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Trail Mix Pancakes

May 10, 2024

Fuel up for a day on the trails, lounging around the campsite, or even just hanging out in your own backyard, with these just-indulgent-enough, protein-packed trail mix pancakes.


pancakes made with trail mix m&ms, peanuts and raisins

The Perfect Pancakes for Camping—and Just About Anything Else, Too.

Waking up warm in your sleeping bag—maybe a little too warm, if you’ve managed to sleep in—to the sound of a small fire crackling, an actual babbling brook, birdsong, rustling trees. There’s just nothing better in the world than lazy, nature-soaked camping trip mornings. And not just because cracking an icy cold beer with breakfast is totally A-OK when you’re camping. Also because when you camp, you absolutely must have a huge, hearty breakfast. It’s a hard and fast rule. It’s also a complete pleasure. Surrounded by friends or family—or both—there are always plenty of hands to help cook the meal, too. But what to make? Well, for us, the answer always involves these fluffy, loaded trail mix pancakes!

ingredients laid out for trail mix pancakes butter, flour, eggs and milk
flour and milk in a bowl for trail mix pancakes

What’s In Trail Mix Pancakes (We’ll Give You One Guess).

Trail mix! Of course. Most of all, though, this is simply a super classic pancake recipe—about as basic as can be—with some trail mix thrown in for fun. Here’s everything you’ll need to make them:

  • Trail mix. Any kind you love will work, but we’re partial to trail mixes that have at least a little bit of chocolate in them.
  • Dry pancake mix. A combination of flour, salt, sugar and baking powder, this dry pancake mix is a handy formula to have. You can whip up a big batch of it to bring camping, and make pancakes every morning.
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Butter
butter milk and flour mixed in a bowl for pancakes
pancake batter in a bowl next to a small bowl of trail mix

How To Prep Pancakes For Camping

If you’re anything like us, your camping prep is largely relegated to lengthy lists of the food you plan to bring with you. Every year we devote tons of mental energy to figuring out the most streamlined, organized, efficient, delicious camping recipes we possibly can, and every year we find ways to improve just a little bit on whatever worked last year. Those plastic egg containers? Yeah, they seem pretty genius. But, possibly even more genius? WHISKING THE EGGS AT HOME and pouring them into sealed mason jars. Game changer, you guys. But we digress. How should you prep these particular trail mix pancakes for bringing on a camping trip? Well, we’re so glad you asked. We’ll walk you through how to make these awesome trail mix pancakes, AKA your new go-to camping breakfast:

  1. Prep the dry mix. Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. When you’re ready to make the pancakes, whisk two cups of the dry mix with whole milk, eggs, and butter. Take care not to overmix the pancake batter—a few little lumps are OK.
  3. Melt some butter in a hot skillet—if you’re camping, you can do this over a camping stove or carefully over the fire.
  4. When the butter starts to foam a bit, pour some batter into the skillet
  5. Add a sprinkle of trail mix.
  6. Flip the pancake.
  7. Voila! Trail mix pancakes!
trail mix pancakes on a griddle
trail mix pancakes on a griddle

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More Camping Food Recipes

We’ve planned so many camping trip menus, and we’ve got the lengthy text message threads to prove it! Basically, we’re old pros. Here are a few recipes that work beautifully for camping:

  • Breakfast Burritos. Make ahead, wrap in foil, store in a freezer bag. Put near the camp fire to warm up and ta da! A super quick camping breakfast for a day when you’ve got a big hike planned and want to get up and go.
  • Classic Potato Salad. Pro tip: keep it in the coldest cooler.
  • Classic Creamy Hummus. When you’re tired of chips—and we swear, this will happen—you’ll be so grateful that you packed some hummus and veggies for when mid-afternoon snacking time rolls around.
  • Perfect Margarita. Batch them ahead of time, and pour into a big mason jar (without ice). Pour over ice when you’re ready! Ideally while someone else watches the fire.

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Trail Mix Pancakes

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time:  10 min
  • Cook Time:  20 min
  • Calories: 293


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, plus more for serving
  • 1½ cups trail mix
  • Maple syrup, for serving


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

  2. Whisk the milk and eggs into the dry ingredients, until fully incorporated. Do not overmix.

  3. Add 1 tablespoon butter to a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted and bubbling, working in batches, pour ⅓ cup portions of the batter into the skillet.

  4. Sprinkle each pancake with 1 heaping tablespoon trail mix and cook until the surface of each pancake forms small bubbles, about 1-2 minutes. Using a spatula, flip each pancake and cook until golden brown, 1-2 minutes longer. Transfer the pancakes to a plate.

  5. Repeat with the remaining butter, pancake batter and trail mix. Serve the pancakes with butter and drizzled with maple syrup.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories293
  • Protein11 g
  • Carbohydrates37 g
  • Total Fat12 g
  • Dietary Fiber4 g
  • Cholesterol64 mg
  • sodium629 mg
  • Total Sugars12 g

Trail Mix Pancakes

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  • Jenn

    These were so fun, my kids loved them!

    Thanks Jenn, glad you liked it!