The title of this post lists three very important values of mine that apply to homemaking and especially to feeding my family of eight. I need our food to be simple, affordable, delicious, and also healthy. Over the years I’ve consistently looked for ways to save money. One of the best ways to do this is to cook from scratch. I also need to streamline my cooking to save time. This homemade Pancake Mix is a way I do both of those things.

Pancake mix is readily available at any grocery store and it’s not a really expensive item. Most of these mixes, particularly the cheap ones aren’t known for being healthy. By making your own mix you can customize the ingredients to fit your family. You can use a variety of flours and whole-grains and control the sugar content. With a batch of this at hand you can mix up pancakes at a moment’s notice and feel really good about what you’re feeding your family.

Finished homemade Pancake Mix.

Teaching Kids to Cook

One thing I love about this Pancake Mix is that I used it to help teach my kids to cook. Several years ago I stopped making breakfast and lunch for everyone. We have always homeschooled so it made sense when they were younger for me to make three meals a day. Once my oldest were getting to junior high and high school age I turned that over to them. When they started working and my big kids went to public school it was great for them to be able to make themselves a meal when they needed to.

They always knew this mix was in the cabinet and they would often make a stack of pancakes for a meal or even a snack. I knew they were eating something wholesome and it helped fill up those bottomless teenage bellies. Also it boosts a kid’s confidence to be able to cook!

Pancake Mix Recipe

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole-grain flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

First label a gallon ziplock bag with the instructions for making a batch of pancakes with the mix. The instructions are shown on my ziplock bag and below. Next gather your mix ingredients and measuring spoons and cups.

Ziptop bag for Pancake Mix.
Labeled Bag
Ingredients for Pancake Mix.
Ingredients for Pancake Mix
Equipment for Pancake Mix.
Equipment Needed

In your labeled ziplock bag, measure the all-purpose flour, whole-grain flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

All-purpose flour for Pancake Mix.
All-purpose Flour
Whole-grain flour for Pancake Mix.
Whole-grain Flour
Sugar for Pancake Mix.
Granulated Sugar
Baking powder for Pancake Mix.
Baking Powder
Salt for Pancake Mix.
Salt
Baking soda for Pancake Mix.
Baking Soda

Now all you need to do is seal the bag and carefully shake to combine. Make sure the bag is sealed really well or your kitchen will be covered in pancake mix. I roll the top down several times after sealing and hold it tightly while I gently shake the mix. Store in a cool place until you are ready to make some delicious pancakes!

To Make Pancakes

Using this mix is super simple.

  • 1 cup whole milk , buttermilk, or your favorite milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon mild oil or melted butter
  • 1 cup mix

In a medium size bowl, whisk the milk, egg, and oil until blended. Stir in the mix and combine. Don’t worry about any small lumps, they will dissolve as the batter sits and cooks. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes while your griddle heats. As soon as a drop of water sizzles on the griddle, add a bit of butter to the griddle, and spoon on some batter. Speaking of griddles, we use a cast iron one like this. We inherited it from Grandma Helen of the 1-2-3-4 Cake fame and use it every single day.

Back to the pancakes. Watch for the edges of your pancakes to start to look dry and for a few bubbles in the middle to stay open. When that happens your pancake is ready to flip. Pancake lore says to only flip a pancake once but no one will arrest you if you are a multiple flipper.

You can use this ratio of ingredients to make as many pancakes as you want. Just scale it up. This amount will make enough for two people who have a normal level of hunger. It’s a bit hard to gauge since my people have rather large levels of hunger. Of course the number of pancakes depends on how large you make them.