Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes

Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes are made with whole wheat flour, high protein Greek yogurt, and honey for natural sweetness. And they’re still every bit as delicious as classic pancakes.

Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Because we do Thanksgiving a little later here in Scotland, and because I’m a horrible procrastinator, we only just decided on our Thanksgiving menu. Some things are non-negotiable, obviously. I’ve made Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf every year since at least 2013, and I’ve converted every guest we’ve had into hardcore meatloaf believers. I know what I’m talking about.

Mashed Potatoes are an absolute must, and my husband always picks Rosemary Potato Rolls as well. There’s gotta be some kind of sweet potato, and this year it’s my Sweet Potato Gratin. My husband picked dessert this time. He’s gone way outside of tradition and opted for Spice Cupcakes. As the cook, I’m happy with anything that can be made the day before. Also, they’re completely awesome.

Oh, and we’re starting things off with a pitcher of Poinsettias, Cranberry Shoyu Sausages, and Holiday Brie to keep everyone happy while I pull dinner together.

We don’t have anybody staying with us this year, but I know a lot of people will have house guests. Having people stay at your house for the holiday weekend is lovely, sometimes it can seem like you spend all your time figuring out how to feed them.

Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I suggest you let everyone wake up to Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes. These are a slightly healthier version of the classic buttermilk pancakes, but I assure you, they are completely awesome. You may want to double this recipe if you’re feeding several people because they’ll be coming back for more.

We’ve got whole wheat plain or pastry flour in this. Just be sure not to use whole wheat bread flour because that would make your pancakes tough. We’re also adding a bit of cinnamon for depth of flavor. You can use low-fat cow’s milk or planet-based milk here. Greek yogurt replaces buttermilk and melted butter. And honey is standing in for sugar.

You could definitely top these with fresh fruit, or frozen fruit warmed through with another drizzle of honey. Or go the classic butter and maple syrup route. Whatever makes you happy.

Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

There’s nothing better than eating great food with people you love. Keep it going at breakfast with Honey Whole Wheat Pancakes. It’ll be awesome.

Recipe adapted from Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant.

13 Awesome Warm & Cozy Recipes

13 Awesome Warm and Cozy Recipes

13 Awesome Warm & Cozy Recipes

I’ve started digging out my chunkiest sweaters and cozy socks. I now basically put on my bathrobe as soon as I get home from work. We’ve agreed that it’s fully acceptable to drink nothing but tea. Winter is coming, friends. And we all know what that means.

I’ve put together a baker’s dozen of recipes to keep you warm and cozy this season. There’s something for breakfast, some great soups, a few awesome casseroles, of course, dessert, and hot chocolate. Duh. There’s something for everyone.

Dutch Baby Bunny | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Start your day all warm and cozy.
Dutch Baby Bunny – Best eaten straight out of the oven

Chicken Corn Chowder | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Winter means cooking everything in one big pot. Try these.
Chili with Gnocchi – This is spicy chili plus extra carbs which is what winter food was made for
Risotto Bolognese – A cozy twist on your favorite pasta sauce
Chicken Corn Chowder – Absolutely packed with goodness
Spicy Chicken Chili – Always the best
Ham & Potato Soup – A great use for leftover holiday ham

Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you’re not gonna put everything in one pot, you should bake everything in one casserole dish.
Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac – Spicy, carby, covered in cornbread, basically everything
Picky Eater Enchiladas – You’ll be desperate to dig in, but try not to burn your face off

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding from Awesome on 20

Something sweet to keep you warm
Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding – Serve warm with booze
5 Minute Microwave Lemon Cake – For warm and cozy dessert emergencies
Molten Chocolate Cake – I mean, molten is in the title

Vanilla Hot Chocolate for One | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hot chocolate is the coziest of all
Vanilla Hot Chocolate for One – You just have to
White Hot Chocolate – A sweet twist on a cozy classic

I hope you enjoy these awesome warm and cozy recipes. Stay warm. Stay awesome.

10 Awesome Pancake Recipes

Mardi Gras always seemed a bit overly indulgent for me. I mean, I get that indulgence is the whole point, the last hurrah before the austerity of Lent, but being packed in with crowds of people in the street drinking daiquiris and shouting over blaring music, all those beads and potential for public nudity… Just the thought of it gives me a headache.

Here in the UK, they have a much more introvert friendly tradition for the last day before Lent. Pancake Day is quiet, very British, lacking in exuberance, but I love it. Eating stacks of crepes with lemon juice and sugar seems much preferable in my mind. In addition to my traditional recipe for Pancake Day, here are ** other awesome pancake recipes for a sugary indulgence, whether you observe Lent or not.

Lemon Sugar Pancakes from Awesome on 20

Keep it traditional with Lemon Sugar Pancakes.

Buttermilk Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Go classic American with these Buttermilk Pancakes.

Pumpkin Pancakes | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s always the right time for Pumpkin Pancakes.

Whole Wheat Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Pretend to be healthy with Whole Wheat Pancakes.

Greek Yogurt Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Add some protein with Greek Yogurt Pancakes.

Bacon Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Everybody loves Bacon Pancakes.

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes are irresistible.

Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes with Brown Butter Blackberry Syrup | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Get winter fancy with Cinnamon Whole Wheat Pancakes with Blackberry Brown Butter Syrup.

Blender Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Make your life simple with Blender Pancakes.

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

Transform your favorite cookie into Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

Have an awesome Pancake Day, friends.

34 Awesome Thanksgiving Recipes

34 Awesome Thanksgiving Recipes

34 Awesome Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving always sneaks up on me here in Scotland because I’m basically the only person I know who even cares about its existence. It’s my favorite because the food is the star, and I don’t have to worry about finding the perfect gift or looking a certain way. I just have to put a beautiful meal on the table for people I love, and even though it can get stressful, it’s also so much fun.

I may be a failed blogger and a million years behind the times, but just in case I’m not alone in not yet planning my Thanksgiving menu, here are the 34 absolutely awesome recipes I’m going to choose from for my dinner next Saturday. Enjoy your days off, American friends. I’ll be at work remembering how thankful I am to have a job that allows me to pay for imported cans of pumpkin puree.

Cranberry Mule | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day


Cran-Orange-Apple Juice – for anyone who doesn’t want alcohol, or as a mixer for anyone who does.

Cranberry Mule

Cranberry Margarita

Apple Margarita

Orange & Amaretto Cider

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail

Pumpkin Spice White Russians

Apple Brandy Punch

Spiced Sparkling Cider Cocktail

Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

To Get Things Started

Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert

Cranberry Brie Bites

Apple Butter & Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese – cut into cute little triangles for snacking

Cranberry Shoyu Sausages

Holiday Brie

Brined & Roasted Turkey Breast with Herb Gravy | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

The Main Event

Red Currant Glazed Ham – because there’s no law saying you have to serve a big turkey

Brined & Roasted Turkey Breast with Herb Gravy – for a traditional meal for a small crowd

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf – our family tradition

Rosemary Potato Rolls from Awesome on 20

Sides (obviously the best part)

Sweet Potato Rolls

Ridiculously Awesome Mashed Potatoes

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Spicy Maple Butter

Rosemary Potato Rolls

Sweet Potato Gratin

Pure Pumpkin Cheesecake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day


Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream – to go with all your pie

Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Maple Cheesecake

Pure Pumpkin Cheesecake – this one tastes most like traditional pumpkin pie

Baked Sweet Potato Brulee – simplest “dessert” of all time

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Pumpkin Cake

No-Bake Double-Layer Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Spice Brownies

Pumpkin Spice Gooey Butter Cakes

Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Breakfast (for your overnight guests)

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Pumpkin Scones

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
  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
  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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