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Easy Pancake Mix

Say goodbye to box mixes and make your own homemade pancake mix. It only requires 5 simple ingredients to make your own. Store in the pantry and make soft and fluffy pancakes in just a matter of minutes! 

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Stacked pancakes on plate.
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Homemade Pancake Mix

While my chocolate chip pancakes are still my favorite, this recipe is our back up for a quick breakfast. It’s easy for the kids to make with just a few simple ingredients. They are soft, fluffy and delicious!!

You only need 5 ingredients to make this pancake mix and then when you’re ready to make homemade pancakes, you’ll just add milk and eggs.

We love topping them with homemade buttermilk syrup or maple syrup and serving with bacon and scrambled eggs.

Recipe Ingredients

Combining these pantry staples saves so much time on a busy morning.

Pancake mix ingredients on counter.

Find the full printable recipe with measurements below.

  • Flour: All-purpose flour is best to use.
  • Sugar: Granulated sugar adds the perfect amount of sweetness.
  • Baking powder: This helps lift the batter and create extra fluffy pancakes.
  • Baking soda: Also used as a leavening agent and helps the pancakes brown.
  • Salt: Added to enhance the flavor and help balance out the sweetness from the sugar.

How to Make Pancake Mix

It’s as simple as stirring to have the perfect pancake mix on hand whenever you need a quick breakfast.

Making pancake mix in bowl.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Pour into a large jar and store in the pantry until ready to mix with wet ingredients.

Expert Tips

  • If you don’t have milk or eggs on hand, simply use 1 1/2 cups water instead. The taste and texture will change a bit, but this method does work as a cooking substitution.
  • If you don’t have baking powder on hand, you can make your own by using a mixture of cream of tartar, baking soda and cornstarch. Use 1 teaspoon baking powder, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar and 1 teaspoon cornstarch to make about 1 Tablespoon of baking powder.
  • If you want to add in extras like chocolate chips, nuts or blueberries, simply fold those in after you’ve mixed the batter.
  • Don’t over mix the batter or else the pancakes won’t be as soft. A few small lumps are okay.
  • For an extra fluffy texture, let the batter rest for a few minutes before cooking.
  • 1 cup of pancake mix makes about 4 pancakes, if you make mini pancakes that number doubles!

Cooking the Pancakes

Keep this simple pancake recipe on hand when ready to make a few batches of the best pancakes ever (or at least a really good pancake, in my opinion).

Making pancakes on griddle.
  1. Warm the griddle or skillet. Preheat a griddle to 325°F, or a skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Make batter. Pour 2 cups of the pancake mix in a large bowl along with the milk and egg. Add of splash of vanilla if preferred. Then use a wooden spoon to mix until the batter is smooth.
  3. Cook the pancakes. Butter your heated griddle or skillet, then pour 1/4 cup of the batter on the pan. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until the top starts to get bubbly. Flip and cook for about 1 more minute until the other side is lightly browned.

TIP: Did you know you can also make crepes with pancake mix? That’s just one more reason to have this homemade mix handy. Especially when you’re craving strawberry crepes or savory breakfast crepes!

Favorite Pancake Toppings

Pancake mix in a jar.

Recipe FAQs

Is pancake mix just flour?

Nope. It is so much more than that. This pancake mix recipe combines a little sweetness, a touch of salt for balance, and leavening agents to make the pancakes extra airy and light.

Can I make this pancake mix gluten free?

Of course, however the texture will be slightly different. I would suggest a 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour (cup 4 cup is my preference). When cooking the pancakes, add 1 large egg.

Can I make this pancake recipe dairy free?

Absolutely! I have tried the recipe using water in its place and it still works. You can also try it with oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, or any nut milk you prefer.

Storing, Freezing + Reheating

  • Storing the pancake mix: The great thing about this easy pancake mix is that the dry ingredients will stay fresh for up to 6 months if stored in an airtight jar. You can even extend it’s shelf life to 1 year by storing the mixture in the freezer.
  • Freezing cooked pancakes: Once you’ve cooked the pancakes, you can store those in the freezer as well. Let them cool completely, then place in a zip top bag and freeze for use within 2 to 3 months.
  • Reheating: When ready to eat, reheat in the microwave or toaster oven for 30 seconds.
Pancakes on white plate.

Want even more breakfast recipe ideas? Try breakfast cookiescrescent roll breakfast casserole, or easy breakfast muffins.

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Homemade Pancake Mix

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Say goodbye to box mixes! This easy pancake mix only requires 5 simple ingredients and can be made ahead of time. Store in the pantry and make soft and fluffy pancakes in just a matter of minutes! 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 16

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Ingredients 

Pancake Mix

  • 4 cups (520 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt

For Cooking Pancakes

For serving: Butter, Syrup, Fresh berries

    Instructions

    Pancake Mix

    • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Transfer to a large jar and store up to 6 months at room temperature or up to 1 year in the freezer.

    For Cooking Pancakes

    • When ready to make pancakes, preheat a griddle to 325°F or heat a skillet over medium-high heat. 
    • In a large bowl, mix 2 cups (or 260 grams) pancake mix, milk, egg, and vanilla, if desired, with a wooden spoon just until most of the lumps are gone and the batter is smooth. If it's too thick, add a little bit more milk
    • Coat the griddle (or skillet) with butter and pour 1/4 cup batter in circles. Cook 2 minutes, or until bubbles appear. Flip and cook 1 minute, or just until lightly browned. 
    • Serve immediately or place pancakes on a baking sheet in the oven at 175°F to keep warm.    

    Notes

    Substitutions: If you don’t have milk or eggs on hand, you can swap wwith 1 1/2 cups water. The taste and texture will change slightly, but it still works. 
    Storing the pancake mix: The great thing about this easy pancake mix is that it will stay fresh for up to 6 months if stored in an airtight jar. You can even extend it’s shelf life to 1 year by storing the mixture in the freezer.
    Freezing cooked pancakes: Let cool and then place in a large zip-top bag. Place in freezer for use within 2 to 3 months. When ready to eat, reheat in the microwave or toaster oven for 30 seconds.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 2pancakes | Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 171mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Breakfast
    Cuisine: American

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