Homemade Pancake and Waffle Mix


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Forget the store-bought stuff and stir up a batch of Homemade Pancake and Waffle Mix to keep in the pantry. Delicious homemade pancakes and waffles are always just minutes away.

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I’m revisiting an old recipe today (originally published way back in 2012 here) with new photos and tips, but this homemade pancake and waffle mix stands the test of time. I keep it in the pantry and even my 7-year-olds can make breakfast in a few minutes on a Saturday morning. The pancakes it makes are light, fluffy, and super flavorful. The waffles are golden and tender. It’s so easy!

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Why You’ll Love Homemade Pancake and Waffle Mix

Two words. No junk. You don’t need all the extra ingredients in store-bought pancake and waffle mix. Just basic ingredients from your pantry. Add buttermilk (or my go-to substitute included in the recipe below), eggs, and melted butter. 

These pancakes / waffles are:

  • Light and Fluffy
  • Slightly tangy from buttermilk
  • Fast
  • Easy
  • Customizable – add your favorite mix-ins like blueberries or chocolate chips
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A good substitute for buttermilk

These days I always keep low fat buttermilk in my refrigerator. We use it at least once a week to make these pancakes or waffles or any of the recipes below. But, if you don’t have buttermilk, do not worry – there’s an easy substitute!

To make a substitute for buttermilk, replace 1 cup buttermilk with 3/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup plain yogurt, and 1 tsp white vinegar or lemon juice. The yogurt and the vinegar / lemon juice thicken the milk and mimic the sour flavor of buttermilk. 


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More Recipes that Use Buttermilk

There are so many great ways to use leftover buttermilk. Here are just a few of my favorites:

Storing Leftover Pancakes or Waffles

Let pancakes and waffles cool completely and then store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze flat and then transfer to a freezer-safe bag and freeze for up to 6 months. Reheat in the toaster (you can toast them directly from the freezer). 

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Homemade Pancake and Waffle Mix Recipe

Store a batch of this easy pancake and waffle mix in the pantry, and cook a batch of any time you want.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 18


  • Large Lidded Container


  • 6 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tablespoon Granulated Sugar


  • Combine all ingredients in a large lidded container and shake vigorously to combine. Store at room temperature for up to 3 months.
  • See notes below for instructions on how to cook the pancakes or waffles and a printable label.


To make pancakes or waffles to serve 2-3:
1. Whisk together:
  • 2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
  • 1 cup Low-fat Buttermilk (sub 1/4 cup plain yogurt combined with 3/4 cup milk)
  • 1 Large Egg
2. Add 1 cup Dry Pancake and Waffle Mix.
3. Stir until combined (don’t worry if there are small lumps).
4. Ladle onto a buttered hot griddle for pancakes or into a hot buttered waffle iron. Heat until both sides are golden and cooked through.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 480mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $3.00
Calories: 157
Keyword: breakfast, brunch, easy breakfast recipe, easy brunch recipe, easy recipe, easy recipe ideas, homemade pancake mix, pancakes, waffles
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About Jess Smith

Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at InquiringChef.com. She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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