You’re going to love this simple and easy homemade pancake mix recipe. It’s a perfect start to your morning and you may already have all of the ingredients needed for this recipe hiding in your pantry.
Keeping pancake mix on hand can really cut down on prep time in the kitchen in the morning which means you have more time to find the misplaced kid’s shoes. Plot twist, they’re in separate rooms.
My favorite pancake mix
This recipe is simply my favorite. It always produces soft and fluffy pancakes and one batch can last several mornings so it’s truly worth the time and effort of mixing a few things together.
I enjoy making this pancake mix recipe a tad healthier too. While it already has whole wheat flour in the blend, sometimes I even throw in ¼ cup of flaxseed or swap out a little flour for ground oats.
This helps to give a little more nutritional value which is great because we all know a stack of these flapjacks will be smothered in syrups. Scroll down for a list of homemade syrup recipes that will knock your socks off.
Homemade pancake mix ingredients
- Flour: You will need a combination of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour to get a good blend of gluten for these pancakes.
- Sugar: Adding in granulated sugar will make the pancakes perfectly sweetened and help to get a nicer edge on them as they cook.
- Leavening agents: We want our pancakes fluffy and soft and to do that you will need a mixture of both baking powder and baking soda.
- Salt: Adding in one tablespoon of salt will help to enhance all of the flavors in the batter so that they all turn out incredible tasting.
To turn the mixture into pancakes you will need
- The homemade pancake mix: You will need only 2 ¼ cups of the mixture which is almost ⅓ of the total mixture you made.
- Milk: Adding milk will help to moisten and activate the ingredients as well as add a nice flavor. You can add more or less milk depending on how thick you like your batter to be.
- Lemon juice: Just a little bit of fresh lemon juice will help to add a bit of freshness into the pancake mix so that they taste great.
- Egg: Eggs help to make the pancakes taste richer and to add structure to the pancakes so that they hold up when cooked and turn out fluffy.
- Butter: Adding butter to the pancake mix will make the pancakes taste incredible. You may want additional butter for greasing your skillet or griddle as well.
How to make homemade pancake mix
In an airtight container or in a baggie, combine all of the pancake mix ingredients. This includes the flours, leavening agents, sugar, and salt.
- Mix until well blended and evenly distributed.
- Seal the airtight container and store it at room temperature until ready to use.
- See the recipe card for how to turn the pancake mix into freshly cooked pancakes.
FAQs for DIY pancake mix
This pancake mix if properly stored in an airtight and sealed container could remain fresh for up to several months. For best results, I recommend using it within 3-6 months as this helps to avoid the leavening agents losing potency and can help to lower the risk of getting the pantry bugs we often see in the southern states. That said, you can freeze the dry mix until ready to use as well.
Yes, a lot of people do this for various reasons but if you would like, you can whip up a batch of wet premade pancake batter following the instructions on the recipe card and then leave it well covered or in an airtight container in the fridge overnight. This cuts down on morning prep time and all you need to do is heat up the pan! Pancake batter can be stored in the fridge for about 3-4 days.
If you find yourself overmixing the batter, you may overstimulate the glutens in the recipe and cause the pancakes to turn out flatter than intended. Other culprits can be overcooked pancakes, pancakes that are turned too soon, or pancakes that were squished with the back of the spatula as they were cooking.
My Favorite Pancake Mix
For the mix:
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon table salt
To make pancakes:
- 2 1/4 cups pancake mix
- 2 cups milk
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 large egg
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled
To Make the Mix
- Whisk all together and store in an air-tight container. Or a baggie.
To Make the Pancakes
- Whisk milk and lemon juice together and set aside to thicken for a few minutes.
- Whisk egg into melted butter into the milk.
- Gently mix into the pancake mix, do not over mix. There will be some lumps.
- Cook ’em up and enjoy!!