For years I bought pancake mix and never really thought of making it myself. The store-bought mix seemed good enough and a lot faster. Then I ran out of mix one day and had to make pancakes from scratch. That's when I discovered that homemade pancakes are delicious, and really very simple to make, especially if you make a big batch of mix ahead of time. I just keep it in a jar and it's ready to use on Saturday mornings when we have our traditional pancake breakfast. The great thing about pancakes is that they're so versatile. Start with this mix as a base and then experiment with adding in other tasty ingredients. One of our favourite combinations is blueberry and banana. What kind to you like?
Homemade Pancake Mix
Adapted from All Recipes
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
3 tbsp sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
In a large bowl, mix ingredients well. Store in an airtight container or bag in a cool dry place.
3/4 cup milk
1 cup homemade pancake mix (recipe above)
In a medium bowl, whisk together milk and egg. Stir in pancake mix until just combined (do not over mix). Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter on a hot and lightly greased griddle. Cook until bubbles begin to form in the batter, then flip and cook until golden.
- Mashed bananas
- Chopped strawberries
- Shredded apple or pear
- Pumpkin puree
- Cottage cheese (this may sound odd to you but it's delicious in pancakes!)
- Splash of vanilla extract
- Dash of cinnamon
- Chia seeds
- Ground flax seeds
- Chocolate chips
- Peanut butter
Since Valentine's day is coming up, I made these heart-shaped Banana Nutella Pancakes with raspberry syrup.
If you have a metal heart cookie cutter,you can cook the pancakes right in the cutter, like so:
Make sure to grease the inside of the cutter so the pancake doesn't stick to it.
Another tip I have for pancakes, if you have kids that need their pancakes cut up, is to use a pizza wheel.
It makes perfect bite-sized pancake pieces every time.
My kids are very particular about how they eat their pancakes. Both of them like this method of cutting with the pizza cutter. Cole likes to dip his pancakes in syrup, so I always give him a little bowl of syrup for dipping. Bennett prefers it if I pour the syrup right on top of his pancakes. I usually use pure maple syrup or a fruit syrup, but sometimes I make a blueberry sauce for them instead (either blueberry banana sauce or a quick microwave blueberry sauce).
So good luck with your own pancake-making. I hope I've provided some helpful details to show you how easy and tasty pancakes can be when you make them from scratch. Of course, there's nothing wrong with using store-bought kinds now and then too. I particularly like Sunny Boy Spelt and Coyote Flax Seed.