Transform Your Boxed Pancake Mix with These 9 Tips

Transform Your Boxed Pancake Mix with These 9 Tips

Elevate Your Box Pancake Mix with These Simple Tips


Are you a fan of pancakes, but not of the bland flavor that often comes with boxed pancake mix? Don't worry, with these easy tweaks and techniques, you can make your pancakes taste homemade and delicious.


  • Boxed Pancake Mix
  • Your favorite mix-ins: chocolate chips, fresh fruit, nuts, sprinkles, cereal, sausage, bacon, etc.
  • Milk or Buttermilk
  • Melted Butter
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Your favorite spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, etc.
  • Eggs
  • Preferred toppings: fresh fruit, agave syrup, chocolate chips, whipped cream, bacon, cheese, flavored syrups, etc.


  1. Sift the pancake mix to remove any lumps and add air to the mixture.
  2. Add your favorite mix-ins to the mixture.
  3. Swap out milk for tangy and flavorful buttermilk.
  4. Swap out oil for melted butter.
  5. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract for enhanced flavor.
  6. Add your favorite spices for a warm and cozy taste.
  7. Whisk eggs to add air to the mixture and create fluffier pancakes.
  8. Let the batter rest for a few minutes to allow the ingredients to mix together and thicken.
  9. Cook on a preheated griddle or non-stick pan.
  10. Have fun and get creative with your toppings!

Additional Tips:

  • Make sheet pan pancakes for a large batch with various toppings.
  • Stick with trusted brands when buying pancake mix, such as Aunt Jemima, Bisquick, Krusteaz, and Kodiak Cakes.
  • Adding egg powder to the mix can create a more tender texture.
  • Watch out for overmixing and overheating, as they can result in dry and tough pancakes.
  • Reheat pancakes using one of these five methods for best results.

About the Author:

Ali Van Straten is the founder of Champagne and Coffee Stains, where she provides tips for Peloton, running, and recipes. Ali is a certified running coach, certified nutrition coach, and marathon runner. Her mission is to provide information to help busy moms achieve their fitness goals. She has been featured on The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Lifestyle, NASDAQ, and Parade.

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