How to Turn Pancake Mix Into Waffle Mix

By Polly Conner
January 8, 2021
Stack of waffles that were made from pancake mix.

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 waffles 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.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Freeze your extra waffles! To reheat, let them thaw and just pop them in the toaster oven or toaster. You won’t even know they were frozen.
A stack of waffles made from pancake mix

How to Turn Pancake Mix Into Waffle Mix

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Waffle Iron
  • Cuisine: American


This is a simple way to transform pancake mix into waffle mix. You will have yourself a heart, filling, delicious mix!


  • 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.)


  1. For each 1 cup of dry pancake mix, add 2 tablespoons of oil.
  2. Then, mix the batter up as directed in the recipe or on the box, adding in any additional wet ingredients. Stir gently until combined.
  3. 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.

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18 replies
  1. Taylor says:

    I’ve been using this recipe with the oatmeal pancake mix for a couple of years for Saturday morning brunch and it’s always great!

  2. Peggy says:

    Really, really good! Rivals restaurant Belgian waffles. I added milk instead of water and added an egg for every 2 cups milk. Very light. Add cinnamon sugar mix and about 1 tsp. Vanilla… Awesome! Thank you!

  3. Karen says:

    YESSS!! I’m so glad you posted about this. I usually just have to spray the iron more but adding oil to the mix will be even easier.

  4. Megan says:

    This saved Sunday morning breakfast! I am always suspicious of pancake/waffle mixes that don’t make adjustments between recipes. So glad I found this article to ensure our waffles turned out the right way!

  5. Dina says:

    This worked perfectly! I added 1 tbsp. oil to my 1 cup pancake mix and it came out perfect in my waffle maker! Thank you!

  6. Hannah Sharick says:

    Thanks, that’s exactly the information I was looking for! Trying it tonight with leftover pancake batter.