5 Tasty & Trendy Ways To Hack A Box Of Pancake Mix

We can't all be mimosa-making, pancake-flipping superstars in the morning hours. For those who need a little extra help in the "made-from-scratch" brunch department, there are boxed breakfast mixes that will only bolster your reputation as a breakfast genius. These store-bought blends are sold at most grocery stores, priced affordably, and usually call for the bare minimum when whipping up. Just mix in a splash of water from the tap (or milk, if you're feeling fancy), crack in an egg, add a dash of oil, and you're off the races. That usually does the trick for us lazy ladies, but what about the mornings when we do feel like turning up our inner brunch bosses?

Don't throw out the boxed pancake mix yet! Whether you're in the mood for morning campfire s'mores or a savory pancake sandwich, we've got those recipe hacks and more ahead to dress up that boring mix. Scroll on and get started on transforming your former flapjacks into a tasty and trendy superstar breakfast.

Crunchy S’mores Pancakes
If you like things sweet, a drizzle of maple syrup will seal this stack's deal.

Ingredients
Pancake mix
Chocolate chips
Marshmallows, mini or chopped
Graham crackers, crushed

Instructions
1. Follow instructions on boxed pancake mix and let batter sit. Meanwhile, mix chocolate chips, mini or chopped marshmallows, and crushed graham crackers together in a small bowl.

2. Drop desired amount of batter onto hot, greased griddle and then immediately follow with an even sprinkle of desired amount of chocolate chip, marshmallow, and graham cracker mixture to each pancake as it cooks.

3. Once the pancakes have been flipped and cooked until golden, remove them from the heat and place on a plate. Finish by either layering or topping your stack with additional sprinkles of chocolate chip, marshmallow, and graham cracker mixture.
Savory Cheddar Chive Pancakes
Works best with eggs over medium and a drizzle of maple syrup for a savory sweet punch.

Ingredients
Pancake mix
Cheddar cheese, sliced or shredded
Chives, finely chopped
Fried eggs
Butter

Instructions
1. Follow instructions on boxed pancake mix, using buttermilk instead of water, and let batter sit. Meanwhile, heat a dollop of butter in a separate pan from pancake pan and use it to fry up desired amount of eggs — once they have fried to desired doneness, remove from heat and set aside.

2. Drop desired amount of batter onto hot, greased griddle and then immediately follow with adding on either a slice or a sprinkle of cheese along with chopped chives to the pancake while it cooks.

3. Once the pancakes have been flipped and cooked until golden, remove them from the heat and place on a plate. Finish by either layering or topping your hot stack with additional sprinkles of shredded cheese and chives and either topping or making a pancake sandwich with the fried egg!
Birthday Pancakes
Stick a candle on top of your stack and celebrate.

Ingredients
Pancake mix
Vanilla pudding (or yogurt)
Rainbow sprinkles
Crispy rice cereal, crushed
Whipped cream (optional)

Instructions
1. Follow instructions on boxed pancake mix and let batter sit. Meanwhile, crush and mix a large handful of crispy rice cereal with rainbow sprinkles together in a bowl.

2. Drop desired amount of batter onto hot, greased griddle and then immediately use a small spoon to lightly drop and swirl in a dollop of vanilla pudding in to each pancake. Follow immediately with an even sprinkle of desired amount of crushed rice cereal and sprinkles mix to the pancake as it cooks.

3. Once the pancakes have been flipped and cooked until golden, remove them from the heat and place on a plate. Finish by either layering or topping your stack with additional drizzles of vanilla pudding, crushed rice cereal and sprinkles, and a dollop of whipped cream on top.
Maple-Bacon & Buttermilk Pancakes
Try adding a sprinkle of chocolate chips to your batter or finished stack for some extra oomph.

Ingredients
Pancake mix
Buttermilk
Maple syrup
Bacon, use whole strips or crush into bits

Instructions
1. Follow instructions on boxed pancake mix, using buttermilk instead of water, and let batter sit. Meanwhile, heat a separate pan from pancake pan and use it to cook desired strips of bacon. Either set strips aside to cool on paper towel-lined plate, or crush into bits in a small bowl.

2. Drop desired amount of batter onto hot, greased griddle and then immediately follow with adding an even sprinkle or strip of cooked bacon along with a swirl or drizzle of maple syrup to each pancake as it cooks.

3. Once the pancakes have been flipped and cooked until golden, remove them from the heat and place on a plate. Finish by either layering or topping your stack with additional strips or bits of cooked bacon and drizzles of maple syrup.
Banana, Nut Butter, & Jelly Pancakes
Try switching up your nut butter and jam combos. We'll be trying salted cashew butter with sweet apricot preserves.

Ingredients
Pancake mix
Jar of nut butter
Jar of jam
1-2 bananas, sliced

Instructions
1. Follow instructions on boxed pancake mix and let batter sit. Meanwhile, heat two separate and medium-sized bowls in the microwave — one filled with nut butter and a dash of water and the other filled with jam and a dash of water — to thin.

2. Drop desired amount of batter onto hot, greased griddle and then immediately use a small spoon to lightly drop and swirl in desired amounts of thinned nut butter and jam into each pancake as it cooks.

3. Once the pancakes have been flipped and cooked until golden, remove them from the heat and place on a plate. Finish by either layering or topping your stack with additional drizzles of nut butter, jam, and sliced bananas.