It’s easy to give high-quality pancake mixes a special twist by adding flavor-boosting ingredients. Vanilla or almond extract, citrus zest, and warm-tasting spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom are favored mix-ins. Chopped or ground toasted nuts or nut butters and fresh, frozen, or dried fruit also make pancakes more interesting. greygarious finds that using applesauce in place of milk gives more tender results; use coconut milk for a more exotic flavor. If you’re feeling adventurous, stir in some matcha, suggests jadec.

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