The Best Make Ahead Pancake Recipe for Camping

The Best Make Ahead Pancake Recipe for Camping

I have to be honest…One of my favorite parts of camping is the campfire food. This Make-Ahead Pancake Recipe for Camping does not disappoint. It is the best! The pancakes are light, fluffy, and delicious. They remind me of pancakes from one of our favorite restaurants. Come on in and I’ll share this simple Pre-make Pancake Batter For Camping with you…

Make Ahead Pancake Recipe for Camping

While you have all of your ingredients out, make several batches. Seal the batches in zip-tight bags and use a sharpie to mark what you’ll need to add to the dry mix.

Premake Pancake Batter for Camping

When you’re out camping, you just have to whisk the wet ingredients together and add them to your bag. Voila’ instant camping pancakes.

Camping Pancakes made from dry pancake mix recipe just add water

I’m telling you…there is just something about being outside, around a fire with campfire food that adds a level of deliciousness.

Homemade Shake and Pour Pancake Mix with pancakes cooked over fire

Tips and tricks for your Make-Ahead Pancake Recipe for Camping…

How do you make the pancakes fluffy?

Now, if you want really fluffy pancakes – mix your wet ingredients separately and give them good whisking. The air pockets in the egg helps make the pancakes fluffy. Also, be careful not to over mix when combining with the dry ingredients. You want to mix until wet and that’s it. Adding baking soda also helps pancakes create air pockets and rise. You can add 1 tsp. of baking soda to the dry ingredients.

Want to keep it as simple as possible? I love that!

If you don’t care about fluffy and are just going for easy and delicious, then just mix it all upright in the zip-tight bag! The pancakes will be a little on the flat side, but just as tasty.

Want thicker batter for more control in the griddle?…

You’ll want to play around with the amount of water you add. The full 1 cup makes a pretty thin batter. For a thick batter, add less water.

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Finally, Here’s the recipe for Make-Ahead Pancake Recipe for Camping…

Pouring make ahead pancake batter into iron skillet for camping breakfast


Make Ahead Pancake Recipe for Camping

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 4
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 10 1x


  • Dry Make Ahead Ingredients…
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of dry milk powder
  • 4 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt
  • Wet Ingredients…
  • 3/4 cup – 1 cup of water
  • 1 large egg
  • (optional) 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • For Cooking…
  • Butter


  1. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients
  2. Pour them into a zip tight bag and use a sharpie to write the wet ingredients onto the bag
  3. When ready, melt a dab of butter on your iron skillet or griddle
  4. Whisk the wet ingredients and add to the dry
  5. If you want, transfer to a container for pouring or just snip a corner out of the zip tight bag for pouring
  6. Pour a small amount on your warm skillet to form a pancake and cook until air bubbles form and the bottom is golden brown
  7. Flip and cook through
  8. Serve with butter and maple syrup


  • Make several batches for each morning of your camping trip
  • Want thicker batter, add 3/4 cup of water instead of a full cup
  • Store at room temperature for up to 3 months
  • Refer to notes above for variations to the batter
  • Enjoy your campfire food!


  • Serving Size: 4


Enjoy your camping trip…

~Melissa – Kid Friendly Things To Do

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Abby

    Hi, I’m hoping to make these for my camping trip this weekend. I just wanted to check what type of flour are you using (eg plain/self-raising)? Apologies if it is mentioned above but I couldn’t see it anywhere

    1. Melissa

      It isn’t specified in the recipe. Thank you for pointing that out. I made it with all-purpose flour. Have fun camping! 🙂

  2. Christine

    Hello there, is that really 12 tsp of baking powder?
    Thank you!

    1. Melissa

      Oh my goodness, no! I wonder if I tried to type 1/2. Let me check on this recipe for you and I’ll fix the error.

    2. Melissa

      Hi there. I checked the recipe. It states 4 teaspoons of baking powder. I’m not sure where the 12 tsp. is that you are seeing?

  3. Julie

    Can you premix this (wet and dry together) before you go on your trip?

    1. Melissa

      I would not recommend adding the wet ingredients to the pancake mix until you are ready to make them. I know that stinks. I’m always looking for shortcuts, but the water will activate the ingredients that make the dough rise, and then they will fizzle out. Pancake batter only tends to last up to an hour – if that.

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