Homemade Pancake Mix

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Making pancakes from scratch doesn’t have to be complicated or take a long time. Make the process easy and delicious with this homemade pancake mix. Whip up a batch of this dry mix every couple of months, and you’ll be ready to make pancakes whenever your heart desires.

close up of homemade pancakes from dry mix

I’ll be honest. I have a special affinity for breakfast. It’s probably my favorite meal to make! You may remember I owned and operated a Bed and Breakfast in St. Marys from 2008 to 2013.)

Like many other people, one of my go-to’s for breakfast is pancakes, yes, even on the weekdays! I have been intending to share this homemade pancake mix recipe with you for YEARS. I’m not sure what’s taken me so long.

When I ran the B&B, pancakes were on the breakfast rotation. Having a homemade dry pancake mix to use made those mornings just a little bit easier, and this is the exact recipe I used. So, I guess you could say it’s been Bed & Breakfast tested and approved!

maple syrup being poured from a bottle

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The best thing about making and storing homemade pancake mix is that you know exactly what’s inside of it. You don’t have to worry about any extra additives or chemicals that other boxed mixes sneak in.
  • You can customize this recipe to make it as sweet or as fluffy as you like.
  • You can whip up a big batch, and then you only need to combine it with your wet ingredients whenever the craving for pancakes strikes. Once the batter is prepared, you can customize it any way you like. Toss in blueberries, add chocolate chips, stir in peanut butter… the possibilities are almost endless.
large mason jar style canister of dry pancake mixture


If you’ve never made pancake mix, you might be surprised to learn that you probably already have all the ingredients. My homemade pancake mix is made with pantry staples and can be put together in minutes.

Dry Pancake Mix

  • All-Purpose Flour: This really is the best kind of flour to use in pancakes. You don’t need any special variety.
  • Sugar: use regular white granulated sugar.
  • Baking Powder: Use both baking powder and baking soda to make the fluffiest pancakes.
  • Baking Soda: This creates the perfect chemical reaction for fluffy pancakes.
  • Salt: Just use enough to enhance the other ingredients.

Pancake Batter

Once the dry mix is prepared, you’ll need to add a few wet ingredients to make a batter for pancakes. For this, you will need:

  • buttermilk
  • milk
  • egg
  • butter
  • vanilla extract

The exact amounts are listed below in the recipe card. Other than the buttermilk, it’s likely you have most of these items in your refrigerator or pantry.

(Side note: You can make buttermilk at home. Just add 1 tablespoon white vinegar OR 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. Stir to combine.)

stack of 8 round pancakes on a white plate
small stack of pancakes with toppings

How to Make

  1. Just grab a big jar, toss in these ingredients, whisk to combine, and your pancake mix is ready! (You will find the full ingredient list and amounts in the printable recipe card below.)

dry homemade pancake mix in a container
  1. To make the batter, whisk together all the wet ingredients and then add to the prepared homemade pancake mix. It’s that simple. Your pancake batter is ready to go.
batter being whisked in a mixing bowl
  1. When I make pancakes, I like to use a cast iron griddle on my stovetop. However, an electric griddle or even a nonstick pan works equally well.
pancakes on a griddle made with homemade pancake mix
  1. I add a little butter to the griddle and then remove any excess with a paper towel. Once the griddle is hot, it’s time to make the pancakes.

Tip: After pouring the batter on the hot griddle, I let the pancake cook for 4-5 minutes before flipping it. I know it’s time to flip the pancake when I see lots of bubbles on the surface.

making pancakes on a stovetop griddle

How to Serve

This pancake mix will give you delicious, fluffy pancakes. To finish them off, I highly recommend a pat of butter and a generous amount of pure maple syrup. (Avoid the “maple-flavored” syrup you find at the grocery store and opt for the real thing.)

The BEST maple syrup is from Fining Home Farms.

Voila! Your homemade pancakes are ready to be enjoyed!

pat of butter and maple syrup atop pancakes made with homemade mix

Frequently Asked Questions

Before we get to the pancake mix recipe, here are some questions people often ask about it. If you don’t see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.

How do you store the dry mix?

This mixture can be stored in an airtight container on your counter or in a cabinet for up to three months.

Is it cheaper to make or buy pancake mix?

How much it costs to make or buy pancake mix depends on the quality of the ingredients you buy.

It’s easy to find boxed pancake mix on sale for just a few dollars. So, if you use organic flour and organic sugar, your homemade pancake mix will cost you more. However, if you buy flour, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder in bulk, the cost per pancake is cheaper than a boxed mix.

It’s really tough to compare.

Is pancake mix just flour?

No, pancake mix is not just flour. It contains some kind of sweetener, salt, and ingredients that help make the pancakes fluffy and helps them rise while they cook.

What type of flour is best for pancakes? 

The best type of flour to use in pancakes is all-purpose flour. This is fantastic news because it is the easiest kind to find (and has the cheapest price tag). 

You can also make these pancakes gluten-free. Just use a 1:1 replacement gluten-free flour

What is the purpose of milk in pancake mix?

Milk adds a rich flavor to your pancakes, but it has other purposes too. It helps to dissolve the flour and bring other ingredients together. Honestly, you don’t have to use dairy milk. Use your favorite type – even almond or oat milk. 

Remember to use unsweetened milk when you make pancakes with this recipe because I added sugar to the homemade pancake mix. If you use sweetened almond or oat milk, it will make the pancakes taste extra sweet.

plate of syrup coated pancakes

Recipe Variations

We all love a classic pancake recipe, but it’s fun to switch it up from time to time. I’ve used this homemade pancake mix in different ways over the years. You can add in things like:

  • blueberries,
  • chocolate chips,
  • peanut butter chips,
  • nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds),
  • bananas,
  • and the list goes on.

Here are two variations that I’ve photographed and shared here on the blog.

Funfetti Pancakes

Colorful sprinkles and frosting create an epic breakfast treat for a birthday, celebration, or just because. These Funfetti Pancakes will put a smile on anyone’s face.

Funfetti Pancakes on a plate with a fork.

Mini Pancakes

Take your breakfast and brunch to the next level with these adorable and delicious mini pancakes! I stacked my pancakes five high, secured them with a toothpick, and topped them with fresh berries and pure maple syrup for the ultimate presentation and flavor.

maple syrup on pancakes

Oreo Pancakes

If you’re tired of the same old pancake recipe and crave something more exciting to start your day, look no further than these decadent Oreo pancakes. Made with a homemade pancake mix and crushed Oreo cookies, these pancakes are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth and adding a fun twist to your morning routine. I mean, Oreos for breakfast, what’s not to love?! 

stack of Oreo pancakes on a plate with whipped cream and syrup.

Give As a Gift

This homemade pancake mix recipe also makes an excellent holiday gift. Make a batch of the mix and pair it with high-quality pure maple syrup. And if you’re looking for more handmade gift ideas, I have them. Want More? I have an entire collection of gifts you can make.

holiday gift basket with homemade pancake mix and bottle of maple syrup
stack of pancakes on a plate

There you have it – the best mix to make the most fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth, yummy pancakes ever. I hope you’ll give this recipe a try. Enjoy!

homemade pancake mix pinterest image

More Breakfast Favorites You’ll Enjoy

And with all of that out of the way, you can find the full recipe for these Mini Pancakes below. As always, I certainly hope you’ll give them a try. If you do, please come on back to the blog and leave a comment and five-star rating. 

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Homemade Pancake Mix

One of my go-to’s for breakfast is pancakes. And today I’m sharing my Homemade Pancake Mix recipe with you. Just whip up a batch of this dry mix every couple of months, and you’ll be ready to make pancakes whenever your heart desires.
5 from 14 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, pancake mix, pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 10 pancakes
Calories: 218kcal


Dry Mix:

Wet Mix:


  • To prepare the pancake mix, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a large jar or container. Use a whisk to thoroughly combine all the ingredients. This pancake mix can be stored for up to three months.
  • To prepare the pancake batter, add the buttermilk, milk, egg, melted butter*, and vanilla extract to a medium bowl. Whisk together to combine. Add 1 cup of the prepared dry mix. Stir until just combined. Let the mixture sit for1-2 minutes before cooking.
    *allow the melted butter to cool a bit before adding.
  • Set your griddle on medium-low heat. Brush with butter. Allow the butter to melt. (Optional: Remove any excess butter with a paper towel.)
  • Pour 1/4 cup* of the batter onto the hot buttered griddle. Cook the pancake until bubbles form on the top and the bottom is golden. (This will take bout 4-5 minutes.) Flip the pancakes and cook about 2 more minutes until golden.
  • Serve with butter and pure maple syrup.
  • This recipe will make 10 pancakes with dry mix left over.



*1/4 cup of batter makes a 3-inch pancake. You can create a larger or smaller pancake by adjusting the amount of batter you use.


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 656mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 2mg

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