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.

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Make Ahead Pancakes

Breakfast during camping trips is always my favorite meal. My mom used to cook up the best pancakes, eggs, and bacon at our campsite. Somehow, campfire food is the best-tasting food. Like this omelet in a bag, or this delicious baked apple in a foil pack

Expert Tip

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?

If you want really fluffy pancakes – mix your wet ingredients separately and give them good whisking. The air pockets in the egg help 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.

What is the easiest and most convenient way to mix this pancake batter?

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

How do I get Thicker Pancake Batter? 

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

Enjoy your camping trip…

Here’s a quick video on how easy it is to make these delicious pancakes…

make ahead pancakes for camping

Make Ahead Pancake Recipe for Camping

Make ahead pancakes for camping
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 9 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 104cal
Author: Melissa
Cost: $10


Dry Make Ahead Ingredients…

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup dry milk powder
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt

Wet Ingredients…

  • ¾ cup water up to 1 cup of water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract optional

For Cooking…

  • 2 tbsp Butter


  • In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients
  • Pour them into a zip tight bag and use a sharpie to write the wet ingredients onto the bag
  • When ready, melt a dab of butter on your iron skillet or griddle
  • Whisk the wet ingredients and add to the dry
  • If you want, transfer to a container for pouring or just snip a corner out of the zip tight bag for pouring
  • Pour a small amount on your warm skillet to form a pancake and cook until air bubbles form and the bottom is golden brown
  • Flip and cook through
  • 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 the notes above for variations to the batter

How do I make more batter?

For more pancakes, you can make several bags with the exact recipe, or triple everything in the recipe except the baking powder. Leave that amount as is, and consider adding 2 tsp. of baking soda to the dry mixture for a fluffier pancake.
*The downside of baking soda is the taste it gives off. I can always tell when baking soda is in a recipe, but that’s probably just me
nutrition facts are only an estimate 


Serving: 4g | Calories: 104cal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 159IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 159mg | Iron: 1mg
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This Post Has 16 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?

      1. Cheryl

        It’s 12 T if you multiply the recipe by 3

        1. Cheryl

          Oops meant 12 t!

  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.

  4. Cheryl

    Oops meant 12 t!

    1. Melissa

      Oh, Dear! Did I mess something up? I’ll have to go back and double-check the recipe, now.

      1. Melissa

        I think I understand what you’re trying to do, and you are right, 12 Tbsp. is an excessive amount of baking powder. If you want to triple the recipe, you’re going to want to keep the baking powder at 4 tsp. Triple everything else, and consider adding about 2 tsp. of baking soda to help the batter rise even more.

        1. Heather

          Hi Melissa – in the “how do I make more batter” section under the recipe, you say to triple everything “except the baking powder. Leave that amount as is” which is 4 tsp according to the recipe. But in the reply above you say to keep the baking powder 4 tbsp, which would essentially be the recipe tripled. Which is it? Do you leave it at 4 tsp or 4 tbsp?

          1. Melissa

            I think that reader initially stated 12 Tbsp. and I replied with tbsp. by mistake. We had a little back and forth trying to figure out the situation, and I must have had tbsp. on my mind. It should stay at tsp. not tbsp. I will go correct that comment so I don’t confuse anyone else. Thanks for pointing that out.

  5. David

    I thought this looked promising so at home tried it out this morning. Followed directions exactly including whipping the wet stuff then combining into the dry. Was easy and straight forward. Way better than Bisquick. I’ll be doing this in camp next trip out. Thanks.

    1. Melissa Haines

      Awww…Thank you for letting me know you liked it. I always worry when I see a comment and hope it’s a good one. You made my day!