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Pantry Basics – Homemade Mixes October 27, 2013

Filed under: Uncategorized — ourprairiehome @ 9:08 pm

I love the convenience of a quick to use mix. Problem is that most in the stores are either expensive if you use them often or have too much sodium and other ingredients that are not good for us.  My solution has been to simply make my own.

A family favorite is a pancake mix. I make it as we need it, but you can assemble the dry ingredients into a jar and label for later use. Just label with or have a recipe card handy with the liquid ingredients that need to be added later.

Pancake Mix

1.5 cups flour
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1.25 – 1.5 cups milk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp olive oil

Mix all of the ingredients into a smooth batter.  Dry fry on a hot griddle, flipping once.

Makes about 8 pancakes.

Vegan Substitutions – I use almond milk in place of cow milk and 2 Tbsp flax seed meal + 6 Tbsp warm water in place of eggs. Just mix the water and flax seed meal into a cup and let thicken a minute before mixing it into the batter.

Variations – The kids love it when I as a shredded zucchini with a bit of seasonings. I fry up small 3″ diameter rounds. They taste like zucchini bread.  Other favorite addition is fruit.  Recently, I had a bit of fried apples on hand. I chopped it up, added apple pie spice and the kids loved them as much as cookies.

Hot Chocolate Mix

This is a recipe that I make each year. Usually end up making two batches during the cold weather seasons.

25.6 oz. box of powdered milk
6 oz. powdered coffee creamer
4 cups powdered sugar
2 cups cocoa powder
1 lg box chocolate pudding mix

Mix well and place into a large container.  Use 2-3 Tbsp mix per cup, or to taste.  The addition of the pudding mix makes a big difference in the final product.

Variations – use flavored creamers instead of plain.  For a peppermint cocoa, finely crush peppermint candies and add to the mix, to taste.

Enjoy!

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