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DIY Homemade Healthy Make-Ahead Kitchen Mixes

June 26, 2012 by Melanie Zook

Many people are looking to eat more whole foods: with fewer ingredients, and no preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, or other additives.  They’re going back to basics and thinking outside the box—of packaged food, that is!  Thanks to Pinterest, DIY is bigger than ever, and it’s exciting to see that trend move into the kitchen more & more.  Home cooks are looking to save time & money, not to mention space in their pantry & fridge.  So when it comes to the kitchen, save the extra errands, the excess packaging and the unnecessary additives and make your own!

We should be aiming to make half of our grains whole, but a lot of the pancake mixes out there are NOT whole grain—they’re typically made with enriched wheat flour (& not whole wheat flour).  This make-ahead mix is not only multigrain, but WHOLE grain.  To make the mix…


Blend all of the following & store in an airtight jar:

When it comes time to make your pancake batter, you would blend…


For each pancake, pour about 1/3 cup of the pancake batter onto a greased griddle and cook, flipping once, until golden brown and cooked through.

Top with real maple syrup or a dollop of whipped cream.

Cream of Anything Soup Mix (Link to recipe here.)

Chocolate Syrup (Link to post here.)

Soda Pop (Link to post here.)

Taco Seasoning (Link to post here.)

Yogurt Cups (Link to post here.)

Salad Dressing (Link to post here.)

Other Tips for Making DIY Homemade Healthy Make-Ahead Kitchen Mixes