Turn Bread Mix into Decadent Pancakes in 5 Minutes or Less

Are you ready to turn bread mix into pancakes galore in 5 minutes or less?

  • Are you and your family obsessed with pancakes….but you need a new twist?
  • Do you have a lonely box of bread mix that is gathering dust….because you don’t have time to wait for the bread to bake?
  • Did you run out of pancake mix…but have a hungry tummy yearning for pancakes?
  • Are you hosting a brunch…and willing to try something new to wow the crowd?
  • Did you stock up on the special Trader Joe’s holiday bread mixes…but the expiration dates are now coming due?
  • Are you short on time…but high on expectations?

I can relate to ALL of the above. In particular, I have been staring at a lonely box of soon-to-expire Trader Joe’s bread mix wondering when I have the time or patience to wait for the bread to bake. With our pancake mix at dangerously low levels, I finally made the leap to convert the batter into pancakes instead of a bread loaf. I followed the same directions on the box with the exception of cooking the batter in pancake form on a cast iron pan. Easy peasy!  All in less than 5 minutes!

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A couple of tips:

  • Substitute the oil or butter for applesauce or canned pumpkin
  • Flatten the pancakes with a spatula after flipping them so they don’t get too puffy
  • Allow yourself to flip a 2nd time to make sure the pancakes have fully cooked through on both sides (after flattening – some batter may ooze out and need searing on the pan to cook)

Simple Bread Mix to Pancakes Collage

Besides being a time saver, the pancakes are really decadent. This particular box of spiced apple bread mix had chunks of apples that hydrated within the mix and had a little extra sweetness. Yum!!

Decadent Pancakes in 5 Minutes

I think I may have to stock up on more seasonal Trader Joe’s bread mixes…just in case!

Let us know if you try this with any other bread mixes. We love comments and feedback!


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  6 comments for “Turn Bread Mix into Decadent Pancakes in 5 Minutes or Less

  1. Cameron
    July 16, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I love this idea! I tried it but i messed up flipping the pancake and it broke so i came up with a craft of my own… SCRAMBLED CORNBREAD CAKES!!!

    • July 16, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Cameron – I love your spirit! Mmmmm – even scrambled the cornbread cakes sound delish! I will have to try that!

  2. Bunny
    January 24, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Haha! This is exactly what was going on in my head today. Thanks for the courage to try it out! Finally using this pumpkin bread mix to good use.

  3. Deb
    October 16, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    How can I do the reverse? I have a box of the TJ’s pumpking pancake mix and I want to make pumpkin bread instead. Do I need to change the recipe at all? Thanks!

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