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Homemade Pancake Mix Recipe

5 from 23 votes

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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!

pancake mix

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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Feeling adventurous with Pancakes? Try these recipes out:

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

Printable recipe card and helpful video below!

5 from 23 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 mins
Total Time 10 mins


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. Jonathan

    5 stars
    GREAT mix recipe! I modified it a tiny bit by adding vegan powdered egg to the recipe (4 rounded tablespoons) and it turned out FANTASTIC, and even more instant (you just have to add a tad more water)!
    Powdered egg recipe here: https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/energ-egg-substitute-egg-replacer-without-eggs/

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  6. Benessi

    I’m super excited to try this recipe! I like the ease of pancake mixes but always feel that they have funky stuff in them so this would be so much better!

  7. Ann

    This is exactly what I’m looking for! Planning on making this over the holidays for our family and some out of town guests. Thank you!

  8. Pat Bowen

    I enjoy all your recipes you post on your sight. I am very ill now and not eating much, but l can dream of a better day. I want to make the pancake mix so when l can eat they will be ready to make. Great idea.

  9. Lee

    I am wondering if instead of using instant dry milk powder, fresh milk could be used in recipe replacing the water?

    I enjoy following Lauren’s latest.

    Thank you,

  10. Becca Rehme

    5 stars
    Hi Lauren!

    We have been using your waffle mix for our after church dinner on Sundays for over a year. We love it! Thanks so much.

    I collaborate on a newsletter for our HOA, and I wanted to ask permission to put your recipe with my review in the newsletter. I’d put your website with the article so you’d get credit and perhaps more readers.

    Thanks for your consideration!

  11. farhana

    I took 1 cup mix , adjusting other ingredients accordingly. But the water was not enough.so instead of 1/2 cup water, according to the given ratio , I used 1 cup water to attain the desired consistency.is the instruction wrong , or I am not getting something?

  12. Linda

    5 stars
    I found your recipe on Pinterest recently and tried these pancakes this morning. Everyone loved them. I plan to make multiple batches for my Breakfast Basket family gifts this Christmas. thanks for sharing.

  13. eileen

    I have been looking for this for the longest time. I can’t wait to use it. Thee are so many nice pancake mixes on the market but they are so high in sodium. This looks just great!!!

  14. margaret

    5 stars
    I like to grate a little fresh nutmeg for amazing fresh taste. I also let any pancake or waffle batter rest for at least 5 mins. so that the ingredients have time to absorb and work their magic.

  15. Tia

    5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe now at least three times! (Family of three, pancakes MAYBE once a month, but guests get them the rest of the time)- AMAZING recipe! My only question is why do mine always come out almost an inch thick! LOL People eat one pancake and they’re full 😀 Best way to feed a crowd, that’s for sure, especially with homemade fruit syrup!

  16. Sarah Simas

    5 stars
    Found this recipe via Pinterest. My kids love pancakes and while I love the convenience of ready-made mix, I don’t care for a lot of the ingredients–namely the partially hydrogenated oils and preservatives. I made this recipe today and even though I goofed on my estimates at the store and was short a 1/3 cup of the powdered milk, these were still DELICIOUS!! Light and fluffy! To die for! My 4 yr old gobbled hers up. lol

    Some could probably argue the extra steps of adding egg and oil plus the water as not nearly convenient as the store bought “just add water”. However I think not having to measure out all the ingredients every time, every morning for homemade pancakes is a time saver–plus, anything homemade is better than store bought/processed food anyway. I love the idea of a “from scratch” pancake quick! A total win-win!!

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  17. Emily

    Can I substitute buttermilk for the water to make buttermilk pancakes? Do I need to make any other adjustments?

    Thank you,


  18. Christine

    Made a half batch because I wanted to make sure I liked them before I put together a full batch, Kind of wish I would have done even less. They were nothing like the boxed pancake mix. When I asked my fiance how the pancakes were he said “try a different recipe” They were very dense and thick and bland. They looked as though they would be fluffy but were not. They didn’t absorb butter or syrup very well either. Weird. I will not throw out my leftover mix though. I think I will use it up by trying to add a bit of vanilla. Hopefully that will make them at least tolerable. Maybe adding a bit more water will thin them out too…. I’ll post a follow up if it improves the flavor and texture at all.

    And I’m sorry but nice people don’t need a thank you to feel good about the nice thing they did.
    ps. I do wave.

  19. Donna

    I love the idea of homemade pancake mix. I would add a little flax seed to it to add fiber. You don’t taste it and it adds nutrition to the mix. Can’t wait to try this.

  20. Beth Walters

    Ah, people neglecting the hand wave. I grumble when that happens too.
    I frequently do the hand wave thing twice, just to make sure the person that let me in sees it and doesn’t think I’m ungrateful. Because I’m not. Ungrateful that is.
    Speaking of gratitude, this looks awesome. I don’t like buying the mixes, but sometimes you just need a quick fix, so this is great.
    Consider this a hand wave of thanks. Make that two, just so you know I’m saying thanks.

  21. Reno Trüssel

    5 stars
    Hi Lauren
    I just made a batch of your mix to take with us on ski vacation. We are looking forward to enjoying some goooood pancakes! I always mix the mix the night before and put it in the fridge over night. That way, all the ingredients are completely hydrated. I’ve found that it makes for tastier, smoother pancakes.
    Cheers Lauren and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  22. Robin

    I remember my mom would always make us pancakes before we headed out the door for school something she said we always needed warm in our bellies! But I remember when she run out of syrup she would make us some any ideas?

  23. Annetta Montgomery

    I’m wondering if you have a pancake recipe that is gluten free? My grandson, who loves to come over to Grams’ house (that’s me) on the weekends is on a gluten free diet. It’s hard to be making two different kinds of meals to accommodate him, but I do it. I have a fantastic recipe for him for chocolate, chocolate chip cookies (bought the pre-made box of chocolate chip cookies and it made half of my recipe (and they were not very good) – at twice the price of my recipe. He’s always happy to get my cookies – and limits himself to make them last longer. His dad (my son) would just gobble them up. By the way …… i absolutely LOVE your recipes, thoughts, etc. (And I, too, live in Portland!)

    I’ve decided to make up a bunch of pre-made recipes and tuck them in a basket for each of my two son’s families for Christmas. Did some of that last year and they loved it. This recipe will be one of the gifts!