Replace your favorite boxed pancake mix with this easy homemade pancake mix! Whether your go-to is Aunt Jemima, Bisquick, or Krusteaz, I’m willing to bet you’ll like these even better!

Image of whole wheat pancake mix in a large jar.

I have a favorite book from childhood, Pancakes For Breakfast, by Tomie dePaola. Maybe you remember the story about an old woman who wakes up with a powerful craving for pancakes. She begins to make pancakes as her pets watch. Her recipe has seven simple ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, sugar, butter, eggs, milk.  As she begins preparing her pancakes, she finds she doesn’t have all the ingredients. She visits the chicken coop, milks the cow, churns butter, and finally visits the farmer next door to purchase maple syrup.

When she returns home, the pets have eaten the pancake ingredients. But wait! the delicious scent of pancakes wafts through the door. She finds her neighbors eating pancakes and she enjoys a large stack of pancakes after all. 

Did you notice that her recipe has only seven simple ingredients? What could be simpler?

Image of dry pancake mix with a scoop inside jar.

My mom has been making her own pancake mix for years and years, and let me tell you, she makes the best pancakes!

Whenever my kids stay overnight at her house, they look forward most to the pancake breakfast they know they’ll enjoy in the morning. Of course, the toppings are unlimited: whipped cream (from a can, of course, because it’s the most fun!), chocolate syrup, maple syrup, fresh fruit, chocolate chips, applesauce, cinnamon sugar, etc. Often all piled on the same pancake! 

I love that her pancakes contain healthy ingredients: whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk, eggs, and melted butter. So simple, right? I bet you have all of those items in your pantry and refrigerator. Unlike the old woman in the story, you probably won’t have to visit the chicken coop or milk the cow!

Many “just add water” boxed mixes, like Aunt Jemima, Bisquick, or Krusteaz, have a long list of unpronounceable ingredients.

I checked the ingredients on a box of a popular mix: bleached four, sugar, leavening, dextrose, nonfat dry milk, palm oil, salt, wheat gluten, calcium carbonate, corn syrup solids, sodium caseinate, mono and diglycerides, lactic acid, dipotassium phosphate, tocipherols, sodium metalsulfite.

Wow, that’s just crazy, isn’t it?

I don’t know about you but I prefer not to eat food that I can’t pronounce. The homemade pancake mix recipe I’m sharing today has FOUR ingredients, to which you’ll add milk, eggs, and melted butter. Wholesome and nutritious and so, so easy!

Plus, you’ll be the hero who gets all the kisses at breakfast time!

Image of a stack of pancakes with homemade pancake mix in the background.

About this Homemade Pancake Mix

Like I mentioned, this dry pancake mix is similar to the mix that you buy in boxes at the grocery store, EXCEPT that it doesn’t contain a bunch of ingredients that you really would rather not feed your family. It’s super easy to mix up in advance and store in an airtight plastic container, jar, or even a resealable plastic bag. 

I use whole wheat flour because I like that it contains extra fiber and nutrition. You could also use white whole wheat flour or unbleached white flour. You can also use a combination of flours, in fact, my mom always substitutes cornmeal for part of the flour to add a little crunchiness and flavor. The kids love it. 

Flour, sugar (not much), salt, and baking powder. That’s it! Mix it together and store it until you’re ready to heat up the griddle!

image of a beautiful stack of whole wheat pancakes with butter and maple syrup.

How to make this pancake mix into pancakes:

When you’re ready to make pancakes for breakfast (and I’m not against serving pancakes for lunch or dinner, either!), get your griddle on the stove heating up.

In a bowl, whisk up eggs and melted butter or oil. Add the dry mix and milk. Whisk it up, adding more milk to achieve the desired consistency.

Thick batter makes thick cake-like pancakes, thin batter makes thin crispier pancakes. Make ’em how you like them! 

Here’s what you need
As always, scroll down for a printable recipe!

  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or oil
  • 2/3 cup milk (more or less to taste)
  • 1 cup dry homemade pancake mix

This will make around 6 pancakes, depending on size and thickness. If you think you’re going to need more pancakes than that, double or triple the recipe. This recipe for homemade pancake mix makes 9 cups of dry pancake mix. 

When your griddle is nice and hot, pour 1/4 cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Wait about 3 minutes or until you see bubbles forming on top, and flip, cooking for about 2 more minutes. They’re ready to serve with your favorite toppings!

If you’re making a bunch of pancakes and you want to get a head start, preheat your oven to 200ºF. As you finish making a batch, put the pancakes on a baking sheet and keep them warm in the oven. Don’t cover them with foil because that will make them get soggy. 

Replace your favorite boxed pancake mix with this easy homemade pancake mix! Whether your go-to is Aunt Jemima, Bisquick, or Krusteaz, I'm willing to bet you'll like these even better!

How to make this mix your own:

  • I like to use whole wheat flour, as I mentioned, but you can use a mixture of flours (white whole wheat, unbleached, cornmeal, buckwheat, etc.)
  • Instead of the melted butter, you could use a mild tasting oil, such as canola or corn oil. You can also use melted coconut oil!
  • Add a teaspoon of vanilla or 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter. 
  • Add blueberries, bananas, or chopped strawberries to the batter. My kids love chocolate chip pancakes, too! 

How to store cooked pancakes:

I love to make a really big batch of pancakes. After they cool, I put them in a big self-sealing bag and store them in the refrigerator or freezer. They are wonderful (just like freshly made pancakes!) reheated in your toaster oven or toaster on a low setting. You can also reheat them briefly (30 seconds) in the microwave. 

Fun topping ideas for homemade pancakes: 

Toppings give everyone a chance to personalize their pancakes. Kids love this! Here’s some ideas but don’t let this list limit your creativity. 

 

  • Fresh fruit (sliced bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, sliced peaches, etc.)
  • Whipped cream 
  • Maple syrup (use the real thing, it’s so much better!)
  • Chocolate syrup (add a sprinkling of cinnamon, it’s like Mexican hot chocolate)
  • Applesauce, with a sprinkling of cinnamon (my dad’s favorite, like apple pie!)
  • Mini chocolate chips
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Here are some more recipes for you. You can see I have a love affair with pancakes!

 

Pancake Mix - with 100% Whole Wheat Option

Pancake Mix - with 100% Whole Wheat Option

Yield: 9 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Replace your favorite boxed pancake mix with this easy homemade pancake mix!

Ingredients

For Homemade Pancake Dry Mix

  • 8 cups whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons salt

For Pancakes

  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons oil or melted butter
  • 1 cup dry pancake mix

Instructions

    1. For dry pancake mix: Whisk together and put into an airtight container, such as a jar,  lidded plastic container, or resealable plastic bag. Yield: 9 cups. Store in refrigerator (see note). 
    2. For pancakes: In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk egg, milk, and oil together until combined. Add 1 cup of dry mix and whisk until just combined. Some small lumps will remain. Adjust consistency by adding more milk.
    3. Heat a griddle over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter onto hot pan and cook for 3 minutes or until bubbles appear and do not disappear. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes or until cooked through. The length of cooking time will depend on how hot your griddle is. 

Notes

  • I recommend storing whole wheat flour in the refrigerator because of the higher fat content to prevent it from going rancid. Because of this, I also recommend that this pancake mix also be stored in the refrigerator.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 2 pancakes
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 6.2g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 87mg Sodium: 800mg Carbohydrates: 33g Fiber: 3.8g Sugar: 6.7g Protein: 8.7g
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Verdict: These pancakes are my favorite pancakes. They’re hearty and filling and I love that this mix makes Saturday mornings that much easier.
Husband’s take: The whole family devours these. I mean…that giant jar there could probably disappear in two days.
Changes I would make: None are necessary, but have fun making these your own with the suggestions I mentioned above!
Difficulty: Easy!