How to make a pancake stack with our homemade pancake mix. Best way to make fluffy flap jacks for breakfast or a sweet snack during the day. Enjoy plain or with other ingredients like our banana chocolate chip pancakes.
Ready to make a homemade pancake stack for your kids?? I mean bisquick pancakes are good but from scratch is always better right? If you thought homemade was hard let us change your mind on this, you may never buy that yellow box ever again after these. (affiliate links present)
How Many Calories in a Pancake
That depends a lot on the size of each and serving for each person. In general for every 1 ounce of batter it would be about 65 calories or so, not counting the syrup. That would be the case whether you made them this way in a pan, pancakes in the oven, or bites.
We’re not saying this is a health food y’all. It is the morning and these are just to be enjoyed, but in the end they aren’t junk food really. I mean you can add chocolate chips or spread peanut butter on top which will add to the calories but plain is just as great. Better yet is just some fresh fruit and syrup if you ask me.
Homemade Pancake Mix
Below is what you need to make pancake mix from scratch. Pretty handy if you have promised your kids these and realize you ran out of the “other stuff”. Yes we have created them and lots of other Bisquick recipes with that yellow box contents but most people don’t even know what is in it.
Making it yourself means NO preservatives = win. To start you want the best ingredients and giving the batter just a bit of time to rest and thicken up. For this Cracker Barrel pancake mix you’ll need;
- 1 c all purpose flour
- 4 tbsp butter melted
- White granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Baking soda
- 1 c buttermilk
How to make buttermilk if you don’t have any would be the following measurements; to make 1 full cup of buttermilk = add 1 Tbsp. white vinegar or lemon juice + enough milk to measure 1 cup. Why would you use this vs. just a cup of milk? This is used instead because it is thicker so it will make the outcome more moist.
How Many Pancakes in a Stack
Three at least but of course you could add many more if you wanted to. Two is likely not enough to fill someone up unless they were as large as the plate itself. 3 would be expected when using this term. If you wanted just one you could use our pancake in a mug measurements.
Copycat IHop Protein Pancakes
If you have been to this popular breakfast joint you know that they offer flavored varieties too! You can make them this way at home if you like. Want to add fruit?? Add some small bits of fresh (yellow) banana. Actually pretty easy and adds a lot of flavor too. To add protein you’d want to add no more than 1 scoop into the mix.
In a deep bowl, mix all dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and sugar. In another bowl, whisk together the egg and melted butter.
- Add buttermilk and lemon juice to the egg bowl, whisk until combined. Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients + 1/2 tsp cinnamon for this flavor.
- Stir just until combined, no longer.
- You should now have a thick batter.
- Let the dough stand for 10minutes. If the dough is too liquid, add some flour. If it’s too thick, add buttermilk.
- Heat a pan over medium heat, spray with non stick spray or add just a bit of butter so they don’t stick.
- Pour a small amount of batter into hot pan for 2-3 minutes on each side. Flip when underside is browned.
When both sides are browned and middle is no longer wet, serve with fruit and syrup on top. I mean what you add to the top is endless. From healthier choices to sprinkles or chocolate shavings, the list goes on and on.
Muffin Mix Pancakes
We have in fact made pancake mix muffins and gone the other way to make pancakes out of muffin mix too. In the past I’ve used a box of Jiffy blueberry mix and just used the ingredients needed on the back. Then adding a bit more milk to thin it out like the consistency you’d imagine it to be, then cook in a pan as usual.
It is best to set the heat to medium so they all have time to cook all the way thru before the outside gets too brown. You want a light golden brown and anything more than that is going to alter the flavor not in a good way.
What can you add to pancake mix
Ok so whether you are making our homemade pancake batter or using a boxed pancake mix you may want to amp it up for more YUM. Most of us do…you’re not alone. You can start with simple, like a dash of vanilla extract and/or a sprinkle of cinnamon. But let’s elaborate way beyond that one shall we?
- You can add 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips into your boxed mix with necessary ingredients listed on the back.
- I love 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries personally. It adds not only flavor but some texture to your fluffy pancakes stack. Banana pancakes with slices of fruit in there are great too.
What you want to do is gently fold these in once your wet ingredients are already combined with the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt (just a sprinkle if you want a bit of savory in there).
Gluten Free Pancake Stack
If you need another option without gluten there is a way to make this as well. In the case that you make these often you can portion the dry ingredients out and write on the bag what to add to make the batter fresh. Start off with 1 cup all purpose gluten free flour.
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Two tablespoons vegetable oil
- One egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum (leave out if your flour blend already has it)
- 1 tablespoon gluten-free baking powder
- ¼ teaspoons salt
- ¾ cup of milk or dairy free milk product works too
THIS will make the perfect pancakes for you too!! I have not tested it out with wheat pastry flour so am unsure of how much you’d need for that variety.
These have been pretty popular lately. If you want to alter the color all you need to do is add 1 drop of food coloring or I like food gel even better. Once you have your pancakes from scratch batter is made just add a tad and stir. For deeper add 1 more but realize it may stain your teeth just a bit.
Printable recipe for from scratch dry pancake mix is below for you. Keep it handy in your recipe box if you want to or just come back time and time again.
Primary difference between “short stack” and “hotcakes” is the perception of thickness and and variations in where you are. Each region has it’s own definition of the two, many times it is the same just a different term so inquire at the restaurant if you’re unsure.
There is no straight forward answer to this as it may vary from person to person. Typically a stack will be 3-4 pancakes served as is or with sides such as bacon and/or eggs.
A short stack of pancakes typically means 2-3 served but can vary depending on location. If they are small dollar size you may get more in numbers but the amount would be less since they are smaller in size.
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- In a deep bowl, mix all dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and sugar. In another bowl, whisk together the egg and melted butter.
- Add buttermilk and lemon juice to the egg bowl, whisk until combined. Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir just until combined, no longer.
- You should now have a thick batter. Let the dough stand for 10 minutes. If the dough is too liquid, add some flour. If it's too thick, add buttermilk.
- Heat a pan over medium heat, spray with non stick spray or add just a bit of butter so they don't stick. Pour a small amount of batter into hot pan for 2-3 minutes on each side. Flip when underside is browned.
- When both sides are browned and middle is no longer wet, serve with fruit and syrup on top.