Make Your Own Baking Mixes

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Home baking is a great way to save money and eat well. Make your own baking mixes for your favorite recipes for brownies, muffins, pancakes, waffles, and more.

Make Your Own Baking Mixes | Good Cheap Eats

I love to bake and I know that baking from scratch is usually the most frugal option. But, I confess, I am often lazy and just don’t want to haul out flour and leavening and measuring cups. Duncan Hines could come to my rescue, but there is a better, healthier, less expensive way.

Homemade Baking mixes save the day.

About once a month, I spend an hour or so to make my own mixes. In assembly line fashion, I measure out the “dry team” of some of my favorite recipes. I make four to six batches of each, storing them in quart or gallon-sized freezer bags. I mark the bags clearly with ingredients to add and baking instructions.

I store my mixes in the freezer since I use whole wheat flour that doesn’t have as long a shelf-life as unbleached or all-purpose. This will also help you guard your stash against bugs or other unwanted critters.

Then when a morning comes when pancakes sound good or an evening brownie craving hits, I just mix up the “wet team,” dump in a bag of mix, and we’re good to go.

Some of our favorite mixes include:

Do you buy your mixes or do you make them yourself?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Thanks for all the great links for making my own mixes! We defintely don’t want all the gunk that comes in the boxed mixes you get at the store. I try to make everything I can from scratch. 😀 It tastes so much better, too!

  2. I really want to start making my own since it’s much more cost effective to buy a 25lb sack of flour at costco! Definitely going to give your mixes a try! Thank you!

  3. shannon says

    Jessica, this list looks great and convenient. Thanks. The only “mixes” I keep right now is a bisquick knockoff and have mixed together all the dry ingredients for my favorite bread in the bread machine. It really does save time.

  4. Jessika says

    Thanks for putting these all in one place 🙂 I was alreadyplanning on making the mix and match muffins today anyway.

  5. Rose says

    Thank you for the links to homemade mixes. I put this post in my favorites so I can come back to it often.

  6. Anne says

    Wow! My husband and I were just talking last night about wanting to make up some mixes…and here’s a list! We make all this from scratch already, but haven’t done pre-made packs yet. One question though…when you take the mix out of the freezer do you have to wait for it to come to room temperature or can you go straight to mixing up?

    • Jessica says

      I don’t wait any longer than it takes to mix the wet team.

    • AllieZirkle says

      You don’t have to wait at all. The milk and eggs are already chilly anyway. 🙂

    • Anne says

      Awesome, thank you!!

  7. I just did this for the first time a couple of weeks ago! We ran out of pancake mix, so my breakfast-making husband didn’t know what to do. I said, “Make it from scratch!” He looked at me like I was crazy, and then went in search of the cookbooks. I took pity on him and made up a bunch of batches with labels so he can just dump and mix! I’m definitely going to make this a habit. Thanks for the new to me recipes!

    • Jessica says

      Isn’t it funny how the thing that Gramma did second nature gets raised eyebrows today?

    • My husband had a similar reaction when he wanted to make pancakes one weekend and we had no baking or pancake mix. You would have thought I’d reinvented the wheel when I stirred some up from scratch.

  8. cherie says

    I have to tell you how much I’m enjoying all your discussions – I used to make mixes all the time and got out of the habit and regret it so much!

    I’m planning on making several mixes over the next week or two [batch style – when I make one of something I’llmake several batches of mix as well, rather than planning a mixes ‘session’] and I’m looking forward to the time and clean up savings I KNOW it to be [like freezer cooking – cook once, clean once, eat a dozen times LOL

    We’ll be starting with a few basics:
    pancake&waffle mix
    cornbread mix
    pizza dough mix
    oatmeal bread mix
    muffin mix

    We’ll see what else becomes worthwhile – those are things we make fairly frequently so I know they should be first LOL

  9. Stacy says

    When I started doing this based on your inspiration, I found I was much more likely to bake! I did biscuit mix, which we use for biscuits, but also for the topping of cheater pot pie (search for it on they use refrigerated biscuit dough, but it’s yummy w/ homemade biscuits on top.

  10. Sarah G says

    Great post! Thanks for putting everything in one place. One question, do you make your own mixes for things like Mexican food? I love to whip up enchiladas and taco salad because they are so quick and easy, but I don’t like having to use store-bought seasoning packs because of all the junk in them, but I like having one pre made pack that I can just dump in instead of digging around for and measuring a buck of different spices. Any suggestions?

    • Jessica says

      I make up my own taco seasoning that is actually multi-purpose as a Mexican spice mix. I make a batch and keep it in the pantry. I do the same for fish spice. I never buy seasoning packets unless they are 1. free and 2. not full of junk. Hope that helps.

  11. I really need to do this for my bread machine. I don’t use it as often as I could because I hate to drag everything out. Makes sense to drag it out once and make up multiple mixes, then clean up just once!

  12. Michelle says

    I could have sworn you had a post that had some info about making your own oatmeal packets (instead of buying the overly priced instant packets at the store), but I can’t find it! I’m I going nuts? Please help if you have such (much needed) info!
    Thanks! Michelle

  13. cara says

    these mixes are a great idea and also could be put in canning jars or clean mayo jars to save on the plastic bags. 🙂

    • Lisa Hetherington says


      Great idea Cara!! I have a big empty PB jar in the dishwasher right now!

    • Becky says

      @cara, I know I’m coming into this conversation waaay late, but I reuse the ziptop bags I use for dry mixes. Particularly if they are kept in the freezer (empty and full ones), they ought to be reusable several times at least. They also take up less space (when empty and when full) than other containers. Having said that, though, I think I might begin using the types of containers you mentioned for some mixes, especially those that won’t be in my way-too-small freezer.

      • Jessica says

        @Becky, yes, the jars are definitely a good way to go. Most of my recipes are so large, that I’d have to have really big jars, though. 🙂

  14. Stacy says

    Thanks for putting all of these together. We have recipes we use for most of these, but I’ll try some of these too. I had an idea when reading your post. When you make up your mixes each month, you could just print out your recipe and put it into the dry ingredient ziploc. Then you wouldn’t have to take the time to write everything out each time. I do that with dry ingredients I don’t use often–put little slips in them.

    • Jessica says

      @Stacy, great idea! Thanks for the suggestion. Right now I stash the empty bags in the freezer and reuse them. But, that’s a good idea, too.

  15. Barbara says

    I like to use my Food Saver vacuum bags for mixes. No air in them means no bugs, and I can keep my freezer space for things that must be frozen.

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