Baking with pancake mix: amp up your breakfast!

Versatility. It’s something we all want in our baking mixes. Yes, buying a pancake mix to make pancakes is great — but what if you could also transform that mix into something more? Special holiday coming up for which you’d like to whip up something impressive? Saturday night and you find out you’ve got brunch plans in the morning? With our line of Essential Goodness mixes, you’re totally covered. Let us show you what you can create when baking with pancake mix.

Essential Goodness Cloud 9 Pancake mix creates light and fluffy pancakes with a hint of sweetness. Made with whole grains, our mix makes a nutritious, wholesome breakfast that everyone will love. But with just a few simple changes, this mix transforms itself into three different breakfast baked goods.

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Easy Baked Pancake Squares

Very similar in texture to coffeecake, this baked pancake square answers the question, “How do I feed my family/guests breakfast all at once?” Whip up the batter for these squares, pop it in the oven, and be prepared for breakfast success.

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To create these sweet and crunchy breakfast squares, you’ll need:

1 box pancake mix
1/4 cup granulated or brown sugar
1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups milk
2 large eggs
1 to 2 cups chopped fresh fruit, berries, chocolate chips, or nuts
cinnamon-sugar (optional)

Prepare the squares:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9″ x 13″ pan.

Combine the mix, sugar, melted butter or oil, milk, and eggs, stirring until nearly smooth. Allow the batter to rest for 5 minutes, to thicken.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it to the edges of the pan and smoothing it out.

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Sprinkle your choice of toppings over the batter. We went with raspberries, blueberries and chopped pecans here, about 2/3 cup of each. Dust with cinnamon-sugar, if desired. We used roughly 1/2 cup on mine, but feel free to use any amount that fits your tastes.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the center springs back when gently pressed and the edges are starting to brown. Remove the pan from the oven. Cut into squares or bars and serve warm, with maple syrup.

Yield: 8 to 12 servings.

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Waffles made with pancake mix

Light and fluffy inside, with those crunchy edges that we all know and love — not to mention the huge wells that capture syrup so perfectly — waffles are the ultimate comfort breakfast.

No longer do they have to be designated for special occasions! Go from mix to waffles in just a few steps.

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To create fluffy waffles you’ll need:

1 box pancake mix
1/2 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups milk
2 large eggs

To make the waffles:

Preheat your waffle iron, and grease it generously.

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Combine the mix, melted butter or oil, milk, and eggs, stirring until nearly smooth. Allow the batter to rest for 5 minutes, to thicken.

Bake the waffles in your waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Yield: six 6” round Belgian-style waffles.

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Crêpes made with pancake mix

French-style crêpes make an elegant breakfast or snack. Enjoy them as Parisians do, with bananas and hazelnut spread; simply spread with butter and sprinkle with sugar; or enjoy with your favorite savory ingredients, as well!

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To create show-stopping crêpes you’ll need:

1 box pancake mix
1/4 cup melted butter or vegetable oil
2 cups milk
4 large eggs

To make the crêpes:

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Using a blender/stick blender or food processor, blend or process the pancake mix, butter or oil, milk, and eggs for about 15 seconds. Scrape the sides of the bowl or container, and blend for another 10 to 15 seconds. Let the batter rest for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator; overnight is fine.

The best pan in which to cook crêpes is a 10″ cast iron pan or crêpe pan. Heat the pan over medium heat. Wipe the bottom of the pan with a bit of butter or oil (a paper towel works well).

Pour 1/4 to a scant 1/3 cup batter into the bottom of the pan, pick the pan up, and swirl it so the batter covers the bottom. If the batter appears too thick, stir in a tablespoon or two of milk.

Cook until the bottom of the crêpe begins to brown and you can slide a spatula under it. Gently flip it over in the pan. Cook briefly on the other side, and place on a warm plate. Cover until the remaining batter is cooked.

Fill crêpes with fruit and whipped cream, sweetened cream cheese and berries, or anything else from bananas and chocolate or caramel to ice cream and maple syrup.

Yield: 30 to 36 crêpes.

Who knew that baking with pancake mix could yield such diverse and delicious results?! Interested in what else you can create? Read more about our Essential Goodness Cloud 9 Pancake mix! No matter who you’re baking for, you can guarantee they’ll be impressed with any of these breakfast treats.

Gwen Adams

Gwen Adams grew up in northern New Hampshire, on top of a mountain, surrounded by nature and not much else. After graduating from Lyndon State College in 2010, Gwen sought a career that combined her passion for writing with her love of baking. She found ...


  1. Sandy Fore

    I have been making a “baked pancake square” for a number of years now. I believe idea came from KAF site. However, I make my own pancake batter from a recipe. First I butter or spray a 9 inch square pan then pour half of the batter in the pan. Next I layer fresh berries, and when in season…sliced fresh peaches, then scoop the rest of the batter on top of fruit layer (if does not completely coat, no problem as will spread and puff up as bakes. I bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Cut in squares and serve with butter and maple syrup. Wonderful way to have pancakes for guests and be able to join them to eat all together. This recipe works equally well for gluten-free flour substituted for regular flour.


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