It may sound counter-productive to make something homemade and then call it convenient but it really isn’t.  If you spend a couple of hours on a lazy Sunday afternoon preparing these mixes, they will be ready for nearly instant gratification during the week. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that your own mixes do not contain all the chemicals, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors of the store bought, ready-made variety.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

½ cup cocoa
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
1/8 tsp salt
¼ tsp vanilla

Mix the cocoa & the water in a saucepan. Heat and stir to dissolve the cocoa. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Boil three minutes. Add the salt & the vanilla. Pour into a pint jar and store in the refrigerator.

Homemade Pancake Syrup

3 cups granulated sugar
1 ½ cups water
3 tbsp molasses
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp butter flavoring
1 tsp maple extract

Bring all of the ingredients to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves.

Quickie Pop Tarts

1 package of store-bought pie crust
Jam or preserves of your choice

Roll the dough out flat and score it with a knife into squares. Bake for 5-8 minutes at 350. Spread with preserves. Bake for five more minutes. Put two of the squares together to make a  toaster pastry. Store in Tupperware containers and pop into toaster when ready to enjoy!

Homemade Cocoa Mix

4 cups nonfat dry milk powder
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup non-dairy coffee creamer
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 (4 oz) package instant chocolate pudding mix

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. Place mix in a food processor until you have a fine powder. Store in an airtight container. A ½ cup of mix per 8 ounces of  hot water per serving.

Chocolate Pudding Mix

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1-1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2/3 cup cornstarch

1 teaspoon vanilla powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients and store in air-tight container. Makes 3 cups mix. (12 servings of prepared pudding.)

Stir mix well. For two servings, combine 1/2 cup Chocolate Pudding Mix, 4 tsp. butter, and 1-1/3 cups milk in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil gently, stirring constantly, for one minute. Pour into serving dishes and chill until thickened.

Homemade Bisquick  (baking) Mix

4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons baking powder
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup all-vegetable shortening

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Using a food processor, cut in the shortening until the mixture consists of fine crumbs.

Store baking mix in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. Use as a base for biscuits, pancakes, dumplings, and more!

Taco, fajita, or Mexican rice seasoning packets

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon

garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

Mix well and store in labeled zip-lock bags.

Yellow Cake Mix

2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups white sugar

Store in air-tight jar
When ready to make your cake:

Preheat oven to 350F.
Grease and flour a 9×13 inch cake pan
½ cup oil

2 eggs
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Jar Mix
Combine all in a bowl, mixing well, pour into 9×13 greased pan.
Bake for 30 minutes.

Shake and bake (oven baked meats and veggies)

1 box of saltine crackers (processed into powder)

4 cups flour

1 tablespoon salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, and onion powder.

Store in air tight container for a crunchy oven baked coating. Make sure to cover meat in oil before applying the coating.

It seems almost anything can be made yourself ahead of time. I even learned that you can make your own powdered cheese for quick cheese sauces by using a dehydrator!

You can also make tons of ready to go spices for making your own salad dressings and quick soups.  You can find some of them on my posting titled create it yourself condiments.


3 responses

  1. Heather says:

    This is a great list! We are trying so hard to make our own…everything. I am going to try the pancake syrup you have posted. Love the idea of adding molasses. Thanks!

  2. floraseasons says:

    Love making homemade foods, thanks for the post!

  3. coville123 says:

    I will definitely be doing the cake mix recipe thanks for the tip!