10 Home Made Dry Mix Recipes: Never Buy a Packet Again

Home made dry mix recipes

By Emma Chow

Be they a helpful pantry ready shortcut or a great gift for someone you know, food essential dry mix recipes can be really handy to have around.

Most dry mix recipes are easy to knock together with easily obtained ingredients and can be made in bulk for much less cost than the boxes and packs you can buy at the supermarket. Most dry mixes will just need the addition of wet ingredients, fats, eggs or the like to turn them into something delicious.

Put together several dry mix recipes on a MamaBake day and keep them in large, well-sealed plastic containers or glass jars.

If you like, add a label on the container which details how much of each wet ingredient you need per cup of dry mix. We’ll include that breakdown in our dry mix recipes, so all you need to do is copy it down.

1. Pancake Mix:


1kg plain flour
5 tablespoons baking powder
3 teaspoons baking soda
¾ cup sugar
4 teaspoons salt.

How to use:

For every 1 cup of this mix, add an egg and a cup of milk. This mixture makes about 2-3 dozen pancakes depending on size.

2. Hot Chocolate Mix:


4 cups milk powder
1 ½ cups icing sugar
2 cups good quality cocoa powder
2 cups finely chopped milk or dark chocolate
1 teaspoon salt.

How to use:

Combine a tablespoon of this with 1 mug hot water.

3.  Ovaltine

My goodness the tins of Ovaltine and milo are becoming expensive. Overall, it ends up costing much less to buy the necessary ingredients to make Ovaltine powder from scratch:


4 cups of dry milk powder
1 cup of malt powder
¾ cup cocoa powder.

How to use:

Combine a tablespoon of this with 1 mug hot water or hot milk.

4. Taco Seasoning

This one I love, because back when we were dating, my partner used to make bachelor tacos with the Old El Paso packet mix of seasoning added to minced beef.

Keep this in a jar and you can also add it to diced chicken or pork to add a spicy boost perfect for a Mexican taco or burrito night.


¼ cup cumin
¼ cup smoked paprika
½ cup chili powder
½ cup onion powder
3 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons of sea salt.

How to use: Add a couple of tablespoons for every 500g of mince meat or diced meat


5.  Cornbread Mix

Never had American cornbread? It’s delicious. Cake-y and corn-y, it is wonderful in both savoury and sweet applications.


6 cups plain flour
6 cups coarse or fine polenta
3 cups dry milk powder
7 tablespoons baking powder
5 teaspoons salt.

How to use:

Combine 2 cups of the mix with a ½ cup of butter, 2 eggs and ¾ cup of water. Pour into a prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.

6. Chocolate Chip Cookie mix


6 cups plain flour
1 ½ cups rolled oats
2 cups brown sugar
4 cups caster sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups chocolate chips.

How to use:
Every 4 cups of the mixture should be combined with 120 grams butter and 1 egg. Roll into 1 tablespoon size balls , lay on a prepared tray and bake for 15 minutes at 170 degrees Celsius.

7.  Vanilla Cake Mix

This one is a little different; you keep it in the freezer as you include the fat component in the mixture, which makes it even easier to throw together when you need to make a cake.


Combine …
6 cups of plain flour
4 cups of sugar
1 cup of dry milk powder
2 tablespoons baking powder
3 teaspoons salt
3 teaspoons vanilla essence
2 cups of diced cold butter.

How to use:

Pulse all of this together in a food processor and divide between 2 zip lock bags (do this by scooping a half up into each bag at a time until you’re done).

To make a cake, combine 1 bag of mixture with 2 eggs and 1 ¼ cup of water. Pour into a prepared cake tin and bake at 170 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until it bounces back when pressed gently in the centre.

8. Dry Vegetable Soup Mix:


2 cups split yellow peas
2 cups red lentils
2 cups green split peas
5 teaspoons chicken or vegetable stock granules
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
4 tablespoons dehydrated onion or onion powder
3 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons celery seed
2 teaspoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons dried thyme
3 teaspoons salt.

How to use:

Every 3 cups of this mixture need to be combined with at least 2 cups of boiling water. Allow to soak for an hour before bringing to the boil. This makes a basic soup, but you can add whatever vegetables you have on hand, and some pasta.

9. Gravy Mix:


2 cups plain flour
4 tablespoons of meat based bouillon granules (chicken or beef)
1 teaspoon of pepper.

How to use:

To make a batch of gravy, melt 20 grams of butter or 4 teaspoons. When melted, stir through 2 tablespoons of gravy mix and allow to bubble and brown slightly. Whisk in ¾ cup of water until smooth and allow to bubble for 2-3 minutes.

10. Cocoa Brownie Mix:


1 ½ cup plain flour
1 ½ cup caster sugar
1 ½ cup brown sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt.

How to use:

For every 2 cups of mixture add 2 eggs and ½ a cup of vegetable oil. Add a teaspoon of vanilla essence if you have it. Whisk together, pour into a prepared 25 x 25cm (or equivalent) baking tin and bake at 175 degrees Celsius for 20-25 minutes. Should make 3 batches of brownies.

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  1. susie venkat says

    Where’s the cocoa in the ‘Cocoa Brownie Mix’?

  2. Does the vanilla cake mix really only make two cakes? Seems like a lot of some ingredients, no?

    • Yes indeed, 2 cakes. But properly sized cakes as opposed to one of those recipes that doesn’t fill a 25cm round tin enough and makes an oddly shallow cake.

  3. Megan Quinn says

    Any tips on where I can buy malt powder?

    • Hi Megan,
      I usually find tins of malt powder in the same section as Ovaltime, Milo etc. nestle has a brand in the same size tin as Milo. Sometimes you find them in the same section as the condensed milk and other milk product like milk powder.
      Hope you find it! We always have a tin in the house. So delicious!

      – Emma

  4. Hi,
    I tried making the cornbread but I think 7 Tablespoons of baking powder and 5 teaspoons of salt is too much. Could it be a typo?or could SR flour be used instead? I’m reluctant to try another of the other dry mix recipes because the cornbread got bad reception and comments like ergh it tastes all tingly and salty on my tongue.
    I think it would be a good idea to include the quantities for one mix so a small amount can be tried first, that way if we don’t like it we haven’t wasted ingredients in a big batch of mix.

    • Thank you so much for your feedback! Sadly, typos and errors do sometimes get overlooked. I’ll definitely check in on the recipe and with our resident chef to double check the quantities. Great idea to also have single batch quantities noted; we’ll look at updating those as soon as possible. Warmly, Karen and Michelle.

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