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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Pumpkin Pancakes

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

Does anyone else feel like the world has gone completely insane lately? It feels like every morning we’ve woken up to news of another natural disaster or political debacle. We humans are having some very bad karma right now. We’ve got to get back to taking care of one another. Like fast.

If you’re thinking about what you can do to help these days, my suggestion is always the food bank. And while a food drive is always hugely helpful, a monetary donation goes even farther because food banks can usually purchase food for cheaper and make your money go farther to feed more people. Plus, they need to keep the lights on. 

There are so many worthy charities out there. Take a breath and give yourself five minutes on GuideStar before clicking donate. Give smart.

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

So what’s all this got to do with pumpkin pancakes? You’re right, absolutely nothing. The truth is, I rarely know what I’m going to set out to write about before I begin. I just have a recipe I’m ready to share and a blank page. I know most people just scroll to the recipe anyway, so I feel less and less compelled to make things go together.

Pumpkin pancakes remind me of when I used to make these for Christmas for my family, and we all need a little comfort right now. This recipe is extra awesome because it contains some cornmeal which add a bit of crunch and texture to the whole situation. And don’t be a heathen. Make sure you have plenty of maple syrup.

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

Times are hard all over the world. Dig deep and find the love, then share it with everyone you see. And eat pumpkin pancakes because you can, and that’s awesome.

Pumpkin Pancakes
Serves 3
Pumpkin Pancakes will make you happy no matter what's happening in the world.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup cornmeal
  3. 1/4 sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground all spice
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  8. 1 cup buttermilk
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, all spice, and cinnamon. Give it all a gentle mix to make sure everything's coordinated.
  2. In another container (I use my big measuring cup) whisk together pumpkin puree, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently stir and fold until just combined. Don't overmix and don't worry about a few little lumps.
  4. Put your skillet or griddle over medium heat and add a bit of butter to avoid sticking. Spread it evenly around the pan with a paper towel and tongs.
  5. Once your pan is sufficiently hot, add your pancake batter to the pan. I used my third cup measure. Cook them about two to three minutes per side. Serve warm with butter and syrup.
Adapted from I am Baker
Adapted from I am Baker
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Buttermilk Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Buttermilk Pancakes

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

You never realize how different the US and the UK are until you live for a while in the one you didn’t grow up in. You think to yourself, “We speak the same language. We share a lot of common history. How hard could it be?” It’s definitely easier than moving to a country where they speak Chinese, but there’s still plenty of culture shock to go around.

Of course, more of my cultural meltdowns revolve around food. I’m embarrassed to say that I really miss Sonic and Taco Bell. They have McDonald’s here, of course, but the recipe for the sausage is different, so a Sausage McMuffin is downright disappointing. And if you want to go out for a pancake breakfast, you’re screwed. Pancakes are either usually tiny and always tough. And for some reason they insist on covering them with ice cream and candy. That’s fun, but it’s not what I want for breakfast. Whipped butter and enough syrup to drown a horse, please. 

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

Let me tell you how American pancakes are supposed to work. Buttermilk is required. If you’re shopping for this recipe in the UK, I suggest you check the Polish section. They should be at least six inches in diameter. They can be dinner plate size, but only if they hold onto their most important quality. Tenderness. 

Tenderness is, in my opinion, what makes pancakes fabulous. If you serve me tough pancakes with huge bubbles, I’ll be crying on the inside. It’s easy to accomplish perfect tenderness. You have to do less. When you’re mixing your wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, absolutely do not overmix. You might be tempted to keep stirring until all the lumps are gone. Resist the temptation. Fold it together gently, and try to get everything mixed in 10 seconds. Lumps are fine. Walk away and let your batter rest for five or ten minutes. Finally, make sure your pan is at the right temperature before you begin cooking your pancakes.

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

Do these simple things, and you’ll be transported to your favorite American diner. Buttermilk Pancakes will cure your culture shock in no time.

Buttermilk Panckaes
Serves 4
Buttermilk Pancakes are an all-American joy.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 270 grams (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 42 grams (3 tablespoons) sugar
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 2 cups buttermilk
  8. 4 tablespoons (half a stick) butter, melted and slightly cooled
Instructions
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Mix the dry ingredients well with a whisk.
  2. In a small bowl, combine eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. Whisk to combine. Now step away from the whisk.
  3. Pour your wet ingredients onto the dry ingredients and quickly and gently mix them together with a rubber spatula. You should use a fold/stir hybrid method. Don't worry about getting out every little lump. Try not to stir for more than 10 seconds. This is the key to tender pancakes.
  4. Now walk away for five minutes to let the batter rest.
  5. Preheat your griddle to 350 (if you're lucky enough to have one, I don't.) or place of a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. You definitely want to have your pan preheated before you pour out that first notorious pancake.
  6. Add a small pat of butter to your pan or griddle. Use a paper towel to spread it evenly across your cooking surface. I use a third cup measure to drop my pancake batter into the pan, creating a medium-sized pancake.
  7. Cook about two minutes a side, turning when you see the bubbles start to subside and the edges start to change color.
  8. Keep pancakes warm by covering your stack with a clean dish towel.
  9. Serve yourself a big fat stack, three is about perfect, with plenty of butter and more syrup than is probably reasonable.
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