Introducing….the deep dish pancake! This pancake is made in a ramekin and is single serving so you can quickly bake or microwave a pancake anytime!
I love pancakes, especially those with a little batter left in the middle. I’ve been playing around with this concept for a few weeks now and created several variations. It’s kind of a cross between a pancake and cake! (Mazen calls it “cake” : ) )
How I created this single serving pancake by accident
The desire to create a single serving pancake started because I wanted pancakes on a preschool morning when we didn’t have much time. I made the batter (with our Great Harvest Mix) but after getting delayed with a certain toddler who didn’t want to put on his outfit, I didn’t have time to cook the pancakes on the stove top. So I poured the batter into a dish and microwaved it until it was done in the middle. The result was delicious, and Mazen loved it!
Now you won’t get some of the browning that you’d get with stove-top pancakes, but that’s the compromise for very few dishes to do. You could also bake this in the oven, although I’m not sure of cooking times. Just set the temp around 350* and watch for the middle to set.
A Pumpkin Version!
The next week I made a pumpkin version!
Delicious topped with melted Barney Butter and chia sprinkles.
I tried it a third time with my own DIY batter for those of you who don’t have access to the Great Harvest mix.
Deep Dish Single Serving Pancake
- 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 tbsp oats
- 1 tsp ground flax
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch cinnamon
- Pinch kosher salt
- 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp maple syrup optional
- Mix dry then add wet. Be careful not to over mix! Pour into a greased microwave-safe dish and microwave on high for 1 minute to 1 minute 30 seconds. Since microwaves vary, keep your eye on it!
Dig in and enjoy!
And lastly, it’s great with any and everything on top. Like baked apples and peanut butter!
Linda @ The Fitty says
Yum, deep dish pancake–the opposite of crepes! It looks very much like a mugcake and i love that it’s so easy to make. No fuss required.
Cara's Healthy Cravings says
Oh how fun!
I just sat down with my bowl of oatmeal and am sort of wishing I had this instead 🙂
There’s always tomorrow!
Love this idea! I will be trying this tomorrow!
Lindsey @ Simply Lindsey says
This is the perfect pancake recipe for someone like me who doesn’t like standing over the stove to make all of them! I think your recipe sounds even better than regular pancakes! Can’t wait to try this recipe! Pinning it now! 😀
Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out says
This looks AMAZING! I can’t wait to make it with gluten free flour!
This looks amazing! Sigh, since I have Celiac Disease. Do you think this would work with gluten-free flour?
Yes I do!
Michelle @ Fit. Flexible. Fabulous. says
What a clever idea! That microwave, I tell ya 🙂
Do you buy your flax already ground, or do you buy whole flax and throw it in the food processor? I typically buy whole to throw on my granola, so just curious if I can use what I already have…
I buy it whole and grind it every few weeks. Grind to order would be ideal but ….I’m lazy 🙂
I love doing this, I microwaved my pancake batter when my griddle broke and I was really hungry and mad about it. Pumpkin sounds awesome!!
Anele @ Success Along the Weigh says
Oooh, this looks yummy! I’m definitely giving this one a go. I’ve got homemade apple butter waiting to top this bad boy!
Kaila @healthyhelperblog! says
Pinning this! It’s so easy and delicious looking! I need to find some of those handy ramekins though! Where did you buy yours?
I think they are crate and barrel. ..many years ago. So handy though! I like how wide and shallow they are
This looks great…would be awesome with the baked apples as an impromptu dessert when I am craving sweets at 9:30 pm 😀
I’ve been doing this for a while but in the microwave 🙂 I call it pancake bowl. I need to be more patient and put it in the oven 🙂
If I’d have known you like the middle of your pancakes slightly undercooked, I’d have invited you over for breakfast here eons ago! My pancakes always seem to turn out that way, much to everyone’s dismay.
I learned a long time ago to keep breakfast on school mornings quick & easy – leftover muffins, biscuits or waffles heated up in the toaster oven or microwave oatmeal. Only on the occasional Sunday morning do I bother doing any breakfast cooking.
This looks amazing! Great idea.
How creative of you! That’s such a cool idea! I’m gonna try that this weekend!
mary @ minutes per mile says
Jess @ Keeping It Real Food says
What an awesome idea! Can’t wait to try it. I wonder if I can get away with using Kodiak Cake mix…Thanks for sharing : )
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Haha, so basically a mug cake 😛
Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl says
This looks and sounds amazing, and I LOVE that you can make it in the microwave! I bet it would be awesome topped with my apple cider poached pears. I can almost taste the goodness right now 😉
Apple cider poached pears?? That’s sounds fabulous!! I’ve got to try this, but with gluten free pancake mix.
Andrew Playford says
Looks delish but can’t help thinking its really a cake dressed in a pancake’s clothing 🙂
Christina @ The Beautiful Balance says
Oh this looks so so so good! Like a mug cookie but with less guilt!
LOVE this idea! Will definitely be trying, thanks Kath!
I make my pancakes in the oven all the time! I love the hands off approach. After experimenting just like you did, I’ve never gone back! Sometimes I bake it in a pie pan for one large more pancake-like result 🙂 It bakes faster that way, too.
I am definitely trying this! The pumpkin version sounds amazing! Unrelated – what nail polish are you wearing? It’s just the color I’ve been looking for!
They were jamberry!
This is so original Kath. You are the queen of breakfast recipes! I’m in the UK so unfortunately don’t have access to GH pre-mix, just a quick question about the from scratch version – do you need to pre-soak the flax to turn it in to “flax egg” or can you just add it straight in? Hoping to have this for my breakfast tomorrow!
Nope just add and stir
Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties says
love that! Pancakes are the best but definitely not weekday morning friendly.. way too much of a time commitment, ha!
How much pumpkin did you use in the pumpkin version?
I think 1/4 cup?
Thanks! Can’t wait to try it!
So you just added pumpkin to this recipe?
Erin @ Her Heartland Soul says
This is so cute! I need to try making one!
joelle (on a pink typewriter) says
This looks amazing! Love the motion image!
Very clever! I must try it.
Gosh, I wonder who the toddler is who didn’t want to put his outfit on. Surely not my perfect grandson?
Alex @ get big, go to work says
Yum!! All of those nut butters on top of the pancakes look equally as delicious! What a fabulous option for a quick and delicious breakfast.
Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet says
Yes, Kath, yes. Can you figure out how to do a deep dish pizza in the microwave next? 😉
Amanda S says
I cant wait to try this! Could you use the recipe that you posted but add pumpkin?
Lauren Ecker says
These looks amazing! I’m obsessed with anything with banana!
I’ll be trying this soon. My son always begs for pancakes on school mornings when I don’t have the extra time to make them. This hands off approach might just make his dreams come true!!! Thanks!!!
Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork says
What a great idea! I’m going to have to try this recipe this weekend! With the temps getting down into the 20s here in Massachusetts, I’m craving warm food constantly. Thanks for sharing!
Anne @fANNEtasticfood says
What a good idea – can’t wait to try this! Random question – how did you make the cool photo near the top of the post that cycles through 3 different photos?
It’s a GIF and I Google GIF maker. Can’t believe it worked…
it’s like chocolate lava cake! so.. lava (pan)cake!
Melissa Moore says
Genius, Kath. This was the perfect quick and comforting breakfast for Sunday morning. Been dealing with stomach flu in our home. I’ve been able to dodge it, so far. This pancake made me so happy! Thank you! 2 min. in my microwave and it turned out great (less gooey which is how I liked it).
Chelsey Hoffmann says
Made this over the weekend, one for my husband and one for myself. We have been huge fans of your baked banana oatmeal recipe. We loved this one too! Now I can switch it up between both 🙂 Thanks!
Glad you liked it!!
This looks great! Could I replace the flax with maybe one egg or egg white?
athletic avocado says
such a fun idea! love it!
I loved this!! Added half a mashed banana and set the time to 1 minute 50 seconds. It came out great! Thanks Kath! 🙂 Please consider doing a bigger version of this recipe that makes 4 portions and can be reheated everyday, like the baked banana oatmeal.
I bet if you got a bigger pan and made 4x the recipe. Then baked it 350 until it was set in the middle that would work. Give it try!
I made this recipe this morning, I actually baked the pancake, added a small amount coconut oil (1/8t) and vanilla extract. It was great! I split the batter into two small (one cup) ramekins.
For those that are curious about the oven baking method – I baked it at 350 degrees. I don’t quite remember how long I baked it for – but probably around 12 min. I suggest keeping your eye on it so it doesn’t burn and wiping your ramekin with oil.
Thank you, Kath! I can’t wait to make it again.
Thanks for the feedback!
What a great idea Kath!! I’m always looking for a quick, different recipe for breakfast. I usually make a bread free breakfast sandwich in the microwave. I scramble some eggs and put a little in the bottom of a mug and microwave for about 90 seconds. When it comes out it is perfectly round like an English muffin. I make another one and I use the eggs like bread. I fill my sandwich with a piece of ham and a slice of cheese. Tastes delicious and portable!
Hi Kath! Second time commenting on this yummy recipe 🙂 Do you think it would be okay to mix the ingredients the night before, refrigerate, and then pop into the microwave the next morning? Thanks!
I think you could do the dry ingredients, but not the wet : (
Hi! I have a couple questions about this recipe:
1. Can you use regular whole wheat flour instead of pastry flour?
2. What size ramekin? Diameter?
Yes you can use regular WW flour. The ramekin is about 4″
Just wanted to let you know I love this recipe! Quick and delicious!