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!

Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: Super easy to make, wholesome, and much more economical than commercial mixes.

How long it takes: 5 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: bowl or container
Servings: makes 9 cups (which will make 54 pancakes)

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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? For a simple food like pancakes! It’s kind of disturbing.

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. 

Pancake Mix Ingredients

This is what you’ll need: 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 Turn This 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 heating up on the stove.

Here’s what you’ll need
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  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or oil
  • ⅔ cup milk (more or less to taste)
  • 1 cup dry homemade pancake mix

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! 

Pancake Yield

One batch 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. Do the math: that’s 54 pancakes!

When your griddle is nice and hot, pour ¼ 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! Keep reading for a bunch of topping ideas.

If you’re making pancakes for a big crowd 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 (with a wire rack if you have one) and keep them warm in the oven. Don’t cover them with foil because that will make them get soggy. 

A stack of pancakes on a plate, topped with a pat of butter and lots of maple syrup.


Should I use milk or water for pancake mix?

For this homemade pancake mix, you definitely should use milk or a milk alternative. Some premade mixes already have dry milk included so you can just add water to those. Follow the directions on the box.

What do you add to runny pancake mix?

Oops, sometimes that happens. Try stirring in a tablespoon or two of the dry mix or even just plain flour to thicken it back up.
To avoid the mix from getting too runny, don’t overmix the batter. Stir in the dry ingredients just until they are barely blended into the wet ingredients. It’s okay if there are a few lumps.

Make It 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.). Bob’s Red Mill has a gluten-free 1:1 flour that you could try (but I haven’t tested that).
  • Instead of melted butter, substitute a mild tasting oil, such as canola or corn oil. You can also use melted coconut oil, if you prefer.
  • Add a teaspoon of vanilla or ½ teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter. 
  • Add blueberries, bananas, or chopped strawberries to the batter. My kids love chocolate chip pancakes, too! 
  • Not in the mood for pancakes? Try homemade French toast (I have tips for making the best French toast ever) or muffins.

Storage & Reheating Tips

The pancake mix can be stored in an airtight container for at least two months. If you used all whole wheat flour, you may want to store it in the refrigerator. I always refrigerate my whole wheat flour so it doesn’t become rancid.

Make-Ahead Idea: Why not make a really big batch of pancakes? After they cool on a wire rack, put them in a large 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

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

Love homemade pancakes?

Here are more recipes for you. You can see I have a love affair with pancakes! I even have another website devoted mostly to pancakes although you’ll find lots of other breakfast ideas there, too.


Pancake Mix – with 100% Whole Wheat Option

4.20 from 5 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 54 pancakes
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For Pancake Mix

  • 8 cups whole wheat flour (see note)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons salt

For Pancakes

  • 1 large egg
  • cup milk (any type)
  • 2 tablespoons oil or melted butter
  • 1 cup dry pancake mix


Pancake Mix:

  • Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt 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). 

To Make Pancakes:

  • Heat a griddle over medium heat. In a medium-sized 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. Thick batter produces thick cake-like pancakes; thin batter produces thinner, crisper pancakes.
  • When griddle is hot, pour ¼ cup of pancake batter onto 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 and how thick you made the batter.


  • Any type of flour can be used, or a combination. Try all-purpose flour, white whole wheat flour, cornmeal, buckwheat flour, etc.
  • 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.


Serving: 2pancakes, Calories: 256kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 8.7g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 6.2g, Cholesterol: 87mg, Sodium: 800mg, Fiber: 3.8g, Sugar: 6.7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Elizabeth Oram says:

    1 star
    Do not use this recipe. When you mix up a batch of pancakes from the “mix’, they do not rise at all, its like frying flour and water. The recipe needs a lot of work it is not ready for primetime. Wasted a lot of good whole wheat flour.

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Hello – we have made this recipe many many times and it always turns out well! Did you remember to include baking powder (not baking soda)? If so, was it fresh? Did you make the pancakes with milk, eggs, and oil or butter? This isn’t a just add water mix. Trying to help you troubleshoot because this recipe has been tested countless times.

  2. Margo Teper says:

    We love this whole wheat pancake mix. I won’t be buying store bought mix any more. I was wondering if you can use this mix to make waffles. I would think I should add another tablespoon of oil

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      That makes me so happy! I’m so glad you like it. I haven’t tried using it for waffles, but I think you’re on the right track about the extra oil. I’d make sure to really beat the eggs well too, get them nice and fluffy for good airy waffles. Let me know if you give it a try! Thanks for taking the time to come back and leave a comment!

  3. Lindsay says:

    Hi! Love this! Do you think this could be used to sub for Bisquick in a recipe? I’m thinking of using this for sausage balls over the holidays!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      You know, I’m not 100% sure! I think bisquick includes some type of oil or shortening, so I’m not sure it would work. Maybe if you added a little butter into the sausage balls? It might work if you use a greasier pork sausage.

  4. denise says:

    I make pancakes from scratch a lot.

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Us too! :)

  5. Gina Gutierrez says:

    Hi! Is there an expiration time on the pancake mix? Keep this mix in the refrigerator? Even if you use regular flour? Do you have to have the pancake mix come to room temperature?

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      I keep it in the fridge because of the whole wheat flour, but it’s not 100% necessary. It just prolongs the shelf life a bit. It will keep for at least 6 months in the fridge. No need to let it come to room temp, great question though!