Our family loves pancakes, like Seriously Sweet Potato Pancakes and Pumpkin and Apple Pancakes. But, sometimes I don’t have time to make those and just want a quick dry mix on hand. Unfortunately, the pancake mixes at the grocery store have a ton of unrecognizable and highly processed ingredients.
I made a big batch and put it in the freezer so it’s on hand anytime. When ready to use, just add 1 cup buttermilk and an egg to 1 cup of the mix. So easy!
We actually had these pancakes for dinner tonight. Everyone wolfed them down. I added some blueberries to some of them, which was delicious.
Homemade Whole-Grain Pancake Mix
Yield: a batch using one cup of the mix will make about eight 4″ pancakes.
1) Grind the oats in a food processor until they’re chopped fine, but not a powder.
2) Put the flour, oats, and all other dry ingredients into a mixer with a paddle. Mix on slow speed, and drizzle the vegetable oil into the bowl slowly while the mixer is running.
3) Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks at room temperature, or indefinitely in the refrigerator or freezer.
To make pancakes:
1) Whisk together 1 cup of mix, 1 cup of buttermilk (you can use soured milk, but buttermilk gives noticeably superior results; a combination of half plain yogurt and half milk also will do), and 1 large egg. Don’t worry if it seems thin at first: the oats will soak up the milk, and the mix will thicken a bit as it stands. Let the batter stand for at least 20 minutes before cooking.
2) Heat a lightly greased griddle to 350°F (if you’ve got a griddle with a temperature setting; if not, medium-hot will do).
3) Drop the batter onto it in 1/4-cupfuls (a jumbo cookie scoop works well here) to make a 4″ diameter pancake. If you have English muffin rings, use them; they make a perfectly round, evenly thick pancake.
4) When the edges look dry and bubbles come to the surface without breaking (after about 2 minutes, if your griddle is the correct temperature), turn the pancake over to finish cooking on the second side, which will take about 2 minutes.
5) Serve pancakes immediately, or stack and hold in a warm oven.
Note: If you don’t have buttermilk in the house, try the yogurt and milk combination first; if you happen to have buttermilk powder, try this: In place of the buttermilk, add 1/4 cup buttermilk powder to 1 cup of dry mix, then stir in 1 cup water and 1 large egg. The results won’t be as magnificent as using liquid buttermilk, but you’ll still have very tasty pancakes.
Variation: Add 1 tablespoon orange juice to the dry mix along with the buttermilk. We’ve found that the acidity and sweetness of the orange juice helps mellow the tannic taste some people perceive in whole wheat flour; while the pancakes won’t have any orange flavor, they may taste slightly milder to you, if you’re not a fan of whole wheat flour (but still want to get more whole grains into your diet).
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