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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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies by Awesome on 20

I thought fall was going to show it’s face on our island. Temperatures had almost started dropping low enough at night that I thought we might need to start closing the windows, but then I woke up at 6 am to discover that the “real feel” was 80 degrees. If I eat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with maple syrup, maybe I can pretend like I might be able to wear boots and a scarf.

I’m sure there are plenty of people who would have loved to wake up to 80 degree weather this morning, but this girl with no air conditioning is ready for a break. If I just eat more cookies, that will fix all my problems.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies by Awesome on 20

I think this is a great fall cookie. There’s something about the chewiness, and the extra depth of flavor brought out by the real maple syrup that just makes them so comforting. And I’m sorry, but you have to use the real stuff in this recipe. This is not the time for Mrs. Butterworth’s. 

These might be in my top five of favorite cookies. They’re soft and chewy and basically impossible to stop eating. I used dark chocolate this time because that’s what I had in my fridge, but use whatever type of chocolate you like best. Just do not skip the maple syrup. It makes all the difference.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies by Awesome on 20

I guess I shouldn’t really complain. I’m currently planning to grill at the beach in November, and I bet you can’t do that in Vermont. Still, a girl likes a change.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 30
Chewy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with a hint of maple make these the perfect fall cookie.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 2 cups rolled oats
  6. 1 stick (4 ounces) butter, softened
  7. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  8. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  11. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  12. 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and oats. Whisk gently to evenly distribute all ingredients. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, use a mixer to beat the butter and sugars until combined. Add egg and beat until combined and fluffy.
  4. With the mixer on medium high, slowly drizzle in maple syrup and vanilla.
  5. Turn your mixer as low as it will go and slowly add the dry ingredients until just combined, then mix or fold in the chocolate.
  6. Scoop your cookie dough onto your cookie sheet. Give them some space to spread out. This is a fairly flat cookie. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, just until the edges start to brown slightly.
  7. Allow cookies to rest on the cookie sheet for about 3 minutes after you take them out of the oven. They will continue to cook and flatten out. Then remove them to a wire rack to cool. That is, if you can stop yourself from eating them all and burning your fingers.
Adapted from Food Network
Adapted from Food Network
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