Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Make your own mixes and save $$

What's for Breakfast mom? Ever heard that before?! My kids get bored with the same old cereal and toast every day and I like to treat them to a yummy warm breakfast, even on busy days. Some days it just gets crazy though. I found a great mix that you can make ahead and have on hand for pancakes and waffles and it stores in the pantry for up to 6mths (if it lasts that long!) It's super easy to make them and the best part is you can make up a bunch and freeze them too for those busy mornings.

Pancake & waffle mix:
* this recipe mixes best when you use a pastry blender (found at places like target or walmart for a good price, or better yet goodwill or a garage sale!) to mix it all together.

8 C white flour
2 C. Whole wheat flour (can use white flour if don't have whole wheat)
1/2 C. baking Powder
1/4 c sugar
2 tsp salt
2 C. shortening
3 C. old fashioned quick oat oatmeal

With a pastry cutter, Mix all ingredients together. Use a big bowl because there is a lot to mix up. Store in air tight container such as an ice cream pail for up to 6mths. (this makes a lot, at least 1 ice cream pail full! This recipe can also be cut in half for smaller batches)

EDITED: Since posting this I have found that this recipe is very easy to modify!  I have substituted up to 1/2 the flour with whole wheat, I have used up some of my baby food oatmeal in this recipe too! (Hey Bacon Bit wouldn't eat it, someone has to!!)  I have substituted up to 2 cups of flour with 2 cups of baby food oatmeal and have not had any problems.  Right now when I mix up a batch I use 6 cups white flour, 2 cups wheat flour, 2 cups baby food oatmeal and Mr. Bacon and the kids haven't noticed at all!   Also if you do not like shortening or are trying to find something a bit heathier you can use coconut oil instead.  I've been doing a lot more research on the health benifits of coconut oil and I like what I'm finding!  It also tastes super delicious melted over popcorn! Hope these updated tips can help out some of my wonderful readers!

For Pancakes:
2 Cups mix
1 c. Milk
2 eggs
Mix and drop onto prepared skillet. These freeze well! To reheat- place a few pancakes in microwave for about 30 sec. check to see if they are warm, if not turn over and micro for 30 more sec.

For Waffles:
2 C. mix
1 1/3 cups milk
1 egg
2 TBSP oil

Mix and place in prepared waffle iron until done, these freeze well! To reheat, take waffle from freezer and place directly into toaster. You may have to adjust toasting times since it is frozen.

You can also use this mix to make biscuits!!

2 1/4 cups mix
2/3 cup milk

Mix and drop on greased cookie sheet. bake 450 degrees for 10-12min

Buttermilk biscuits:

2 C. mix
3/4 cup buttermilk

Mix and drop on greased pan. Bake 450 for 10-12min or until tops are golden brown.


  1. When you freeze the pancakes, do they stick together? I mean, are they easy to grab a few and microwave?


  2. Kelly- I lay them flat on a baking sheet or plate (depending on how many they are) for a few hours in the freezer. Once they are frozen I take them and put them in a baggie or container. That way they don't stick to each other and I can just grab out a few and reheat them in the micro. Thanks for asking! I hope you enjoy the blog :)

  3. Do you store this in the pantry or does it need to be in the freezer? Thanks.

  4. Nancy, It is fine to store at room temp in an air tight container (I use an ice cream pail) for up to 6 months in the pantry.

  5. What about using a food processor and doing it in batches? Would that work too? I dont have a pastry blender.

    1. I'm pretty sure a food processor would work as well. I haven't tried it but it's worth a shot!

  6. Ma bacon, I found you right when I needed ya! I have leftover baby food oatmeal and was wondering what to do with it. I didn't have quite 2 cups so I added some baby rice cereal, we'll see how it goes!

  7. I like to reheat my pancakes in the toaster.

  8. If you don't have or don't like coconut oil, you can also substitute butter instead of the shortning (I use my Ninja to blend), just make sure to store it in the fridge.
    If you must use shortning use lard instead. Shortning is soooo bad for you!!

    Thanks for all your tips MaBacon!!!

  9. Thank you for this recipe! I linked to it on my blog:
    I used coconut oil instead of shortening and am happy with that choice. Have yet to make pancakes, but it looks like they're going to be pretty tasty! :)

  10. Love, love, love, what you are doing. I too, did this when my family was young but have gotten lazy in my old age. Thanks for rekindling the fire.

  11. do you have a recipe to make heart healthy light bisquick

  12. I know this is an old post but found your site today. As a mom of 5 I'm trying to live on a very small budget so will be exploring your site this weekend. So am I understanding you put the shortening into the mix and then store it before using it for either pancakes, etc.? Oh and I noticed you said if you don't have wheat flour to use white. I have white so does that mean I use 10 cups of white flour? homemom3 @gmail.com