While we’re all stuck at home, let’s find new ways to hack and elevate regular old pancake mix. Make a delicious casserole, perfect maple butter blueberry pancakes, or a regular box recipe using my new favorite hack: ginger ale for water!

I love food just as much as the next person but sometimes I don’t feel like whipping up a recipe from scratch (okay, a lot of the time I don’t feel like it!). This is where food hacks come in. And during this time of stay-at-home orders, what better food to hack than pancake mix! I have a big box of Krusteaz just waiting to be used, so I’m all in on this one.

Hack #1: Ginger Ale

The first hack involves what appears to be a run-of-the-mill pancake recipe off of the box except for one tiny little thing… substitute ginger ale for water. WHAT?! Yes, you read that correctly and you need to try this ASAP! Your pancakes will come out tasting light and fluffy and no one will know you used a simple pancake mix recipe. (Note: not a ginger ale fan? Take a look online, others have used 7-up, club soda, sierra mist, etc.)

Hack #2: Savory Breakfast Casserole

I am such a huge sucker for a good breakfast casserole, especially when they don’t require a ton of work. With just a few more ingredients, this recipe will turn your pancake mix into a well rounded meal. Here’s what you’ll need: bacon, green onions, unsalted butter, pancake mix, milk, eggs, and cheddar cheese. Now check out the video at the bottom of the post for the full recipe!

Clinton St Baking Company's Famouse Maine Blueberry Pancakes with Maple Butter Sauce

Hack #3: Recreate Maine’s Famous Blueberry Pancakes with Maple Butter

This right here might be my favorite hack… delectable New England blueberry pancakes. These great suggestions are simple ways to make amazing tasting pancakes with a mix instead of from scratch. When cooking with a mix, you’ll want to make sure to add items to enhance the already existing ingredients; when using the recipe on the box, consider using both water and butter milk instead of just water. OR, if butter milk isn’t available, try regular milk and some sour cream. You might also consider adding a little vanilla extract or an extra egg. Also, don’t be afraid to use frozen fruit when you don’t have fresh fruit available – it can be just as delicious on pancakes when prepared well. You’ll want to wait to add your blueberries into the batter, only add them after the first side of the pancake is almost fully cooked and the pancake is ready to be flipped. Just top it all off with the maple butter shown in the video at the bottom of this post and you’re good to go!

Watch all of these pancake mix hacks in action and get the full recipes needed for the breakfast casserole and the blueberry pancakes in the video below. (My favorite part is about halfway through when Herrine Ro drops the raw egg on the counter – it feels so real, that could’ve been my own home video!)