Breakfasts at the SixFiguresUnder household have not been the same since we decided to get serious about paying off our student loan debt. We love cold cereal and used to eat it regularly. Though my max price was just $1.50 a box, it adds up fast when you have big eaters. Our three little ones are ages 5 and under, but they can eat breakfast like there’s no tomorrow!
Oatmeal and pancakes have become two of our breakfast staples. We still have cold cereal on Sundays as a special treat.
I started making pancakes from scratch because my husband thinks the “just add water” boxed pancake mixes taste like cardboard. In an effort to cut down preparation time (I like my sleep), I made a mix of all the dry ingredients. I just add milk and eggs and maybe a special mix-in.
Pancake making is now a breeze.
I buy wheat in 25 lb bags and grind it when I make bread. I fill up several ice cream buckets each time I grind so I will have flour for other recipes throughout the week. This recipe should work fine with white flour too.
WHOLE WHEAT PANCAKE MIX
- 12 c whole wheat flour
- 1 1/3 c sugar
- 4 T baking powder
- 2 T baking soda
- 2 T cinnamon
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Store in an airtight container. I have a designated pancake mix container with the recipe to make the pancakes attached.
WHOLE WHEAT PANCAKES
- 1 c. pancake mix (from recipe above)
- 1 egg
- 3/4 c milk
For each cup of pancake mix used, you will get 6-8 pancakes. For my family, I usually use 4 cups of pancake mix, 4 eggs, and 3 cups of milk.
Make it exciting with MIX-INS. Add however much you like. Some ideas are:
- Bananas– Add mashed banana (about 1/2 to 1 banana per cup of mix)
- Chocolate Chips– I find the mini chips make less of a mess on my little ones’ faces
- Apples– Chopped small
- Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries– They will make the batter fun colors too!
My husband isn’t a big fan of syrup, so we get a little creative with TOPPINGS.
- Syrup– Even if he doesn’t like it, I do.
- Butter and Powdered Sugar– Yummy and sweet and less messy than syrup
- Applesauce– home canned
- Pear Sauce– also home canned
- Plum Sauce– We discovered this wonder food when someone gave us all the plums off their tree
- Peaches or Pears– I can them in halves. We like to them on top of pancakes.
Do you eat pancakes regularly? What do you do to make them more exciting?