DIY Pancake Mix Recipe

Do you ever want a homemade pancake mix that isn’t full of all of those unknown ingredients you get in the boxed versions? Let me show you how to make a homemade pancake mix so the next time you are running late but your kids are begging for pancakes, you can say YES to pancakes and watch their sleepy faces grin.

homemade pancake mix recipe

Homemade Pancake Mix Recipe

There is something so wonderful about pancakes for breakfast! Our entire family loves breakfast foods. Breakfast for dinner is quite common, and if it were up to me, I could eat breakfast three times a day! One of our favorite breakfast meals is pancakes.

While everyone loves traditional fluffy pancakes, we also enjoy working with creative pancake ideas like

On the busiest mornings, it’s nice to be able to just grab a pre-made pancake mix, whip up a batch and get on with my day.

How to Make Pancake Mix

Move over boxed pancake mix! Today, I’m going to show you how to make your pancake mix ahead of time, and save it in a jar on your countertop. Now, you’ll be minutes away from pancakes, any time of day and you can feel confident serving it to your family because you know your homemade pancake mix has only the good stuff in it with no unnecessary ingredients!

While this recipe is all about the traditional fluffy pancakes, you can also find my homemade gluten-free pancake mix here.

homemade pancake mix recipe

Becasue really, when you stop to think about it, what is really in that box? The basic ingredients for pancakes are all the same. So why not make your own boxed pancake mix? I finally did it, and let me tell you, I am never going back to the box! Not only are these mixes easy to put together, it ends up saving you money. You can even have your kids help out to make the mixes too so you can stock up your pantry!

And when it’s time to pull out your homemade mix and turn it into fluffy pancakes, here’s a quick video to show you how to make perfect pancake batter!

DIY Pancake Mix

Simple pancake mix recipe – keep this on hand for quick and easy breakfast any day of the week!

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  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Breakfast


For the DIY Pancake Mix bag:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (depending on preference)

To cook One DIY Pancake Mix Bag:

  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted (optional)


  1. In a zip bag or air-tight container, mix the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.

With a permanent marker, write on the outside of the bag to add:

  1. (1 1/4) cups milk
  2. (1) egg
  3. (3) tablespoons butter, melted (optional)

To use DIY Pancake Mix:

  1. Pour all the dry ingredients into a medium-size bowl. Add the milk, egg and butter, if using. Mix well to combine. Pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter onto the pan or griddle over medium heat. Wait until bubbles form to flip.
  2. Serve with fruit, syrup, or whatever else you prefer.


This recipe makes approximately 10 to 12 pancakes.
If you’re adding melted butter to your mixes, make sure to use unsalted butter (or lower the amount of salt you use per mix.)
You can substitute half the amount of all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour if desired.


  • Serving Size: 2-3 pancakes
  • Calories: 125
  • Sugar: 2.2g
  • Sodium: 3909.9mg
  • Fat: 0.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.3g
  • Protein: 3.2g

Keywords: pancake batter, how to make pancake batter, pancake mix recipe

About MOMables - Laura

Mom to 3 kids, obsessed with coffee, meal planning, and helping you cook fresh meals for your family fast!

56 thoughts on “DIY Pancake Mix Recipe”

  1. Amy H says:

    Just found and made this recipe. Spot ON! Great texture and taste. Thank you for posting this recipe!

    1. Of course! I am glad you enjoyed them.

  2. Luisa A says:

    Hi, for how long will the powder mix last?

    1. For best results, up to 3 months.

  3. Nicole says:

    Can you make the recipe as stated then freeze the leftover pancakes?

  4. Robyn Windsor says:

    we loved this recipe! it is so much better than boxed mix. Can I use this mix for waffles as well? There would be a difference in wet ingredients I think.

    1. to use this mix as waffles, I recommend increasing the liquid by approx 1/4 cup

  5. Linda Delcamp says:

    I would like to make this pancake mix and would like to make a lot and store it in a big container. Can you make more than the plastic bag of it? How do I add the eggs, milk, etc. to make the batter?

    1. Hi Linda, I recommend making this in separate batches, to keep the measurements exact. When you’re ready to make the pancakes, add 1 bag of the prepared pancake mix to a bowl followed by the eggs, milk, and melted butter.

  6. Lisa Brooks says:

    Omg thank you for this recipe. I made it the first time today and I love it and so does my 2 yo grandson! I did make one change tho… I used buttermilk instead of regular milk. I’m sure regular milk is just as delicious tho. Bye bye packages of store bought pancake mix.

    1. I’m so glad this worked out for you! It’s also my go-to for quick and easy mixing.

  7. Debi Kelly says:

    All I have is rice milk but I make yogurt and have that… could I break down the protein strands with 1/2 c. rice milk into my 1 c. yogurt and sub that for the milk?
    I’m thinking yes.

    1. Debi, make the mix. When you go make pancakes, use rice milk instead of regular milk as written in the recipe. Enjoy!

  8. MaJo says:

    Even better than the boxed version.
    Thanks for the recipe. My kids love it!!!

  9. Angela says:

    I’ve tried many different pancake recipes and this is a family favorite. I use whole wheat flour and they still come out perfect.
    Definitely recommend!

  10. Lisa says:

    Can you replace water for the milk

    1. You can. Your pancakes won’t be as fluffy. The milk protein helps give them texture.

  11. Marleen Rademacher says:

    How much dry ingredients and wet ingredients do I use to make 4 pancakes.

    1. 1 bag yields 8-10 pancakes.

  12. Eddie G says:

    Saved me a trip out in the rain & cold to surprise my girlfriend with great homemade pancakes on her birthday.
    Merry Christmas !

  13. Eddie Gn says:

    Thx for the homemade recipe.
    It’s rainy & cold outside and I wanted to

  14. Penny says:

    I made these this morning with honey instead of sugar and they were fantastic. Our family of three ate the whole lot!

    1. Emilie Hebert says:

      I’m so happy to hear that your family loved them! Pancakes are our favorite :)

  15. Cristina says:

    Do you think I can save the mixes in the freezer? I read some people do that with flour, so it can last longer.

  16. liz says:

    What would you recommend using to make this gluten free?

    1. MOMables says:

      Use King Arthur Flour AP Gluten free flour mix. Enjoy!

  17. Lindsay says:

    Where did you find this recipe? Would love to thank the creator as my kids love it

    1. MOMables says:

      It’s my recipe. The same recipe I use to make regular pancakes but I pre-bag it so I don’t have to measure. I’m glad your kids enjoyed it.

  18. Alivia says:

    Can you substitute vegetable oil for the butter? If so, how much? My son has a dairy allergy, but love pancakes and this recipe is much easier than the one I use now. Thanks!

  19. nicole says:

    Have you ever made this in a huge batch and then kept it in a large container instead of individual baggies? If so, once it’s all mixed do you know how much to measure out? Thanks

    1. Nana says:

      This is my question too, although stated a different way. I made a 3x batch of dry ingredients. I want to scoop them into baggies like the picture shows. There seems to be no measurements for *exactly* how much to put in each baggie. I could take the next 30 mins dividing each ingredient by three, converting each measurement to a common measure, adding them together, then converting them back to know how much mix to put in each baggie – OR the OP can tell us how much she puts in each bag. Not trying to be rude, I just have 2 grandkids complaining their breakfast is taking forever because I’m rereading and rereading trying to find the information. Thank you.

  20. caroline bowman says:

    Has anyone ever tried to make mini muffins out of these? I’d love to try cooking up sausage, putting it in mini muffin tins and pouring the mix over then sausage and baking. I’m not sure what temps to bake for how long and if it would work.

  21. Jen says:

    This recipe rocks! I will never go back to boxed mixes again.
    I replaced 1 cup of white flour for whole weat to bump up the protein, and fiber.

    Thanks again

  22. Susan says:

    Can this be adjusted for waffles and how?

    1. MOMables says:

      We have a waffle mix coming out soon. Different recipe. I haven’t tested it with this one.

  23. Eryn says:

    How long would each of the bags last in the pantry? I am an expiration date freak :).

    1. MOMables says:

      2 months? It will really depend in the expiration date of your ingredients. They are basic and then you mix with fresh.

  24. Esmeralda says:

    I have a tiny family (just 3 of us). What are the portions for cutting this recipe in half? Would it still call for 1 egg? P.S. I’m terribly, horrible at math (fractions: yikes!)!

  25. RK says:

    Is there a way to make this eggless?

    1. Kathryn says:

      you can replace eggs with applesauce/bananas/yogurt in a lot of desserts/breads…I wonder if that would work with pancakes?!

      1. MOMables says:

        you can replace the eggs with flax eggs.

      2. Rachel says:

        Not this particular recipe, but I’ve replace many pancake recipes with applesauce or bananas (also done flax eggs). I think it’s 1 banana or 1/2 cup applesauce per egg, but I Google it each time to be sure.

  26. Rebecca says:

    This is great; thank you for sharing! My girls eat pancakes on a very regular basis, and I’ll feel better about feeding this homemade version.

    Does anyone out there know if soy milk will work in place of milk? We had allergies in our home, and soy milk became or drink of choice as a result. Any thoughts appreciated!

    1. Michelle says:

      Rebecca, you can use soy milk as a substitution for cows milk without any problems in this recipe! Hope you enjoy it!

  27. Karin says:

    Love this recipe!! Going home to put it together!!! I am not sure if I am reading this right , in your ingredients I don’t see sugar, but in the instructions it said to included sugar in the dry mix. Is sugar optional and if so how much?

    Thank you!!

    1. Michelle says:

      Karin, it is 1 Tablespoon per bag, and the recipe has been adjusted. :)

  28. Lydi says:

    This is great! I have one question though. If you were to double or triple this to put into a container – how many cups would you scoop out to mix with the milk, eggs and butter to make the 6 servings?

    1. Michelle says:

      Lydi, honestly I’ve never tried to put it into a container. I just reuse the bags over and over again :) You could try to measure it out the dry ingredients to figure out the yield.. however you would have to sift everything to make sure you get an even amount of all the items per batch, and even then I’m not sure if it would work perfectly.

  29. Wendy says:

    There is no sugar listed in the ingredients but it is in the directions. Just wondering how much. Thanks :)

    1. Michelle says:

      Wendy, it is 1 Tablespoon. Thanks for pointing that out! It has been fixed:)

  30. elva says:

    does not indicate how much sugar to use, but in the directions it ask to combine salt & SUGAR….


    1. Michelle says:

      Elva, thanks for pointing that out– it is 1 Tablespoon!

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