Have you ever looked at the ingredient list on a box of Bisquick?? Here's the product and nutrition information taken directly from their site:
Sure there's a heart healthy version... but come on... they still use enriched bleached flour!! For the past 6 years (YAY!!), I've been making my own pancakes... box-free means more than just knowing what I put in my food... there's no plastic bag to throw away and no box to recycle... here's the recipe for pancakes that I use:
2 cups wheat flour with germ* (bought in bulk)
2 TBSP unrefined organic sugar (bought in bulk)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 large organic free-range* egg (*my eggs ONLY come from my backyard or from the Farmers Market)
3 TBSP organic unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 cups local buttermilk (if you can't find local, use organic)
Whisk together dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, butter and buttermilk. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add wet ingredients to flour mixture. Gently whisk until the buttermilk mixture is just incorporated (a few lumps remaining is good ;) ).
Heat your griddle or skillet and get cooking some homemade pancakes!! It takes about 2 minutes on the first side... as usual, wait for those little bubbles then flip. Second side will take about 1 1/2 minutes. When they're done either serve right away or put them in a 200 degree oven on a wire rack while the others cook. Serve with real maple syrup.
Tip: When I make pancakes (or waffles or french toast), I always purposefully make too much... then I store the leftovers in my freezer to be reheated for breakfast later in the week (or the next week)! ;)
Blueberry, Banana or Chocolate Chip (or anything else you can think of) pancakes: Pour the batter onto the griddle, then add your fruit of choice... on birthdays my kids ALWAYS ask for chocolate chips ;) When the bubbles appear, flip as usual.
Whole-Wheat Pancakes: Replace 1 cup of flour with 1 cup of whole-wheat flour. (I, personally, really like Spelt flour)