Homemade Buttermilk Pancake Mix

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Buttermilk Pancake Mix Recipe

Buttermilk pancakes are pretty much the gold standard in pancakes, but if you want to make a batch, you either have to buy a box of buttermilk pancake mix or have fresh buttermilk in the fridge, right? Nope.

There’s actually a third option: homemade buttermilk pancake mix. It has all of the convenience of a store-bought mix, and none of those mystery ingredients that you can’t pronounce. Here’s my recipe.

Homemade Buttermilk Pancake Mix

Homemade Buttermilk Pancake Mix Recipe


6 cups flour
1-1/2 cups powdered buttermilk
1/3 cups sugar + 2 tsp
2 Tbsp baking powder
1 Tbsp baking soda
1-1/2 tsp salt

Before we go any further, let’s talk about powdered buttermilk for a minute because it’s probably not something that you have in your pantry just yet, and you may be wondering where the heck you buy it, and even debating whether it’s worth buying. So, here’s the scoop. Powdered buttermilk is simply real buttermilk that has been dehydrated. Think of it as a relative of the powdered milk that you probably already keep in your pantry.

I started using it five or six years ago because I got tired of needing buttermilk for a recipe and not having it, or buying buttermilk for a recipe and then later throwing away a partial container because it got shoved to the back of the fridge and forgotten. Powdered buttermilk solves both of those problems. When I need buttermilk for a recipe, I mix up just what I need. Easy.

More recently, I’ve started using it to make my own mix recipes. It’s a key ingredient in my ranching dressing mix, and now it’s the star of this buttermilk pancake mix.

And powdered buttermilk also happens to be cheaper than regular buttermilk, so it wins there, too. Yep, it’s definitely earned a permanent spot in my pantry.

Powdered Buttermilk

When I first started buying powdered buttermilk, it was kind of hard to find. I ordered it off Amazon back then. Now, it’s something most grocery stores carry. Look for it near the powdered milk. Saco is the most common brand, and the one you’ll probably find at your grocery store. It currently sells for $4.39 at my local Kroger (that’s cheaper than I can buy it online). If you have access to an Amish dry goods store, or purchase baking supplies through a co-op, you may be able to find it cheaper still.

Alright, so now that you’re up to speed on the wonder that is powdered buttermilk, let’s get on with the recipe, shall we?

What You Do:

Homemade Pancake Mix RecipeMix all the ingredients together, and store in an air-tight container in your pantry. This recipe makes enough mix for three batches of pancakes. Each batch will give you 12-14 large (5-6 inch) pancakes.

Free Printable Buttermilk Pancake Mix Labels

Printable Buttermilk Pancake Mix Labels

Here are some printable labels that you can use to label your pancake mix. They’re sized so that they’ll work on gallon jars, or quart jars. I keep a gallon jar of pancake mix in my pantry, but if I was giving pancake mix as a gift, I would probably put it in quart jars.

They’re designed to print on full-sheet shipping labels. Use Avery 8165, if you have an inkjet printer or Avery 5265, if you have a laser printer.

Pancake Batter

To Use: Combine 2-2/3 cup mix with 2 eggs, 2 cups of water, 4 tbsp oil and 2 tsp vanilla extract. Mix well. Let your pancake batter rest for a few minutes to give the baking powder time to activate. Then, heat up an oiled pan, and get busy flipping pancakes.

Buttermilk Pancakes

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Here’s how to make your own buttermilk pancake mix for less than you can buy it.

  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: Three batches of pancakes


  • 6 cups flour
  • 11/2 cups powdered buttermilk
  • 1/3 cups sugar + 2 tsp
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • 11/2 tsp salt


Combine ingredients, and store in an air-tight container.

To use: Combine 2-2/3 cup mix with 2 eggs, 2 cups of water, 4 tbsp oil and 2 tsp vanilla extract. Mix well. Let batter rest for a few minutes, so the baking powder has time to activate. Then, heat up an oiled pan, and make your pancakes.


  • Makes enough mix for three batches of pancakes. Each batch makes 12-14 large (5-6 inch) pancakes. Can also be used to make waffles, with no variations needed.

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  1. I will definitely mix up a batch of this to keep on hand in the pantry! I have been using the powdered buttermilk for a number of years for the same reasons you mention. I make a buttermilk/cinnamon loaf bread and this product works perfectly.

  2. Could you include your pancake recipe using this mix? I’m going to make the mix today to have on hand. I used to use Bisquick, but don’t have the box for directions anymore.

    1. Nope. We use it often enough that it doesn’t have a chance to go bad. Keeping it in the fridge is certainly an option. I do keep my buttermilk powder in the fridge. If you keep your pancake mix in the fridge, it would have a similar shelf life to the buttermilk powder.

  3. Can’t wait to try this. Could you use this to make waffles? Thank you for all that you share with us. Sure makes life easier and cheaper!

  4. This recipe looks SO yummy. I so appreciate that it needs no adjusting to use for waffles. I plan to make some of the mix, AND to hang onto the recipe and give as Christmas gifts. In addition, thanks for the very extensive bday freebies list of resources. You’re a wealth of wonderful stuff, you fru-GAL, you! πŸ˜‰


  5. When mixing it up to cook the pancakes, could I have the recipe? I just don’t think my family of three will eat 12 pancakes and I don’t want to waste batter.
    Thank you!

  6. I’ve been playing with homemade buttermilk mixes off and on for years. This is, hands down, the best recipe EVER! Thank you for sharing. It took me 10 minutes to through together. I actually made waffles with it this morning and they were the best waffles I’ve ever had. I have already sent this recipe to a bunch of my friends.

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