Rayah’s Weird Pancakes – A recipe from Work It Out

It’s all work and even more play in this irresistible and quirky romance, WORK IT OUT, that’s a perfect fit for fans of Amy Lea & Talia Hibbert.. Releasing on January 29, 2024, this book is currently available for pre-order. Find out where to pre-order here.



Years ago, I was just like Jake, the hero of my debut romantic comedy, Work It Out. In my late-twenties I dragged myself to the gym far too regularly, despite my POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), a condition a doctor once likened to being the human equivalent of a fainting goat. To be fair, she didn’t mean for me to hear that. She also wasn’t far off. I startle easily and I fall over a lot. Only 15% of POTS patients experience full loss of consciousness, but Jake and I have always been overachievers.

Back then I too had a bad-ass goddess of a trainer who taught me a ton of recipes that took some of the sting out of making more nutritious swaps. As January draws to a close and the echoes of “New year, new you!” fade from our shame centers, I offer you Jake’s copy of the recipe for Rayah’s “weird pancakes.” Spoiler: his pancake dreams may be dashed on the page, but Jake always gets his treat—eventually.


  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large should’ve-thrown-that-out-yesterday-brown banana
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Splash of vanilla
  • Glorified fluff water (low-calorie canned whipped cream)
  • Cooking spray


  • Peel that gnarly banana and place the already somewhat mushy contents in a mixing bowl. Take out all your pent-up aggression by mashing with a fork. (This may require more than one batch. Follow your rage.)
  • Whisk in eggs, oats, cinnamon, and vanilla until only mildly lumpy. (If the tiny, sexy tyrant’s back is turned, swirl in a spoonful of peanut butter.)
  • Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. (Don’t get aggressive. They’ll burn and rat you out.)
  • Spritz pan with cooking spray. Cook for approximately 2 minutes or until no longer jiggly.
  • Flip, give her a “good girl” and a pat with the spatula.
  • Allow her 30 seconds to enjoy that praise (or until the desired level of golden goodness is achieved).
  • Top with a dollop of maple syrup, some berries if you’re feeling sassy, and copious amounts of glorified fluff water. Unless, like me, you prefer to save those calories for later. *wink, wink*
  • Grab your copy of Work It Out and enjoy your guilt-free pancakes!


With the lead role in a huge action film up for grabs, actor Jake Newman has ninety days to get in shape. How does a man grow abs without the tabloids watching his every move? By sneaking off to a high-end health resort in his Arizona hometown to supersize his biceps…Thor style. Oh, and hope no one discovers the real reason he bailed from Los Angeles—or the teeny little health issue he’s hoping to keep from everyone.

Especially his cute, sunshiny, and absolute hard-ass new trainer.

Former gymnast Rayah Summers has poured everything she has into her desert dream: a full-service resort that helps people transform their bodies and lifestyles. But a run of bad luck has her on the brink of bankruptcy —and the Hollywood hunk with insanely sexy dimples is all that’s standing between her and disaster.

Now everything depends on her success: her future, her roof over her head, and especially her trainers—who are more family than employees. Rayah can’t afford for anything to go wrong… and no one’s able to explain why Jake Newman keeps collapsing during even the lightest workouts.

Now it’s a balance beam nightmare, with Rayah trying to keep her business afloat—all while managing her staff’s drama, keeping her celebrity client a secret, and not falling for him or his devilishly sexy grin. And it’s just a matter of time before Jake’s secrets threaten not only her dreams, but the chosen family she’s found…




Eva Siedler and her sexy aircraft mechanic husband have built a crazy home in Central Ohio filled with almost as much neurodiversity as love. By day she wrangles two teenage boys with the supernatural ability to misplace anything, her POTS symptoms, and carpools. By night she writes funny, spicy love stories packed with strong, sassy heroines, big-hearted heroes, and tons of wacky small-town shenanigans.

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