This Homemade Pancake Mix is as old-fashioned as it gets because it’s an Amish recipe! Serve breakfast in a whim when you have homemade pancake mix in the pantry! These homemade pancakes are compatible to Ihop Pancakes or any Restaurant-style pancakes like Denny’s! That’s how light and fluffy they are! 

homemade pancakes made from a homemade pancake mix

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Pancake Mix

Let’s face it, we’re not always morning fueled to put breakfast on the table and ordering out is not always an option, but what if I were to tell you, that you can make pancakes like that maple syrup farm near you, or pancakes like IHOP or Denny’s? I’m convinced they use pre-made mixes in their routine, otherwise it just wouldn’t be manageable to whip up freshly cooked pancakes to an order.


This feather-light pancake mix is an Amish recipe, so you know its a good old-fashioned and proven way to make homemade pancakes! It requires simple pantry ingredients and makes the lightest and fluffiest pancakes! It won over the other homemade pancake mix I used to make from dried milk and tastes like the ones you’d order out! If you can make a batch of pancakes and have enough left over for a few more breakfasts’ to come, what’s not to love?

Homemade Pancakes

These homemade pancakes come together quick and easy! All you have to do is scoop a couple cups of the homemade mix; add eggs, shortening and buttermilk to create the fluffiest pancakes! This pancake mix works like an all-purpose mix too, because it can be used in applesauce muffins and is very similar in ingredients to Bisquick. Which means you could use it for frying chicken or quick drop biscuits! No wonder the two mixes are sold right next to each other in most grocery-stores! This mix will go a long way, you just got to know how to bring it into good use!

How to Make Homemade Pancake Mix:

Homemade Pancake Mix

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 24 servings
Author: Alyona Demyanchuk
This Homemade Pancake Mix is as old-fashioned as it gets because it's an Amish recipe! Serve breakfast in a whim when you have homemade pancake mix in the pantry! These homemade pancakes are compatible to Ihop Pancakes or any Restaurant-style pancakes like Denny's! That's how light and fluffy they are! 


Homemade Pancake Mix:

  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp salt

To Make Pancakes Use:

  • 2 1/4 cups pancake mix (above)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 2 1/4 cups buttermilk


Dry Pancake Mix:

  • Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight conatainer or zip-loc bag.

To Make Pancakes:

  • Pre-heat Griddle or Pan over medium-low heat.
  • Combine 2 1/4 cups of pancake mix, 2 eggs, shortening and buttermilk.*
  • Pour 1/2 cup of batter to the griddle (makes large pancakes) and cook until bubbles form on top. Flip and continue to cook through (2 minutes.)


Notes: each 2 1/4 cup batch of pancakes serves 6-8 people. 
Buttermilk* can mix together 2 cups of milk and 1/4 cup of vinegar for a buttermilk substitute.  

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 2pancakesCalories: 336kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 9gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 584mgPotassium: 186mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 228IUCalcium: 118mgIron: 2mg


What is a Pancake Mix?

A homemade pancake mix is a pre-made baking mix made from common dry ingredients. After making a homemade mix with the right ration of flour, baking soda, salt and sugar, you then add some eggs, buttermilk and shortening to bring the a batch of homemade pancakes together.

It’s a great way to save money on a budget and see what’s exactly going into your food! There is nothing really complicated about it! All you need is simple dry ingredients that you keep stored until you want to whip up a batch of homemade pancakes again. It doesn’t take up a lot of space and will be a time saver in the mornings you want to serve breakfast.

You can use this dry all-purpose baking mix in baked goods like cake, bread and muffins, so pancakes isn’t the only thing you can make from it.

What can Pancake Mix be used for other than pancakes?

A pancake mix is like an all-purpose baking mix, very similar to Bisquick. Since, all three mixes have leavening and flour it can easily be used in goods such as breading, cookies, biscuits and homemade pancakes. If you’re curious on what can be made with a pancake mix other than pancakes, check out this post. Here’s a quick list to give you some ideas:

  • muffins
  • cookies
  • drop biscuits
  • breading
  • Corn bread
  • pizza
  • biscuits 

How long does a homemade pancake mix last for?

A well sealed pancake mix can be kept in a cool dry place for up-to 12 months. Read this article on “Can a pancake mix go bad,” for more information.

What is a good egg substitute?

I recently discovered that the liquid from canned chickpeas makes the perfect egg white substitute! In fact it has so much protein you can whip a meringue from it! I thought that was interesting when I saw the lady from food network beating it! If you have someone allergic to eggs, I’d try that!

Can you make pancakes without milk?

Yes! Buttermilk or even plain water can be used, like it was in this egg and milk-free recipe!

Why do you pancakes call for buttermilk?

When recipes call for buttermilk, it’s likely the recipe has baking soda in the ingredients. Baking soda works the way it should in conjunction with some kind of acid like lemon juice, vinegar or buttermilk. Acid also, dilutes the bitter baking soda taste that can be detected if not combined with acid. The two work together which is why most recipes like chocolate cakes or mixes will call for some.

What can replace buttermilk in pancakes?

The best substitute for buttermilk is soured milk. It’s basically milk with acid to properly active baking soda. Acids like vinegar or lemon juice can be used to sour the milk.

Do you Grease your pan with oil when cooking pancakes?

If your pancake mix has shortening or any kind of fat in it, then you do not need additional oil or grease for cooking your pancakes. In fact, signature looking pancakes that you’d see at IHOP or other Breakfast places only turn out that way without the additional grease added. I’ve noticed when using grease to cook pancakes, it can tend to make spotted marks whereas the smooth solid tops.

The best tool to use for cooking pancakes is a non-stick skillet or griddle that has been pre-heated. However, keep in mind you need to have some kind of grease in your batter or on the skillet to cook pancakes.

What makes pancakes fluffy?

The rising ingredients (such as baking powder or baking soda) and the perfect ratio of dry to wet ingredients is key to getting the perfectly fluffy pancakes. You need to get the right consistency of batter (not to wet and not too thick) and not over beat your mixture too much. One lady even mixes her batter only a certain amount of times and lets it sit!

What to serve Homemade pancakes with?



  1. Use in muffin recipes instead of the flour, salt and leavening called for in muffin recipes.
  2. Make your own buttermilk by adding 1/4 cup of vinegar to 2 cups of milk.
  3. Use any other fats like margarine, butter or oil for the shortening.
  4. Serve with honey, jam or maple syrup!

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    • Amanda

    Great pancakes! I made the whole batch of mix and then made the pancakes. I cannot say how the dry mix stores, but the cooked pancakes stored well in a zip lock bag. I used butter in the batter rather than shortening. I also curdled the milk with vinegar. Making all 8 or so cups of mix yielded around 75 pancakes. I left 4 in the bag after they first week to test how well after another week in the fridge went. Pancakes were still tender and delicious. Best pancakes I’ve made since working in a restaurant (20years!). Thank you for the great recipe.

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Your welcome, Amanda! I’m happy you found a great pancake mix recipe! I have another pancake recipe that has become a staple around here from a Mennonite friend so can’t wait to share that one!

    • Anna

    I have never used a Crisco before. I combined all the ingredients with a whisk and I ended up with chunks of Crisco in the batter. Should I have used a mixer instead? Or is there a better way to incorporate the Crisco into the batter?
    Thank you

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Hi Anna, that’s totally normal but if the lumps are bothersome oil or melted butter would be just fine.

    • Adri

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with me.bless your heart ❤️.this recipe was delicious 😋 thank you so much.This pancake recipe Will be a go to

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Thanks, Adri! That’s very special!

    • Tanya

    It’s delicious 😋

      • Alyona Demyanchuk

      Thank you for the feedback, Tanya! I’m glad to hear:)

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