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Easy Recipe Idea: How to Make Your Own Pancake Mix

Updated on November 25, 2007

Making your own convenience mixes is surprisingly easy. Many frugal shoppers choose to save money by making their own mixes rather than purchasing more expensive pre-packaged options.

Making your own mixes from bulk ingredients allows you to control the contents of the foods that your family eats. You can significantly reduce your family's consumption of preservatives by choosing to make your own food mixes. Making your own mixes can also have a positive impact on the environment by reducing your use of small, individually packaged items.

Easy Homemade Pancake Mix Recipe

Equipment Needed: Food processor


  • 8 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 4 ½ cups of white flour (not self rising)
  • 2 ½ cups of dry milk powder (nonfat)
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • ¾ of a cup of wheat germ (toasted)
  • 1/3 of a cup of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 2 cups of shortening


Place all ingredients in your food processor. Pulse until well combined and mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Place in an airtight canister or other container and store in a cool and dry location. Mix will keep for up to six months if stored properly

Making Pancakes with Your Homemade Mix:

The above recipe for pancake mix will make approximately eight batches of prepared pancakes using the following recipe:


  • 2 ¾ cups of pancake mix (recipe above)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups of water


Note: Homemade mixes are likely to prone during storage. Be sure to spoon homemade mix into a measuring cup to measure rather than scooping it out of the container.

Heat your electric pancake griddle, or allow a non-stick skillet to heat over medium heat on the stove. Combine all ingredients, mixing well with a whisk. Use a soup ladle or measuring cup to drop approximately ¼ cups of mix at a time on cooking surface to form circles. Cook until first side is brown, and flip with a spatula to cook the second side. Serve immediately with butter and syrup, or your other favorite pancake toppings.

Pancake Topping Suggestions:

The following pancake toppings are great variations for pancake meals. When you want something a little more adventurous than pancakes and syrup, consider trying one of the following:

  • Fresh apples sautéed in butter and cinnamon
  • Canned apple pie filling
  • Canned cherry pie filling
  • Fresh blueberries and whipped cream
  • Fresh strawberries and whipped cream

Stir-in Additions:

Another great way to vary the flavor of your pancakes is by stirring in additional ingredients prior to cooking. Try adding the following items to pancake batter for an interesting take on pancakes:

  • Chopped pecans
  • Fresh blueberries (do not use frozen, the pancakes will be too soggy)
  • Cooked chopped ham
  • Crumbled cooked sausage

Waffle Recipe Variation:

You may also use this mix to make waffles. Simply pour prepared recipe into a preheated waffle iron instead of using a pancake griddle or cooking on the stovetop.

If you like this recipe, see My Breakfast for Dinner hub for other delicious and eay ideas for meals featuring breakfast items!


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  • dobo700 profile image


    7 years ago from Australia

    Great idea. Those sound yummie. I'll have to try them...and maybe make up some of my own.

  • licot profile image


    8 years ago

    now i can make my own pancake fiesta for the whole family luv so much when come to pan cakes as breakfast and tea time....

  • Lamme profile image


    8 years ago

    Great idea. Making your own pancake mix is probably less expensive and certainly makes breakfast much faster! Thanks for the recipes.

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    mary cain 

    10 years ago

    horses smell better then pancakes lol will they do

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    lydia main 

    10 years ago

    some pancakes i do not like is blue barry SICK and ido not eat them with butter

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    10 years ago

    very good i like them

  • mgwhite profile imageAUTHOR

    Mary White 

    10 years ago from Mobile, AL

    Food Storage - I have never worked with powdered eggs, so I'm not sure. But ... I feel sure that is how the "just add water" prepackaged mixes work ... so it would probably be fine.

  • foodstorage profile image


    10 years ago from Utah

    Do you think it would work to add in powdered eggs to the mixture? I'm reall intrigued by this concept as I store pancake mix in my food storage and would LOVE to use your recipe to create my own. If all you had to add was water it would be a FANTASTIC food storage item!

  • DaddyCakes profile image


    10 years ago from Newport Beach, CA

    Wow!!! Your pancake mix recipe sounds good. Daddy Cakes® Pancake Mix was created because we wanted better pancakes...then we made them and all of our neighbors wanted our "Daddy Cakes Pancake Batter". Right now we make 9 different flavors:

    Glamorous Gingerbread, Sinful Cinnamon, Bountiful Buckwheat Buttermilk, Better Batter Buttermilk, Sensuous Strawberry Sensation, Criminal Chocolate Chip, Vivacious Vanilla, Witty Whole Wheat, Blueberrry Bonanza Blast

    We use real fruit and great ingredients making all of the "Just Add Water" - great pancakes made nice and simple.

    Here is what one store owner commented just today:

    "We have had great success with Daddy Cakes at Telluride Panhandler.Our customers are attracted to the brightly colored and whimsical can,but they return because of the fluffy pancakes! Anne and Tom Connor - Telluride Panhandler"

    Another customer sent us this comment also:"We just finished our pancake breakfast thank you very much! We served 10 people and have a couple left over. The chocolate chip ones were a hit with the kids (even one of them that was saying he didn't like chocolate chip ones, with his mouth full of one of your chocolate chip ones). Of course he was a bit surprised when we told them what he was eating! The adults went for the buckwheat ones and our friends that are with us usually don't eat pancakes for breakfast (me too actually) because of the severe crash an hour after. They are both really bad and feel sick usually. You will be pleased to know that this did not happen with your wholesome recipe! My friends husband thought they were a little too expensive but we did the math on how many they fed and it was decided per person it really isn't expensive. Now I want to try some of the other flavors so I will need to place an order. Do I just order on line and do you have any favorites? What about the wheat and the gingerbread?"

    If you want to try some great pancake mix, but you don't want to start from scratch, then get some Daddy Cakes® Pancake Mix.

  • MrMarmalade profile image


    11 years ago from Sydney

    I am alsom a pancake lover

  • embitca profile image


    11 years ago from Boston

    I love pancakes. My mother used to make them from scratch years ago, but we've gotten lazy over the years. I'll have to try this because I wonder what kind of difference the wheat germ adds.


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