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Homemade Instant Pancake Mix for FLUFFY Pancakes

Homemade Pancake Mix for the very FLUFFIEST pancakes ever! All the ease and convenience of a mix, but all the great TASTE of making them from scratch! #pancakes #mix #recipe

We are BIG TIME convenience food people in my home, because, like so many of us are– we are BUSY.

My husband is a full time student and works about 20 hours per week at his part time job. He leaves the apartment between 6am-7am in the mornings and oftentimes isn’t home until after 9pm.

Meanwhile I’m a stay at home mom. But I’m also a full-time work-from-home mom, which a lot of people who know us don’t realize.

Homemade Pancake Mix for the very FLUFFIEST pancakes ever! All the ease and convenience of a mix, but all the great TASTE of making them from scratch! #pancakes #mix #recipe

And so I get “that look” a lot when people ask me what I do. Or when they say something to the extent of, “so you stay home with your daughter, right?”

And I go on to say something like “oh, well, I work from home.”

“Oh, really? Doing what?”

“Um. I, oh, you know…. I’m a blogger.”

Enter: “the look.”

The look that says, “Since when is blogging work?”

And even when people are trying to be a little gentler about it, the look still says something like, “Wait. Did I miss something? Are people calling blogging work now? Well, okaaaaaaayyyy…… if you say so!”

So I quickly tack on, “And-I-put-in-about-50-hours-a-week-and-make-money-doing-it-so-it-really-is-a-real-job.”

The conversation usually ends there. Either the person I’m talking to decides they aren’t interested in someone who spends 50 hours a week in the kitchen and on her laptop, or I change the subject, because I still haven’t found a way to make “baking cookies and taking pictures of them” sound like a grown up job yet.

Homemade Pancake Mix for the very FLUFFIEST pancakes ever! All the ease and convenience of a mix, but all the great TASTE of making them from scratch! #pancakes #mix #recipe

It’s okay, though. I know it can be confusing. I mean, how many people get to work from home, enjoy what they do, and have it involve so much dessert?? It’s a hard concept to wrap your brain around, for sure.

Anyway. It can be a really busy and chaotic gig– mom, wife, domestic, baker, photographer, blogger, etc… And it doesn’t always leave enough time for the from-scratch meal preparation I’d like to provide for my family. So when I can, I make meals ahead of time and freeze them for the week, or stash a bulk batch of granola in the pantry for snacks, or make a double recipe of homemade bread (since we go through a lot of grilled cheeses!).

This week, I discovered homemade pancake mix. And it. is. AWESOME. Seriously, all you add is a cup of milk and an egg to the mix, and you end up with the FLUFFIEST, delicious homemade pancakes. I keep mine stashed in the refrigerator, because I used real butter. But if you sub in margarine, shortening, or coconut oil, you could store the mix in your pantry.

Homemade Pancake Mix for the very FLUFFIEST pancakes ever! All the ease and convenience of a mix, but all the great TASTE of making them from scratch! #pancakes #mix #recipe

Homemade Pancake Mix


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour (or a combination of whole wheat and all purpose, I did half and half)
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter, cold


  1. Whisk together all of the dry ingredients.
  2. Cut in the butter with a fork (butter will need to be a little soft to use a fork) or pastry cutter until the mixture is crumbly. Try to get the butter into as small of pieces as possible so that it will be evenly distributed among the mix.
  3. To make pancakes: mix one cup of milk, 1 egg, and 1 cup of the mix together until a smooth batter forms. Cook on a griddle or skillet like normal (I recommend microwaving the mix in the bowl for 30 seconds before mixing in the milk and egg- this will soften the butter if you are storing it in the refrigerator).
  4. 1 cup mix = 6 pancakes.

This post is actually dedicated to another busy, blogger mom! Mandy over at Mandy’s Recipe Box is expecting a new little bundle of joy, and a bunch of us bloggers who just adore her wanted to throw a surprise virtual baby shower for her!

So today we’re all posting baby shower related posts. When I was making these pancakes, I couldn’t help but feel like they would be perfect for the occasion, because I’ve decided that I’m baking a giant batch of this for all new mommies from now on. Seriously, it’s so perfect to stow away for a quick breakfast on those days when you really just don’t feel like you have the energy to make a meal (and even a Daddy could whip up a batch without messing anything up!).

So Mandy, dear: I wish you the best of luck and happiness in welcoming your little baby into the world!! And may your first days together be full of love and pancake breakfasts :) .

Mandy Baby Shower

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Ashton is the owner and author ofSomething Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador.Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.
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59 Responses to “Homemade Instant Pancake Mix for FLUFFY Pancakes”

  1. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on January 27, 2013 at 5:55 pm (#)

    I know the look very well. Even some of my BEST FRIENDS and FAMILY don’t understand. Which is why my blogging buddies are awesome! I’ve been looking into making my own pancake mix, now I don’t have to! Thanks Ashton!

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on January 27, 2013 at 7:40 pm (#)

    Amen sister. I love the “look.” I get it all the time, even from friends. It’s awesome! ;)

    This mix really is awesome. I love the idea that I can use coconut oil. So trying this – I love to make a bunch of pancakes on the weekends and have them for during the week.

  3. Ashley Addison posted on January 27, 2013 at 10:03 pm (#)

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I can’t wait to try them. I haven’t had a really nice, fluffy homemade pancake in quite some time now, and it is certainly time that I did!!! Thanks again for sharing, and as for the look, I wish I was blogging enough to get “the look” at least it would make me feel better about what I do, !!!

  4. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on January 27, 2013 at 11:10 pm (#)

    Okay, totally digging this! SO much better than the box stuff, and just as easy.

    And even though I have another job in addition to the blog, but I haven’t told ANYONE I work with (or even most of my family) because I don’t want “the look.” It is so nice to have my bloggy friends to share my passion with–don’t know what I’d do without all of you. :-)

  5. Back For Seconds posted on January 28, 2013 at 1:42 am (#)

    No way! I totally have a post for homemade instant pancake mix ready to go once Skinny January is over! Love the photos :)

  6. xandra posted on January 28, 2013 at 7:49 am (#)

    Yes! I get the look!
    In fact, some blogger friends and I started a tumblr that embodies this sentiment (as well as embraces the super fun things we have the perfect excuse to do!), and I’ve just linked to your article:
    hope to try the pancakes soon. mmmm

  7. Erika posted on January 28, 2013 at 11:02 am (#)

    I saw these on your instagram and knew I had to come check these out! They DO look incredibly fluffy and delicious–pinning to make asap! Thanks for the totally delish looking recipe!

  8. Shiloh Barkley posted on January 28, 2013 at 12:37 pm (#)

    yumm! your pictures are ridiculous!

  9. Mandy's Recipe Box posted on January 28, 2013 at 12:50 pm (#)

    This is a perfect gift for a new mom! I love this idea and will need to use it on the new mom’s I know. Thanks so much for celebrating, Ashton! You gals are awesome and I love this surprise!

  10. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on January 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm (#)

    I get the same look from people when I say I “work” at a blog! They just don’t understand there is money involved in baking and recipes. That’s ok…we will show them one day when we are rich and famous! LOL! Love this fun homemade pancake recipe. Pancakes are one thing my kids will eat for breakfast!!!

  11. Melissa posted on January 28, 2013 at 2:15 pm (#)

    This is awesome! I love pancakes, but I don’t have time to make them from scratch in the mornings. I’ll definitely be trying this recipe…thanks!

  12. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos posted on January 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm (#)

    My kids can’t get enough pancakes, if they knew I could make them so easily now they’d beg for them everyday!!

  13. Teri posted on January 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm (#)

    Well you know people have a preconceived idea of what a job is….and they have no imagination to think beyond the box. I wish I could stay home and blog and bake for a loving instead of driving over 80 minutes one way to work in a stressful neuro trauma unit…. Gonna try these out since my hubby Loves breakfast anytime as a meal…thanks all of you for what you do and taking “the look” in stride….

  14. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen posted on January 29, 2013 at 4:20 pm (#)

    This is a great recipe! We eat a crazy amount of pancakes here on the weekends so this will come in handy!

  15. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake posted on January 29, 2013 at 6:16 pm (#)

    What a fabulous idea to keep this mix on hand to throw together Pancakes in no time! I’m with you, people don’t think of blogging as a job, but it totally is!

  16. Kayleigh posted on February 17, 2013 at 6:52 pm (#)

    I made & cooked this pancake mix last night and the kids hated it! :/ I only ate it because I didn’t want to waste, I had to smother my pancakes in syrup. Between the baking soda and baking powder it was just too much and made them taste a little bitter. Any suggestions? I’m thinking maybe I should just add one or the other, but not both. I made sure to measure everything exact and mixed it all up really well.

    • Ashton posted on February 23, 2013 at 10:25 pm (#)

      Honestly, I’m not sure what it could be! A couple of other people have left comments saying it worked for them, and we just love the recipe in my house. Darn, I wish I could have been right there with you so I could maybe pin point what the problem is! :( If I get any more commenters with ideas, I’ll be sure to let you know!

    • PB posted on July 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm (#)

      Did you perhaps get the baking soda and baking powder mixed up? Too much baking soda would make them bitter. I made these today and they were great.

  17. Mia posted on February 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm (#)

    I found this on Pinterest and made this morning…..oh my goodness are they delicious!!! No more instant add water mixes for me and my kids! Thanks so much!

  18. Cynthia posted on February 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm (#)

    I came across your blog through a Google web search for a homemade pancake recipe because we ran out of mix in the pantry and I was craving some pancakes. The recipe is simple to make, and I was able to whip up a batch of pancakes in a very short amount of time. Hubby and I loved how fluffy and delicious they turned out, I definitely will not be going back to box mixes anytime soon, not after tasting these. Thanks for the recipe!

  19. Wendy posted on March 3, 2013 at 11:26 am (#)

    After getting up this morning, to find out that i had no bisquick to make pancakes. I decided to use what i already had at home. I googled homemade pancakes and decided to use this recipe. It was so much better than my usual bisquick. The only change i made was that i added 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Thank you for sharing!

  20. Terri Garrett posted on March 27, 2013 at 9:33 am (#)

    I have just begun blogging so I am not anywhere near knowing how to make money at it though I am looking forward to the day I can say It is my job and get the look! :) right now Its a passion and I want to let as many people know as possible what is in the food they are buying and a healthier even fun way to provide their family with food that will not cause cancers and other disorders and illnesses.

    • Terri Garrett posted on March 27, 2013 at 9:39 am (#)

      PS. LOVE LOVE LOVE The Pancakes! This is the second recipe I have tried on the internet for homemade pancake mix, with twin 5 year old boys with special needs I have to make as much foods in advance as possible. Though I still want it to be homemade and not filled with preservatives and chemicals! THIS RECIPE IS A KEEPER!

  21. Jayme posted on April 7, 2013 at 11:08 am (#)

    I am a stay at home mom that has all the accessories you listed being a “stay at home” blogger mom. I think this is the coolest job I’ve ever heard of! With the cost of daycare being more than you would make at any part time job this is a good idea. Just one question… How do you get started? I am seriously interested!!!

    • Ashton posted on April 7, 2013 at 9:40 pm (#)

      Oh, how I wish I had a quick answer for you :) I guess the simplest answer is: just start! It’ll evolve on it’s own, and then just keep asking around for tip on how to grow!! :)

  22. Mary posted on April 22, 2013 at 11:59 am (#)

    Hey, going to try the pancakes right now with my two little sistsers, who are ALWAYS wanting to help cook! I read them this post and showed them the pictures of the pancake and my little 5 years sister said “Ughh, we need to tell her RIGHT now that that is a real job. Because what she does is a real job!” So, just thought that we would let you know that what you do is a real job and thanks for the recipe! :D

    • Ashton posted on June 12, 2013 at 11:58 pm (#)

      You are SO sweet! Thank you for the comment :)

  23. Michelle posted on April 24, 2013 at 8:03 am (#)

    Thx for the recipe! My kids couldn’t even tell they weren’t from a box. I even added 2 Tbsp of soy flour to each cup of AP flour for a protien boost. Super easy and quick. Thx!

  24. Stella posted on April 28, 2013 at 1:10 pm (#)

    How long can you store this mix in frig if made with butter?

    • Ashton posted on April 29, 2013 at 8:14 pm (#)

      Honestly, I have no idea. I’ve had mine in the refrigerator for…. 3 months? I think. And we just made some a few days ago and they were great!

  25. Stephanie posted on May 2, 2013 at 11:24 pm (#)

    Thanks for sharing your pancake recipe. I made them tonight for dinner because breakfast just sounded good and they were AMAZING!!! They just melted in your mouth and they taste so rich and almost like a cake…maybe that’s where the name “pancake” comes from. I will never buy pancake mix again. Thanks so much.

  26. Tif Le Nevez posted on May 15, 2013 at 3:37 am (#)

    So glad I stumbled upon this recipe! I’ve never made my own pancakes before and never realized just how easy it is! I’m never buying it in a box again! Thank you :)

  27. Holly Jackson posted on May 16, 2013 at 10:53 am (#)

    I think it is great that you are able to stay home and do something you love and make money. I wish that I could think of cool things to blog about and make money the same way. do not worry about the faces people give you they are just jealice that they do not get to have fun at their job and stay home too. Enjoy being home with you kids and keep blogging.

  28. Chrystian posted on June 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm (#)

    Hey now your Pancakes were not what they said they would be. i followed the instructions and just a complete mascarade of nasty pankes. i would thouroughly make surer your pankakes will be wat they said to be

    • Ashton posted on June 12, 2013 at 11:48 pm (#)

      Sorry they disappointed you! I’m not sure how to advise since they work great for me and for many of my other readers who have left comments here! Did you make any adjustments?

    • Tiffany posted on August 10, 2013 at 10:16 am (#)

      I just made these for the first time. They’re great. Try again, maybe something got switched when measuring.

  29. PB posted on July 13, 2013 at 2:52 pm (#)

    I made this this morning and they were great. The people who complained clearly did something wrong. They did not taste bitter as another person said. She probably mixed up the baking soda and backing powder. That would make a bitter taste. I have long been using a recipe on called “Fluffy Pancakes” that is great. I asked the kids if they thought there was anything different about the pancakes I made today and one said, yes, they are better. I mixed them in the food processor. I think probably cutting in the butter rather than melting it makes for a better pancake. Cutting in the butter is such a great idea. Makes it so much easier.

    • Ashton posted on July 13, 2013 at 11:19 pm (#)

      So glad you liked them! They’re our favorites! And so convenient if you make them ahead of time :)

  30. Lindsey Whitney posted on August 9, 2013 at 8:14 am (#)

    I just found your blog. I came here for the pancake mix, but I love your introduction! I know just what you mean. I’m not a “pro” blogger yet, but I still have trouble explaining to people what I’m always doing online! :) Heaing off to explore more of your tasty treats!!

  31. Tiffany Walker posted on August 10, 2013 at 10:09 am (#)

    Freaking delicious! Looked through a bunch of recipes. Decided to try this one. I got lucky to have found an awesome one on my first try. You rock! Will try some more of your recipes. Thank you!

  32. Sarah Mc posted on September 25, 2013 at 7:44 pm (#)

    Thanks for this great recipe I made it a few weeks ago and am just now commenting on it. I don’t know if I saw it on your site or some other as a great idea to give pancake mix to a new mom. I mixed up a batch of this along with some other food and brought it to my friend who had twins and they loved it! Thanks for the great recipe. I had never made mix before, usually just mix up my cakes from scratch the day of but this recipe is a keeper!

  33. April posted on October 5, 2013 at 11:50 pm (#)

    Loved the recipe. The Pancakes were fantastic. I added a bag of Jimmy dean turkey sauage scrambles to two cups of mix.

  34. Lindsie posted on January 20, 2014 at 6:38 pm (#)

    Blogging IS work! I love this recipe, thank you so much for sharing. I have added your blog to my Mommy Blog list on my website because I think you ROCK!

    Keep it up Mama!

    Lindsie =)

  35. Charity posted on March 9, 2014 at 10:36 am (#)

    This does not HAVE to be refrigerated? Even with the butter?

    • Ashton posted on March 11, 2014 at 9:00 am (#)

      Correct :) I mean, some people are freaked out by not refrigerating butter, so that’s your call. But I can personally attest that it doesn’t go bad or get a funny taste or anything. Of course, it’s never lasted more than 3-4 weeks at our house, so I can’t vouch for anything longer than that…

  36. Jennifer posted on March 23, 2014 at 3:36 pm (#)

    Making these for dinner (3 year old requested pancakes and bacon, it’s Sunday – why not)!. I don’t like whipping out the food processor all the time for small tasks, so I grated cold butter – simple and quick!

  37. Sherry posted on April 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm (#)

    I just made these this morning because I was out of pancake mix they totally delivered my son said they were his favorite pancakes ever!

  38. Marianne posted on June 10, 2014 at 5:46 pm (#)

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I WAS looking for a ‘just add water’ recipe because we tend to use a LOT of eggs (family of 7) so we tend to go through eggs and not have any in the fridge at times. But I looked at the recipe and changed my mind. I will be making this in BIG batches as it’s an easy breakfast i can make ahead and throw in the freezer or in the fridge night before. Just made two batches of homemade syrup and 3 batches of premixed pancake mix I got last year through Christmas food basket (HUGE bag of it). I know the bag isn’t going to last forever so looking for a recipe now! Again thank you! :D

  39. Jeremy posted on September 10, 2014 at 1:52 pm (#)

    Just made this morning and mine didn’t turnout fluffy at all seemed more like creeps then pancakes. 1c. Mix 1egg 1c milk not sure what I did wrong

    • Jeremy posted on September 10, 2014 at 1:53 pm (#)


  40. Sarah posted on September 14, 2014 at 3:42 pm (#)

    Thank you for a great recipe ! Do you think one could skip the butter/margarine in the mix, and add fresh butter just before cooking? I am writing from Italy and I would love to give a Recipe in aJar with this recipe! GRAZIE!

    • Ashton posted on September 15, 2014 at 3:42 pm (#)

      You could, but I am not sure of the correct measurement of butter to give you! I can tell you that you could still give this as a recipe in a jar– you could use margarine or shortening even to keep it shelf stable, or you could just tell the recipient to store the mix in the fridge :)

  41. Carmen posted on December 1, 2014 at 2:57 pm (#)

    I made these pancakes this morning, this recipe is a keeper for me! My pancakes were not as fluffy as the picture above but they were still great and perfect for me. I did use a whole stick of butter because 4 tablespoons seemed to get lost in the flour. I told my husband, “No more Bob Evans for me.” These were much better! 

  42. Mo posted on February 28, 2015 at 12:10 pm (#)

    we made these with 1 cup mix, 1 egg, 1 cup milk. It was so runny and they came out flat.. I tried again since we had the rest of the mix. I thought I misread the directions and just added 1 egg and 1 cup milk but soon realized that wasn’t right so  just kept adding milk until it looked like a good consistency. They turned out great. However I would love to know what went wrong the first time. We only need a few pancakes at a time. 


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