By Petra Wakefield

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.

Serve pancakes with syrup and other toppings to add to the flavor.

Step 1

Use milk or apple juice in place of the water.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.