Pancake Mix Recipes for the Frugal Budget

I've created some pancake mix recipes that are delicious AND budget-friendly because pancakes on your menu are a great way to save money but after a while they can get a little redundant. But not to worry, these recipes will give you plenty of variety and keep your budget happy!

Basic Pancake Mix

This is one of my basic pancake mix recipes. It's simply for making homemade pancakes but it can be topped with fruit, whipped cream, or flavored syrups. When I'm not in the mood for a sweet breakfast I roll scrambled eggs and fried hot dogs into a pancake and eat it like a breakfast burrito.

This recipe is usually cheaper than buying the boxed mix and, because it's made from scratch, it's healthier too.

1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter or margarine -melted
2 eggs-beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla


Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl.

Preheat a large, shallow skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine butter, milk and eggs until mixed.

Stir in dry ingredients until just moistened.

Batter will be lumpy - stir in additional milk if you prefer thinner pancakes. Spoon batter into skillet. Turn pancakes once while cooking when tops are bubbly and undersides are golden.

Cinnamon Raisin Scones

2 1/2 cups dry pancake mix, NOT the above recipe
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter or margarine, cut into small pieces
1 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup milk
flour for dusting


2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup or maple flavored syrup
1 teaspoon milk

Preheat oven to 425°. Combine pancake mix, sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl. Add butter and cut into dry ingredients with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in raisins if desired. Gradually add 1/2 cup milk, tossing with a fork until evenly moistened.

Turn mixture onto a lightly floured surface. Gently knead 10-12 times, just until dough holds together. Pat dough into a 9-inch circle. Cut into 8 wedges and place scones 1-inch apart on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet and cool completely on a cooling rack.

Combine glaze ingredients in small bowl. Gently whisk together until smooth. Drizzle over cooled scones.

Plum Topping

This topping can be used as a filling for scones and cakes or use it to top pancakes and waffles.

8 ripe plums
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water

Cut plums into quarters and remove pits. Add to medium saucepan. Stir in sugar and water and bring to a simmer. Let simmer until plums are fork tender, stirring occasionally.

Add plums to food processor or blender and process until smooth. Enjoy warm or chill before using.

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