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Making Waffles With Pancake Mix

Making Waffles With Pancake Mix

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Making Waffles With Pancake Mix
Making Waffles With Pancake Mix


How to Make Waffles with Pancake Mix

If you’re craving waffles but only have pancake mix in the house, have no fear! With a few simple adjustments, you can mix up waffles that are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

You’ll need to increase the water, add an egg, and use a little oil when you make the batter. Once you’ve converted the basic pancake mix, cook the batter on a hot waffle iron and enjoy the waffles immediately! You can also make delicious savory or sweet variations.

The Difference Between Waffle Batter and Pancake Mix

For one, waffle batter recipes tend to have more sugar and also more fat (maybe that’s why they are so delicious…). Extra sugar in waffle batter helps the waffles become a beautiful golden brown. While the waffle batter is baking in the waffle maker, the sugar is caramelizing. Premade pancake mix will probably not have the amount of sugar needed to make golden brown waffles.

The higher fat content in waffle batter vs. pancake batter helps the waffles get their delicious crispy outside. While pancakes are soft and floppy, waffles have a nice crispy outside with a soft inside due, in part, to the extra fat. If you are making waffles with pancake mix, you will need to add some extra fat which we tell you how to do later.

When making a waffle batter, a thicker consistency will make much better waffles. Pancake batter tends to be thinner and runnier. Waffle batter is not supposed to be runny! With pancakes, that consistency is okay as the pan will contain the batter but a runny waffle batter might just run right out of the waffle maker and make a big mess. No thank you! When making waffles with pancake mix, you may need to add a little extra mix to thicken the batter.

So what if you already made pancake batter but you really want to make waffles? Can you use pancake batter to make waffles? If you were to pour pancake mix straight into a waffle maker, you might be disappointed. First, the loose pancake batter will probably pour out of the sides of the waffle maker so be prepared for a messy breakfast!

Next, the batter is likely not going to turn the nice golden color that you are looking for in a perfect waffle. When you go to remove the waffle made with pancake batter from the waffle maker, it will probably be soft and bendy. While it make have the same shape (thanks to the waffle maker!) and even smells as delicious as a regular waffle, it will not be nearly as good as a true waffle.

Making Waffles with Pancake Mix

  • 2 cups packaged pancake mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Whole milk
  • 4 Tablespoons Melted Butter

Step 1

-Using a whisk, beat the eggs, vanilla extract, whole milk and melted butter in a medium-sized bowl.

Step 2

-Whisk in the pancake mix and continue to whisk until there are no lumps in the batter.

Step 3

-Allow the batter to sit for 5 minutes to let it thicken.

Step 4

-Pour into your preheated waffle maker and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Enjoy!

Now you know how to make waffles with pancake mix! It’s so easy! So next time you find yourself with just pancake mix but all you truly want are some amazing Belgian waffles, don’t worry! You are now ready to get cooking!

If you are still feeling hesitant or want a live demonstration, I recommend this video from Angie’s Southern Kitchen.


Making Waffles With Pancake Mix
Making Waffles With Pancake Mix


Which Pancake Mix is the Best for Making Waffles?

Now you may be thinking, why even buy separate waffle mix when you can just make waffles using pancake mix? Why not buy just one type of mix to have at home? Well, you can definitely do that! A great standard mix that I recommend, which can be used for both great pancake and waffles, is Aunt Jemima Pancake and Waffle Mix, Buttermilk Complete.

All you need to do is add water and your mix will be ready to go (this mix is also without milk so it is a great dairy-free option!) Bisquick pancake mix is also a good one to keep around to make waffles and Bisquick even has a great gluten free mix you could try too!

If you prefer to make waffles from pancake mix with a heartier and healthier product, try Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes mix.

This mix is all natural and non-GMO, made with whole grains and has added protein to start your morning right. Now that will make some delicious, healthy waffles! You also do not need to add milk to this mix, just simply add water, which makes the morning breakfast routine even easier.

While there are so many great waffle recipes that work fantastically, the next time you find yourself thinking about making waffles out of pancake mix, go for it! You can make some great waffles using pre-packaged pancake mix or also with any from-scratch pancake recipe. Time to get out that waffle maker!

Tips for Making Great Waffles

So, you successfully converted your pancake mix into a waffle batter and are super excited to test your first batch. Here are a few suggestions you should heed to make incredible waffles for breakfast.

Make sure the waffle consistency is perfect and there are no lumps.

Preheat your Ceramic waffle maker and then pour in the batter. The waffle plates should sizzle when it comes in contact with the batter.

Brush the iron plates with oil or run a slab of butter so that the waffle batter doesn’t get stuck.

If you are making tons of waffles for breakfast, place the cooked waffles in a preheated oven. The waffles will remain warm, and the heat will make the waffles extra crispy on the outside.

Strike while the iron is HOT! If your waffles come out a little pale and soft, it could be because the waffle maker you’re using isn’t hot enough. It’s important to preheat the waffle maker for at least 5-10 minutes. Yes, seriously that long! Also, pause for a couple minutes between batches to let the iron heat up again.

Opt for oil instead of butter. For crispier waffles, use vegetable oil or coconut oil instead of melted butter in your recipe. Unlike butter, oil doesn’t have any water content, which adds moisture and hinders a crust from forming.

Freeze your extra waffles! To reheat, let them thaw and just pop them in the toaster oven or toaster. You won’t even know they were frozen.

How to turn pancake mix into waffle mix

To use your pancake mix to make waffles, you’ll need to add a little extra oil to use it as a waffle recipe.

Here’s the formula: For every cup of dry pancake mix, just add 2 extra tablespoons of oil.

So for example, since we usually use two cups of dry mix for our oatmeal pancakes, I added 4 tablespoons of oil to the batch.

With bellies full of waffles, we were all set to take on the day ahead!

How to Make Crispy Waffles with Pancake Mix


Making Waffles With Pancake Mix
Making Waffles With Pancake Mix


Can You Use Pancake Mix to Make Waffles?

When we have a look at the ingredients necessary to make both pancake and waffle mix, we’ve noticed that it’s pretty much the same thing. Both mixtures are very similar, so common sense would be that it would work without a problem, right?

Well, in theory, yes, but we believe there are quite a few of you who have tried it already. We tried it too and the results weren’t the best. Of course, you can get some pretty decent waffles, but that just isn’t it, you know?

The problem is in one key ingredient that is able to turn a pancake mix to waffles mix in just seconds, offering plenty of versatility and saving an extra pancake mixture you have left from the last time.

Ingredients Necessary to Make Mix Suitable for Both Pancakes and Waffles

Now when you know the ingredients of both pancakes and waffles, there are still quite a few things you don’t know.

What makes waffles so crispy on the outside is a higher percentage of fat which is basically oil. Also, waffles require a higher percentage of sugar for better caramelization.

So when you have a look at the recipes for both waffles and pancakes, it’s not about the ingredients that make the difference yet it’s about the quantity of each ingredient. And that’s where most people make a mistake and give up, even though it’s quite simple to use your pancake mix to make great waffles.

And yes, it’s possible. People who say it’s not possible to turn pancake mix into a great waffle – they definitely don’t know about this trick.



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