There's nothing quite like the aroma of pancakes sizzling on a hot griddle, especially on lazy mornings. Pancakes are one of my family's favorite easy breakfasts! We skip the boxed pancake mixes and make our own using this quick and easy Homemade Bulk Pancake Mix Recipe.
Pancake lovers will adore this. Not only does it guarantee fluffy and delicious pancakes, but it also offers the convenience of a pre-made mix featuring simple ingredients right from your pantry.
Although my girls enjoy the classic maple syrup and the occasional swirl of whipped cream on top of their short stacks, I love to spread our Strawberry Freezer Jam on top of my pancakes. I love the fruity sweetness that it gives to them. And, it makes me feel like I'm having something healthy by incorporating fruit.
So, say goodbye to grocery store pancake mixes that include mystery ingredients and say hello to your very own bulk pancake mix in a mason jar. This recipe will become your new breakfast go-to.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Homemade Pancakes, Anytime! - Imagine treating your whole family to a hot breakfast, even on a busy morning. This easy homemade pancake mix ensures you always have the dry ingredients on hand. It's the single easiest way to whip up a batch of pancakes that are as good as your grandma's.
Customizable for Every Palate - This mix is your canvas, from chocolate chips to fresh fruit. Add your favorite toppings or mix-ins to create pancakes that cater to your entire family. It's the perfect way to ensure everyone gets the pancake they love.
Immediate Use - I've provided a pancake recipe below to use your pancake mix! It requires buttermilk. But I guarantee that this will create fluffy pancakes. The natural acidity of buttermilk softens the gluten in the flour, yielding pancakes with a light and airy texture.
- All Purpose Flour
- Baking Powder
- Granulated Sugar
- Kosher Salt
*Please scroll down to the printable recipe card for specific ingredient amounts.
- Whole Wheat Flour - If you're looking for a healthier option, you can substitute up to half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour.
When you are ready to make pancakes with this bulk mix, try these fun ways to customize them:
- Protein Pancakes - Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to the batter for an extra boost.
- Chocolate Chip Pancakes - Fold in a handful of chocolate chips for a decadent treat.
- Lemon Ricotta Pancakes - Substitute some of the milk with ricotta cheese and add lemon zest for a zesty twist.
- Peanut Butter Pancakes - Incorporate a dollop of peanut butter into the batter for a nutty flavor.
Step 1. Place all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix well to ensure even distribution.
Step 2. Transfer the dry mix into an airtight container or mason jar until ready to make you pancake batter.
Storage and Freezing
To keep your homemade pancake mix fresh, store it in an airtight container or mason jar in a cool, dry place for up to 2 months. For longer shelf life, consider a ziplock bag and remove as much air as possible before sealing.
Making Pancakes With This Bulk Mix Recipe
Makes 8 Pancakes at ⅓ Cup Batter Each
- 1 ⅔ Cup Homemade Bulk Pancake Mix
- 1 ¼ Cup Buttermilk
- 3 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, melted
- 1 Large Egg
Step 1. Sift the pancake mix into a medium mixing bowl.
Step 2. Add the wet ingredients and mix just until combined.
Step 3. Heat a griddle or skillet to medium heat. Once preheated, spray with non-stick cooking spray or butter to prevent sticking.
Step 4. Reduce heat to low. Pour about ⅓ cup batter for each pancake.
Step 5. Let cook until the pancake easily lifts from the pan without being too floppy or sticking. This will take about 3 minutes, depending on your stove. Repeat for the other side and remove from the pan. Repeat with the rest of your batter.
Step 6. Top with a pat of butter and maple syrup, if desired, and enjoy!
You don't have to sift the pancake mix before making the batter. However, sifting it makes these pancakes better in several ways.
- It removes lumps. Pancake mix, especially in bulk, can sometimes develop lumps or clumps due to moisture or settling during storage. Sifting helps break up these lumps, resulting in a smoother and more consistent batter.
- It introduces air into the mix, which can lead to lighter, fluffier pancakes. This is because the flour becomes less compacted and incorporates more easily with other ingredients.
- It evenly distributes the leavening agent throughout the mix, which helps the texture remain consistent with every pancake.
- It eliminates overmixing, which can lead to tough pancakes. Sifting can reduce the need for excessive mixing, as it already incorporates air and helps evenly distribute dry ingredients.
Definitely! Dry ingredients like cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice would be fantastic. Customize the mix to your liking. However, I would save any liquid add-ins, like vanilla or other flavored extracts, until you are ready to make the pancakes.
You can substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend or rice flour for a gluten-free option.
I do not suggest storing this in the fridge or the freezer with sugar in it. If you would like to store it in the fridge or freezer as just the mix, I would forgo the sugar and just add the sugar when you make your pancakes.
No, you don't have to, but it's worth it. Its acidity gently tenderizes the gluten in the flour, resulting in a lighter texture and the fluffiest pancakes you will ever make. If you don't have buttermilk, you can use whole milk or 2% milk.
Of course! Simply adjust the measurements accordingly to make the number of pancakes you desire.
Absolutely! This homemade mix works beautifully for waffles, too. Just follow your waffle maker's instructions.
Homemade Pancake Mix (Quick and Easy Bulk Recipe)
- 4 ½ Cups all purpose flour
- 3 ½ Tablespoons baking powder
- 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
- Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
- Store in a airtight container until ready to make your pancake batter.
- 1 ⅔ Cup homemade bulk pancake mix
- 1 ¼ Cup buttermilk
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (plus more for the griddle if needed)
- 1 large egg