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Can you turn pancake mix into waffle mix? You bet! Just use this little trick!
One of the most common recipes that I use from our recipe index is our Oatmeal Pancake Mix recipe. Ever since I stumbled on this recipe a few years ago, I haven’t used any other pancake mix. My family loves it. I love it too. Not only does it have a hearty flavor and texture, but it is made with wheat flour and oats. It’s delicious, filling, and healthy. I always make a few batches and freeze them for an easy, healthy make-ahead breakfast.
Well, the other morning was a waffle morning. I don’t know what made it a waffle morning. It just was. My husband suggested that we use our favorite pancake mix to make the waffles. I initially scoffed at his idea thinking it wouldn’t work but immediately began to do a little research on how to transform a pancake mix into a waffle mix.
Turns out, it is super easy. In order for pancake mix to take form and not stick as they become waffles, they just need a little extra fat in the mix. All I did was add a little oil (I used coconut oil) to the recipe and the waffles turned out beautifully!
How to Turn Pancake Mix Into Waffle Mix
To use your pancake mix to make waffles, you’ll need to add a little extra oil to use it as a waffle recipe.
Here’s the formula: For every cup of dry pancake mix, just add 2 extra tablespoons of oil.
So for example, since we usually use two cups of dry mix for our oatmeal pancakes, I added 4 tablespoons of oil to the batch.
With bellies full of waffles, we were all set to take on the day ahead!
Tips for Great Waffles
Since you are clearly in the waffle-making business at the moment, here are a few tips to make your waffles AWESOME.
- Strike while the iron is HOT! If your waffles come out a little pale and soft, it could be because the waffle maker you’re using isn’t hot enough. It’s important to preheat the waffle maker for at least 5-10 minutes. Yes, seriously that long! Also, pause for a couple minutes between batches to let the iron heat up again.
- Opt for oil instead of butter. For crispier waffles, use vegetable oil or coconut oil instead of melted butter in your recipe. Unlike butter, oil doesn’t have any water content, which adds moisture and hinders a crust from forming.
Can you freeze waffles?
Yep! In fact, freezing waffles is a great use of your time. They are easy to reheat for busy mornings.
How to Freeze Waffles: Make and cool waffles completely on a cooling rack. Place waffles in single layers in a gallon-size freezer bag with parchment paper between layers. Seal tightly and freeze.
To Prepare Waffles From Frozen: Toast frozen waffles. If still slightly cold inside, microwave in 10-second increments until warmed through.
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- 1 cup of favorite pancake dry mix (Try our delicious and healthy oatmeal pancake mix!)
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil (i.e. melted coconut oil, avocado oil, etc.)
- The liquid or other ingredients listed on your pancake mix box/recipe (i.e. water, milk, eggs)
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- For each 1 cup of dry pancake mix, add 2 tablespoons of oil. Then, stir in the additional liquid/ingredients listed in the recipe or on the box until combined.
- Add just enough waffle batter to cover the waffle iron and cook about 3 minutes or until done. (Check your waffle iron’s instructions .)
Nutrition values calculated from 4 cups of pancake mix with 1/2 cup oil.