I swear. If I discover how much better, healthier and more economical the “homemade version” of another thing my family consumes in large quantities is, I’m going to lose whatever shred of sanity I have left. Or, maybe I’m just going to end up on 100 acres in Appalachia making stuff from scratch.
Still, I can’t seem to help myself. Never in my wildest imagination would I have believed that my family could go through as many pancakes in a week as we do. Actually, I’m not at all opposed to boxed mixes. Some of them taste great, especially considering the effort required. You can also doctor them up with vanilla, spices, mix-ins - healthy stuff like flax meal, bran, eggs even soft tofu (yup, it has been done my friend, and NO ONE even noticed).
Still, I haven’t been able to get over serving my family something out of a box quite so often. Upon realizing the true extent of our pancake consumption, I started buying “healthy” boxed mixes with added protein, whole grains and all that jazz because it made me feel better. What did not make me feel better, however, was spending upwards of five dollars a box for something that would last us only a handful of breakfasts and still mainly consisted of wheat flour.
I knew I could do better. So I turned to my trusted resource for all things baking, King Arthur Flour. Turns out they have a recipe on their site for homemade whole grain pancake mix that has hundreds of rave reviews. Step one. Done. Step two. Adapting the recipe to recreate the chocolate whole grain mix I sometimes buy. Easy enough. Step three. Making both mixes and stashing about 20 cups of homemade pancake mix in my fridge and freezer. The only downside? It won’t be long for all that mix to be gone. Fortunately, it only takes a few minutes to whip up a new batch.
For chocolate pancakes make the following substitutions to the original recipe:
Sub 1 cup of cocoa powder for one of the cups of white whole wheat flour
Sub ½ cup cocoa powder for ½ cup of the ground oats
Sub ½ cup coconut oil for ½ cup of the oil
Add 1-2 cups mini chocolate chips
With the chocolate version, when I am ready to make the pancakes, I use malted milk powder (such as Ovaltine) and water (8 oz) and a couple of tablespoons of yogurt for the liquid instead of milk and yogurt or buttermilk. I feel like this gives the chocolate flavor a boost and makes all the difference.