Homemade Pancake Mix
This homemade pancake mix makes the tastiest fluffy pancakes in a matter of minutes. All you have to do is add water. So keep this convenient mix on hand for a quick and easy pancake breakfast any day of the week!
Why this recipe is so great:
- Just add water – When you have a hankering for pancakes, all you have to do is add water to this pancake mix. You don’t need to add any eggs or milk because there is already milk powder in the mix.
- Tall and fluffy – These pancakes cook up nice and tall and perfectly fluffy. They’re also perfect for adding your favorite mix-ins like chocolate chips or blueberries.
- Keeps for 3 months – This recipe makes enough pancake mix for about 5 batches of pancakes and keeps for 3 months when stored in a dry cool place in an airtight container.
How to make homemade pancake mix:
All you need is all-purpose flour, milk powder, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix it all up in a large mixing bowl, transfer the mixture into a large airtight container, and store it in a cool, dry place for up to 3 months.
Substitutions and variations:
- All-purpose flour – Can be substituted with whole wheat pastry flour. However, there will be a slightly nutty taste from the whole wheat flour and the texture won’t be as fluffy. It’s best to only substitute half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour.
- Milk powder – Milk powder adds richness and flavor to the pancakes but can easily be omitted from the mix and replaced by using milk instead of water when you make the pancakes. You can also use any kind of plant-based milk for a vegan option.
- Add-ins – Add 1/2 a cup to 1 cup of your favorite berries, chopped fruit, or chocolate chips to your pancake batter for more fun!
- Savory pancakes – You can also use this mix to make savory pancakes by adding mix-ins like crumbled bacon, grated cheese, and diced veggies to change things up.
Is it cheaper to make your own pancake mix?
It depends on the recipe, though in most cases, it’s very close in cost. But homemade is better for you and tastier than boxed mixes.
How do you make pancakes from scratch without milk and eggs?
You can make basic pancakes with simply flour, sugar, baking powder and/or soda, salt, and water. However, the milk and eggs add moisture and richness, leading to much tastier pancakes.
What do eggs do in pancakes?
Eggs add rise and structure. The fat from eggs adds richness and flavor.
Is it better to add milk or water to pancake mix?
If the mix already has dry milk powder in it, then simply add water. If it does not, then it’s better to add milk.
What makes pancakes more fluffy?
Leavening agents and eggs provide the rise for pancakes, making them more fluffy.
Is it better to make pancakes with butter or oil?
It’s much better to make pancakes with butter because it provides better flavor and the crispy edges we all love.
You might also like:
- Easy Bread Pudding
- Breakfast Hand Pies
- Lemon Blueberry Muffins
- Chocolate Chip Scones
- Old-Fashioned Donuts
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Homemade Pancake Mix Recipe
- Total Time: 15 minutes
This homemade pancake mix makes the tastiest fluffy pancakes in a matter of minutes. All you have to do is add water!
Dry Pancake Mix
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup dry milk powder (see notes*)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
To Make Pancakes
- 1 cup pancake mix
- 3/4 cup water
- butter or oil for greasing
- In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients. Transfer the mix to an airtight container. Label and store in a cool dry place for up to 3 months.
Preheat and lightly grease a griddle or pan over medium-high heat.
Whisk together 1 cup of dry mix with 3/4 cup water.
Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto prepared griddle or pan. Let pancakes cook until bubbles form and golden brown on the bottom before flipping. Flip and cook other side until golden brown. Serve hot with syrup. Makes about 5 pancakes.
Tip: Add an egg to the batter for extra flavor, richness, and even fluffier pancakes.
*Milk powder adds richness and flavor to the pancakes but can easily be omitted from the mix and replaced by using milk instead of water when you make the pancakes. You can also use any kind of plant-based milk for a vegan option.
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Cook Time: 10 min
- Category: breakfast
- Method: pan fry
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: homemade pancake mix recipe
16 Comments on “Homemade Pancake Mix”
This is a delicious easy recipe! Love it
Aww, thanks Joanne! Glad you like it:)
What? No eggs?
You can add an egg if you wish, but it’s not necessary.
Hey Lily. Are there additives in powdered mik?
No, powdered milk is simply milk that has been evaporated and dried to a powder.
I love the idea of my own pancake mix! Can I just add some melted butter or oil with the water. Will try a small amount without first:)
Thanks! And yes, you can replace 2 tbsp of water with melted butter or oil. Enjoy the pancakes!
Can this mix be made successfully with gluten free cup-for-cup flour?
Yes, it can:) Enjoy!
Hi lily..this is a great recipe for our camping family..as always when I wanna bake something you are my first go..love love your recipes..big ty
Aww, you’re very welcome, Donette! And thank you for your kind words. xoxo
Is there no lard, shortening or butter in your make ahead pancake mix? Can’t say in my 65 years plus of baking and making make ahead mixes for camping trips with the children and many times the neighbors children too ( all adults now save for one special needs grandchild who just turned 15 in January 2021. And the birth of our third great grandchild where an early ultrasound in May revealed baby would be a girl for her two older rambunctious brothers ages 5 and 2 who our grandson and granddaughter in law hope their baby sister can help in stopping them from fighting and arguing so much.
Nope, there is no lard, shortening, or butter in this mix. Just the milk powder which makes it really convenient for camping. I hope the new little sister is able to keep the peace between her two brothers, lol.
Thank you Lily, I figured the dry milk powder would help in replacing the lard and butter I always use, so would give your recipe a go as I’ve not made one of your recipes dear hubby and I haven’t enjoyed.
Oh, yes, we are ( both sides of the family of mostly little boys) are all hoping new little sister will help in keeping the peace between her two brothers without her wanting to be a rough and tumble baby sister just like her brothers! lol.
PS should add baby sisters first name is Millie. Grandson and Granddaughter in law especially, always wanted to name her first girl Lily, but an auntie said she was the first person to claim the name Lily. Then an auntie named her dog Lily. So, the closest they could get to the sound of Lily, without offending any family members, was Millie.
Oh man, family politics. Well, I’m glad they found a name they were happy with and not offend anyone:)
Thank you for sharing and I hope you enjoy the pancakes!