Homemade Pancake Mix Recipe

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Make pancakes every morning with this Easy Pancake Mix Recipe! All you need is water, oil, and an egg for the fluffiest pancakes ever!

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Pancake Mix

The only issue with pancakes I have is waking up early enough to make a batch and get my kids out the door to catch their bus. Enter this utterly divine homemade Pancake Mix. If you need the perfect way to make pancakes, this is it. It’s a fast, simple method that will give you probably some of the best pancakes out there. Plus you make the base pancake mix ahead of time so when it comes time to actually make pancakes, it’s a cinch.

Main Ingredients Needed

In the pancake mix recipe, I call for a lot of common ingredients like:

  • flour
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • baking soda

and one, not-so-common ingredient: powdered milk! I hate to say it, but it really is my secret and the key to prosperity, success, and the fluffiest pancakes in the wooooorrrrrllllldddd. You can also use powdered buttermilk here for buttermilk pancakes.


Feel free to customize this mix and pancake recipe so it suits your needs.

If you have an egg issue going on, one of my readers suggested vegan egg powder.

If you have gluten allergies, use GF flour.

If you hate plain pancakes, spice it up with fruit or fancy syrup. (This homemade Cinnamon Roll Syrup is also highly recommended.) Other readers have added nutmeg, cinnamon, or vanilla to make their pancakes a little more special. Pancake Mix

How to Make Pancake Mix

For all of the nitty-gritty details, see the recipe card below.

  1. Measure out a bunch of flour, sugar, powdered milk, salt, and leavenings into a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir it together and that’s it!! Pancake mix you can use for days and days.

Storing Pancake Mix

Store homemade pancake mix in an airtight container in a cool dry place (aka your pantry).

Check the expiration dates on all of the ingredients you used, whichever one is up first indicates when your mix will go bad. So use fresh ingredients for longer-lasting mix!

This would be perfect for your food storage {if you do that sort of thing} OR, even to have on hand for a faster breakfast idea.

Making Pancakes with Mix

How to Make Pancakes with Mix

For full details see the recipe card below 🙂

  1. To make a batch of these, simply measure out 2 cups of the mix, then add in an egg, some water, and a little oil.
  2. Whisk ’til the batter is smooth and fry these little dudes up. Good things happening right here!
  3. Eat these babies hot off the griddle. Ideally with butter. And a touch of syrup… ok, A LOT of syrup.

These will have the same texture that store-bought mixes would have, but minus all the weirdo ingredients.

Yes, you still have to stand over a stove for 10-ish minutes cooking pancakes, but that’s a small price to pay after one bite of these!


How to Make Waffles with Pancake Mix

PS- This recipe also makes waffles! Whhheeeeeee!

Simply mix the batter as directed in the recipe card below but instead of frying on a griddle, pour that batter into a waffle iron. Top with desired toppings and enjoy!

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Give this Pancake Mix a whirl, you guys! You won’t be sorry 🙂

Printable recipe card and helpful video below!

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4.94 from 29 votes

Homemade Pancake Mix Recipe

Make pancakes every morning with this easy Pancake Mix Recipe! All you need is water, oil and an egg for the fluffiest pancakes ever!
servings 8 cups of mix
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


Instant Pancake & Waffle Mix

For Instant Pancakes -

  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

For Instant Waffles -

  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 1/4 cups cold water


Instant Pancake Mix

  • Measure all ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir to combine. Store in airtight containers before using.

Instant Pancakes

  • Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Fry on lightly greased griddle until golden brown.

Instant Waffles

  • Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Pour onto preheated and greased waffle iron and cook as desired.



Nutritional value is just for the dry pancake mix, not the instant pancakes or instant waffles.


Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 836mg | Potassium: 791mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 413mg | Iron: 4.9mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade pancake mix, how to make pancake mix, pancake mix, pancake mix recipe

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143 Responses
    1. Barbara Haley

      5 stars
      Thank you for this recipe, Have always keep store bought on hand, so am going to try this first thing in am. I have tried a lot of your recipes and suggestions, and so far everything has been great. Thank you so much

  1. Tisha

    5 stars
    I always thank you wave! Made the pancake mix last week when my family wanted pancakes for supper! I used half buttermilk powder in place of the dry milk. It was yummy! Used the mix again today and added red food coloring, cocoa, and vanilla to make red velvet waffles. I drizzled them with cream cheese icing. Yum, Yum, Yummy! I wish I could post a pic! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Christa

    5 stars
    I used this mix to do a brunch at our Ronald McDonald House today! My pancakes went over quite well! I made Blackberry, Banana, and Blueberry Pancakes (some plain ones too, but nobody wanted plain once they went for the fruity ones!) These were a hit!

    I added some vanilla extract for extra flavor. I also added some nutmeg for the plain and the banana pancakes. This is a very versatile mix and I could see keeping this in my cabinet for everyday use!

  3. Charlotte Gasper

    I am going too give my 12yr old a try at making these pancakes. He is so awesome at waffles, french toast. pancakes, and homemade bread (which he makes in our bread maker) Thank you.

  4. Tatiana

    5 stars
    I absolutely LOVED these pancakes. Followed your instructions exactly as written they could not have tasted any better. This is my new go-to pancake recipe. Thank you! Can’t wait to make them again! 🙂

  5. Allie

    Definitely will try this recipe! I also feel your pain, when jerks try to pull in front of you or don’t acknowledge your kindness to let them thru

  6. Kate

    I ALWAYS wave – ALWAYS!!!!! and if I’m on the interstate I flash my hazard lights for a couple seconds. 1) my kids always ask “who are you waving at?” EVERY. TIME. 2) my husband has never heard of the flashing hazards and thinks I’m insane and no one else knows what it means. Maybe I was a trucker in my former life?

  7. Wil Wu

    5 stars
    Thanks for this awesome mix recipe. It’s totally yummy. Added a bit of vanilla when making them. By the way, **wave** **wave** Thanks!

  8. Katie

    Yum!! We eat a lot of pancakes at our house. What is really nice is some buttermilk syrup over the pancakes and fresh cut strawberries. I made this one time for my husband’s family and they informed me that they were “Maple Syrup” eaters and wouldn’t even try it. Then they came to my house and my sister-in-law’s son helped make the syrup so then they gave it a try….needless to say they were converted after the first bit. You never know what you might be missing out on if you don’t open up your mind. Your recipe I am definitely going to try. Thank you.

  9. Nani'

    My family loves my pancakes! I always make from scratch! The youngest likes strawberry, the two older like chocolate chip pancakes! I’m a “seasoned ” country cook and my GREATEST PASSION is cooking for my friends and family! I cannot wait to whip up this recipe! Thank you so much for it!!!! God Bless

  10. L***

    Hi- thanks for the recipe…
    I was wondering if we can omit the powdered milk from the dry ingredients and then replace it with regular milk instead of water when ready to mix?
    Thank you:-)

  11. Karen T

    Your pancakes look so perfect! Beautiful. Thank you for the recipe…I was thinking buttermilk powder too…but hey, could just use the milk powder and then, instead of all water, a little real buttermilk too…I always have buttermilk in my refrigerator.

    Anyway, the pancakes look delicious and I am giving you a double wave…and a thank you.

  12. Lynda

    I roll down window and give about a 3-4 second thumbs up or if traffic is harried, I do the wave but always acknowledge. I too get irked when people were behind me about 4 lengths and could have merged then but wait till the last minute and expect you, their last opportunity to merge to let them in. More people who egregiously think they are entitled.
    The pancake mix is an answer to wants. Your recipes in the past have been great and I trust this will be. Will make thus today with granddaughters so they know their are options other than running to the store for a box. We can have the same with no ucky stuff. Thanks Lauren.

  13. Kathy Salazar

    Let me start with- wait for it- I Do the wave.☺️& I can’t wait to try this mix! Thank you from a mom if a girl who would have pancakes EVERYDAY if I would only cook them! Thank You!

  14. Luci {Luci's Morsels}

    I HATE jerky, ungrateful drivers. We moved to Los Angeles a year ago and few people wave to thank me. And blinkers are considered optional sometimes. And the one that really yanks my chain is people honking and speeding by/around me as I’m backing out of a parking spot. OK. I obviously need pancakes now too! I love this simple homemade version – perfect for quick breakfasts on the go!

  15. Darcelle

    Thank you! A great idea for kids who want to make pancakes on their own and have no additives/preservatives. about the curtesy wave, it is standard here when you give way to anyone, the person waves to acknowledge when passing goint the opposite direction or after they see you are letting them go in front of you. It is one of the most polite things I noticed living in England.

  16. Natalie | Paper & Birch

    You are not alone sista! Drives me batty when people don’t wave! Since you said this was the *best* I guess that means I must try it! 🙂

    1. Janelle

      I wondered the same! Since you add egg and oil to the pancake mix, I would think it’d be fine for waffles as is…but I don’t know for sure!

  17. Barbara M

    I walk alot for excercise and I have come to the conclusion that there is very little politeness out there, particularly behind the wheel. When driving, I always do the double wave one commenter spoke of, but I guess we are among the limited minority. At least we can moan a little here, thanks for giving the opportunity! That said, these pancakes look and sound just yummy!!! My daughter loves pancakes and I’ve done waffles using a similar recipe, but always end up going the ‘Bisquick’ route for hurried before-school pancakes. This looks simple, and delicious and we each have one more opportunity to high five ourselves for our home made, hand made simplicity. Thank you.

  18. Leah

    Any suggestions of a powder substitute that would make it dairy free? Still learning how to cope and substitute with my milk allergies! Do they make an almond milk powder like they do a powder milk?

      1. Jill

        Van’s Dari-Free makes a milk substitute powder that is made from potatoes. It’s got calcium and is the closest in flavor to real milk that we have found. You can buy it direct on their website. Super easy as you just mix it with water but it might take some experimenting to find the right proportion. Nice thing about the product though is that you can make it as strong or weak as you like. I feel for you! It’s really hard dealing with milk allergies when you only want to cook one thing for the whole family!

  19. S

    Cnt wait to try this!!! Been searching for the best pancake mix that i can store for later use! The pancake looks soooo fluffy! What i like abt this is it uses powdered milk! I loooove powdered milk! With the 6+ cups of flour, is 1/3 cup of sugar sweet enough? I dnt usually put syrup on my pancakes and like it plain when i eat ’em that’s y im wondering if the amount of sugar is sweet enough 🙂

    Thank you soooo much!!!

    1. Lauren

      I would only substitute half of the flour for whole wheat. If you sub the entire amount, be prepared to add more liquid to the batter when making your batches of pancakes.

    1. Lauren

      I can find self rising flour easily in Portland, but it’s easier for me to just buy all purpose flour and add in the leavenings myself.

  20. Sandra

    I’ve taught my children that you actually should *double* wave — wave once as the person lets your car in, then wave again once you’ve made your move! Twice the thanks!

  21. Kathy H.

    This sounds great for a homemade mix, but I found something wonderful at Target …… Look where the pancake mixes/syrup are, and you will see Kodiak Cakes, a brand that was featured on Shark Tank. The great thing about this mix is that ALL you add is water…..one cup of mix plus one cup of water, so if you want to make a smaller batch, just cut that down to 1/2 cup of each. They make two different flavors – Buttermilk & Honey and Whole Wheat, Oats. & Honey. It’s $4.99 a box, and it will make bunch of pancakes! I’ve only used it so far to make waffles, but they are DELICIOUS! When I don’t feel like whipping up my favorite homemade mix, this is my go-to mix I like to use!

  22. Stacey I

    Girl – drives me crazy when people don’t give me the ‘thank you wave’!!! I make sure I always do, but it is almost rare to find people that do it anymore!

  23. Bri | Bites of Bri

    Oh my gosh. I feel the exact same way! No one ever waves anymore, except apparently you and me! I’ll wave if you let me in 🙂 It irritates me that people expect it and don’t say thanks! These pancakes could solve all of that though. 🙂

  24. Karen

    Thank you so much. I am forever running out of boxed pancake mix and don’t have time to make homemade ones during the week. This will be super easy to put together. Can’t wait to make them!

  25. Donna

    Can’t wait to try this! I was wondering though… could you add some buttermilk powder for some of the powdered milk to make buttermilk pancakes?

    1. Susan Marie

      I was wondering the same thing! I always make my pancakes with buttermilk. I have some of the powder in my freezer, so I guess I’ll give it a try. However, with buttermilk, you generally don’t have to add baking powder due to the acidity of the buttermilk. Then the amount of baking soda would change, too. It’s been too long since I took Food Science in college. 🙂

    2. Amy

      The buttermilk powder I use suggests refrigeration after opening. I would guess then, that if you use buttermilk powder in this recipe, you’d have to store it in the fridge? I would think regular powdered milk would be better if you would want to store it in your pantry. Anybody try the buttermilk powder yet?

  26. Angela

    Laura this looks like a fantastic recipe! I always love making pancakes from stratch but hate measuring out the ingredients every single time for one batch, especially since I make pancakes often, this definitely reduces prep time and less dishes! I was wondering if you would post a similar recipe but for homemade microwave cake mix, like those betty crocker dessert delights? Every once in a while I enjoy a “microwave mug cake” but I find that this could be done even simpler if made an “instant” mix like this. Thanks for reading this, I love all your recipes! 🙂 xoxo

    1. Aanchal Darbari

      5 stars
      What a lovely recipe and pancakes turned out the awesomest ever, my son relished those! Forever in my kitty kinda recipe. Thanks a ton!