Homemade Healthy Pancake Mix Recipe

Based on a family recipe that’s been handed down for generations, Homemade Healthy Pancake Mix makes it possible to have pancakes anytime you crave them, with zero guilt. Plus the recipe is endlessly adaptable, and works for waffles, too!

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Based on a family recipe that’s been handed down for generations, Homemade Healthy Pancake Mix makes it possible to have pancakes anytime you crave them, with zero guilt. Plus the recipe is endlessly adaptable, and works for waffles, too!
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This simple pancake mix is near and dear to my heart. My kids love it, and everyone I introduce it to finds themselves unable to live without the pancakes and waffles it makes.

Making healthy Homemade Pancake mix for one, or 100? Click and slide the number next to “servings” on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.

What’s in homemade Pancake Mix?

The beauty of this mix is that once you make it, you can whip up some homemade flapjacks in minutes. The recipe makes a big batch or mix, especially if you decide to add everything the recipe calls for. Here are the ingredients in a basic pancake mix:

Flour. The original recipe calls for a 3:1 ratio of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour, but I think that making this mix using whole wheat pastry flour gives the best, fluffiest results while keeping things healthy.

Based on a family recipe that’s been handed down for generations, Homemade Healthy Pancake Mix makes it possible to have pancakes anytime you crave them, with zero guilt. Plus the recipe is endlessly adaptable, and works for waffles, too!

You have to pick a couple of the mix-ins, at least, but you can throw everything in, too! It just makes the pancakes healthier. Here are your choices:

  • Powdered milk. Makes a creamy pancake. Cow milk, goat’s milk, or even powdered almond or other nut milk. It also gives the pancake mix protein.
  • Corn meal. Old-fashioned yellow cornmeal gives great texture to the pancake.
  • Wheat germ. Make it extra healthy with wheatgerm, which is a wonderful source of folic acid, phosphorus, and fatty acids.
  • Wheat bran. Because everyone needs extra fiber, every day.
  • Potato flour. Potato flour is a gluten-free ingredient that helps the pancakes stay moist and the batter stay smooth.
  • Oat flour. You can make your own oat flour at home in a food processor. Process rolled oats using the pulse function until very finely ground. Oats are good for lowering cholesterol, plus they’re high in protein and healthy fats.
  • Coconut flour. Gluten-free, low in carbs, and high in protein and fiber
  • Buckwheat flour. Buckwheat groats are actually a fruit that is closely related to wild rhubarb. The groats are milled into a gluten-free flour with a bold taste.
  • Sesame seeds. Super seeds with loads of fiber and healthy fats. Feel free to switch it up with chia seeds or flax seeds, too.

Note: I don’t make pancake mix with baking powder because it can settle in the jar, making inconsistently flat or fluffy pancakes. Things have always worked better when I add it in as I need it!

How to make the dry pancake mix:

This dry pancake mix recipe couldn’t be simpler.

  1. First combine 4 cups of flour (either three cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup all-purpose flour, or 4 cups of whole wheat pastry flour) and 1/2 cup of your choice of mix-ins: powdered milk, corn meal, wheat germ or wheat bran. You can select one of the mix-ins, or use all of them.
  2. Then mix in 1/4 cup of the following: potato flour, oat flour, coconut flour, buckwheat flour, or sesame seeds. Again, you can pick one mix-in, or make things interesting by adding the entire kitchen sink.
  3. Combine all the ingredients and store in an air-tight container the freezer or in the refrigerator. (Because it has more oil, wheat flour holds up best in the freezer.)

How to make pancakes from dry mix:

Before you begin, measure out the amount of mix for the number of people you’re cooking for. The recipe below has a function that can help you calculate how much you need; just click and slide the number next to “servings” and all the math is done for you—hooray!

  1. In a bowl, combine the dry pancake mix, milk, melted butter, baking powder, and salt. Whisk the pancake batter until smooth. Does the batter look a little dry? Add a splash of milk.
    Based on a family recipe that’s been handed down for generations, Homemade Healthy Pancake Mix makes it possible to have pancakes anytime you crave them, with zero guilt. Plus the recipe is endlessly adaptable, and works for waffles, too!
  2. Meanwhile, heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and coat it with cooking spray, oil, or butter.
    Based on a family recipe that’s been handed down for generations, Homemade Healthy Pancake Mix makes it possible to have pancakes anytime you crave them, with zero guilt. Plus the recipe is endlessly adaptable, and works for waffles, too!
  3. Pour about 1/4 cup of wet pancake batter at a time into the hot skillet. When the batter starts to bubble, and the bottom of the pancake is slightly browned, gently flip the pancake over. Cook until the second side is lightly browned.
    An overhead shot of browned pancakes on a griddle.
  4. As you cook the pancakes, remove them to a plate. You can even keep them warm on a baking sheet in a low oven—225 degrees—until there’s enough for everyone.

How to make fluffy pancakes:

Here are some tips for the best, fluffiest homemade pancakes ever.

  • I recommend starting with room temperature ingredients, especially the eggs and the milk. If you’re storing your pancake mix in the freezer, let that warm up, too.
  • Sift or whisk the dry ingredients, which adds air to the batter, and means more fluff for you.
  • Finally, don’t over mix the batter. Mixing too thoroughly breaks the tiny air bubbles you strive for.

How to make eggless pancakes:

Looking for pancakes without eggs? In place of the eggs in the recipe, add a dollop of yogurt, or a splash or two extra of milk.

You could also make an egg substitute using ground flax seed, called a flax egg. To make a flax egg, mix one tablespoon ground flaxseed meal with three tablespoons of water. Mix together, and let sit in your refrigerator for 15 minutes to set up before adding to the recipe.

Based on a family recipe that’s been handed down for generations, Homemade Healthy Pancake Mix makes it possible to have pancakes anytime you crave them, with zero guilt. Plus the recipe is endlessly adaptable, and works for waffles, too!

How to make dairy-free pancakes:

Here’s how to make pancakes without milk.

  1. Make the Homemade Healthy Pancake Mix with powdered soy or nut milk, then sub out your favorite non-dairy milk for the milk in the recipe.
  2. Add a neutral oil instead of melted butter.
  3. Cook the pancakes with oil or cooking spray, instead of butter.

What’s the difference between all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour?

All-purpose flour is milled from both hard and soft wheat, enough of both to reach a 10 to 12% protein content. The bran (exterior of the wheat kernel) and the germ (inner seed) are removed before milling, leaving the endosperm.

Whole-wheat flour is made from everything: the endosperm, bran, and germ. It’s higher in protein (up to 15%) and tends to have more nutrients, fiber, and taste. Both the bran and the germ disrupt gluten formation, so most bakers avoid whole wheat flour because it can make foods dense and even heavy. Baked goods with whole-wheat flour also tend to brown faster.

Most bakers switch out only a portion of whole wheat flour for the all-purpose flour called for in a recipe.

However, whole wheat pastry flour makes everything lighter, so these pancakes stay just as light and fluffy as you need them to be, without sacrificing nutrition.

5 from 6 votes

Homemade Healthy Pancake Mix Recipe

Based on a family recipe that’s been handed down for generations, Homemade Healthy Pancake Mix makes it possible to have pancakes anytime you crave them, with zero guilt.
Course Breakfast, Pantry
Cuisine American
Keyword pancakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 154kcal

Basic Mix Ingredients:

  • 4 cups whole wheat pastry flour see notes
  • Add ½ cup of any or all of the following: Powdered milk, corn meal, wheat germ, bran
  • Add ¼ cup of any or all of the following: Potato flour, oat flour, coconut flour, buckwheat flour, sesame seeds

Ingredients for the Pancakes:

  • 1 ½ cups Basic Mix
  • 1 cup milk see notes
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • In a large bowl, whisk together basic mix ingredients. Store in an airtight container in the freezer or refrigerator.
  • To make pancakes, coat a skillet with nonstick spray, oil, or butter. Preheat skillet over medium-high heat. In a medium bowl combine basic mix, milk, melted butter, egg, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until smooth.
  • Pour approximately ¼ cup at a time on to skillet. When the batter begins to bubble and the skillet-side of the pancake is lightly browned, flip. Continue cooking until the second side is lightly browned, then remove to a plate. Repeat with remaining batter.

Recipe Notes

3 cups whole wheat flour + 1 cup all-purpose flour may be substituted for the whole wheat pasty flour. This is the traditional recipe.
If the batter seems very thick, just add more milk.
The batter may also be used for making waffles. Just preheat a waffle iron and proceed according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Nutrition

Calories: 154kcal

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  1. Julia

    Thank you for sharing your recipe! I’m wondering what type of milk you recommend and if you’d ever use butter milk. Thanks!

  2. seynee corrie

    Thank you very. much for sharing your awesome recipes just by looking @ them n reading through them we how healthy with the use of organic stuff

  3. Kathleen

    Looks great but 1/2 cup oil?? Lol that seems like a ton of oil for pancakes

    1. meggan

      I agree with you! I’m going to go find the original recipe and double-check and/or retest… that seems like too much!!! Thanks Kathleen.

  4. Family recipes are the best.  I bet my hubby would love this.
    Annamaria5 stars

    1. meggan

      Thank you so much, Annamaria! I do agree, family recipes (and a fun story) make cooking that much more enjoyable!

  5. It may be the middle of the day here, but I WANT these pancakes! These look incredible! And they’re healthy…. so awesome! I love guilt-free indulgence!5 stars

    1. meggan

      Thank you so much, Kathleen! My 3-year-old son in particular has been asking for these pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Nonstop. He’s obsessed. I kind of am, too! And with no added sugar it’s an easy decision for both of us!

  6. You know what?  I do not make pancakes.  And I should!!! This looks really great! I love that it has such a healthy twist!! YUM!5 stars

    1. meggan

      Mila! MAKE SOME PANCAKES! Just kidding. :) But seriously, if you’re going to make some, these are the ones to make. Thank you so much for visiting!

  7. Susan

    Thank you for sharing your special recipe.  I like the idea of having a mix already made up, so making the pancakes happens faster.  My brain is going crazy thinking about which of the optional ingredients to add.  I might just have to make pancakes more often…  :-)5 stars

    1. meggan

      Thank you so much, Susan! I feel like I married into this recipe, literally. There are a few other recipes from “that side” of the family that haven’t made an appearance yet, but this one has been on my mind for a long time. It’s amazing how good these taste with no sugar added. I am sure you’ll add all kinds of interesting ingredients. Please be sure to let me know if you stumble upon anything genius!

  8. Well thank you to and Jack for passing this on, that’s a great story and a great idea. I’m sitting here with ginger mint tea and now I’m starving for pancakes.5 stars

    1. meggan

      You would have liked Jack, he even danced at our wedding. :) I’m starving for ginger mint tea, so maybe we should trade.

  9. What a great idea Meggan!  Customizable pancake mix sounds awesome! Love family recipes like this one!5 stars

    1. meggan

      Thank you, Mira! This recipe is legendary on my in-laws side. I’ve been meaning to get it on the blog forever and I’m so happy I finally did. Thanks for visiting. :)

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