Thursday, January 13, 2011

Boxed pancake mix is yucky, unhealthy and a waste of money

No one should buy boxed pancake mix, and if you do..cease and desist!  I used to buy it, and I grew up on Bisquick. Check out the ingredients in a box of that stuff.  Bleck!

Making pancakes from scratch is so easy and so fast, anyone can learn in one try. So here is my pancake recipe. I also use this for waffles, with a slight modification. We have one of those little electric waffle makers that makes 2 waffles at a time. For the pancakes, I use a 10 inch iron flat skillet. I prefer the flat ones, as its easier to flip them when you don't have a pan side in the way.
Start with 2 cups of flour. I use 100% whole wheat. If you are new to eating healthy and are nervous about going all wheat, use a half white/half wheat mix to start. Once you have the recipe down, try all whole wheat.
Next, add a heaping tablespoon of baking powder. I use aluminum-free. You can get this at most health food stores. Walmart doesn't have it, neither does Krogers or Marsh. You might find it in the organic section of your local store though.  Add a teaspoon of salt..we use mineral salt. Add cinnamon, if you prefer (close your eyes and pour is our measure). Mix together all dry ingredients.
When I make waffles, I usually add a cup of oats, and half again as much baking powder.
Next, add a few handfuls of frozen blueberries, and a handful of chocolate chips (dark chocolate preferred). Also add one egg, and a tablespoonful or so of olive oil.
The fruit and chocolate is optional, of course, but that is how we like it. I have also added raisins, craisins, frozen raspberries, chopped apples, applesauce, and various flavors of jelly, jam, and preserves.
Experiment with different flavors to keep breakfast interesting.

Stir together and add milk or water.  During the summer when the goats are in milk, I use all milk. In the winter when milk is scarce, I add a touch of milk for flavor and the rest water. I can't give a liquid measurement, as you should add and stir until it is the proper consistency. Make the mix a little more liquidy than you think it should be, because as the mix swells with the baking powder, some of the liquid will be absorbed, and it will end up being too dry.

Cook them on medium/low heat, with a cover if you have one. Make sure the pan is hot before you put the mix on. Smaller pancakes turn out better than large ones. Flip them when the edges start to turn color.
By the time you get through cooking you first batch, you will have learned how the mix cooks.

The addition of chocolate chips makes the pancakes sweet. This prevents the need to dump loads of sugary syrup on the pancakes, as it gives the impression of eating a giant cookie. Don't be afraid of the chocolate for breakfast! Dark chocolate has antioxidants in it, and it is much less sugar than syrup. Plus, the addition of fruit and the use of whole wheat flour gives fruit and protein. A healthier breakfast than it looks like!
This also could lead to leftovers. These are good cold and good in the toaster. A nicely sweet, yet healthy after school snack too!

I should also mention, I never put chocolate chips in the waffles, as we use our maple syrup with those, since they have the little squares cooked into them. Once, when we were out of syrup, I mixed a couple tablespoon-fulls of liquid honey into the waffle mix. It made them sweet, and was very good.

Happy breakfast!


  1. Awesome! We're down to our last box of pancake mix, and I'd said that I wasn't buying it again since it's just flour, baking soda, and eggs. Silly to pay so much for what it should be.

    Thank you for posting the recipe!

  2. I've always though of putting together some pre-mixed dry ingredients here so they are ready quick when I want them, but I never do.

  3. I was amazed at how delicious they are! Especially the oat waffles!