until combined.
  • 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.
  • Lightly grease a non-stick fry pan and heat to a medium temperature.
  • 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.
  • Cook until bubbles form on surface, flip and cook the other side until lightly browned.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • Add in icing sugar and whisk, combining the sugar and breaking down the berries into a sauce.
  • 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.

How do you like your pancakes in the morning?


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  • 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 Shibani May 7, 2017 at 6:12 pm

      This was really great perfect proportions for a single serve! Loved it.

      • Reply Swah May 8, 2017 at 1:14 pm

        So glad you liked it Shibani!

    • Reply Rkdogz August 15, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      This recipe does not work with coconut flour. I used bob’s coconut flour and the mix was like cake. Added more milk and water and became runny. Disappointed. The plain flour is the only way to go

      • Reply Swah August 29, 2017 at 9:48 am

        Thanks for your feedback! Shame the coconut flour didn’t work. Unfortunately these gluten-free substitutions are often not like-for-like so you have to tweak the amount a bit

        • Reply Anna Hill September 4, 2017 at 12:23 am

          I used Pillsbury Gluten-Free Baking Flour and it substituted perfectly. No problems at all; very pleased with the result

          • Swah September 5, 2017 at 5:20 pm

            Thanks for your feedback Anna, so glad to hear the gluten free flour works well in this recipe! :)

        • Reply Gf forever April 7, 2020 at 6:47 pm

          I loved this recipe and instead of normal flour I used gf and it was really nice

          • Swah June 15, 2020 at 11:44 am

            Wonderful, glad you loved it!

  • 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 Halle March 4, 2017 at 3:57 am

      I think you might have over mixed your batter. If you decide to make these again leave some small-ish sized lumps in the batter.

  • 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!


      • 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 Jana June 10, 2019 at 9:25 am

        It actually does say a pinch of salt for the battter :)

    • 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

    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 :)

  • Reply MommyCat July 18, 2015 at 1:54 am

    made these for my toddlers. i used coconut sugar instead and veg oil, turned out good! thank you!

    • Reply Swah August 3, 2015 at 11:34 am

      Ooo great healthy substitutions, thanks for sharing and I am glad they loved them! x

  • Reply Brianna August 20, 2015 at 11:55 am

    How much coconut flour am I suppose to use?

    • Reply Swah August 20, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      Hi Brianna, as coconut flour is very absorbent you can’t substitute it 1:1. I would try either 1/4 cup coconut flour and increase the eggs to 2, or try 1/8 cup of coconut flour and leave eggs as is. I would love to know how it turns out!

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  • Reply Olivia September 6, 2015 at 2:36 am

    These are delicious! I didn’t realize that I was making European pancakes until I noticed how runny the batter was, but DAMN! These are delicious. I only wanted a couple and the quantity was perfect. (:

    • Reply Swah September 9, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      So glad you liked them Olivia! x

  • Reply Jennifer Savage September 9, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Just made these and wanted to share my version :) I used applesauce in place of the oil. I cooked them in coconut oil. Made two HUGE pancakes. Topped with butter, warmed peach preserves, a sprinkling of chopped pecans and a little maple syrup. Tasted very “autumn” which is what I was craving. Next time I will add some vanilla extract. I have never made a recipe using banana in place of an egg but that sure sounds tempting, too!

    • Reply Swah September 9, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      Ooo thanks for sharing, I love your healthier version! I’ll have to give it a go next time :)

  • Reply Shantae September 11, 2015 at 10:01 am

    I just made these (at 1am in the morning haha) and they came out so nice and fluffy! I added a little bit of salt to the mix and topped them with honey and a little bit of icing sugar. By far the best pancakes I’ve ever made, thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply Swah September 18, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them Shantae! They are my go-to pancake recipe :)

  • Reply Jess September 22, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    OMG these were perfect, just what I needed. I live alone and always make too many that don’t get eaten.
    Great consistency; it made two big ones and they were light and fluffy and tasty. I’ll save your recipe for the future :) THANK YOU!

    • Reply Swah September 25, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      You are so very welcome! Glad you love this recipe as much as me :)

  • Reply Jamie September 28, 2015 at 4:44 am

    I was worried when the pancake batter was runnier than I expected. However, they cooked up well and I learned I love thin pancakes :). Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply Swah October 19, 2015 at 10:59 am

      I love thin pancakes too, Jamie! And it means you can add more toppings, right?! ;)

    • Reply Dana January 2, 2016 at 8:56 am

      i thought i failed when it was runny..i was going to cry because i just wanted pancakes..but i turned out perfectly

  • Reply kevin October 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Perfect pancake recipe. Quick and delicious not to heavy, made a nice crunchy edge.

  • Reply alan October 10, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I have never posted a comment about a recipe, but there is a first for everything. I don’t know if you planned to make the best ever pancakes or if you just planned to make a single serving recipe – but you have accomplished both. Fluffy without being dry, tender and not chewy, crispy on the outside soft on the inside, yet eggy and tall. I assume you took a regular recipe and cut it down, yet when I try to expand this recipe it never works. Now when I make pancakes I always mix up one batch of these for each person.

    • Reply Swah October 19, 2015 at 10:48 am

      Aw thanks Alan for your sweet words and taking the time to comment! I am so glad you enjoyed these. And it’s funny how in baking when you try and double a recipe.. it sometimes just doesn’t work. I will look into creating a recipe for a larger amount of these :)

  • Reply Paula November 11, 2015 at 6:17 am

    As a fifteen year old girl who LOVES cooking desserts, I like making stuff only for myself. This. Was. Amazing. The second time I made some, I doubled it. I also stuffed it with Nutella, wich made it even better. Thank you so much!

    • Reply Swah November 26, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Oh my god Paula, stuffed with Nutella? You genius!! Yummmm!

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  • Reply Kelly December 1, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    I found them a little eggier in flavour than I’d like, but tasty enough. I might try 1/3 of a cup of flour and milk next time, that should still be a smaller serve, while reducing the egginess. I did think about trying the banana substitution instead, but I don’t usually have bananas on hand.

    • Reply Swah December 3, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      I’m glad you liked them Kelly, because it’s such a small serving if I am using larger eggs I sometimes find the taste of egg a little stronger. Glad you’re experimenting though!

  • Reply David January 1, 2016 at 4:25 am

    Brilliant recipe! Thanks. My 7YO daughter thanks you too!

    • Reply Swah January 4, 2016 at 9:44 am

      So glad you and your daughter enjoyed them David!

  • Reply FarmersBaker January 2, 2016 at 6:22 am

    My favourite pancake recipe by far!! I added a splash of vanilla extract for taste and they turned out great! Thank you!

    • Reply Swah January 4, 2016 at 9:44 am

      Happy to hear you enjoyed them, the addition of vanilla is a great idea!

  • Reply Dana January 2, 2016 at 8:54 am

    I tried the Jamie Oliver recipe but i turned into bread…then i found this..and can i just say.. IHOP has got competition I’m literally so in love with this! forever my favorite recipe!!!

    • Reply Swah January 4, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Haha glad you love it and my pancakes are in competition with IHOP, high praise! :)

  • Reply Monique Melbourne January 12, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I love this recipe!! It was perfect for what I wanted, just a couple of pancakes to go with grilled bacon and banana (for one) beautiful recipe, I added in a tsp of mixed spice whoch made them even more scrumptious! Thank you for your recipe xx

    • Reply Swah January 15, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      You are so welcome Monique! And I love the addition of mixed spice, what a great idea xx

  • Reply Stace January 16, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    My two year old asked for pancakes yesterday, she’s never asked for them before…luckily, because I had no idea how to make them (clearly a parent failure!! 😉). The best part about your recipe is its perfect toddler size, what a mum win! Now I’ve got a batch in the fridge ready for tomorrow’s breakfast request.

    • Reply Swah January 21, 2016 at 11:23 am

      Oh yay! I am so glad you and your daughter love them, good to know they are also the perfect toddler size recipe too ;)

  • Reply nawel February 3, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Just made these and they were great! perfect amount and size to satisfy my pancake craving!

    • Reply Swah February 16, 2016 at 5:56 pm

      Glad you enjoyed them Nawel!

  • Reply Shavon February 9, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Best. Pancake. Recipe. Ever! Thanks for posting.

    • Reply Swah February 16, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      You are so welcome Shavon!

  • Reply Michelle W February 22, 2016 at 5:48 am

    These are so yummy!! I couldn’t taste the egg at all, and it made two big, fluffy pancakes – perfect! I’m usually not a big pancake fan but I’m stuck eating a soft diet while my jaw recovers from surgery. I was sick of oatmeal and scrambled eggs for breakfast so I was very happy to stumble upon this recipe. It’s made me like pancakes again!

    • Reply Swah February 29, 2016 at 7:55 am

      I’m so glad you can add this recipe to your soft food diet and I hope your jaw feels better soon. In the meanwhile, a good excuse to eat even more pancakes! ;)

  • Reply Melody February 28, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Sarah, thanks so much for the recipe. Often want pancakes but , like you, don’t need a full batch. These were perfect with blueberries and maple syrup.

    • Reply Swah February 29, 2016 at 7:54 am

      You are so welcome Melody! Glad you enjoyed them, and blueberries and maple syrup sounds divine

  • Reply Caitlin February 28, 2016 at 6:44 am

    HELLO. I have been coming back to this recipe never-fail for the past year and decided I should finally tell you so!!! I used to live by myself and this was a GODSEND since I am obsessed with pancakes. Not only is the serving size perfect but these are seriously the best tasting pancakes I’ve ever made. I also add a ton of vanilla extract which turns them into an amazing sweet vanilla pancake that I could just eat on its own all day long. I recently moved in with my boyfriend and have been doubling the recipe because he is ALSO obsessed. This morning he asked “are these the LONELY GIRL pancakes?!” and got so excited when I said they were.

    The point here is that everyone needs to have this recipe in their arsenal!!! Thank you so much!!

    • Reply Swah February 29, 2016 at 7:53 am

      This comment made me so happy! I am glad both you and your boyfriend are loving the Lonely Girl pancake recipe as much as me :) Pancakes for all!! xxx

      • Reply Caitlin November 4, 2020 at 3:29 am

        Swah, I’m back 4 years later to let you know I just made such an amazing pumpkin variation on these!! I subbed the oil for canned pumpkin and added nutmeg and cinnamon to the dry ingredients + vanilla extract with the wet and they were……incredible. Thank you again for this recipe!!!!!! The gift that keeps on giving.

  • Reply Bonnie March 13, 2016 at 1:43 am

    I am a diabetic and a vegan. I was looking for just a single serving pancake. This is great, I adapted the recipe to fit my needs. I posted it to SparkPeople utilizing their recipe calculator. Awesome taste, fluffy, and light. I added the blueberry topping. Thanks so much.

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      You are welcome Bonnie, glad it worked for you!!

  • Reply Grace March 14, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    100% perfect recipe and satisfied my craving. Used whole wheat flour, almond milk and coconut oil, topped with fresh kiwi. So amazing, thank you!

    • Reply Swah March 16, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      I love your version, glad you enjoyed it Grace!

  • Reply Kathryn March 21, 2016 at 6:36 am

    I LOVE this recipe, I use it at least once a month! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    I like to add some cinnamon and nutmeg when I’m feeling up for a variety. Mmmmmm!

    • Reply Swah March 22, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Oh yum cinnamon and nutmeg sound divine! x

  • Reply Moe Khalili April 1, 2016 at 4:16 am

    Why not also lonely man? Mens have heart too.

    • Reply Swah April 1, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      They sure do Moe! These pancakes are for everyone, it’s just a tongue-in-cheek name :)

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  • Reply Emma May 6, 2016 at 10:39 am

    I think the regular version comes out a little too egg-tasting and kind of like crepes, but the vegan version is actually very nice and fluffly.

    • Reply Swah May 8, 2016 at 11:33 am

      These pancakes are definitely on the thinner side which is how we do them in Australia (as opposed to the thicker American-style version). Glad you like the vegan version!

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  • Reply Gracie July 23, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Very nice pancakes, but I found them a bit too sweet to have with other toppings. Next time I’ll halve the sugar!

    • Reply Swah August 5, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Good idea Gracie, tailor them to suit your tastes :)

  • Reply Rebecca August 31, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    I made these today, but they came out flat and eggy. I had great success with a pancake recipe for two that I found on Google, but it also used one egg for twice the remaining ingredients and I didn’t need 8-10 pancakes. I guess my egg was too big. Could your recipe be made with just an egg yolk? Or would it be better to add more flour? The flavor reminded me of a German pancake, but they’re just too eggy for me.

    • Reply Swah September 1, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Hi Rebecca, thanks for your feedback. I would suggest increasing the flour to 1/3 cup OR decreasing the egg to just the yolk if you find the taste too eggy. The addition of the baking powder should lighten these up, although please note they are more like a crepe than an American pancake :)

      • Reply Rebecca September 1, 2016 at 11:38 am

        That makes more sense. Thanks for explaining it.

  • Reply plasterer bristol September 6, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    These do sounds so delicous. Will be giving these a go. Thanks for sharing.


  • Reply Eva October 9, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    OMG delicious! made them with rye flour, and eating with some honey. BTW also the first time that i achieved normal looking pancakes…

    • Reply Swah October 24, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Woohoo go Eva!! Love your healthier alterations too :)

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  • Reply Dylan January 6, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    I added icing sugar instead of caster sugar without even thinking about it and they came out tasting amazing!

    • Reply Swah January 11, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      Oh yum, I’ll have to try that!

  • Reply Meghan January 15, 2017 at 12:01 am

    I friggin love these pancakes. Thank you so much for the recipe!

    • Reply Swah January 18, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      You’re very welcome Meghan!

  • Reply Mina February 1, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Just the perfect recipe!
    I didn’t have milk so i used water instead and it came out perfectly! Thank you so much!

    • Reply Swah February 2, 2017 at 10:34 am

      You’re welcome Mina!

  • Reply Renée February 8, 2017 at 4:13 am

    I’ve made these four times in the last 10 days. I’m not sure whether to thank you or curse you!
    They are delicious.

    • Reply Swah February 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Haha a little bit of both I think! Glad you enjoyed it Renee :)

  • Reply Deepika Wilson March 6, 2017 at 2:15 am

    These were exactly what i was looking for on a Sunday morning with a pancake craving.

    • Reply Swah March 17, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Glad you enjoyed them Deepika :)

  • Reply howard Cruz April 1, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Not a girl, though sometimes lonely. I rarely make pancakes but this is a perfect serving size and great flavor. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply Swah April 15, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks so much Howard, glad you liked them!!

  • Reply Cassandra April 2, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I tried them, I added a little bit of vanilla extract while making the batter and drizzled with honey after it was done.

    • Reply Swah April 15, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Loving the addition of honey, yum!!

  • Reply LaurenAmyBlogs April 3, 2017 at 2:23 am

    Fancied pancakes for breakfast this morning but it was only me home, this recipe was perfect. Perfect pancakes, perfect amount. Loved them! ☺️

    • Reply Swah April 15, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      They’re my fav too, glad you loved them Lauren!

  • Reply Citta April 13, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I used a measuring jug the first few times and they didn’t come out right but after purchasing measuring cups and spoons and using them to follow your recipe exactly they were perfect!

    • Reply Swah April 15, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe Citta, measuring cups and spoons are always super helpful :)

  • Reply Brynn June 3, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    This is a tried-and-true recipe for me! I’ve made these about five times and they’ve come out perfect every time. All the pancake recipes online make so many and the amount here is perfectly suited for one person.

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  • Reply Nwheeler August 30, 2017 at 10:46 am

    These didn’t work for me :( they came out thin and rubbery

    • Reply Swah September 5, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Oh no I am sorry to hear that! This recipe makes a thinner, almost crepe style pancake. I know some people expect fluffy American pancakes which they certainly are not! As for the rubbery-ness, it’s possible you over mixed the batter. Next time try and stirring until just combined which should help :)

  • Reply Sonali September 22, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Just made them as a late night study snack! I love that I can mix it right up in my big measuring cup and pour into the pan. I do have to say they tasted a bit eggy to me, so in the future I might only use the white rather than the whole egg. Otherwise great recipe :)

  • Reply Sonali September 22, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Oh P.S. they were super fluffy! Like, way fluffier than I anticipated. Yummm :)

    • Reply Swah October 12, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Oh yay so glad you liked them Sonali!! They get super fluffy which I love. If you find them too egg, definitely consider omitting the yolk, or using a bigger banana :)

  • Reply Elle October 23, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Mine were very flat first round… I added a tsp of baking soda ad tbsp of flour and they fluffed right up!

    • Reply Swah December 6, 2017 at 10:34 am

      Great idea Elle!

  • Reply Angelina Perry November 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Can you use regular sugar instead of caster?

    • Reply Swah December 6, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Yes you definitely can! The sugar crystals might not dissolve as much as the caster, but it will work fine

  • Reply Andrew Butchart January 1, 2018 at 1:47 am

    As a recently single middle-aged guy your single serve recipes, especially this one have become my go-to for treats for myself. Thanks so much! I’ve shared them around to friends I’ve been meeting on divorce support forums too.

    If you ever do a “Single Person Survival” recipe book sign me up for one of the first copies!

  • Reply Vineeta Whyte February 12, 2018 at 6:45 am

    Made them a few weeks ago and they turned out delicious. Its Sunday today and I think I deserve another serving hehe :-p

    • Reply Swah March 10, 2018 at 12:24 pm

      So glad you liked them Vineeta, I think you deserve another serving too!

  • Reply sarah February 14, 2018 at 9:35 am

    i’m only 10 and i made these yummy pacakes

    • Reply Swah March 10, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Yesss! Go girl!

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  • Reply Peta April 8, 2018 at 8:40 am

    I’ve been using this recipe for years now. Made it for the first time in a while today. These pancakes always turn out perfectly. Very pleased, thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • Reply Swah April 9, 2018 at 11:20 am

      So glad you love it as much as me!

  • Reply lulu April 14, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    that was awsome i added some nuttela and it turned out great.
    thankyou for the recipe.
    a fan from the middle east. 💕

    • Reply Swah July 2, 2018 at 11:13 am

      Oh yum, adding Nutella is always a good idea!!

  • Reply Kylie May 2, 2018 at 8:41 am

    This recipe was very tasty but the batter was super runny. I added some vanilla, shredded coconut, cinnamon and blueberries and topped with cream and maple syrup…yum. I will definitely make these again but keep playing with the recipe so it’s not running all over my pan next time. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Reply Swah July 2, 2018 at 11:08 am

      Thanks Kylie!

  • Reply Katie June 3, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Made these earlier when I fancied pancakes after work and the best recipe for homemade pancakes I’ve tried! Substituted the milk with almond milk then topped when with cinnamon and they were amazing. Will definitely be using this recipe again :)

    • Reply Swah July 2, 2018 at 11:01 am

      Hi Katie, oh yum I love the sound of your substitutions and am so glad you liked them!

      • Reply KAIDOSHYN October 3, 2018 at 1:00 am

        your pancakes are good /w chocolate chips in the batter.
        LOVE the cheat sauce.

        • Reply Swah October 9, 2018 at 2:41 pm

          Oooo choc chips is a great addition!!

  • Reply KAIDOSHYN October 3, 2018 at 12:58 am

    good pancakes. i love the cheat sauce too.

  • Reply Sue August 9, 2019 at 2:45 am

    I just had to say that this is my FAVORITE pancake recipe ever!I’ve been making them for a year and they never get old. Thank you so much for this!
    Much love <3

    • Reply Swah June 15, 2020 at 11:48 am

      You are so welcome Sue! They are my fav too!

  • Reply Anne October 18, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Four years later and I have to make pancakes for two kids and the hubby, too. Please help me double this – it never works. Everybody loves it so much I remix it FOUR times!!!

    • Reply Swah March 8, 2021 at 10:57 am

      Let me test doubling the recipe and get back to you Anne – I love your dedication!

  • Reply Lia December 22, 2019 at 5:52 am

    Love these! This recipe is great for making one serving. Lol, I’m a teenager who was left home alone for a few hours and I got hungry for pancakes so I made this recipe. If I can make these without burning the house down, then anyone could. Great because I can finish them and hide the evidence before my parents get home, so they won’t ever know that I made these. Shh, it’s our little secret.

    • Reply Swah March 8, 2021 at 10:48 am

      Haha Lia this comment made my day! Our little secret indeed ;)

  • Reply Kristy March 31, 2020 at 3:23 am

    Loved this! Came out perfect! Definitely saving this for life!

    • Reply Swah March 8, 2021 at 10:44 am

      Yesss! It’s a great recipe to have in your back pocket

  • Reply Pat May 10, 2020 at 2:32 am

    Made recipe as written, Loved it! After cooking for family for years and then hubby and I , now being alone it’s hard to scale down to a recipe for 1. I get so tired of eating the same thing over and over. With covid 19, I don’t go out and my daughter shops for me. So I like to be able to make up a small list of groceries that I can use in different ways. This fits, and has items we can still buy in the store! Thank You. I have signed up to get your latest through Pintrest.

    • Reply Swah June 15, 2020 at 11:42 am

      Oh Pat, I am so pleased you enjoyed this recipe! I am hoping to do more single serve recipes in the future :)

  • Reply Erica June 25, 2020 at 5:03 am

    This was literally perfect! I added unsweetened coconut, a dash of cinnamon, and chocolate chips to my batter and it was delicious!

    • Reply Swah July 8, 2020 at 8:36 am

      Oh yum your version sounds delicious Erica!

  • Reply Rachek August 29, 2020 at 12:53 am

    Just made these with gluten free all purpose flour…excellent

    • Reply Swah March 7, 2021 at 11:57 am

      Glad to know that works well! :)

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