Frugal Recipes: “Instant” Pancake Mix

"instant" homemade pancake mix

I don’t know about you, but breakfast always winds up being kind of a haze every single morning. I am not a morning person and my lack of early morning inspiration is painfully obvious when you look at our daily breakfasts. I have found a few ways to streamline the process however. One in particular has really made making a warm filling breakfast super simple and painless. Even on my worst mornings, I can easily add a few wet ingredients to dry and make stellar pancakes for the little bellies in our family.

How do I do this? Well I pre mix the dry ingredients during a more alert and caffeine supported moment, so that in the mornings all I have to do is add the wet ingredients and heat!

It’s super easy and it really doesn’t take much effort or pre planning at all. If you like, you can even totally make the pancakes ahead of time and freeze them, reheating each morning. While you are at it, be sure to check out my freezer breakfast burritos too!

Here’s how I streamline breakfast:

“Instant” Homemade Pancake Mix


  • Brown paper bag or plastic container with index card
  • sandwich baggies with zipper


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Decide how many bags you want to pre-make. Lay out the bags and start adding all the dry ingredients to each baggie (flour, sugar, baking power, baking soda, salt). Seal the baggies and put them in your brown paper bag or plastic container
  2. Write the wet ingredients on an index card or right on the brown bag (no guarantee you’ll be able to find the recipe in the morning! Best to keep it right next to the ingredients!)
  3. When you are ready to make the pancakes, add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until moistened
  4. Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray and make whatever size pancakes you desire
  5. Enjoy!

Use whatever pancake recipe you wish. This is just a really basic one, but I often add to it or change the white flour to half wheat. If you think about it, you are really just making your own instant pancake mix! For much less then you would ever buy in stores.

Do you have any shortcuts for breakfast? Tell me about them in the comments!

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Heather is the creator and owner of Family Friendly Frugality. She calls Texas home and is married to her best friend. With 2 children 22 months apart, she has her hands full. So full that she decided to start blogging as a hobby. That hobby blew up into a full time job. Now she's got the husband, the kids and the blog. We're not exactly sure what she was thinking, but she's too busy for us to ask. Find Me On Google +

4 thoughts on “Frugal Recipes: “Instant” Pancake Mix”

  1. Thanks so much! This is a great time saver (and I’m broke right now, but I DO have all these basics in my home). Whew! You saved me in the morning…I ran out of cereal too 🙂

  2. Do you know how many pancakes each bag makes? I love this idea! Just wondering if I need to half it for our little family.

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