Homemade Pancake Recipe

I have a confession.

Before this challenge, our family was a big fan of the yellow box. You know, the yellow box that makes really yummy pancakes? Yeah, that one.

I know, I know. But I never said I had eliminated every. single. processed food from our pantry, just that I was working on it.

I can honestly say that this month I have tossed the yellow box and found something just as good… or better if you consider that it is made from scratch.

Earlier this year, my friend Tara shared a recipe for a homemade substitute for the yellow box. Ever since I saw it, I have thought that I needed to try making homemade pancakes with it.

Because we have been limiting sugar this month, I had to find an alternative to the yellow box, and every homemade recipe I had called for sugar.

My kids love pancakes, and would be fine if I made them once a day. There was no way I could not make them for an entire month. There would have been an uprising.

So I whipped up Tara’s Bisquick Substitute and tried it out on the kiddos.

They loved it, and while I could tell a slight difference in taste, they could not.


So here is my recipe for Homemade Pancakes:



  • Mix ingredients until blended.
  • Pour about 1/4 cup batter (I use a ladle, not quite filled to the top) onto a hot, buttered griddle or pan.
  • Cook until bubbles appear and edges are brown. Flip, and then cook until bottom is a nice golden brown.
  • Makes about 15 pancakes.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings or homemade syrup. My new favorite is homemade strawberry syrup!

Written by: Amy Norton
Amy is a youth pastor’s wife and homeschooling mom to three girls, ages 8, 6, and 3, and has a baby boy on the way. When she’s not writing at Kingdom First Mom, you can find her cooking, getting crunchier by the day, and trying to stay on top of the laundry. She enjoys writing about her homelife adventures at Amy Loves It.

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  1. Thanks for sharing this. My kiddos also LOVE pancakes. Can’t wait to try a healthier version with your homemade strawberry syrup. Be blessed in all you do!
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  2. Thanks for sharing my recipe, Amy! It’s worked well in all of the recipes that I’ve tried that call for Bisquick. And of course you know how rarely Bisquick goes on sale, so it’s more economical as well.
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  3. This looks great! Thanks, Amy – can’t wait to try it! We are always looking for substitutes for those nummy processed foods. We have a homemade pancake recipe that you might like too, made with whole wheat flour, raisins, walnuts and NO sugar! It’s a family favorite here!

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  4. Michele Webb says:

    Greetings!!! While I wouldn’t begrudge you making the homemade yellow box substitute for pancake mix, I would HIGHLY recommend you try the following homemade pancake recipe!! It is simply FABULOUS!!! I can NOT make the yellow box or the blue box stuff EVER AGAIN (my 17 y/0 sons words). I make this recipe at least 2-3 times a month for Sunday brunch or dinner. (We rarely have larger, heavy breakfasts) This recipe doubles and triples well so I can freeze the leftovers for busier mornings to be tossed in the toaster. The only thing I do differently to the original recipe is to add a teaspoon of vanilla per recipe (ie: if doubled, add 2, tripled add 3 tspn.) I hope your family loves this recipe as much as we do. We are officially having pancakes and sausage for dinner tonight, made with the homemade strawberry syrup. Blessings to you and your family.

  5. YUM!! Will this recipe work as waffles? My dad makes waffles from scratch and freezes them so he doesn’t have to make them every morning. Have you tried to make extra and freeze any?

  6. Hi Charlotte!

    I have never made waffles with it, but I don’t see why it would not work :) I also have not made extra and frozen them, but I’m sure it would work just fine. Let me know if you try this with waffles!


  7. Hi Michael,

    Thank you for the recipe link! I’m always looking for different ways to do things, so I will be sure and check it out :) Enjoy your pancakes and strawberry syrup tonight!

    - Amy

  8. @Tara @ Unsophisticook, Thank YOU for posting it, lol. It really has been a life-saver. And yes, it is much easier on the wallet than Bisquick ;)

  9. Yum! Laurie, your recipe sounds tasty! I will definitely give it a try :) Thanks for sharing!

    - Amy

  10. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did! Thanks for visiting :)

    - Amy


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