Waking up to the smell of fresh pancakes is one of the greatest small pleasures in life. Going out to restaurants for a fun and casual brunch on the weekends is great but enjoying a fluffy short stack without having to get dressed or wait in line is often a welcomed alternative. Following a long list of instructions and running around looking for ingredients can be time-consuming and expensive, so when we get a craving for flapjacks, we reach for one of the many delicious pancake mixes available.
Pancake mix takes the guesswork out of cooking. Ingredients are premixed and premeasured and users typically only must add a small number of ingredients, including water, eggs, milk and oil. With the rise in keto-friendly eating, many pancake mixes now only require water. That means more time for sleeping in before cooking up a delicious at-home brunch.
Pancake mixes are obviously a convenient way to make pancakes, but they are so much more than that. Pancake mix can also be used to make items like waffles, muffins, cinnamon rolls, brownies, cobbler, funnel cake, dumplings and cookies.
A versatile and convenient shortcut to a delicious finished product, pancake mixes are an excellent staple for any kitchen pantry. Pass the syrup and check out some of our favorite picks below.
1. Keto Pancake & Waffle Mix by Keto and Co
Make waffles and pancakes in only five minutes using the Keto and Co mix. One package of the gluten-free, non-GMO mix has enough ingredients to cook up to 30 pancakes. The low sugar ingredients make this a diabetic-friendly option that also works for users following a keto diet. The mix requires eggs, milk and oil and includes five grams of prebiotic fiber.
Pros: The Keto and Co mix is a low-carb option that has only two grams of carbs.
Cons: The mix is made with almond and coconut flour and therefore is not safe for users with nut allergies.
2. Kodiak Cakes Protein Pancake Power Cakes
For days when you want a meal that will keep you fueled for hours, we recommend the Kodiak Cakes Protein Pancake Power Cakes. The mix includes a whopping 14 grams of protein per serving, which is more than three times the amount of protein that many other brands of pancake mix offer. The set of three boxes comes in a buttermilk flavor and customers can also choose a frontier oat, dark chocolate, chocolate chip, or an almond poppy seed pancake mix.
Pros: The mix is made with non-GMO whole wheat and oat flour for a healthier alternative to traditional pancakes.
Cons: The Kodiak Mix does not offer the same sweet taste or fluffiness found in traditional pancakes.
3. Simple Mills Almond Flour Pancake Mix
For a gluten-free option, we recommend the Simple Mills Almond Flour Pancake Mix. Sold in a set of three (shown here) or six boxes, the Simple Mills mix is made with only seven ingredients, including organic coconut flour and organic sugar. The corn-free, non-GMO mix makes approximately 20 pancakes per 10-ounce box.
Pros: The Simple Mills mix is plant-based and Paleo-friendly.
Cons: Like the Keto and Co mix, the Simple Mills pancake mix is not appropriate for users with nut allergies.
4. Birch Benders Organic Pancake and Waffle Mix
For a traditional pancake and waffle taste that is easy to make, we recommend the Birch Benders Organic Pancake and Waffle Mix. The ingredients used in the mix are USDA Organic and certified non-GMO. Made with a base of wheat four, the 16-ounce bag has enough mix to make up to 26 pancakes or waffles.
Pros: The Birch Benders requires just water as the only added ingredient.
Cons: If not cooked properly the pancakes and waffles can have a gummy texture.