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DIY Pancake and Waffle Mix Recipes

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A few weeks back, my father visited from out of state. One morning, I cooked up a pancake feast, and my father – the man who taught me to make pancakes – said, “These are delicious! What pancake mix did you use?” When I told him I didn’t use a mix – that I made the batter from scratch – he was astounded, as if that took a whole lot of talent and work.

Folks, it doesn’t!

Making pancakes and waffles from scratch is nearly as fast and easy as making them from a baking mix – and it’s healthier and cheaper, too!

 

But It Takes Too Long!

This is the myth sold to us by baking mix companies – that somehow it’s a big pain to make your own mixes from scratch. But honestly, it takes me only about a minute to put all the batter ingredients in the bowl. To make things go swiftly, I keep all my baking ingredients in one cupboard.

Some people like to whip up all the dry ingredients for several batches and store them in an air tight container; this is a great option if you eat pancakes or waffles regularly.

 

I’m Too Busy to Make Homemade Pancakes and Waffles!

Rather than buy expensive, unhealthy ready-made pancakes and waffles, any day when you have a little time in the kitchen, whip up a batch or two of homemade pancakes or waffles.

Allow them to cool, then freeze them by placing in individual freezer bags or by placing wax paper between pancakes/waffles and placing them in a large freezer bag. To reheat pancakes, I recommend the microwave. To reheat waffles, a toaster works best.

 

DIY Pancake Mix Recipe

I like to add whole wheat flour to pancakes; it makes them more healthy and filling, while adding flavor. If you wish, however, you can substitute all purpose flour for whole wheat flour.

DIY Pancake Mix

  • 3/4 Cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 Cup all purpose white flour
  • 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups milk or buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 Large egg white
  • Cooking spray or butter

Makes about a dozen pancakes.

 

DIY Waffle Mix Recipe

Again, I like to add whole wheat flour, but you can substitute all purpose flour.

DIY Waffle Mix

  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 Cups milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Spray on olive oil

Check out the video version of this article on YouTube.

 

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