DIY Pancake Mix

My 11-almost 12- year old loves pancakes.  He'd eat them every morning if I let him, and probably for dinner too.   Thing is, if I were to make pancakes, no one else in this house would really eat them - my husband is a grab some blueberries and a Clif bar kind of guy and I like to save a pancake breakfast for the rare occasion we go out to eat.  The toddler would probably eat them, but half of them would end up on the floor anyway so I'm confessing that I say no to pancakes way more often than I say yes to them.

Now that he's older though, he wants to make them himself.

And ok, an 11-almost 12- year old is totally capable of doing this.  I know he is.  But he's messy.  Really, really messy.  And even with his best intentions of cleaning everything's still messy.  Really, really messy.

And I find myself feeling bad for saying no to something that should be an occasional treat, especially when I know how much he enjoys not just eating them, but the process of making them too.  So I started thinking I should be saying yes more than I'm saying no because someday, he'll impress his wife when he can rock out a pancake breakfast.  RIGHT??

I decided I'd throw together a pancake mix to make things easier and reduce the amount of mess {hopefully}.  I like knowing what goes into what we eat, so this makes me happier than a box of store bought mix in the pantry.  And it's ridiculously easy, cheap and made with ingredients you definitely have on hand already.  I found this recipe at Homecooking Memories.

Here's what you'll need:

Printable Recipe
Ingredients -

4 c. whole wheat flour
3 Tblsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 Tblsp sugar

Directions -

Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir well.  Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

To make pancakes:

Add 1 egg, 1 c. milk, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 Tblsp melted butter or oil into 1 cup of dry mix.  Stir gently, and do not over mix.  Heat griddle over medium high heat, grease lightly.  Spoon 1/4 - 1/2 c. batter onto griddle.  When pancake starts to bubble, carefully flip and cook for 1-2 minutes on the other side.

Makes 6-8 pancakes.

I love that I can keep this on hand and now say yes a few times a month to a pancake breakfast.  It's easy, quick and totally manageable for my son to handle on his own.  And hopefully not quite as messy!!  It's all about the mess people.