Trader Joe’s Baking & Pancake Mix

If it was a showdown of homemade pancakes from scratch or Trader Joe’s mix, homemade wins hands down on taste, consistency, and less junky ingredients. But…if one is a normal person who makes breakfast for dinner when she has about 5 minutes to feed her kids a “healthy” dinner well, let’s say it’s a close tie!
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To be clear, I have only used this Baking Mix for pancakes. It could be a downer in the biscuits, but I just don’t know that. For pancakes it fits the bill, and is way less full of hydrogenated fats, preservatives, and sugar or sodium.

Tonight’s dinner I did a mix of homemade and Trader Joes Mix and that works too. Add some bacon of choice, some fruit, and we’re done.

My homemade recipe is from Better Homes & Garden’s, New Cook Book. It’s the one with the red checkered cover, and mine opens to this page automatically! It’s the cookbook that I started with on the how-to’s for the basics: how to boil an egg, cook beans, how long to cook meat, and yes, how to make pancakes. This is the one my mom used too, and she’s an awesome cook, so I feel pretty good just having one physical book to look up basic recipe needs. Here it is in my own words, as I adapt it as needed to what I have on hand:

1 cup of unbleached all purpose flour, or 1/2 whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 beaten egg, or not. If not, just increase your oil or milk a bit
1 cup milk, or almond milk
2 Tbsp cooking oil

In a large bowl, Mix dry ingredients with a wisk, so there’s no pocket of the baking powder. Make a well in the center, and add egg, milk, oil. Mix all together with a spoon, adding more milk if needed.
I add chocolate chips a lot of the time. Okay, always.
Spray a nonstick griddle or pan and using a measuring cup, I measure out about a 1/3 cup of the mix onto a pan. I cook about 2 minutes per side, flipping only when bubbles form on the first side.
Serve warm with your favorite syrup.
This amount makes about 8 small pancakes, and I usually need more, so I either double the recipe or add some of the Trader’s Mix with ore milk to stretch it a bit.

That’s it. Dinner in about 10 minutes. We do this too often to mention, but let’s say my kids ask for it on a regular basis, like weekly. Good job Mom. Dinner served.

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