We’ve found a collection of homemade make-ahead mixes that you’ll love. Spend an afternoon and stock your pantry with make-ahead mixes that will save time and money. Plus, you control the ingredients so it’s a win all around!
In days past, when our grandmother wanted to make a cake she would make it from scratch with all the natural ingredients that were always stocked in her pantry. The ability to purchase a box of cornbread, pancake, or brownie mix is a modern convenience that many have adapted because it is quick.
We have a tradeoff for using that convenience. The oils and additives listed are often hydrogenated and some are just plain unnecessary when producing a tasty snack for your family.
It’s not necessary to spend hours in the kitchen baking from scratch (unless you want to.) You can make your own handy shelf stable mixes and kick those processed mixes out of your home.
Pancake Make-ahead Mix
This make-ahead pancake mix from Attainable Sustainable uses coconut sugar and sea salt as the basic ingredients. Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar and has a natural taste like honey.
You can substitute granulated sugar in the dry mix or leave the sugar out altogether, and add honey when you incorporate the mix with the wet ingredients.
This recipe makes 5 batches of pancakes (6 or 7 in each batch)
Scone Make-ahead Mix
This berry scone mix from Schneider Peeps is really adaptable. You can use different pieces of dried fruit in place of the berries and lemon zest. To make this very shelf stable and easy, add 3 tablespoons of powdered milk to the mix and use ½ cup water when cooking.
You’ll also like that this mix is broken into single batch portions, uses whole wheat flour, and is stored in the freezer for long-term shelf storage. Wheat flour will keep at least one year if stored this way.
Measure ingredients into a pint-sized, zip-top plastic bag and label it with the cooking directions. Follow this link to get baking directions.
- 2 ½ freshly ground whole wheat flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
Cornbread Make-ahead Mix
Our family likes all kinds of cornbread, from sweet to savory. This cornbread mix recipe from Five Heart Home is sweetened with honey and is adaptable so you can add as much or as little sweetener as you want.
Adapt this recipe to suit your savory palate by adding chopped green chilies and corn kernels, or red pepper flakes and onion.
Brownie Make-ahead Mix
Brownies are a Sunday dessert favorite for many families. This recipe from the book Make-a-Mix by Karine Eliason, Nevada Harward & Madeline Westover is the best one we’ve tried.
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 8 cups sugar
- 8 ounces unsweetened cocoa powder
To make brownies:
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 ¼ cups brownie mix
- ½ cup chopped nuts (optional)
- ½ cup chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour an 8×8 pan. Combine the butter, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk.
Add the brownie mix, whisk until smooth. Stir in optional nuts and chocolate chips.
Pour into the prepared pan and bake 30 to 35 minutes.
Country Biscuit Make-ahead Mix
If you love biscuits and gravy or having a hot biscuit with homemade soup, this Country Biscuit Mix Recipe from Joy Elick is a good one to try.
The ingredients are stored in pint size jars, one batch at a time so it is easy to see how many you have available. Seal the jar with a 100cc oxygen absorber or FoodSaver jar attachment and this mix will be shelf stable for 2 to 5 years.
Plus, she uses Greek yogurt in the recipe, yum!
Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix
Grandma would be proud! This homemade vanilla cake mix from Live Love and Sugar gives you from scratch baking in your own jar.
Add 1/3 cup of instant dry milk to the jar mix and substitute 1 cup of water when making the cake. You’ll never have to worry about having enough milk on hand to bake a great cake.
Homemade Quick Mix
No make-a-mix roundup would be complete without a general quick mix to replace boxed Bisquick. This recipe from Livin Lovin Farmin is made with half whole wheat flour and half white flour.
All homemade quick mixes have coconut oil, lard, or vegetable shortening cut into it before storage, which is the difference between this and the other mixes listed above. It will have a shortened shelf life of 3 months because it already has the fat included. You should only make as much mix as you will use in that time.
This homemade quick mix can be used for pancakes, waffles, biscuits, and scones (recipes included in the post.)
Are you a fan of shelf-stable make-ahead mixes for the pantry?
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