I just started making homemade mixes in my kitchen not too long ago. I hadn't really seen the need to mix stuff up when I had the recipe and the stuff in my kitchen UNTIL one day I was making some Perfect Pancakes and ran out of eggs. Hmm... here I was with all the dry ingredients and no eggs. I decided to plop my ingredients in a jar to use later. Then, fast forward to a day that I wanted to make some pancakes and "BAM" (as quoted by two of my favorite hollywood personalities, Sheldon from Big Bang Thoeory and Emeril Lagasse from the Food Network...), I had pancakes! I had forgotten how easy having a mix was for getting stuff on the table fast. I don't usually make a big deal out of making a mix. I just have a few canning jars out and as I'm making pancakes I add the dry ingredients to the jars for extra batches. It's that simple.
The recipe for the Cinnamon Oatmeal Waffles is an actual mix that you mix up a big batch of and then dole out two cup portions as your "mix". I saw this recipe at Finding Joy in my Kitchen. I can always depend on Sno White's recipes to be yummy! Sno White calls the recipe "Kris Kringle Pancakes." They are hearty and delicious!
Sometimes I make these as pancakes but this time I wanted waffles. I love having waffles in the freezer for toasting on busy mornings. Yesterday I was home by myself so I made some, ate what I wanted and froze the rest for later.
When you cook these as pancakes or as waffles, the smell of cinnamon and oatmeal is almost intoxicating! I love them! The batter is very thick. I think you could add a little more liquid for thinner pancakes if you wanted. They are a hearty breakfast and I served mine several ways. Ha! Yes, I had three squares of waffle (my wafflle iron makes a huge waffle that is cut in fourths. I had some with applesauce, some with applesauce plus maple syrup, and my favorite way? That was with maple syrup and a little scoop of peanut butter! YUM!
Here's how I made Cinnamon Oatmeal Waffles AT HOME MY WAY:
Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes / Waffles
- 4 C oats (quick cooking preferred)
- 4 C flour (2 C each, whole wheat & reg-unbleached "white" flour)
- 3/4 C brown sugar
- 1 C powdered milk
- 3 T baking powder
- 2 T cinnamon
- 3 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
In a large bowl, combine 4 C oats, 4 C flour, 3/4 C brown sugar, 1 C powdered milk, 3 T baking powder, 2 T cinnamon, 3 tsp. salt & 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar. Mix well and add to each jar or baggy a 2-cup portion of the mix.
Add a note to each jar/baggy or print a label:
To each jar of mix, for waffles or pancakes add:
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 C oil (or applesauce)
- 1 C water
- 2 C pancake mix
(Hint: This time, AGAIN I was out of eggs. I substituted the eggs and oil with the amount of mayonnaise that was equal to the amount of oil called for in the recipe - because mayo is eggs plus oil. I let them sit a few minutes before cooking to "blend" the flavors. IT WORKED LIKE A CHARM!)