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How to Use Pancake Mix to Make Muffins Instead

Updated on November 30, 2012
Muffins: delicious little morsels that can be anything.
Muffins: delicious little morsels that can be anything. | Source

You May Not Buy Muffin Mix Again!

It is said that necessity breeds innovation. Thinking about how to use pancake mix to make muffins definitely was because of necessity. I had promised to make muffins for some friends, and it was one of those times I had procrastinated just a little too long and had no materials to make any from scratch. With a quick look, I discovered I did not have a box of muffin mix either and it all came down to pancake mix.

Sure, they are both a kind of cake and both quick bread preparations. Sure, blueberry pancakes could easily turn into blueberry muffins. What do they put in the mixes though? How should we modify the mixture? These were all easily answered with a quick trial and error. Now, it is pretty easy for me to just make muffins from pancake mixes and nobody knows the difference!

The Process

Using a bit of understanding about different kinds of batter, we can use logic to guess our way into making an appropriate consistency for muffins - however I will make it easy for you and tell you what I did, and why.

I'm rounding up for a larger group of muffins here, so start with 4 cups of pancake mix.
Should make 24.
Eggs: 2. Eggs transform the batter to be more cake like, thickening it and allowing it to raise more.
Milk: 2 Cups. Water has no taste, milk makes the batter more rich and moist.
Vegetable Oil: 2/3 Cup.
Sugar: 8 Tbsp. Pancake batters are never sweet enough for me, and aren't for muffins either, especially because maple syrup and muffins would tell people your secret!

Pancake mix (like any dry mix) is prone to clumping so make sure you mix all of the ingredients well. 425 for 15 minutes should be enough but what you are looking for is the delicious golden brown - you might even try the toothpick method of poking the center with a toothpick and pulling it out to inspect the dryness of the muffin.

Note: All mixes are different, but most boxed mixes of any kind are really hard to mess up. Go with your gut and add a little more or less for the right consistency.

Delicious Chocolate Chip Muffins!
Delicious Chocolate Chip Muffins! | Source

Pancake Mixes and More: Millions of Possibilities

Many millions of muffins can be made from this recipe, only your imagination is the limit. Pancake mix can be in many flavors: Strawberry, Blueberry, Apple Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice, etc. If you can't find those kinds of mix don't be afraid to add flavors yourself. Add some cinnamon, remove most of the liquids and replace with equal amounts of applesauce, steep your milk with tea to make chai spice muffins, or throw in chocolate chips or powder: there is no limit to possibilities.

Remember though, don't add too much or it could alter your muffins in a bad way. In baking there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. One time I slipped and put in too many chocolate chips. 15 minutes later I opened the oven to a chocolate monstrosity! (The best kind of monstrosity, I might add, but a monstrosity all the same.)

I hope you enjoy your muffins, and have fun experimenting with it as well!


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      Nora411 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Very interesting! I'm always improvising as well (out of laziness to actually go grocery shopping!). The pictures look declious great job!