Homemade Whole-Wheat Pancake Mix

For the past several months, I’ve had a dear friend greet me in the kitchen nearly every morning. And around here, mornings come early. Like, 4 a.m. early with our morning-person toddler. But I digress.

Is the dear friend coffee, you ask? Well, yes, I also have a dear friend in coffee, and copious amounts of it. But there’s also another best friend in the picture: this pancake mix. Super easy homemade pancake mix.

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It’s totally not rocket science or anything. In fact, it’s really such a no-brainer that I’ve been kicking myself for not starting this habit years ago. This mix is simply all of the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg, if you wish) that go into pancakes.

I keep it in a large container in the pantry, and it makes whipping up delicious, hearty whole-wheat pancakes for my toddler and me a piece of cake. Piece of pancake, I guess, technically.

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I just heat up the griddle then add the wet ingredients (milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract) to a medium bowl, sprinkle the homemade pancake mix over the top, and whisk just until combined. All that’s left is to scoop them onto the griddle and then gobble them up. From first ingredient to from-scratch pancakes on the high chair tray it takes maybe 10 minutes total.

I also love that it makes whipping up breakfast super-easy for my guy. I placed a large label on the back with cooking instructions and ingredients to add, so it makes pancake-makin’ easy for everyone in the house.  Well, except maybe the one-year-old. We’ll give her another year or so before we expect breakfast in bed.

Oh, and it’s way – way! – cheaper than store-bought pancake mix.

My new best friend is super easy and totally cheap. Hmm, not sure I want to know that that says about me.

Print Recipe

Homemade Whole-Wheat Pancake Mix

You'll have tender, tasty pancakes on the table in less than 10 minutes when you've got this easy, inexpensive homemade pancake mix in your pantry.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • Pancake mix
  • 5 cups whole wheat flour (can substitute all-purpose flour)
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg (optional)
  • To make about 12 4-inch pancakes
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (regular milk works fine too)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla (optional)
  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • For about 6 4-inch pancakes
  • 3/4 cups buttermilk (regular milk works fine too)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • 1 cup pancake mix


  1. In a very large bowl, whisk together all dry mix ingredients (flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg, if using), stirring well to ensure ingredients are well-incorporated. Keep in an airtight container for up to 3 months (I'm sure it would last longer, we've just always used it up before then).
  2. To make the pancakes: In a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk/milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla, if using. Add pancake mix and stir until well incorporated. Do not over-mix. Heat a non-stick griddle or large frying pan over medium heat. Using a ⅓ cup measure, pour the batter onto the griddle or into the frying pan. They’re ready to flip when they start to look a little dry around the edges, and the pancakes start to form little bubbles, about 1 minute. Flip and cook on the other side until golden brown and the pancake is cooked through.

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15 Responses to “Homemade Whole-Wheat Pancake Mix”

  1. Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up posted on January 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I have wanted to make homemade pancake mix for the longest time. Its so easy and you know exactly what is in it. Thanks!

  2. a farmer in the dell posted on January 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Okay, busted! This always sounded like rocket science to me. You have proven me wrong. I have no excuse next weekend not to make my own pancake mix!!!

  3. Rachel @ Bakerita posted on January 21, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I don’t know why I never think of doing this – it’s so smart, and so easy! Definitely trying it. No reason not to!

  4. Heidi @ Food Doodles posted on January 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I so love this! I’ve been meaning to do something similar for ages now but haven’t gotten around to it since we don’t eat pancakes that often. Although if we had an awesome mix like this around we’d probably eat them much more often. Gotta make a mix soon! :D

    • Kare posted on January 28, 2013 at 7:28 am

      Yes – it is SO much easier to make pancakes when you have this mix in the pantry, not always a good thing! That’s one of the reasons I used whole wheat – a little guilt alleviator. ;)

  5. Nicole posted on January 30, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    This is a great way to know what is actually being put in your food.

  6. Amanda Lutterman posted on February 3, 2013 at 2:34 am

    Could you use this same mix in a waffle iron for waffles?

    • Kare posted on February 5, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Hi Amanda, it would probably work with some additional butter. I haven’t tried it though so I can’t say for sure! I’ve been wanting to try adapting it for the waffles for awhile but haven’t gotten around to trying it. Will let you know if/when I do!

  7. Medeja posted on February 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    It would be a shame for me such pancake fan not to save this recipe.. :)

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  9. Alyssa B posted on March 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    This mix is great! I’ve been looking for a wheat pancake mix for a while. They come out nice and fluffy every time.
    My favorite way to use it is with this recipe for blueberry flax pancakes (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Blueberry-Flax-Pancakes/Detail.aspx). Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Cassie posted on April 13, 2013 at 8:27 am

    This is probably a dumb question but does this recipe call for 10 cups of flour? How long do you think this will last in the pantry?

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  12. Tyler posted on August 2, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Could I use 10 cups of whole wheat flour (instead of 5) or are the 5 cups of all-purposes a necessity? Thanks!

    • Karen Troughton posted on August 8, 2013 at 7:26 am

      Hi Tyler, yes, absolutely! Your pancakes might just be a bit denser and not quite as fluffy (which is why I use half whole wheat and half all-purpose).

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