Homemade Healthy Pancake Mix

Customize your own blend of homemade Healthy Pancake Mix with this tried-and-true recipe. So quick and easy, you’ll never go back to store-bought again!

This pancake mix has a long history.

My husband’s late grandfather, Jack, developed this recipe many years ago. He lived to the ripe old age of 99, passing just shortly after our wedding in 2009, but his legacy lives on in his pancakes (along with many charitable endowments, of course).

Customize your own blend of homemade Healthy Pancake Mix with this tried-and-true recipe. So quick and easy, you'll never go back to store-bought again!

Now, his descendants (even those of us who married in) eagerly eat platefuls of these pancakes in the hope that we, too, might live such a long, rich life.

Jack was pragmatic and his healthy pancake mix is, too. He provided a list of ingredients that allowed you to mix and match what components you might like or have on hand. I’ve added a few of my favorites to the list and you should feel free to do the same.

Customize your own blend of homemade Healthy Pancake Mix with this tried-and-true recipe. So quick and easy, you'll never go back to store-bought again!

After experimenting with whole wheat pastry flour while developing this cake, I now favor it over traditional whole wheat flour. So, I have adapted the recipe to reflect that. However, you’ll see in the notes that the original recipe started with 3 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Feel free to go that route instead. It’s certainly more authentic and still very tasty!

Because whole wheat flour (pastry or otherwise) has more oil from the ground bran than all-purpose flour, the Basic Mix should be stored in the freezer if possible, the refrigerator if not, or at least in a cool place. It should keep indefinitely if frozen.

Customize your own blend of homemade Healthy Pancake Mix with this tried-and-true recipe. So quick and easy, you'll never go back to store-bought again!

You can also use this batter as a waffle mix, or you can try my classic waffle recipe. I also really like making homemade pancake syrup to go with these pancakes. We first received our Official copy of Jack’s recipe for our wedding, along with a waffle maker. Because of that, the waffle maker was one of the few small electronics that we moved out to California when we left Wisconsin.

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Customize your own blend of homemade Healthy Pancake Mix with this tried-and-true recipe. So quick and easy, you'll never go back to store-bought again!
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Homemade Healthy Pancake Mix

Customize your own blend of homemade Healthy Pancake Mix with this tried-and-true recipe. So quick and easy, you'll never go back to store-bought again!
Course Breakfast, Pantry
Cuisine American
Keyword pancakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 154 kcal

Ingredients

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 PANCAKES:

  • 1 ½ cups Basic Mix
  • 1 cup milk see notes
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together basic mix ingredients. Store in an airtight container in the freezer or refrigerator.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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15 comments


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

    • 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. :)


  2. 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.

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


  3. 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…  :-)

    • 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!


  4. 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!

    • 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!


  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!

    • 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. Family recipes are the best.  I bet my hubby would love this.
    Annamaria

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

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

    • 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.

  8. 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

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