Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone! This morning I woke up and just felt like doing something festive. My Valentine was still a sleeping giant upstairs, so I decided to make him something tasty to wake up to. Little did I know that he wouldn’t actually wake up until 1pm… but hey- pancakes work for lunch too, right?
Anyway, this recipe is great because it makes the perfect amount for two to share, or a big portion for one. I love how you can just mix up a few of the ingredients in a small bowl and then not have to figure out a way to use up all the extra batter. Pancake ice cubes? Face mask?
Of course you have to make them pink for the day. Just a few drops of red food coloring will do, or, if you’re really granola and can’t stand the thought of such artificial coloring in your cakes- gasp!- you could use pureed strawberries.
I hope that today, whether you’re old or young, whether you’re single, dating, or married, whether you’ve had a terrible week or the best week of your life, that you surround yourself with all the people you love, and that you remember why we love in the first place.
“We love because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
- 1/3 cup flour
- 2 tbsp oats
- 3 tsp brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- 1/3 cup low-fat milk
- dash of vanilla (about 1/2 tsp)
- 2 drops red food coloring
- extra butter or cooking spray for the pan
- small handful chocolate chips
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- powdered sugar, for topping (optional)
- Whisk all dry ingredients together in a small bowl.
- In another bowl, whisk butter, milk, and vanilla.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir until just combined- don’t overmix! It will be a bit lumpy. Stir in food coloring.
- In a small skillet on medium heat, melt additional butter or spray with cooking spray.
- Pour one scoop of batter (depending on how big you want your pancakes) into skillet and top with a few slices of banana and chocolate chips. Cook 1-2 minutes, or until bubbles appear on the top.
- Flip carefully and cook 1 more minute.
- Repeat with remaining batter.
- Top with powdered sugar and serve with sliced strawberries on the side!
Recipe Adapted from Joy the Baker