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How to Make Box Pancakes Better

pancakes made with a boxed mix

Box pancake mixes make for a quick and tasty breakfast! But sometimes, you may want to turn it up a notch and make pancakes that taste like you are eating at a five-star brunch restaurant. We get it, which is why we will show you how to make box pancakes better. Keep reading to pick up some easy tips and tricks.


How to Make Box Pancakes Better

The pancakes are flipped to cook the other side.

Add Melted Butter

Butter makes everything better, including box pancakes. Add a bit of melted butter when mixing the pancake mix. You can also fry the pancakes in melted butter instead of oil which makes for rich, creamy pancakes.


Spice It Up

Spices are a game-changer for plain pancake mix. Add some cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice to the pancake mix. You can also try cardamom or allspice. Try adding some lemon zest for a citric kick.


Mix in Ricotta Cheese

conainer of ricotta cheese

Ricotta cheese is not just for cannolis. Add a scoop or two to your pancake mix, and enjoy sweeter, thicker, and richer box pancakes.


Go Nuts

pile of nuts

Add chopped nuts to your pancake mix for extra texture and taste. You can also use various types of nut oils when frying the pancakes


Add Chocolate

chocolate infographic

Love chocolate? Add some grated chocolate or chocolate chips to the pancake mix. You can also grate some chocolate and add it on top of the pancakes. You can never go wrong with pairing chocolate and pancakes.


Syrup Never Goes Out of Style

stack of pancakes with maple syrup and blueberries

Syrup can be poured on top (or served on the side) of pancakes, enriching their sweetness. Syrups come in various flavors, including classic maple, fruit-based syrups like pineapple and plum, and chocolate and strawberry. Whichever you choose, you’ll definitely end up with sweeter and more moistened pancakes.  


Top Off Your Box Pancakes

fun toppings for pancakes

Top your pancakes with fruits like berries or kiwi, confectioneries like sprinkles and M&Ms, or try some grated cheese for a savory flavor. The sky is the limit when it comes to toppings!


Can You Use Pancake Mix for Waffles?

Yes, you can use pancake mix to make waffles. However, the texture may be slightly different.

Try adding an extra egg or some oil to the mix to help make your waffles crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

Preheat your waffle iron before adding the batter. This quickens the cooking process and helps create a desirable texture.

Follow the cooking time suggested by your waffle iron’s instructions. Overcooking may result in dry or burnt waffles.

Check out our post: How to Make Crispy Waffles with Pancake Mix


Can I Add Protein Powder to Pancake Mix?

Yes! Start with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of protein powder per batch of pancakes. Too much protein powder can result in dry and tough pancakes.

Consider reducing the amount of flour or pancake mix in your recipe to account for the added protein powder.

You might need to add a bit of milk or water to thin out the batter. Experiment to find the perfect balance for your preferred pancakes.


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