Pancake & Waffle Base Mix

Golden brown pancakes
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Pancake & Waffle Base Mix ingredients compared

It hasn’t been that long since I realized that pancakes and waffles don’t come from a box. A box of Bisquick to be exact. Bisquick, a Betty Crocker company has the following in their “pancake & waffle mix”. Enriched Flour Bleached (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate), Dextrose, Salt.
My pancake & waffle base mix has this in it: Flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt.

In addition to the long list of ingredients for a mere pancake mix, hydrogenated oils is listed. For those unfamiliar with hydrogenated anything, it’s a cheap ingredient food companies use. They use it to make the product last longer, and it’s a cheap product in general. Is this something you want in your innocent breakfast meal of pancakes or waffles? In the U.S., we have the FDA, which is a federal food safety inspection agency. They have banned trans fats (hydrogenated oils) from American diets. It’s unhealthy, and extremely dangerous, so why is it still on the ingredient lists?

The moment of independence

When one has an epiphany, you must make change. My ahha moment was narrowly believing I needed a store bought mix, to make an age-old recipe. It’s been mentioned that in 1800’s, the European settlers arriving in America, brought the pancake recipe along with them. By the 1880’s, the first ready-made box of ‘Aunt Jemimah’s Panacke” mix was on the shelves in America. It was a huge hit. Shortly there after, the first ‘pancake’ house was opened. The rest they say, is history.

I’m grateful to my mom for many things. But finding this recipe for a self-made pancake and waffle mix puts my thanks and gratitude pretty high up there. I can put my name behind this recipe, as it produces great results. The pancakes are light, airy and delicious. The waffles come out just as they should. This was the beginning of my own personal food revolution. Sometimes one needs the rug pulled out from under them in order to wake up. I hope the same comes true for you. Making food from home-made base recipes is a delight, and an unleashing of independence should follow. You don’t need a box to succeed. You can do it all on your own.

Pancake & Waffle Base Mix

Any way you choose to use it, you will be thrilled with the results. All the best!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Flour
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 5 people


Base mix

  • 10 cups flour white
  • 1/4 cup baking powder
  • 2 TBS baking soda
  • 1 TBS salt

Pancake mix

  • 2 cups Base mix
  • 2 cups milk whole
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1/4 cup powder sugar

Waffle mix

  • 2 cups Base mix
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1/4 cup sunflower oil light in color


Base mix:

  • Mix all ingredients together in a zip lock bag or storage container stir it up or shake it up.
  • Or, you can do the same in a plastic or glass storage container.

Pancake mix:

  • Beat ingredients together and begin to make your pancakes or waffles. This recipe yields approx. 25-medium size pancakes.

Waffle mix:

  • Oil is necessary in this recipe to help prevent the batter from sticking on the waffle machine. This recipe yields approximately 15 Belgian style waffles.
  • in the waffle iron
  • Waffles finished
  • some serving ideas: with whip cream, warmed fruit, maple syrup, butter, powder sugar
  • Waffle on the plate
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