Pancakes can be an easy breakfast to pull off on weekends or weekdays without a lot of trouble. Making a homemade pancake mix keeps you from making trans fat filled pancakes that are an ingredient standard for most box pancake mixes. I need a large 13-Quart mixing bowl to mix my dry ingredients in and then I store the pancake mix in a large sealed storage container.
Boxed Pancake Mix vs Homemade Pancake Mix
Just look at the back of a store bought pancake mix box and then look at the ingredients below in this recipe and see the difference. Besides there being a whole lot of ingredients, some maybe you don’t recognize the worst is the addition of partially hydrogenated oils which are high in trans fats which raise bad cholesterol, i.e. not good for heart health.
So, if you’re like us trying to eliminate as much processed food as possible, not buying boxed pancake mix is an easy thing to stop buying once you make your first batch of homemade pancake mix. It’s easy, will stay fresh in your sealed container for about 3 months and makes breakfast easy on the weekends. Also, if you make a big batch, freeze the rest of the pancakes and you’ve got a quick weekday breakfast by just popping some pancakes in the toaster.
Easy 3 Step Pancakes
To make the pancakes with the instant mix you so smartly made ahead of time:
- Combine melted butter, eggs and milk in large mixing bowl
- Measure out dry mixture and add to wet ingredient bowl and stir until combined without dry clumps./
- Batter up and cook your pancakes!
Optional Additions for Homemade Pancake Batter
Cranberry Orange Buttermilk Pancakes
Use buttermilk for milk in recipe, add 1 Tbsp Orange zest and fold in 1/2 cup dried cranberries to final batter
Add 1 cup frozen or fresh berries
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Substitute 1 cup of milk for 1 cup of whole milk ricotta, 1 Tbsp lemon zest or 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Add 1/2 cup good quality dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (Or just drop a few pieces of chocolate onto each pancake after poured unto griddle before flipping to other side) to batter along with 2 Tbs peanut butter (or other nut butter of choice) and 1 large mashed banana.
I could go on and on with combinations I do using this basic pancake mix. Get creative and don’t be afraid to experiment and create your own delicious combination!