The Best Healthy Pancake Mixes You Can Buy at the Grocery Store

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February 8, 2021

Beth Lipton

Who doesn’t wake up on a Sunday morning craving pancakes? But making them from scratch is sometimes too much to ask on a weekend morning. And what if the desire for pancakes hits during the week? Enter these healthy pancake mixes.

Some feature whole grains, while others rely on grain-free flours like cassava and coconut. What they all have in common? They’re all low in sugar and completely free of hydrogenated oils, fillers, and artificial colors or preservatives.

1. Arrowhead Mills Multigrain Pancake & Waffle Mix

Made with whole wheat, brown rice, corn and rye, this simple mix delivers fluffy pancakes with plenty of complex carbs and just 2 grams of sugar per serving. Stir in a bit of water and oil and you’re good to go.

2. Birch Benders Paleo Pancake & Waffle Mix

Birch Benders makes a few different pancake mixes, and they’re all good. But we’re obsessed with the Paleo mixes (they have Paleo and Banana Paleo). They’re so easy to make — just add water! — and they have amazing texture, not gritty or gummy like some other Paleo mixes we’ve tried. The combination of cassava, coconut flour and almond flour, plus monk fruit for sweetness, is magical.

3. Bob’s Red Mill Buckwheat Pancake Mix

Buckwheat gives pancakes a super-tasty, nutty flavor, as well as tons of nutrients, fiber, and protein (with minimal sugar). Add an egg, a little oil and some milk and get ready to “flip out” at how good these are. (Sorry, we had to.)

4. Kodiak Cakes Flapjack & Waffle Mix

This Park City, Utah-based company offers so many awesome flavors of pancake mix, we couldn’t decide which one to feature: Buttermilk & Chia? Pumpkin & Flax? Almond Poppy Seed? These whole grain mixes have a minimum of 8 grams protein (up to 14 grams for some) and are crazy-easy to make: Just add water. Plus, a portion of all sales goes to wildlife conservation efforts.

5. Simple Mills Pancake & Waffle Mix

They already make our favorite grain-free crackers, so it’s no surprise that Simple Mills is crushing the pancake game. Their mix contains just 8 ingredients, it’s GMO-free and Paleo-friendly, too. Did we mention that the pancakes taste awesome?

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