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Get Breakfast on the Table in a Hurry with this DIY Pancake Mix

Making pancakes from scratch can seem like a daunting endeavor on a busy morning. Is a hot pancake breakfast possible on hectic mornings? It sure is! Here’s how to make pancake mix from wholesome ingredients for a fast-fixing breakfast.

Stack of homemade pancakes on a blue plate

Most ready-made pancake mix contains unnecessary — and often unpronounceable — ingredients. Making pancakes from scratch means you get to choose the ingredients. Homemade pancakes only require a few ingredients. Making your own homemade pancakes is the surest way to know what’s in the food you’re serving your family. Plus? This homemade pancake mix is so much less expensive than the store bought version, so you’ll save on your grocery bill, too. 

Preparing this dry mix ahead of time means you can have hot homemade pancakes in a jiffy. It’s a perfect Sunday morning shortcut!

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Making pancakes from scratch

Making pancakes from scratch is easy when you learn how to make pancake mix from scratch. This homemade pancake mix is similar to store-bought baking mixes but without the partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, enriched flour, dextrose, or other yucky ingredients.

To make it, you’ll measure out the dry ingredients necessary for making pancakes, cut in fresh butter, and store this DIY pancake mix in the fridge. With a jar full of this ready-to-use pancake mix on hand, it’s just a matter of stirring in milk and an egg to make a pancake batter that will produce fluffy pancakes. If you do it often enough, you’ll be able to make these pancakes without measuring the milk in no time. You’ll know exactly the consistency they should be.

pats of button on dry flour

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Top warm pancakes with maple syrup or this homemade blueberry jam. Or try them with this homemade ginger syrup.

Be sure to read below for ideas on how to use this pancake mix as the foundation for quick and easy breakfasts all week long.

Freezing pancakes for a quick and easy breakfast (without much extra work)

Once the dry mix is put together, making pancakes from scratch is a snap, but to really speed things up, here’s a trick. Plan a day to make a double (or triple) batch of pancakes using this pancake mix. (I love Sunday mornings for this.) Eat what you need and then save the rest, cooling them completely before freezing the pancakes.

To freeze extra pancakes: 

Using your favorite waxed paper (if you’re being extra careful to avoid toxins, try a soy based wax paper) cut wax paper into squares and place a piece in between each pancake. Store pancakes in a freezer friendly container. Place a layer of waxed paper on the bottom of the freezer container so the pancake doesn’t stick to it.

Another option for freezing pancakes would be to place the cooled pancakes on a baking sheet and freeze. When the pancakes are frozen, place them into your freezer-safe container and put them in your freezer. By freezing pancakes on a baking sheet first, you reduce the chances of the pancakes sticking together and you don’t have to use waxed paper.

To reheat homemade pancakes: 

Simply place frozen pancakes in a toaster or toaster oven straight from the freezer until completely thawed and warm. Serve with freshly made warm applesauce for a yummy breakfast!

Related: Fluffy and Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes

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pancake mix in jar with pancake stack on plate

Pancake Mix

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Store this homemade pancake mix in the fridge and making pancakes from scratch will be a snap!


For dry pancake mix

  • 4 1/2 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons  baking powder, (preferably aluminum-free)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter


How to make pancake mix

  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl; mix well with a whisk. 
  2. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients until the butter pieces are the size of peas. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until you're ready to make homemade pancakes.

To make pancakes

  1. Combine 1 cup dry pancake mix, 3/4 cup milk, and one large egg together in a bowl. Whisk until thoroughly combined. There will be some clumps due to the pieces of cold butter.
  2. Melt a pat of butter on an electric griddle (these revolutionize breakfasts and cut cooking times in half) or pan set on medium-high heat, and ladle on about a 1/4 cup of pancake batter. When you see bubbles on the top of the pancakes, flip. Wait a few more minutes until the bottom is golden brown.
  3. Repeat until pancake batter is gone. Top with lots of butter, pure maple syrup, and fruit, if you'd like.


Nutrition facts are based on the pancake mix alone.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 91mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 4g

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12 comments… add one
  • Patti Jan 28, 2021 @ 4:41

    This sounds great! I grew up with pancakes (flapjacks) that were about as thick as 2 crepes, and stii have a tendency to refer to thicker ones as collision mats. I almost NEVER order pancakes when eating out (only recently found a local eatery whose thick cakes are acceptably moist) and only tried to wrap up bacon once as the cake split and crumbled. And they soak up syrup like nobody’s business. Try adding 50 to 100% more milk and making thinner cakes, you may be converted!

  • DIanne Lasky Jul 19, 2020 @ 15:27

    Can you replace your flour with gluten-free flour in your recipe? I’m eager to try this recipe, thanks!

    • Kris Bordessa Aug 6, 2020 @ 15:35

      I have not tested this, but a 1:1 flour should work reasonably well.

  • Kay Feb 20, 2020 @ 16:46

    I want to make this vegan. What can I use in place of the eggs?

    • Kris Bordessa Feb 21, 2020 @ 7:45

      I haven’t tried making a vegan version, sorry.

    • B Mar 8, 2020 @ 2:57

      Try applesauce!

  • Michelle Mar 24, 2018 @ 19:30

    Super easy recipe to make and super yummy too!

  • Brandy Flatford Dec 21, 2016 @ 14:41

    can you leave the butter out and store in the pantry?

    • Kris Bordessa Jan 5, 2017 @ 8:36

      Yes. You’d just need to add that in when making the pancakes.

  • Margie Sep 20, 2015 @ 6:06

    Also, cook up some sausage links; roll the sausage in the pancakes; instant on the run breakfast. When the kids all go to the fair and stay the week I make up a bunch of pancakes and sausage links. When they get up late and need to get animals fed or ready to show, they grab these, pop in the microwave and off they go with something that will stick for awhile.

  • Tara Sep 9, 2015 @ 17:24

    These look incredible! Hand me a fork!

  • Linda Daube Sep 5, 2015 @ 7:04

    Thank you, I knew you’d post this when I was ready. I never found a recipe for pancake mix, so I would make a double batch and freeze the pancakes in stacks of 3 for individual servings; my kids liked the silver dollar size and Mickey Mouse shapes.

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