Easy Pancake Recipe: 4 Under 20 Minute-Creative Ideas to Try

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In a hurry? If you are looking for a good, filling breakfast there is none easier and faster than pancakes. A few minutes on the griddle and they are ready to go. What about the mix though? You don’t have time to run to the store when you wake up craving some pancakes. What can you do?

If you planned ahead, you could have made your own pancake mix. There are simple recipes for dry mix and batter mix pancakes ready to go whenever you are, and we have them for you here. We will give you the recipes, and you can make the batter whenever you want.

Dry mix, batter mix, whatever your fancy. With a shelf (or refrigerator life) that extends past all the store bought boxes and without all the extra chemicals!

Read on to find your favorite!

Why Make Pancake Mix?

pancake mix

Homemade pancake mix isn’t a very common thing for most on-the-go Americans. We find it easier just to grab a box of the “ just add water” mixes in the store and call it a day.

There are healthier options though, and making your own pancake mix is not that difficult.

Health is the main reason for making your own mix. You will have the benefit of knowing exactly what is in your mix, and how much. You can add other ingredients to spice things up a bit, or prepare them as-is to create a delicious and easy breakfast meal for the family.

Having the mix made ahead of time saves you the hassle when you need to wake up and get ready to go to work or school. A little preparation now will go a long way towards having a filling and complete breakfast down the road.

Another reason to make your own pancake mix is that you have an easy pancake recipe sitting in your fridge or in the cupboard. This mix will be as large as you want to make it, which means you aren’t limited to the amount that comes in a box or in a bag from the store shelf.

You also know how fresh the ingredients are and how old the mix is. You don’t have to rely on some minimum wage clerk properly rotating the stock or pulling outdated items before you get to them.

You will have a fresh batch of pancake mix to use over and over again. At least until it is time to make more.

How to Make Pancake Mix

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The pancake mix comes in two steps. The first step is the dry mix recipe. You will mix all of the dry ingredients and store in an airtight container. The dry mix will have a shelf life of four to six months.

When you are ready to make the pancakes, you will move to step two. The wet ingredients will be added to the mix to make the batter. Once the batter is mixed, you will be ready to cook your pancakes in a pan, on a flat iron or a griddle.

The batters are also useful to create waffles. If you have a waffle iron, you can use the batter to make crispy on the outside waffles that are airy and fluffy on the inside. The choice is yours, pancakes or waffles, or both if you prefer.

Making More Mix

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Each recipe below will make approximately six pancakes. If you want the ability to make more, you will need to make more mix. As long as you keep the ingredients multiplied by the same conversion number, you won’t have any problems.

For example, if you want to be able to make 18 pancakes, you will multiply all of the dry ingredients by three. When you go to make the pancakes, you will use 1/3rd of the dry mix with the wet ingredients.

If you want to make them all, multiply the wet ingredients by three as well.

Top 4 Easy Pancake Recipes

The top 4 easy pancake recipes are here! Each recipe will be broken down into the two steps (one for dry mix the other for batter made with the wet ingredients). 

It is important that when storing your dry mix that you use an airtight container. You should also label the container with the type of mix created and the date it was made on. Each mix will have a shelf life of four months. If undisturbed and kept away from heat and moisture you can extend the storage to six months.

Buttermilk Pancakes

traditional American breakfast

The default pancake mix has always been the golden fluffy buttermilk pancake. This is the most popular pancake and found in most diners; store-bought boxes and pancake houses. It's popular because it is easy and tastes delicious.

For the dry mix you will need:

  • 3 ½ cups of flour
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until blended thoroughly. Pour the mix into an airtight container.

When preparing the pancakes:

  • 1 cup of dry mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter. Melted
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl until combined. Do not over mix. Place 1/3 cup of batter on a heated and oiled pan or griddle. When the bottom is golden, and the top is covered in bubbles, flip. Cook an additional 2 minutes until the other side is golden.

Makes 6 pancakes.

Chocolate Pancakes

chocolate pancake mix

Nothing treats a craving better than chocolate pancakes. Now you can have them any time you want thanks to this easy pancake recipe.

For the dry mix you will need:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Thoroughly combine all ingredients in a medium bowl with a whisk. Once mixed well, transfer to an airtight container for storage.

When you are ready to make the pancakes, you will mix together:

  • 1 cup of dry mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1  tablespoon butter. Melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking​​​​ soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Blend in a medium bowl until combined into the batter. Do not over mix as pancakes will go flat. On heated griddle pour 1/3 cup batter until top bubbles, and the bottom is golden brown. Flip and repeat for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.

Makes 6 pancakes.

Multigrain Pancakes

Healthy options allow you to have whole grain pancakes that are filling, tasty and healthy. Making your own mix means you know exactly what goes into the pancake and what doesn’t.

For the dry mix you will need:

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ cups crushed muesli
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup ground cornmeal (fine)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl until thoroughly blended. Move to an airtight container until ready to make pancakes.

When making pancakes, you will need:

  • 1 cup of dry mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter. Melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend in a medium bowl until combined into the batter. Do not over mix as pancakes will go flat. On heated griddle pour 1/3 cup batter until top bubbles, and the bottom is golden brown. Flip and repeat for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.

Makes 6 pancakes.

Buckwheat Pancakes

These dark and decadent pancakes are fluffy, light and have a lot of flavors. They will be darker in color due to the buckwheat flour, so knowing when to turn without burning is crucial.

To make the dry mix, you will need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 ½ cups buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients until well blended. Place in an airtight container until ready to make pancakes.

When ready to cook you will need:

  • 1 cup of dry mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter. Melted
  • 1 cup milk
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Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well blended. You can whisk until the lumps are gone without worry of over mixing. Use 1/3 cup of batter per pancake. Cook until top bubbles and bottom is dark and crispy (about 4 to 5 minutes). Flip and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.

Makes 6 pancakes.

In Conclusion

Each of these easy pancake recipe blends produces up to 24 four inch pancakes. Time is not as crucial as each recipe will only take about 10 to 11 minutes to prepare. Add another 4 minutes to create the batter and 4 to 5 minutes to cook, and you have pancakes ready in less than 20 minutes.

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