Saving Money: Make Homemade Pancakes and Freeze Them

Due to the popularity of my recent post: Saving Money: Make Homemade Garlic Bread and Freeze it, I have decided to start sharing my other homemade recipes and ways you can save money on your grocery bill and your health.  Buying frozen foods like pancakes and waffles is a waste of money, you are simply paying for convenience and something that has added preservatives.  Some may argue that making your own pancakes and waffles take to much 'time' and that frozen products take away the daily hassle of cooking for those with busy mornings.  Well I'm here to tell you that making homemade pancakes takes no time at all and in one morning you can prepare a huge batch, freeze them and create your own frozen pancakes you can quickly grab out of the freezer any day of the week, just like the store bought ones.  By doing so you will know what your family is eating, control what goes into them and you will reduce waste by not constantly purchasing those cardboard boxes!  Also, if you have young children you can create fun shapes and sizes.  My son loves when I make Mickey Mouse pancakes and my attempt at dinosaur pancakes.  So here we go with a couple different ways to make homemade pancakes.

Version 1 for the whole family:
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/4 cup soy milk (or any milk your family prefers, I have a dairy allergy so I keep mine dairy free)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 egg
3 tablespoons melted butter or oil (Smart Balance Light if you want to keep it dairy free)
If you'd like add any fruit you want, some favorites are: blueberries, bananas or strawberries.

1.  Mix together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl.  Add the milk, vanilla, egg and melted butter.  Stir until smooth and mostly lump free.

2.  Heat your skillet or pan over medium heat (if you don't have a non-stick spray, please spray your pan before making these pancakes).  Scoop desired amount of batter and pour on the pan.  Flip once you start to see some bubbling on the edges of the pancake. 

Version 2 Mostly for the Adults:
Ingredients: (makes 1 serving)
2 tablespoons of oat bran
3 tablespoons liquid eggwhites
2 tablespoons plain yogurt (use soy yogurt to keep it dairy free)

Mix all ingredients together and follow step 2 from above.

To make this sweet, make a huge batch and freeze them!  Here are two great ways to freeze your homemade pancakes or waffles.

Tip 1: Flash Freeze - place each pancake or waffle in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer until frozen.  Once they are frozen throw them in a freezer bag or container.  

Tip 2: If you are like me and don't have the room in your freezer for multiple baking sheets you can always stack your pancakes and insert a small piece of wax or parchment paper in-between each on so they don't stick when you try to pull them out the next time.

Don't forget that you can always reuse your freezer bags.  Just write "Frozen Pancakes" on the outside and just rinse out and reuse for the next batch!