Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Have you ever gone through a phase where it feels like the universe is against you? Everything you try seem to fail. All your stuff ends up broken. Your plans are thwarted by stupid things like rain or a flat tire, or even a change in menu at one of your favorite restaurants. Just when you thought you had it all under control, the universe reminds you in no uncertain terms that control is an illusion and you’re a puny and insignificant human. It just feels like everything is awful and you should probably stay in bed for a week.

Normally when everything goes wrong, I’d hide away from the world for as long as possible, but I’m trying something new this time. I’m gonna give this whole not caring thing a bash and see how it goes. It’s very un-me, but I just want to see if it works. If I’m puny and insignificant, then what difference does it make if food gets slightly burned or photos don’t come out looking all that great? The only consequence is my own disappointment, and literally no one else cares about that. It’s so insignificant, I probably shouldn’t even be talking about it right now. Some things in life will be great. Some things will suck. So what?

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I guess that’s a really long way of telling you that for a variety of insignificant reasons that no one cares about, these Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes don’t look as good as they taste. I would hate for my freewheeling attitude in the kitchen and emergency iPhone photos to prevent you from trying this recipe because I can assure you, it’s awesome.

I’m going to give you the recipe for these sweet and chewy pancakes the way I made them the very first time, which wasn’t as they are in the photo. The recipe is designed for a single serving of pancakes, and when I made them that way, they came out crisp and crunchy on the edges, and gorgeously fluffy with a bit of chewy texture from the oatmeal in the middle. I made on giant pancake instead of two or three small ones, and with a light drizzle of maple syrup, it was absolutely heavenly. 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Even when things don’t work out exactly the way we want, life is still usually pretty delicious. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes are no exception. Just go with the flow. It’s gonna be awesome.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Panckaes
Serves 1
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes have gorgeous crispy edges, a chewy texture, and a punch of sweet chocolate.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  2. 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  3. 2 teaspoons sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 5 teaspoons vegetable oil
  8. 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  10. 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add your flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk gently to combine everything.
  2. In another bowl or a large measuring cup, add vegetable oil, vanilla, and buttermilk. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and quickly and gently fold and stir together until just combined. A few lumps aren't the end of the world, but over-stirring will give you tough pancakes.
  4. Heat a large skillet or griddle with a little bit of butter or oil spread evenly across the pan. Add the pancake batter to the hot pan.I prefer to do one big pancake, but you can split it up into smaller pancakes if you like.
  5. While the first side is cooking, sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly onto your pancake or pancakes. After two or three minutes when the edges start to firm up and the bubbles have burst, flip your pancake and cook for another minute or two.
  6. Serve hot with butter and syrup or whatever you like on your pancakes.
Adapted from Joy the Baker by Joy Wilson
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Prosecco Slushies

Prosecco Slushie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

There are a few key ways to tell that I’m not a real food blogger. I mean beyond the fact that only a handful of people actually visit my website. I don’t have a room full of antique dishes. I don’t arrange herbs with tweezers. I never chop up a thousand fruits just to spread them out in a mess on the table, take their picture, and then throw them away. There is nothing remotely glamorous about my house, clothes, makeup, or skincare routine. 

I also don’t get random boxes of free stuff randomly showing up on my doorstep on the reg. I pay for every dang thing. A couple years ago, it seemed like every real food blogger in the world was getting a free fancy ass blender. I do not have a fancy ass blender. I have a hand-me-down blender that was far from fancy before we even got it. It doesn’t make perfectly smooth soups in seconds. It barely makes milkshakes. But because I wish I was a real food blogger, I crushed some ice with it anyway. 

Prosecco Slushie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We need to turn our glass of prosecco into a sno cone because it’s hot outside, and you work hard for your money. You for sure deserve a Prosecco Slushie because you’re a grown up. Sort of.

All you have to do is get out your blender, fancy ass or otherwise, and crush up as much ice as it will allow before you want to throw it out the window. Pour over some prosecco into the bottom of a glass, pack it with crushed ice, then top it with grenadine. You could also use blue curacao if you prefer a blue slushie. Or go two-tone because we’re crazy like that.

Prosecco Slushie | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Look kids, we do the best we can with what we have. If what we have is a sad blender, we don’t let that get in our way. Make yourself a Prsecco Slushie. You’ll feel better. I promise.

Prosecco Slushies
Serves 1
Don't let anything stop you from making yourself a Prosecco Slushie.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 ounces prosecco
  2. Lots of ice
  3. 2 to 3 tablespoons grenadine
Instructions
  1. Pour three ounces of your favorite prosecco into a rocks glass.
  2. Crush a bunch of ice in your blender until it's as close to snow as your blender will make. Pack the crushed ice into your glass.
  3. Pour over a few tablespoons of grenadine. Add more or less depending on how sweet you like it.
  4. Sip and crunch to your heart's content.
Adapted from Tequila Mockingbird
Adapted from Tequila Mockingbird
http://awesomeon20.com/
20 Awesome No-Bake Treats

20 Awesome No-Bake Treats

20 Awesome No-Bake Treats

Things are going back to normal here in Glasgow, and you can’t go out without a jacket anymore. But we had a good run there for a while where it felt like real life actual summer. Nobody has air conditioning here, so the thought of turning on your oven is particularly abhorrent. 

For most of you in the northern hemisphere, you’re probably still in the thick of the heat, and even with air conditioning, you’re probably dreading cranking up the oven for an hour. And yet, my sweet tooth knows no season. I still need desserts. Here are 20 sweet no-bake treats to keep you cool this summer.

  1. peanut butter fudge
  2. salted caramel pudding
  3. classic fudge
  4. pink lemonade fudge
  5. no-bake chocolate peanut butter pie
  6. 5 minute microwave lemon cake
  7. chocolate pudding
  8. cookies and cream fridge cake
  9. brownie butterscotch pudding parfait
  10. chocolate orange mousse
  11. double layer pumpkin pie
  12. giant peanut butter cups
  13. no-bake holiday pie
  14. lemon meringue fool
  15. nutella cheesecake parfaits
  16. no-bake passion fruit cheesecake
  17. grasshopper pie
  18. chocolate lime pie
  19. plainly awesome doughnuts
  20. nutella no-bake cookies

Have a sweet summer, friends.

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