Easy 5-Minute Homemade Pancake Mix Recipe From Scratch

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How to make easy homemade pancake mix from scratch with step by step instructions. Whip up a towering stack of perfectly light and fluffy pancakes with simple ingredients in 5 minutes or less!

I used to use a lot of grocery store baking mixes, but anymore I just make my own homemade biscuit mix, and I even make a homemade cake mix for an easy dessert. I've made pancakes for a weekend treat all my life, but I'd never made a homemade pancake mix 'til I made this recipe. Boy, am I glad I did; it's so much more convenient to have this homemade baking mix on hand for a Saturday morning treat!

tall stack of homemade pancakes lathered in maple syrup on a small gray plate with fresh strawberries

There's nothing better than a stack of hot cakes fresh off the smoking hot griddle. Top them off with a lathering of maple syrup, and with your own homemade pancake mix you can enjoy the best hot breakfast or brunch no matter what day of the week it is!

Why You'll Love This DIY Pancake Mix

  • You can make this easy homemade pancake mix in 5 minutes or less, and it uses only 4 simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen pantry.
  • This recipe makes deliciously light and fluffy pancakes with perfectly crispy edges that serve up well with a lathering of maple syrup for the ultimate hot breakfast or brunch that the whole family will love.
  • DIY pancake mix makes a perfect gift in a jar for a birthday or Christmas gift swap. Don't forget to hang a little gift tag off the side with instructions on how to make the hot cakes!
  • While as I wouldn't necessarily call pancakes “healthy”, homemade pancake mix is way healthier than grocery store box mixes. You can actually pronounce the names of all 4 ingredients!
homemade pancake mix ingredients laid out on a large wooden cutting board

Ingredients & Substitutions Notes

This recipe uses pretty simple ingredients, so may already have everything you need…

How to Make Homemade Pancake Mix

This is a pretty easy recipe to make. It usually takes me no more than about 5 minutes!

How to Make the Pancake Mix

To make DIY pancake mix, simply whisk together the dry ingredients, including the flour, sugar, baking powder and sea salt in a large bowl until well combined. That's it!

whisking up homemade pancake mix in a large glass mixing bowl on a large wooden cutting board

You can store your pancake mix in an airtight container or in a large glass jar with a lid until you're ready to cook up the best pancakes ever! Stored at room temperature in your kitchen or pantry, it should keep for up to 3 months. You can also store it in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 12 months, but this is usually not necessary.

homemade pancake mix in a small glass jar on a gray and white striped tea towel

How to Make Homemade Pancakes with Homemade Pancake Mix

In my opinion, pancakes are best when cooked up on a smoking hot cast iron griddle. Before getting started, lightly oil your griddle or large skillet with cooking spray, and then set it on the stovetop over a medium heat to preheat.

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together one full batch of pancake mix with the wet ingredients, including 1 whole egg, 3/4 cup of milk or buttermilk, and 2 tablespoons of vegetable or canola oil, only until well combined.
  2. Using a ladle, scoop around 1/4 cup of your pancake batter onto the hot and lightly oiled griddle, and cook for 4-5 minutes over medium-low heat, 'til the batter has bubbled through and the bottom side is a deep golden brown. Although it's not necessary, a pancake dispenser is really handy for this step!
  3. Use another spatula to flip your pancakes, and let them cook on the other side for another 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown. I like to store my cooked pancakes on a baking sheet in the oven at 170ºF until I'm ready to eat.
3 step photo collage showing how to make and cook homemade pancakes from homemade pancake mix on a large black cast iron griddle

How to Serve Homemade Pancakes

I like to serve my pancakes with a lathering of pure maple syrup and a big dollop of homemade whipped cream or melted butter. You can also add a sprinkling of fresh strawberry slices, sliced bananas or fresh blueberries on top. Pair with a piping hot cup of coffee or tea, and you've got breakfast fit for a king!

tall stack of pancakes lathered in maple syrup on a small gray plate with fresh strawberries

Looking for other foods to serve a batch of pancakes with? We usually serve ours with scrambled eggs and bacon, but you can also fry up (or bake) a batch of pork sausage. If you're looking for a healthier side option, you can never go wrong with the fresh fruit in this mixed berry fruit salad with a simple honey dressing!

Expert Tips and Recipe FAQ's

Why are my pancakes falling flat?

Assuming that you're using fresh baking powder, this is usually caused by over-mixing the pancake batter. It's important to whisk the ingredients together only until well combined. It's okay if it's a little bit lumpy, just so long as everything is mixed together. Over-mixing will weaken the structure of your pancake batter and cause your pancakes to fall flat as soon as you pull them off the griddle.

Can I make homemade pancakes without eggs?

Yes, there are actually quite a few substitutes that you can use in place of eggs. To replace 1 egg, my favorite substitutes include 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter, 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce, or even 1/4 cup of plain Greek yogurt. You can also learn how to make your own flax egg to use in place of real eggs.

Can I make homemade pancakes without baking powder?

Yes, you can actually use baking soda instead of baking powder. You will need 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda for every tablespoon of baking powder called for. Since baking soda needs an acid to react, it's best to add 1 1/2 teaspoons of cream of tarter, or around 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to your pancake batter along with the baking soda. If you go this route, I also recommend using buttermilk in place of the regular milk.

Can I freeze homemade pancakes?

You can definitely freeze leftover pancakes. Once cooked, let them cool completely before transferring to an airtight container or freezer bags and into the freezer. Stored this way, your flapjacks should keep for up to 3 months.

Recipe Variations

If you're looking for ways to switch things up, here are a few ideas as to what you can add to your pancake mix…

homemade pancake mix in a small glass jar with a lid on a large wooden cutting board

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tall stack of homemade pancakes lathered in maple syrup on a small gray plate with fresh strawberries

Homemade Pancake Mix

Easy homemade pancake mix from scratch. Whip up a hot breakfast of light and fluffy pancakes with simple ingredients in 5 minutes or less!
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Course: Breakfast, Breakfast and Brunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 pancakes
Calories: 63kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff

Ingredients

Instructions

How to Make Homemade Pancake Mix

  • Start by whisking together the flour, sugar, baking powder and sea salt in a medium mixing bowl until well combined.
  • Transfer your pancake mix to an airtight container or glass jar with a lid, and store it at room temperature for up to 3 months, or in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 12 months. That's it!

How to Make Homemade Pancakes with Homemade Pancake Mix

  • Before getting started, lightly coat a griddle or skillet with cooking spray, and then set it on the stovetop over a medium heat to preheat.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together one full batch of pancake mix with the wet ingredients, including 1 whole egg, 3/4 cup of milk or buttermilk, and 2 tablespoons of vegetable or canola oil, just until well combined.*
  • Use a ladle to scoop around 1/4 cup of your pancake batter onto the hot and lightly oiled griddle, and cook for 4-5 minutes over medium-low heat, 'til the batter has bubbled through and the bottom side is a deep golden brown.
  • Then flip and let your pancakes cook on the other side for another 2-3 minutes, 'til golden brown.
  • Pull your pancakes off the griddle, and lather them with butter and maple syrup. Add a dollop of whipped cream on top and serve immediately!

Notes

*The secret in making perfectly light and fluffy pancakes is in NOT over-mixing the batter, which will weaken the structure of the batter, resulting in tough and chewy pancakes that fall flat as soon as they come off the griddle. A little bit of lumpiness is okay; whisk only until well combined.
Can you freeze leftover pancakes?
You can definitely freeze leftover pancakes. Once cooked, let them cool completely before transferring to an airtight container or freezer bags and into the freezer. Stored this way, your flapjacks should keep for up to 3 months.
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 2g | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg
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