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Homemade Cornmeal Griddle Pancake Mix

Homemade Cornmeal Griddle Pancake Mix

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When we go camping with friends we like to share cooking responsibilities which is a great way to make it a little easier for everyone.  I always love to offer to make breakfast, and one of my favorite recipes to serve are these homemade cornmeal griddle pancakes.  It is super easy to whip up as I make the dry mix at home before leaving and what is left to do is add the wet ingredients and then cook.  Everyone is always so excited when presented with a plate full of cornmeal griddle cakes covered with fresh fruit and maybe a side of bacon.  I cannot wait to share this recipe for Homemade Cornmeal Griddle Pancake Mix with you!

Homemade Cornmeal Griddle Pancake Mix


During a recent camping trip, we were ready to wow our friends with a platter full of these cornmeal griddle cakes.  Sleepy-eyed, the next morning, we went to the car to get the bag of ingredients to start cooking.  We had been talking about this meal the night before so everyone was pretty hungry.  We could barely wait to start cooking.  It was odd as I reached for the hatch at the back of the car as it was slightly undone.  Who got into the car late at night?   As I put my hand into the bag, grabbing around for the mix, something did not feel right.  Where was the mix? Did we forget it at home?  Where could it have gone?  Slowly as I looked down at the ground, I saw a trail of pancake mix going into the woods.  Breakfast was not going to be happening as someone or something had already eaten breakfast.

Homemade Cornmeal Griddle Pancake Mix

When preparing for another camping trip I decided that I would try to recreate this special breakfast but for two.  Instead of buying a prepared package of pancake mix, I wanted to make our own.  So I mixed up the dry ingredients at home to save a step.  It was perfect as I was able to have perfect dollar-sized, texture-rich pancakes smothered in butter and maple syrup ready in no time.  

This recipe for Homemade Cornmeal Griddle Pancake Mix has become a camping staple for us, and we take it every time.  Love to serve these griddlecakes with crispy bacon and hot maple syrup, as they make the perfect camping companions.  It is also great to serve these griddlecakes with fresh fruit such as blueberries or raspberries along with the warm maple syrup. 


Homemade Cornmeal Griddle Pancake Mix



Recipe:  Homemade Cornmeal Griddle Pancake Mix


3/4 cup cornmeal, we like medium grain
1 1/4 cup ap flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

How To:

In a large mason jar or another storage container, add all of the dry ingredients.

Close the lid.

Shake to mix.

Make pancakes.



Recipe:  Griddle Pancakes

** notes I recently (July 2020) made this mix using a new flour as I usually use King Arthur.  This other flour is not as dense as King Arthur so when I mixed the dry ingredients with the liquid I had to use less liquid.  Start with a cup and go from there a tablespoon at a time.  

* serves 4 hungry people or 2 really hungry, people


1 1/8 cup of cornmeal griddle cake mix (above recipe)
1 cup milk or a little more than a cup, depending on how thin you like your pancakes, we like ours a bit thinner
1 egg
1 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled

How To:

In a mixing bowl add the dry mix.

Make a well in the dry mix then add the milk, egg, and melted butter. 

Stir to combine.

If you like a thinner pancake add a little more milk.

Heat your griddle over medium heat, coat with a thin amount of butter, add about a 1/4 cup pancake mix.

Once bubbles have formed, flip the pancake over, continue to cook until golden brown;  about 2 minutes.

Continue making pancakes until the mix is gone.



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Wednesday 23rd of June 2021

Any chance anyone has had experience with pre-mixing this the day before needed and then just poured on the griddle? Bringing a mixing bowl would be an extra step and more space than we usually want hanging around. Thanks!

Denise Woodward

Wednesday 23rd of June 2021

Hi Sarah! Great question - unfortunately we have not tried that as we are kind of weird about premixing anything with eggs and letting sit overnight raw. Are you bringing some sort of saucepan to cook with? We mix the batter in a saucepan that we use for cooking other things.


Monday 9th of March 2020

I just made these this weekend during camping. I was super excited to try these out! They came out a little thin (I only used 1 cup of milk), but I will definitely be using this recipe again. Definitely going to be tweaking to find that perfect pancake. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed these, thanks for sharing!


Tuesday 17th of July 2018

I made these while camping this past weekend. The batter was very runny and the pancakes were like crepes prior to adding more mix. Can you clarify that the recipe calls for 1 and 1/8 cups milk?

One more mix was added, they were quite good.

Denise Woodward

Saturday 4th of August 2018

Hello JC - sorry to hear it did not work for you. Did you use AP flour as well as a medium grain cornmeal? We have made these hundreds of times and haven't had a problem. We do like our pancakes a bit more on the thin side and it sounds like you prefer them fuller - I would start with 1 cup of milk and then go from there to get the consistency you like. Also, I have found that altitudes can affect pancakes. We have had to adjust here and there when camping at high altitudes or lower.


Sunday 16th of June 2013

Sound amazing, not to mention easy. Love ANYTHING cornmeal and transported in a mason jar... these are double win! Is there a gluten free flour you'd recommend instead of ap?


Sunday 15th of January 2012

So where is the Bourbon Maple Syrup recipe?!?!?!

Your recipe sounds delicious and I've looked around a bit for it on your site, but can't find it. Other things I saw look very interesting, too, but I'm dying to make those pancakes to soak up that Bourbon Maple Syrup!

Denise Woodward

Monday 16th of January 2012

Hi Rob,

Wish I could take credit for making the syrup; but, I can't. If you click on the bourbon syrup link it takes you to where I get it - - you have to try it. Amazing!