So I gotta be honest ya’ll. I don’t really get pancake mix. I understand that there is a time and place for convenience foods, but pancakes are seriously SO easy and SO tasty to make. It really and truly doesn’t take much longer to whip up a batch of homemade pancakes than it does to make them from a mix. In fact, pancakes are one of our favorite weeknight meals because they are quick, cheap, meatless, and totally delicious. Bonus for me is that my husband is the dedicated pancake maker in this house which means I am off the hook for cooking on pancake nights. Hip hip hooray for sweet, delicious, husband-made dinners.
For those of you who still think a mix is the way to go, I adapted my favorite pancake recipe into a mix. This means you can make a whole bunch at one time, and TADA you can have homemade whole grain pancakes whenever you want. You’re welcome.
While we try to eat whole grains in our house as much as possible, sometimes that can be challenging for our family. I am still getting over my disdain for brown rice, and while most of the time I am totally down for whole grain breads, nothing beats a delicious loaf of artisan white bread. Pancakes however, are a different story. I completely and totally PREFER and ADORE whole grain pancakes. Something about the nutty grainy taste paired with the sweetness of syrup, apples, strawberries, whipped cream, nutella, bananas, whatever other sweet thing you like to put on pancakes is out of this world amazing!!! I think that white pancakes are a little to sweet and flavorless to pair with MORE sweetness.
These pancakes are pretty simple, I love the lightness the addition of oatmeal adds. I also add a little flaxseed for extra fiber and I also love the nutty flavor it adds. Buttermilk powder is a great ingredient to keep in your pantry especially if you aren’t the type of person who keeps real buttermilk in the fridge on a regular basis. It can be found near the powdered milk in a small canister in the grocery store. If you want EXTRA fluffy pancakes, I have used real buttermilk with extra stellar results. Simply omit the water and buttermilk powder and use 1 3/4 C buttermilk instead. But the buttermilk powder works great too. I mm officially in tangent mode now. Back to the recipe.
These whole grain oatmeal will be a great addition to your pancake repertoire, and because they are so easy and convenient to make you will never have to buy a box mix again. Repeat, I will never have to buy a box pancake mix again.
Do you usually make pancakes from scratch, or are you a mix kinda human?? What are some of your favorite pancake toppings or additions? I’d love to hear your responses in the comments below, let’s start a conversation!
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DIY Whole Grain Oatmeal Pancake Mix
Dry Ingredients (for mix)*
- 1 C Oats
- 1.5 C Whole Wheat Flour
- 6 Tbsp Buttermilk Powder**
- 2 Tbsp Ground Flax Seed
- 2 Tbsp Sugar
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp salt
Wet Ingredients (to add to mix)
- 2 C Water
- 2 Large Eggs
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Use a food processor to grind oats into a powder. Mix dry ingredients. Store in a ziploc bag for later use, or proceed to next steps if using immediately
- When ready to use
- Mix wet and dry ingredients until just combined. Heat a griddle to 350 degrees Use a 1/4 C measuring cup to spoon batter onto well-greased griddle. Flip pancakes when they are starting to brown on the sides and bubble on the top. Serve however you like pancakes (I served mine with cooked apples and a dollop (or 3) of freshly whipped cream. Leftover pancakes freeze well for a great grab and go breakfast!