Easy Pancake Mix (Just add water!)

October 04, 2019 − by Rachel Farnsworth − in Breakfast Ideas, Pancakes and Waffles − Comments Off on Easy Pancake Mix (Just add water!)

Stop overpaying for the package mixes at the store and make your own pancake mix at home. The recipe for this mix is super easy and fast—keep it on hand for even easier and faster pancakes! Just add water!

Pancake Mix

It’s hard to be a weekend warrior after a long, trying week. Pancakes sound so good, but they take too much effort. Not anymore! This easy to make recipe for homemade pancake mix is the solution for the “weekend worn-outs” (close cousin of “case of the Mondays”). The mix itself is super easy to make, and stores for up to 6 weeks! Once you know how to make your own pancake mix, you will never buy the packaged kind again!

Everything you need to make this simple mix is probably in your pantry. If there is one item you may need to pick up, it’s probably non-fat powdered milk. Grab some the next time you’re at the grocery store, and you will be set for batches of these babies to come. Once you put it together, seal the bag and you’re ready for the next time you have a hankering for some flapjacks—weekend, weekday, or what have you!

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  • How long will this mix keep?

    This mix should keep for about 6 weeks in an airtight container at room temperature. You can store it up to 2 years in the freezer, or if it is made without the powdered milk. If made without the powdered milk, the pancakes can be prepared using fresh milk instead of water, for a richer flavor and texture.

  • Can I use powdered milk that has fat in it?

    Yes. The recipe calls for non-fat, as the shelf life is longer for non-fat powdered milk. You can use a full-fat powdered milk too, just be sure to mark your pancake mix with the same “best by” date found on the powdered milk container. Alternately, you can omit the powdered milk and use milk instead of water when you prepare the pancakes. In that case, the shelf life is up to 18 months.

  • Can I make this mix with whole wheat?

    Yes. Whole wheat is much heavier. If you are going to substitute the flour out for whole wheat, increase the baking powder to 3 total tablespoons.

  • Can this mix be used with add-ins?

    Yes. This mix is definitely add-in friendly. You can add half to a full cup of any fruit of your choice to the batter. We love blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and apples. You can also use raisins, chocolate chips, craisins or bananas…hey, go nuts! No really, nuts are also delicious in pancakes.

If flapjacks are your favorite, check out these delicious renditions of the venerable pancake—you won’t be disappointed:

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Easy Pancake Mix (Just Add Water!)

Stop overpaying for the package mixes at the store and make your own pancake mix at home. The recipe for this mix is super easy and fast—keep it on hand for even easier and faster pancakes! Just add water!

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Servings: 30 pancakes


  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup nonfat dry powdered milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt


Mix Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, powdered milk, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  • Store in a large airtight container at room temperature.

Cooking Instructions

  • When ready to make pancakes, preheat nonstick griddle to medium high heat. For every 1 cup of pancake mix, whisk with 3/4 cup water. 1 cup of mix makes 4 to 5 pancakes.

  • Scoop 1/4 cup of pancake batter onto griddle. Let pancakes cook until bubbles form before flipping. Flip and cook other side until golden brown. Serve hot with syrup.


Serving: 1pancake | Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 239mg | Potassium: 143mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 0.6% | Vitamin C: 0.3% | Calcium: 6.7% | Iron: 5.3%

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