Just add water pancake mixes provide a quick and simple breakfast option, but may lack the flavor of pancakes made from scratch. Fortunately, adding an extra ingredient or two to up the flavor of a pancake mix takes only a minute, so you can do it even when you’re in a rush.

Use milk or apple juice in place of the water.

Add 2 Tbsp. oil or melted butter or margarine per cup of dry mix, adjusting the amount to your taste. Mix in along with the water.

Mix 3/4 cup pancake mix and 1/2 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats for oat pancakes. Stir in 1 cup of water.

Whisk 3 Tbsp. peanut butter per cup of dry mix into prepared batter for peanut butter pancakes.

Add spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves or a combination. Start by adding 1 tsp. cinnamon or 1/4 tsp. nutmeg or cloves per cup of dry mix, then taste the finished batter and add more spices to taste.

Mix berries, chopped fruit, chopped nuts or chocolate chips into the batter. Stir 2 to 4 tbsp. per cup of dry mix into the batter, or sprinkle add-ins over the pancakes immediately after pouring them onto the griddle.


  • For a more special breakfast, serve the pancakes with berry syrups and whipped topping.