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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!

A glass container full of Pancake Mix with a measuring cup in it.

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!

  • 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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A glass container full of Pancake Mix with a measuring cup in it.
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!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
  • 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: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pancake Mix
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Anna Burns
February 9, 2020 9:43 am

5 stars
That was absolutely delicious. I added 2 eggs and a tsp of vanilla to the mix and my family just devoured the pancakes. Thank you!!!

April 20, 2020 7:21 pm

5 stars
So excited! My hubby and I travel by sailboat and camper. This is a breakfast must! Easy to make ahead and just grab when it’s time to go.

B. K.
August 23, 2020 5:04 am

4 stars
So, as good as this recipe is, and convenient, I added a couple of ingredients. I made a smaller batch, but for the full 4 cup recipe, add 2T powdered vanilla, and 2T malted milk powder . You can add more if you wish. Also, I sifted everything together. I just think it blends the ingredients better, and makes them fluffier.

September 27, 2020 3:24 am

Your cake making recipe is great. I went completely crazy to make it and eat it. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful recipe.

August 6, 2020 1:40 pm

Great recipe! I modified because I wanted extra protein and fatty acids for backpacking, so I added 1 c hemp seeds and 1/2 c ground flax & chia powder, plus an extra 1/4 c sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon for taste. The hemp seeds are a strong flavor in such large quantities but adding a little sugar helped, as does applesauce (either mixed in or on top). I also subbed 1/2 white flour and 1/2 locally sourced whole wheat. I think mixing in some buckwheat next time would be great too. Gettin crunchy over here! Thank you for making my… Read more »

July 15, 2020 9:28 pm

5 stars
Just what I was searching for oh, this one is definitely a keeper!!! Loving 🥰 it- since Coronavirus and hubby’s broke leg I’ve been doing a “LOT” more in-home cooking and this recipe is a life saver. Thx 🙏 you. All the I had to add eggs, milk, etc this is “perfect”. Again many 😊 thanks

Marie Griggs
May 26, 2020 6:43 am

My husband likes thin pancakes. Can I add more water to make the batter thinner ?

May 26, 2020 10:39 am
Reply to  Marie Griggs

Yes, you can add water to make a thinner batter.

March 26, 2020 2:49 am

No pancake mix to be found in stores, so when doubt-go to Pinterest! Glad I found your recipe, thank you!

April 29, 2020 4:17 pm
Reply to  Karen

That’s exactly why I was looking for a work around too. Bonus that it looks healthier than the boxed stuff.

Frank Pedroza
February 8, 2020 7:09 pm

I appreciate this recipe. My wife makes my pancakes with blueberries. Our grandkids just love them. We have now taught our 14 yr old granddaughter how to make them and she now does every weekend! No more store trips!

Yu Lin
January 9, 2021 7:01 am

5 stars
Can I use protein powder instead of dry powdered milk?

November 28, 2020 6:10 pm

Would this recipe work with powdered buttermilk instead of powdered milk?

Glenda s
November 12, 2020 6:44 pm

This is good. I make mine with milk and a little bit of cinnamon.

November 10, 2020 6:03 am


October 11, 2020 12:01 am

5 stars
Easy peasy! I keep this on hand in my pantry. Husband ❤s these pancakes. It’s a staple when we go camping.

October 10, 2020 1:22 pm

Great idea. Save $$ and time and mess in kitchen. Good thinking v

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