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How to Make Homemade Pancake Mix

With the holidays upon us, you may be searching for the best DIY Christmas gift. If you like to make homemade gifts, then this DIY Pancake mix is just what you’re looking for! I developed this recipe for DIY Pancake Mix with my friends at Organic Valley.

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When you are staying with friends or family during the holidays, there is nothing better than making Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes. The smell of pancakes wafting from the kitchen is one that will bring everyone together in the morning.

So, if you are traveling over the holidays, and you want to bring a hostess gift for your host, then this DIY Pancake Mix is the best DIY Christmas gift! This homemade pancake mix can travel easily as it is shelf stable. And before you arrive at your destination, pick up some Organic Valley Buttermilk, Organic Valley Large Eggs, and Organic Valley Salted Butter – and you’ll have everything you need to make breakfast for your host.

And even if you are just looking for the best DIY Christmas gift for your friends or neighbors, this is an easy and delicious holiday gift that would be perfect for anyone on your list! Gift this DIY Pancake Mix to friends, neighbors, teachers, your personal trainer, dog walker, cleaners, and more. This makes an amazing and thoughtful gift that everyone would enjoy over the holidays!

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How long will homemade pancake mix last?

Homemade pancake mix is made up of flour, sugar, spices, baking powder and salt. Of these ingredients, the shortest shelf life is 6 months (baking powder when opened, along with flour and spices). So, homemade pancake mix can last up to 6 months in your pantry.

This makes DIY Pancake Mix the best DIY Christmas gift as you can make it ahead of time and it won’t spoil. It also allows your recipient to have time to enjoy this gift, unlike cookies or candies made during this time of year!

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What if I don't have cloves?

I highly recommend using cloves in this recipe as it gives the pancakes the flavor of “warm and cozy” and yes, that is a thing! But, if you don't have cloves, you can use cinnamon in their place and it will still be good.

What do I need to make pancakes besides pancake mix?

To make my Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes, you’ll need Organic Valley Buttermilk, Organic Valley Salted Butter, and Organic Valley Large Eggs.

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What if I don’t have buttermilk?

If you can’t find Organic Valley Buttermilk, then you can easily make your own with milk and a lemon. Check out my Homemade Buttermilk recipe. Alternatively, you can use regular milk, but the flavor of buttermilk will not be there.

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What can I top pancakes with?

I love topping my pancakes with maple syrup! You can also add fresh fruit like raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, or any other fruit you like. Homemade Whipped Cream also goes very well with homemade pancakes!

What can I serve pancakes with?

My Homemade Pork Breakfast Sausage is one of my favorite things to serve pancakes with! Make sure to pick up some Organic Prairie Ground Pork for this recipe. You can also serve pancakes with Organic Valley Bacon!

Ingredients You’ll Need to Make Homemade Pancake Mix

Organic All Purpose Flour

Organic Cane Sugar

Organic Ground Vanilla Bean

Organic Cloves

Baking Powder

Fine Sea Salt

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Things You’ll Need to Gift Homemade Pancake Mix

Tin Tie Bags (or a Mason Jar will work!)

Holiday Ribbon

Instructions Card (click to print!)

Hole Punch

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Organic Valley Buttermilk

Organic Valley Large Eggs

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How to Make Homemade Pancake Mix

Making homemade pancake mix is so easy! This is an activity that even your kids can help with (if you have them). You’ll just need one large bowl and a whisk or spatula, something to mix up the dry ingredients.

If you plan to gift this homemade pancake mix, then be sure to have the bags, ribbon, hole punch, and instruction cards ready to go.

If you are just making this for yourself, you can store this in a Tupperware, zip bag, or airtight jar and store it in your pantry for a few months.

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

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Homemade Pancake Mix

Recipe by MimiDifficulty: Easy



This recipe makes one bag of pancake mix, and this bag will make about 20 pancakes once you add the butter, eggs, and buttermilk.


  • 383 grams (3 cups) organic all purpose flour

  • 57 grams (1/4 cup) organic cane sugar

  • 1 teaspoon organic ground vanilla bean

  • 1/4 teaspoon organic cloves

  • 2 tablespoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt


  • In a large bowl, add the flour, cane sugar, ground vanilla bean, cinnamon or cloves, baking powder, and fine sea salt. Whisk it together until the mixture is uniform.
  • Spoon the mixture into a tin tie bag, but don’t close it yet!
  • Print out the instruction card, cut along the dotted lines, and fill out the “to” and “from.” Using a hole punch, punch a hole in the top corner. Cut a piece of ribbon that is 22 inches long.
  • Start to fold over the bag and place the ribbon into the fold. Continue folding over the bag and sealing it shut. Place the card through one end of the ribbon, and tie the ribbon together on top of the bag with a bow.
  • Deliver homemade pancake mix to your friends and neighbors for an easy and thoughtful holiday gift. Make it extra special by including a carton of Organic Valley Buttermilk or Organic Valley Salted Butter!


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