TJ’s Buttermilk Pancake Mix


Trader Joe’s “Buttermilk Pancake Mix” is one of the best if not hands down ‘The Best’ commercial pancake mix out there.


It’s better than most well-known advertised commercial brands like Aunt Jemima. This is a so-called “Complete Mix” and quite easy to use but its not “too” complete. Meaning you do have to add 1 thing to the mix besides WATER… you add an EGG. Yes people you have to know how to crack an egg to make these pancakes (oh come on, if cracking eggs is too much work frankly you’re just too lazy) Actually I think adding real eggs is the main reason that this pancake mix tastes way better than other “complete”  commercial mixes where you only add water – because those mixes use “powdered eggs” in their “complete” mix. Think about it, shouldn’t a real egg taste better than powdered eggs? Did you ever eat powdered eggs, like at Camp…or the Army? Oh I remember the scrambled fake eggs at Camp Winamac, they were gross.

So its worth the extra effort to put in a real egg when you want to eat nice pancakes which taste so much better with them.

Q: Is This Mix Easy To Make?

Here’s the recipe from the back of the Trader Joe’s Box to make pancakes:

  • 1 3/4 Cups Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Pancake Mix
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Egg
  • Put into bowl. Stir.

Sounds pretty easy right? Trust me again adding real eggs gives this a real homemade taste, not to mention a lovely yellow color that makes this basically truly “homemade” compared to most any commercial pancake mix. The ingredients list powered buttermilk. If you wanted to, you could even improvise a bit by mixing in a bit of milk in for the water part, which I do and makes an even slightly richer pancake but its not neccessary. Following the box’s directions, using just water makes very decent nice fluffy pancakes, just about as good as at most diners. One reader says he adds some buttermilk, which could be great extra flavor I would think.

I also on occasion substitute other things to this mix, like adding some cornmeal: this makes “Corn Cakes”. I also add a tiny bit of oil or butter for those. These Corn Cake pancakes are quite good! Other subsitutions for variety:  Regular or Quick Rolled Oats = Oatcakes. Add some Wheat Germ and you get a very nutty flavor. Bananas? Jamaican Pancakes. Blueberries… of course, fresh or frozen. Raisins. Get it? You can improvise a little and get a variety of pancakes very easily using this Mix. Its also a “versatile base”….advertised as “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) which is good compared to big brands like Aunt Jemima’s – which has also has “trans-fats” by the way!

So why would you not use this? Bottom line= This product makes good pancakes and is worth trying instead of the big supermarket brands.

Modern version of Aunt Jemima logo

Image via Wikipedia

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, and so I am now reading product labels carefully for Sodium, to trying to be careful about my daily salt intake. Upon examining the NUTRITION INFO on the box I find this product does 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)

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

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 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



17 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


    • 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.


  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


  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 😉


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

    has anyone made muffins with the pancake mix?


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

    Is it possible to order your Buttermilk Pancake mix online?


    • 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…


  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.


  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


  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.


  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.


  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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