TJ’s BUTTERMILK PANCAKE MIX


 

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In short, Trader Joe’s BUTTERMILK PANCAKE MIX has got to be one of the best, if not hands down The Best, pancake mix out there. “Buttermilk Pancake & All Purpose Mix” is better than most well-known advertised commercial brands such as Aunt Jemima’s. TJ’s pancake mix is a “Complete Mix”, which makes it easy to use. What makes it best is its not “100% complete”, meaning besides WATER you do have to add one other thing: an egg. OMG. Seriously!? Yes thats what I said, you have to add an egg or two along with water to make this mix into pancake batter. Have you recovered from your momentary shock? This is what makes it good folks. Yes, to make this dry mix into wonderful pancakes you will have to crack open an egg and add a little water. Come on, if cracking an egg is too much work for you frankly you’re way too lazy. Seriously, having to add real eggs is the reason this pancake mix tastes far better than other “complete”  commercial mixes out there.

Those “complete” supermarket mixes where you add only water are inferior to this one because let’s face it, any “egg” listed on the label in those mixes is dehydrated eggs made into powderThink about it… Won’t a real egg taste better than some dried powdered eggs such as Aunt Jemima Complete Mix and others have? Lets see. Did you ever eat powdered eggs, maybe back at Summer Camp, the Army, or some place? I can still remember the fake scrambled eggs made from powered eggs they served us in the mess hall back at Camp Winamac in New Hampshire in 1970. They were hard and gross and disgusting. Yuck! 

Therefore its worth the tiny bit of extra effort and expense to crack open a real egg or two when you mix up the TJ pancake batter, and when you do you, will get a batch of wonderful pancakes !

Q: Is This Mix Easy To Make? 

Here’s the recipe from the back of the Trader Joe’s Box

  • 1 3/4 Cups Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Pancake Mix
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Egg 
  • Put ingredients into a bowl and stir

Pretty easy right? That egg gives this a real homemade taste, not to mention a lovely yellow color that makes this “homemade” compared to any commercial mix where you only need to add water. The ingredients list does say powered buttermilk, which is where “buttermilk pancakes” comes from. Now if you wanted to, you could even improvise a bit by mixing in a bit of milk (or buttermilk for that matter) for some or all of that “1 cup water” liquid addition. I sometimes add some milk (in a 50/50 ration of 1/2 cup milk plus a 1/2 cup water). This will make an even slightly richer pancake. One reader here says he does add some buttermilk, which could be great extra flavor I would think. Or you can add some Almond or Soy milk perhaps? But any milk is optional only if you want to. Just following the box’s directions exactly adding water plus an egg or 2 makes very decent nice fluffy pancakes, about as good or better than most diners make.

OPTIONS: On occasion I might add other things to the pancake mix, for example adding Cornmeal: which makes you some nice “Corn Cakes”. I also add a tiny bit of oil or butter for those. These Corn Cake pancakes are quite good! You just compensate for the extra dry stuff with a little extra wet stuff (water or milk or buttermilk, etc). Keep the ratio so they are the same density.

Other substitutions for varieties sake:  Adding Regular or Quick Rolled Oats will yield OATCAKES. Add some Wheat Germ will give you get a extra nutty flavor and healthiness! Bananas? Jamaican Pancakes. Raisins? Nuts? Blueberries (TJ FROZEN BLUEBERRIES) Frozen strawberries? You get the picture. You can improvise with this mix to make a variety of pancakes easily from it.

Its also a “versatile base”….it says “Pancake And All Purpose Baking Mix” and on the back of the box they give some recipes for other things you could make using it such as Waffles, Drop Biscuits, Scones, even Focaccia (by adding yeast). I haven’t tried using it yet for these, but I should. I must try making some scones someday. I love them.

The box says “No Preservatives”. We like that right? Price-wise its pretty reasonable, $1.99 for 2 lbs of mix which is not bad compared to big brands like Aunt Jemima’s…which by the way also has “trans-fats”! So why would you not use this? Bottom line: This mix makes excellent pancakes and is worth trying instead of the supermarket brands you might normally get. Get some of this to keep in your pantry and maybe next Sunday make some wonderful pancakes for the family. They will rave about them and say you’re the Number One Pancake Maker!

TOP WITH BUTTER, SYRUP, FRUIT, JAM…. or what ever you like best on your pancakes!

 

BONUS RECIPE: Spiced Chai Pancakes (see link)

https://www.traderjoes.com/recipes/breakfast/spiced-chai-pancakes

 

 

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1932 advertisement for Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix...

1932 advertisement for Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix from Quaker Oats Company. Out of the magazine Good Housekeeping. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

UPDATE 1 – Since writing the original post, I’ve learned my blood pressure was a wee bit higher than it should be, so I am now reading product labels carefully for Sodium, trying to be careful about my daily salt intake. Upon examining the NUTRITION INFO on the box I found this mix has a pretty high Sodium content! See below: One half cup of mix has a pretty whopping 900mg of sodium or about 45% of the recommended daily level of salt (roughly 2000mg which is only 1 teaspoon of salt!)  Therefore I’ve decided that if I would eat these pancakes, to lower the sodium content, I would add a cup of flour to each cup of mix. Of course this will change the mix of ingredients but 900mg salt in just a 1/2 cup (1-2 pancakes?) is just way too much. Be advised! Americans in general eat far too much salt daily, most of it ‘hidden’ in foods (like this)

NUTRITON FACTS
Serving size .5 cup mix
Calories 220 Kcal
Total Fat 3 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 900 mg
Total Carbohydrate 42 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 5 g
Protein 7 g
Vitamin A 0 IU
Calcium 40 mg
Iron 1.44 mg

UPDATE 2 – SINCE I ORIGINALLY REVIEWED THIS THEY HAVE REDUCED THE SODIUM  LISTED TO 520 mg (was 900 mg) About 1/2 of the previous recipe! So better now!

INGREDIENTS
Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, May Contain Malted Barley Flour, Enzymes, Ascorbic Acid), Leavening (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Buttermilk, Canola or Soybean Oil, Dextrose, Salt.

Now let’s be honest, other than the Oil, you could make your own “pancake mix” a la Alton Brown’s recipe (link below) and keep it, ready to use, in a cupboard, fridge, or freezer. Then just add oil or butter and buttermilk and eggs, to the dry mix (and forego seperating the eggs) Of course this will cost far less than TJ’s or any other commercial mix and you can control the salt / sodium.

Alton Brown’s pancake (mix) recipe

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/instant-pancake-mix-recipe/index.html

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Terry
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 17:38:36

    The mix tasted way too salty. It made waffles with an excellent texture, but I won’t use it again until the salt is substantially less than 900 mg per 3 four-inch pancakes.

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    • promacnyc
      Feb 23, 2012 @ 07:16:50

      Try adding a bit of milk instead of water and be sure to use jumbo eggs; maybe use tiny bit less of the mix then recommended amount. I’d think this would “dilute” things to make them taste less salty for your sensitive palate.

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    • promacnyc
      Apr 28, 2013 @ 18:02:18

      Yes, this product does have a good deal of Sodium, which I’m now watching. I’ve updated the post to mention the Sodium content and suggest adding flour to the mix to cut down on the salt level.

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    • Marty
      Aug 06, 2015 @ 12:55:37

      It looks like they changed the sodium content to 520mg per 1/2 cup serving. I just read it.

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  2. grant
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 08:09:14

    Agreed, best pancake mix out there. My problem is I will be moving to Canada next year, and I’m fairly sure I won’t be able to buy this mix anymore as there are no Trader Joe’s up there. 😦 I had hoped they were re-labeling some other mix, but it appears to be their own recipe

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  3. Charlene
    Jun 22, 2012 @ 12:27:20

    I don’t add eggs to the pancake mix and the pancakes come out fine, just a little thick. For that reason, I simply add more water. I also like to add a few shakes of cinnamon to give it a light tan color 😉

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  4. gaylee
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 08:23:47

    has anyone made muffins with the pancake mix?

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  5. Donna Carlson
    Aug 26, 2013 @ 15:34:08

    Is it possible to order your Buttermilk Pancake mix online?

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    • promacnyc
      Aug 26, 2013 @ 21:55:09

      hi, a) we are not with trader joes, this is an independent blog b) I don’t think they have any online sales anyway! sorry…

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  6. CindyC
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 16:51:35

    Those new to low sodium diets often miss the hiden sodium. Baking Soda, Baking Powder are high in sodium. Milk and eggs have a fair amount too.

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  7. Bob Farrell
    Aug 09, 2014 @ 09:11:02

    As far as I’m concerned best pre-made mix on market. Tip: I use buttermilk instead of water

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  8. Randa
    Apr 27, 2015 @ 21:12:38

    Best pancakes ever!!! Just found them online from Amazon, but seems much more expensive than in the store.

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  9. Robert
    Sep 29, 2016 @ 16:08:41

    It might be me, but does anyone get any abnormal flatulence from this product? First use was just suspected, but using this product the second time had the same affect so confirmed the extreme cause of gas.

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  10. Amanda
    Jun 04, 2018 @ 19:07:14

    Looking at a box of Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Pancake & All Purpose Baking Mix. Sodium is 520mg for a 1/2 cup serving size. The current date is June 2018.

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  11. Brian
    Mar 21, 2020 @ 11:57:48

    I’m shocked. Though Trader Joes makes many things really well, these pancakes are disgusting. Waaaay too salty and tough as rock. Ours is a box of the 520 sodium and it is still brine. My son described them as crackers. We even made them twice to see if we somehow did something wrong.
    Most of the reviews on this site and others are glowing. I don’t get it. We found them to be inedible. We threw them down the sink.
    I’m not a troll. I don’t make a habit of dumping on products and we primarily shop at TJ’s but these were truly awful. I can only come up with three possibilities: 1. Either we got a bad batch (the box was purchased yesterday). 2. Some people like things much, much saltier than we like them. 3. The reviewers above have low standards but I will give them the benefit of doubt. or, 4. Something (like oil) is missing from the recipe on the box. Whatever the cause I’m going back to homemade. Sometimes TJ’s is spot on, sometimes it’s a miss. This is a big miss. If you like buttermilk pancakes try using real buttermilk.

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    • AlisonH
      Apr 17, 2020 @ 15:20:00

      We tried for the first time this week and did not have this issue at all ?? They were great first attempt, then second attempt they came out flatter but still tasty and fluffy… not sweet, granted, but I could see from ingredients lIst that they didn’t have sugar to be. Pure maple syrup was plenty sweet for us. I am usually sensitive to sugar,.

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