America’s Test Kitchen Better Than Boxmix Pancakes

I don’t think I’ve shared on here my experience with boxmix pancakes and why I will never buy it again. It’s funny, because I actually forgot for a moment and almost got some of the protein pancake mix to try. We have been enjoying the protein waffles for an easy breakfast so I thought a mix could be fun to try for pancakes…but oops. My horror story.

Basically, back in college when I had an apartment, I used to make myself one giant pancake on the weekends for breakfast. I would go to church and come back, stir the mixture together quickly, and pour it all in at once because I was too lazy to make myself multiple pancakes when one giant one would do just fine. I was hungry. Well, I wasn’t so hungry when one of the times I went to make it and I actually poured it in the skillet before I noticed them. Yep. Them. Little bugs of some sort in my mix. And you might think, well, Aly, you need to store the mixes in an airtight container. But how about this? It wasn’t my fault. I hadn’t opened it until right then, it was straight from the store shelf. That means that any of the other boxes could also have the same problem. It has been over 10 years and I still haven’t bought any more mixes. Not worth it to me. So, I am always looking to simplify pancakes and the like since I want them, but I want them fast.
This recipe is pretty good for speed. Plus, the pancakes get a little bit of height to them that we enjoy. I also appreciate that the browning tends to be even and a bit more “picture-perfect” than I usually get with my cooked meals.
For the optional cinnamon, it is up to you. I often like to add it to our breakfast foods just because it is supposed to be good for you, and it adds some more of that homemade kind of flavor, just like vanilla does for me.
Directions for ATK’s Better than Boxmix Pancakes
Slightly adapted from America’s Test Kitchen
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups milk

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and some cinnamon (if using). In a smaller bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the milk into the oil mixture. Then, stir the wet ingredients into the dry. Lumps are okay, do not overmix.

Directions for ATK’s Better than Boxmix Pancakes (without pictures)
Slightly adapted from America’s Test Kitchen
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups milk

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and some cinnamon (if using). In a smaller bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, and vanilla. Slowly whisk the milk into the oil mixture. Then, stir the wet ingredients into the dry. Lumps are okay, do not overmix. Let it rest for 15-20 minutes then begin scooping out and cooking your pancakes on a preheated skillet, flipping the pancakes when bubbles form.

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