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Homemade Instant Pancake Mix

This homemade pancake mix is easier to make than going to the store and buying a box! It keeps for months and makes fluffy, delicious, homemade pancakes.

This homemade pancake mix is easier to make than going to the store and buying a box! It keeps for months and makes fluffy, delicious, homemade pancakes.

Pancakes are my J-A-M. I could eat pancakes every single meal, every single day, and never tire of them. I’ll eat them out of a cup, in muffin form, made of oatmeal, full of bananas



Nothing, NOTHING, beats a soft and fluffy, buttery pancake with maple syrup. It just never gets old.

This homemade pancake mix is easier to make than going to the store and buying a box! It keeps for months and makes fluffy, delicious, homemade pancakes.

Of course, I have several from-scratch recipes that I use frequently. Especially our favorite Buttermilk Pancake Recipe. But even so, I really don’t mind using a box mix to make pancakes. They always turn out so fluffy and perfect, it’s hard to not love a batch of box mix pancakes!

Did you know you can make your own box mix at home?? You can get the same fluffy pancakes, the same convenience, and the same delicious taste box mix pancakes– from scratch in your own kitchen. And without the box mix price!

It’s seriously so easy. With just a little mixing and ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, you’ve got enough mix for SIX batches of pancakes. You can keep the mix stored for 3 months at room temperature. And when you’re ready to whip up a batch of pancakes, all you need is milk and an egg.

This homemade pancake mix is easier to make than going to the store and buying a box! It keeps for months and makes fluffy, delicious, homemade pancakes.

The key to making a home “instant” mix is to obviously minimize the number of ingredients you’ll need to add in later by combining as much as you can ahead of time in the mix. Flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda are all fine to go in. And by using oil as the fat, you can go ahead and mix that in too! Vegetable oil is shelf stable, so you won’t need to keep the mix refrigerated. And it actually mixes really well with dry ingredients like flour without making a soppy mess.

It’s very important that the oil be THOROUGHLY mixed in throughout the dry ingredients. Everything needs to be evenly distributed for a mix to work properly when it comes time to make the batter. I used a pastry cutter (or you could use a fork) to cut the oil into the dry ingredients until large clumps formed. From that point, I used my hands to make sure everything mixed together really well.

You can see what it looked like when I was done in the picture above. Look familiar? If you’ve seen Bisquick, it should! This mix has the exact same look and texture as Bisquick (which is my preferred store-bought baking mix for pancakes).

This homemade pancake mix is easier to make than going to the store and buying a box! It keeps for months and makes fluffy, delicious, homemade pancakes.

This homemade pancake mix is easier to make than going to the store and buying a box! It keeps for months and makes fluffy, delicious, homemade pancakes.

When you’re ready to make pancakes, simply mix together 1 cup of mix, 1 egg, and 1 cup of milk or buttermilk. I’ve found that when I use regular milk or skim milk instead of buttermilk, I like to add a little more than 1 cup of mix, probably close to 1-1/4 cup, to thicken the batter a bit.

Voila! Soft, fluffy, irresistible pancakes with all the ease of a box mix made from scratch.

This homemade pancake mix is easier to make than going to the store and buying a box! It keeps for months and makes fluffy, delicious, homemade pancakes.

Happy pancake making!

Homemade Pancake Mix

This homemade pancake mix is easier to make than going to the store and buying a box! It keeps for months and makes fluffy, delicious, homemade pancakes.


6 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tbsp baking powder

1 tbsp salt

6 tbsp sugar

3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil

To make the pancakes:

1 cup pancake mix

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk or whole milk

optional: 1 tsp vanilla extract


Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar.

Cut in the oil with a pastry cutter or fork (I actually like to use my hands after it's mixed in a bit). BE SURE that the oil is thoroughly mixed in throughout all the dry ingredients. There should not be any big clumps of anything wet.

Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

To make the pancakes:

Whisk together the mix, egg, and milk until smooth batter forms.

Cook on a greased griddle or skillet, using 1/4 cup batter per pancake.

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This homemade pancake mix is easier to make than going to the store and buying a box! It keeps for months and makes fluffy, delicious, homemade pancakes.

Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something 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.

59 comments on “Homemade Instant Pancake Mix”

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

  6. 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: http://itsworkrelated.tumblr.com/.
    hope to try the pancakes soon. mmmm

  7. 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. yumm! your pictures are ridiculous!

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

  13. 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….

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

    • 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!

    • 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

    • 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!

  22. 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!!!

    • 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!! :)

  23. 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

  24. 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!

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

    • 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!

  26. 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.

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  30. 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 :)

  31. 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.

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  33. 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

    • 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?

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

  34. 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 allrecipes.com 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.

  35. 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!!

  36. 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!

  37. 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!

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

  39. 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!

    http://www.momsbistro.net =)

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

    • 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…

  41. 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!

  42. 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!

  43. 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

  44. 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

  45. 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!

    • 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 :)

  46. 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! 

  47. 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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