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We go through a lot of pancake mix in our house. As much as I love making pancakes from scratch, the convenience of a good mix can be a time-challenged mom’s best friend. There have been plenty of sleep deprived mornings where I’ve got to get everyone out the door to school and work and wearily reach for my box of Kodiak Cakes whole wheat pancake mix. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kodiak Cakes. They are easy to make, made from wholesome ingredients and turn out awesome pancakes every time. But at almost $6 a box, I resolved to come up with my own simple, make-ahead mix that I could keep in the pantry.

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It took me a bit of trial and error, but I’m finally over the moon — I mean really over the moon — with this recipe. It actually might be one of my favorite weelicious recipes because of how versatile it is. I used the mix to make waffles this morning and the kids actually said they were the best I’d ever made!

This recipe makes a bit more mix than what you would normally find in a box of the pre-made stuff, but that’s a plus, especially if you have a house full of pancake lovers. Just keep the mix in an airtight container and anytime you want to make these, just add an egg, milk, a touch of oil and a scoop of mix for whole wheat pancakes or waffles that are sure to please!

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Whole Wheat Pancake and Waffle Mix

4.67 from 3 votes
Servings: 4 pancakes
Author: Catherine McCord
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 6 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt


  • Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
  • To Make Whole Wheat Pancakes or Waffles - Serves 4
  • Whisk 1 large egg, 1 cup buttermilk and 1 tablespoon oil in a large bowl.
  • Whisk 1 cup pancake mix until just combined.
  • Heat a large pan or griddle over medium heat and grease with butter or oil.
  • Pour about 1 tablespoon of the pancake mixture onto the griddle, making as many pancakes as will fit and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Flip the pancakes and cook for one minute longer and serve.
  • Note: Mixture can also be used in a waffle iron following manufacturers directions.


Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 520mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. I’ve been making these pancakes for years and my boys love them. I recently bought Kodiak dark chocolate waffle mix and was wondering how I could change up your recipe to make “healthy” chocolate waffles? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  2. LOVE this recipe! My kids LOVE pancakes but I hate all the preservatives in the box stuff. I also hate making the whole kit and kabooble every morning they want pancakes. This was great! I didn’t have buttermilk so I used 2/3 cup plain yogurt and 1/3. cup whole milk. Worked wonderful! Also felt it was a little healthier with the yogurt. The mix is thicker than I’m used to for pancakes but it works and I have to get used to the fact it supposed to be thick. They are fluffy and wonderful! This recipe is definitely a gem.

  3. The top half of the recipe explains how to make the dry pancake mix which you can store in the pantry. Then when you’re ready to make pancakes, you use the second half of the recipe card to make pancakes. Here are the ingredients for 1 batch of pancakes:
    to make whole wheat pancakes or waffles:
    1 large egg, whisked
    1 cup buttermilk
    1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
    1 cup pancake mix

  4. How many cups of the dry goods do you add to the wet mixture? I made the whole receipe and it wasn’t wet enough…

  5. I love this mix! It makes delicious and fluffy pancakes every time! Today I tried making it with some whey I had leftover from making homemade yogurt in place of the buttermilk, and it worked wonderfully! Thank you for sharing your recipes…this is one of my favorite sites for kid-friendly food!

  6. I don’t normally leave comments but I have been using this recipie for about 3 years and I LOVE it. So much better and healthier than the boxed pancake mix and just as easy. I have 4 year old twins who gobble them up. I haven’t made with buttermilk but do the vinegar trick and they are delish. I have also used just milk instead of buttermilk and they are good that way too. Thanks!!

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  13. If I wanted to use butter instead of oil, would it turn out ok? Would it be 1 tablespoon of butter, melted? Thanks!

  14. 1 cup of liquid makes the batter too runny for waffles. I made it for the first time yesterday for pancakes and noted that if I were to make waffles one day, I would start out with less milk and add until it looked to be the right thickness for the waffle iron.

  15. Ive made these as pancakes before and they came out great, but I just bought a new waffle maker and wanted to try this recipe as all your recipes have pretty much been winners with my family. Not sure what I did wrong, but the batter came out a little runny for waffles and when the waffles were done they weren’t fluffy 🙁 The only difference I did was use coconut oil and made the buttermilk with lactose free milk and lemon.

  16. I haven’t tried coconut flour, but a good all-purpose gluten-free flour should work just fine!

  17. I am so happy that I can make ahead to save some time to make healthy food. Trying to make better choices. Thank you

    Question: will I be able to substitute the flour with coconut flour?

  18. My only question with this recipe, is how can I incorporate dried egg whites into the mix? And is the oil totally necessary? I use Kodiak Cakes all the time and like that they don’t use any oil. Just water. (I calorie count big time.) The oil adds calories, but Kodiak Cakes does not use it. We made the pancakes this morning without oil and they came out fluffy and delish. Thanks!!!!!

  19. I’m wondering if this mix can be used for biscuits too? Any idea what would need to be added?

  20. My daughter had to go without milk for a short period. I actually substituted the milk and eggs with some applesauce and a little water. Then I add vanilla and agave nectar. Delicious!

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  22. The ingredients list first lists the ingredients needed to make the mix. Then it says “Whole Wheat Pancakes or Waffles” and gives the remaining ingredients needs to actually make pancakes! 🙂 Hope this clears it up for you!

  23. I’m a newbie. In your ingredients’ list you have “whole wheat pancakes or waffles”. Do I need to buy these ready-made pancakes to make the mix? Don’t understand! Help!!

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  25. I have already made these once before and my kids love them!! Would like to make them this morning but realized I don’t have vegetable or canola oil. Can I sub coconut or olive oil instead??

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  27. I was looking for a whole wheat recipe for this diet I’m following, these are amazing! Surprisingly so much tastier than regular pancakes. I made up buttermilk using 2/3 skim milk and 1/3 pomegranate kefir I had left over and tbsp cider vinegar. They were beautiful and fluffy and tasted great. I’m converted, never going back to the old ones

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  29. I’m looking for a wheat pancake that can take on a variety of veggies and taste yummy. I’ve tried other recipes, but they haven’t won over LO. My adventurous eater has entered the “no” phase at 18 months. Can I omit the sugar and add grated veggies and fresh herbs? Perhaps cheese? And could I freeze them to reheat later? Sorry. It’s just the sweet pancakes are a sure winner, but I need to send him to preschool with yummy nutritious foods, like veggies. I love that you don’t hide veggies! Any input would be greatly appreciated.

  30. Hi Catherine,

    Love your website.
    Finding a white whole wheat flour is almost impossible in my country.
    The closest thing I found is bob red mill whole wheat pastry flour.can i use it as sub?or is it the same with white whole wheat flour?


  31. I made the mix because I love quick breakfasts in the morning esp. with 2 kids. I didn’t have white whole wheat flour so just subbed in all-purpose flour. I made pancakes the other day, and although the taste was great, the pancakes were very flat. Today, I attempted to make waffles. I noticed the mix was a bit watery but I poured it onto the hot buttered waffle iron anyway. It all spilled out, got stuck to the sides, and needless to say made a huge mess. What did I do wrong?
    By the way, your other whole wheat waffle recipe (even though I used all-purpose flour) was a huge hit!

  32. I have noticed that you often say what kind of products you like to use. I need a griddle, What do you recommend?? Thanks!!

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  34. I haven’t made these yet but like to add a little flax to my mix. How much would you recommend I add for a little added health benefit but not loose the yumminess.

  35. Can’t wait to make these but quick question. How much of the pre-made pancake mix do you use to make the 4 servings? I see what you mix it with but I’m not sure how much to use.


  36. I haven’t made these yet, but they are going to be xmas presents this year from my 14 month old son, who is an avid pancake fan! Can’t wait to try these and share your mix with others!

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  40. You could definitely do half and half! It won’t be exactly the same as using white whole wheat, but it’ll still work!

  41. I meant to buy the white whole wheat flour, but ended up with just whole wheat from the king arthur brand. . .could I mix half reg. flour with the whole wheat to make it taste more like the white whole wheat? Or will it still have the really nutty chewy flavor?? Thank you!

  42. You can really use any type of milk you prefer, including almond, rice and soy. I love the flavor of buttermilk which is why I suggest adding the lemon juice, but if you don’t prefer that flavor you can leave it out! That is what I LOVE about this mix. It is so versatile!

  43. My daughter is allergic to dairy. Can I just use almond milk, or do I have to add lemon to the almond milk?

  44. I fixed it! It is a note on how to fake buttermilk. Also, you can use any type of milk you prefer. 🙂

  45. ran out of my standard box mix tonight – and it was breakfast for dinner night, so I mixed these up and LOVED them. very doubtful I’ll ever do my box mix again. thanks! (ps – what are the ** for at the buttermilk? I had to do milk/vinegar cause we usually don’t have buttermilk in the house it was fine, but I wonder if there is another alternative? – I see some have used regular milk with success)

  46. Just made these today – thank you so much! Tastes fantastic and SO easy. My kids loved them and so did the adults.

  47. You could add ground flaxseed to the dry mix. I would start by substituting 1/4 Cup of the flour with 1/4 Cup of ground flax seed and see how they come out. I know 1/4 Cup compared to 6 cups doesn’t sound like much, but you’ll have to test it and see how you like the consistency and flavor!

  48. Could you add ground flaxseed to the dry mix? I know it would change the consistency, but my daughter loves pancakes so I’m always up for adding extra nutrition when and where I can since she seems to be going through a strong-willed phase.

  49. These are great!! I added 1/4 c of pumpkin, 1/2 tsp cinnamon & 1/8 tsp nutmeg and they are the best waffles I have ever had. Thanks for the easy mix recipe!

  50. I did the two recipes off the BBC Food site. Firstly Delia’s cssialc pancake batter, and then an American pancake batter. I didn’t separate the eggs, but it uses self-raising flour, and more proportionately than the crepe mixture.Both absolutely great.I couldn’t find maple syrup in my co-op, but Sainsbury’s came up trumps.

  51. These were AMAZING! I made this recipe this morning and my 20 month old daughter – who is also a very picky eater – ate 4 pancakes!!

  52. I just wanted to thank you for your website! I am not a Mom…YET… but I just absolutely LOVE everything you post! especially these pancakes. I’ve been a long time Pancake failure because I grew up eating “german apple pancakes” that are more like crepes I guess, but my hubby hates them. These are the very first pancakes that weren’t thrown in the garbage! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! From the bottom of my heart! :o)

  53. Yes! Use this in place of the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, etc in any pancake recipe!

  54. This might be a little redundant:

    If I were to sub this for another pancake recipe, such as the Gingerbread ones, is the flour to mix ratio 1:1? Of course I wouldn’t add baking powder or soda since it’s already in the mix.

    Thanks! Oh, and we LOVE your recipes!!

  55. probably a dumb question, but how much mix would I scoop out for a batch? it would seem to be that I would need a bit over a cup for each batch since it makes six batches, and there are six cups of flour and about a 1/2 cup of other stuff?

  56. Just made these for dinner tonight and all three kids devoured them! And that’s saying a lot because my 9-year old is super picky. In the spirit of culinary “flexibility” I think you can pretty much use a mixture of whatever flour you have handy, or prefer. In my case, I used 1/2 white flour and 1/2 whole wheat. The possibilities are endless. I also added 1 tsp. of vanilla extract to the wet ingredients. I love your recipes and am a big fan of your site. Thanks again!

  57. Catherine, thank you so much! Since today is my birthday, this is an awesome present from you and I’m going right now to make my mix!!!

  58. I use White Whole Wheat which is a different (lighter) texture than Whole Wheat and I have found that it produces a much fluffier and not crumbly pancake. You can find it at Trader Joe’s and usually at your local grocery. Bob’s Red Mill is a great flour brand to look for!

  59. Do you ever have problems with these being ‘crumbly’? I always have that problem with whole wheat pancakes, I usually mix 1/2 ww and 1/2 regular

  60. My dad used to pre-make pancake mix in baggies for camping trips. Just add eggs, oil, and milk and he’d fry them up on the iron skillet over a campfire!

  61. I make my own and add wheat germ and buttermilk powder, then simply need to add the egg, oil & water to the mix. My kids love it!

  62. I’m so excited to try this! I had been looking for homemade pancake/waffle/biscuit mixes as I won’t feed my toddler frozen waffles. I found a recipe for biscuit mix but it has shortening in it. Have you tried this mix for biscuits or anything else? Will get some flour this weekend and have pancakes! Thanks!

  63. Oat flour makes baked goods chewier and more crumbly so I would start with subbing half and see how they come out! You may need to increase the milk or oil in the recipe.

  64. Sounds great! Will try this soon. If I wanted to incorporate some oat flour, how much do you think I could do? If I replaced half of the wheat flour with oat flour do you think that might work? Thanks for a great recipe!

  65. the easiest way to make pancakes is to use 1 cup self-raising flour, 1 cup milk and 1 egg and a pinch of salt.

  66. Yes! Unbleached White Whole Wheat Flour! This will work for any of the weelicious pancake recipes!

  67. so excited! this could be used for the banana bites too right? also i buy unbleached white whole wheat flour from fresh and easy is that the same the recipe calls for?

  68. I am so thrilled to find this! My kids love whole grain pancakes/waffles and I am so sick of buying them. I have been wanting to find an easy go to homed recipe and am thrilled with the make ahead mix idea! We LOVE the white whole wheat flour from TJs and use it in many many things!

  69. Yes! You can use any type of milk you prefer. You can even squeeze some lemon juice into the Rice or Soy Milk to make “buttermilk”!

  70. My daughter has a milk allergy. Would I be able to substitute with Rice Milk or Soy milk?

  71. In all honesty, this mix should stay good, if stored in an airtight container in a dry place, for as long as the flour, baking powder, and baking soda are good according to your packages. To err on the safe side, though, I would suggest using this mix within three months. My kids keep asking for the pancakes and waffles and we used up this entire mix in about three weeks! I am now using my second batch!

    Just a note: regardless of package dates, you should replace your baking powder about every four to six months after opening to ensure maximum freshness and performance!

  72. Great idea! I’ve contemplated making something like this, just do not have the time to test it out, so THANK YOU! My 2-year-old LOVES pancakes, so would be nice to be able to make them in the morning even.

  73. Also curious about using it for pumpkin pancakes! I love the idea of using pumpkin or applesauce as an oil substitute in baking but not sure on adjusting other ingredients.

  74. I’d love to see some variations on the pancake part of the recipe. For instance, can this mix be used to make pumpkin pancakes? Add some spice for gingerbread? That would make it SUPER versatile. Either way, I can’t wait to try this. Thanks!

  75. I make pancakes regularly with Trader Joe’s multigrain mix and Ener-G egg substitute and it works great. I’ll have to try Catherine’s mix.

  76. My kids have milk and egg allergies. Wondering if anyone has tried this mix with a commercial egg replacer or substitute like apple sauce?

  77. thanks for the info! it says you could use it in place of whole wheat flour, but could it also be used in place of all purpose flour?

  78. Found some info:

    White whole wheat flour is made from a naturally occurring albino variety of wheat, so it has a whitish outer bran (hence the name, white whole wheat) to it where regular wheat has a darker brown or reddish bran. This bran usually contains tannins and phenolic acid, which are what give whole wheat flour the slightly bitter taste that is often associated it, but white whole wheat contains none. As a result, it has a mild, sweet and slightly nutty flavor without a trace of bitterness and is much more similar in flavor and color to all purpose flour than to traditional whole wheat flour.

    White whole wheat still has all the same nutritional benefits of whole wheat flour because it is made in exactly the same way, and so it has more fiber, vitamins and minerals than most all purpose flours to. It can be used in any recipe that calls for whole wheat flour and, because it has a lighter flavor, will generally give you an even tastier result than whole wheat will.

  79. She must mean Whole Wheat Flour..I don’t think I have seen White Whole Wheat Flour. I would rather have plain ole Whole Wheat Flour. White sounds like they did something to it..

  80. White Whole Wheat Flour is made from a “white wheat” grain instead of a “red wheat” grain so it is a different product and produces a different flavor and consistency! King Arthur Flour makes a great product and is becoming a more popular brand in grocery stores across the country: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/flours/white-whole-wheat-flour.html You can even buy it in bulk through Amazon! http://astore.amazon.com/weelicious-20/detail/B001KUULJE

  81. Sounds delicious! I’d also like to know if we can just use wheat flour? I’ve never heard of “white wheat flour” as well. Thank you for giving us such delicious and healthy recipes! xo

  82. Fantastic! I was thinking of searching for a recipe like this! Thanks! It’ll make pancake and waffle mornings a bit faster and give me a few more minutes to enjoy my morning coffee. 🙂

  83. what is “white whole wheat flour” I bake alot and have never heard of this.

    and like others that asked can you just use plain whole wheat flour??


  84. I had been looking for ways to make a homemade pancake mix (kids are not liking the frozen pancakes anymore) and bamm.. today I see this post! THANK YOU so much for sharing this recipe!

    All your recipes are perfect and always come out well.

  85. Whole Wheat Flour will work, but it will yield a denser, more nutty pancake or waffle. White Whole Wheat flour is just made from a white wheat grain instead of a red wheat grain. It still has all the lovely nutrition content, but it is a different flavor and texture! You can find White Whole Wheat Flour at Trader Joe’s and even at your local grocery. Here is the brand I love: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/king-arthur-white-whole-wheat-flour-5-lb You can also buy it in bulk from Amazon! http://astore.amazon.com/weelicious-20/detail/B001KUULJE

  86. Yes, White Whole Wheat has a slightly different flavor and texture! Whole Wheat Pastry Flour will yield a similar consistency to White Whole Wheat: lighter and less dense than Whole Wheat.

  87. Thanks for the recipe! We always make ours with whole wheat pastry flour. Do they yield different results?

  88. Thanks – excited to try this! I’ve always bought the Hodgson Mill mix at the store but I bet this would taste even better.

  89. Couldn’t you leave the sugar out of the dry mix and add honey in with the wet ingredients? How much honey would I need to add per batch?

  90. Yes! Place on a cookie sheet in the freezer for an hour or so, until they are frozen, then transfer to an airtight container and store in the freezer up to 3 months. When ready to eat, transfer to a toaster directly from the freezer and toast to desired doneness! I do this often and it makes a great quick breakfast for busy mornings!

  91. This looks great! Thanks! Can we freeze the already made pancakes/waffles and pop in the toaster for busy mornings?

  92. I cant wait to try this!!! My husband has his own mix but I am really looking forward to a whole wheat one. Plus my 2 year old loves pancakes!!!!

  93. Awesome! Thanks for this. I always knew it had to be easy, but never thought of making the mix myself in advance.

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