THRIVE 6 Grain Pancake Mix Tips

I tried the THRIVE 6-Grain pancake mix for weeks and weeks before finally getting it right.  Basically, no matter what I did, it turned out kinda raw / wet and gooey in the middle.  Not how I like my pancakes!

Fortunately, I loved the flavor.  That was my motivation: I really wanted the pancakes to work b/c they had such great flavor.  So, I posted my problem on the THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) consultant forum. Twice actually.  About a month apart.  I got lots and lots of tips:

  • Cook them at a higher temperature
  • Cook at a lower temperature
  • Don’t over mix them
  • Mix them in a blender
  • Cook immediately after mixing
  • Let them sit for 10-15 minutes after mixing before you cook them
  • Add warm water
  • Add cold water
  • Add less water
  • Add more water

I was so appreciative of all the help, support and suggestions, but nothing worked.  I’m not sure what was wrong with me or my kitchen or my grill, but nothing worked.

So, I decided to research what exactly makes pancakes rise.  I found there are two things (duh): baking powder and baking soda.  I found that baking soda is activated immediately when you add water and something acidic to it (buttermilk, honey).  The food must be baked / cooked immediately after mixing or the baking soda won’t work properly.

Baking powder on the other hand, is available in both double acting or single acting forms.  The single acting is similar to baking soda except it only needs water to activate it.  However, the double acting baking powder is different.  It reacts twice: once when the water is added and a 2nd time when the heat is added.  So, nothing has to be cooked or baked immediately for it to work properly.

The 6 Grain pancake mix has both baking powder and baking soda in it, but not much.  In fact, they are the very last two ingredients.

So, here is what I did:

  • I added 3 tsp double acting baking powder to 3 cups 6 Grain Pancake mix and 2 1/2 cups cold water.
  • I mixed it very well with a fork
  • Let it sit for 10 minutes
  • Did not mix it again
  • Cooked on a greased grill at 350 degrees (medium high) for about 2 min
  • Flipped and cooked for about 30 seconds on the other side

They turned out perfect! Light and fluffy on the inside and just slightly crispy on the outside.  YAY!

You can purchase THRIVE 6-Grain pancake mix on my website at a discount.   
As an independent consultant, THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) has authorized me to sell their products at the lowest available price: lower than through THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) directly or any other retailer!

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7 Responses to THRIVE 6 Grain Pancake Mix Tips

  1. Lily Shan November 28, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    Hello, Misty…
    My husband just made some 6 Grain pancakes that were rubbery and had a bitter, baking soda finish that I still can’t get out of my mouth. Any idea about what went wrong? He followed the instructions on the can exactly.

    • Misty December 1, 2014 at 9:45 am #

      Sorry for the delayed response Lily. I kinda checked out over the holiday! You didn’t do anything wrong! The 6 Grain pancakes were recalled last year b/c of too much baking soda! Contact Thrive and they should replace any cans you have!

  2. hmacdou May 24, 2011 at 6:28 am #

    I never measure the water. I just add until it's the consistency I like (a bit on the runny side). Maybe that's why we haven't had any problems because I'm used to adding more water to get the flat pancakes we love around here.

  3. Sarah Perkins May 22, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

    I have never had trouble making them, so it's interesting to hear other peoples results. Sounds like good suggestions.

  4. Misty May 20, 2011 at 4:46 am #

    Yes, Winnie. Thank you, I did mean "outside." I do proof read my posts, but with 4 little kids running around, I often miss things! I appreciate you catching that!

  5. Winnie May 20, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    Do you mean lightly crispy on the "outside" instead of the "inside".Thanks for the tip…I've been having the same problems too…I just added more water and it worked well for me.

  6. Francesca's Culinary Delights May 20, 2011 at 1:46 am #

    I love how knowledgeable you are and how much research and testing you do! One thing I’ve done is fold in egg whites into the pancakes to make aebleskiver, the little Danish pancakes. I fill them with the fruits or chocolate chips or the Thrive Sausage Crumbles, etc. Yummmmm!