Ellen Clifford
February 14, 2015 7:30 am

Whether attached or not, take time today to love. Love yourself, love your cat, love your parents, love the guy making your Iced Americano…hell, just love life. It’s good. And it is even better with love. Which is even more better-er with pancakes. Duh.

So treat yourself right by starting the day with this dish from a blogger I love: Joy Wilson. I have spoken of Joy’s second cookbook to y’all before, but seeing as I do things haphazardly and out of order I waited until now to tell you about her first cookbook. It is most logically entitled Joy the Baker. I figured I’d make sure to hype her first two cookbooks before she gets her third one done.

Joy is so delightful because she doesn’t pretend to live this super-shiny I-woke-up-did-yoga-ate-organic-and-bathed-in-magical-almond-milk type of lifestyle. Although I am sure her nails are lovely and wouldn’t be surprised if there was organic almond milk with magical properties hanging out in her fridge. But this blogger is so great because she owns up to being human. Joy tells stories that you can relate to. She’s real and she gets what it’s like to live in the real world.

She also gets the single person’s need for a treat made for one person. I LOVE when I see recipes for one or two people. Actually I like it better when I see the recipe made for two because I inevitably will eat enough for two. Your two is my one. Tomato, tomahhhhto.

Joy says she designed these pancakes for “single lady success” and hell, if eating these will help me be as successful as she-an award winning blogger who is working on her third book-then I will make them daily. I will even go an extra mile cut little hearts out of them. After all, just because I am the only person looking at my food doesn’t mean I shouldn’t feel the love.

Single Lady (Self Love) Pancakes adapted from Joy the Baker by Joy Wilson

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. old-fashioned oats
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Either 1 1/2 Tbsp. of buttermilk powder and 6 Tbsp. water (what I used) OR 6 Tbsp. actual buttermilk (what Joy calls for)
  • 5 tsp. vegetable or canola oil (full confession, I used a couple of tablespoons of applesauce in the name of health or some silliness like that)
  • dash vanilla extract
  • Toppings and/or add-ins galore! I used whipped cream, chocolate chips fruit and maple syrup. And who am I kidding, butter as well. Joy also recommends bananas, pecans, dried cranberries plus chopped walnuts, blueberries plus orange zest, dried cherries plus almond slivers plus a dash of almond extract, peanut butter and honey
  • either oil for your skillet or nonstick spray
  • a heart-shaped cookie cutter if you want to nerd out with me (Joy didn’t call for the cookie cutters but I like ’em)

In a small bowl whisk the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and (if using) buttermilk powder.

In another bowl whisk the vegetable oil (or applesauce), vanilla and either 6 Tbsp. water (if using buttermilk powder) or the actual buttermilk. Stir the wet ingredients with the dry just to combine. Fold in any of the things you might wish to add (I just used the suggestions as a topping). Heat a skillet (I used nonstick) and grease with oil or spray. You can pour in all the batter at once if you want but I made several small pancakes. You basically pour in batter and when the top looks bubbly and the edges are starting to look dry you flip it and cook a bit longer. Then turn off your stove. Get the pancakes out of the skillet, cut hearts out of the pancakes if you like, top them off with goodies galore and give yourself a big hug. You are loved.

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