In an ideal world, we would be making cakes, muffins, cookies, brownies and pancakes from scratch like Grandma used to. But in our busy, modern times, convenience is king. Enter a growing number of brands that are creating healthier, homemade-style mixes for breakfast and baked goods.

Kodiak Cakes

Born from a family flapjack recipe, Kodiak Cakes natural pancake and baking mixes are inspired by rugged pioneers exploring the wilderness in need of rich, real food for energy and nutrition. The Power Cakes mixes are made with non-GMO whole grains and packed with fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals to fuel an active lifestyle. Use them for baking, too.

FlapJacked

When they couldn’t find a healthy, protein-packed pancake mix to feed their busy, active family, Jennifer and Dave Bacon decided to make their own. FlapJacked Protein Pancake & Baking Mixes are made with whole oats and coconut flour, with whey and pea protein. Just add water for pancakes, or use as a flour replacement in your favorite recipes.

NEW: Easy-to-make Mighty Muffins with Probiotics.

Birch Benders

Matt LaCasse and Lizzi Ackerman always loved pancakes but couldn’t find a just-add-water mix without “junky ingredients.” So, they set out to create a better option. Today, Birch Benders sells an array of natural and organic pancake and waffle mixes, including their popular paleo mix: a blend of cassava, coconut and almond flours that is naturally grain-free, with protein and fiber.

Foodstirs

Three parents and longtime friends, including actress and mom Sarah Michelle Gellar, loved to bake for their kids. But as busy parents, they were on the lookout for healthier, natural mix options. Foodstirs was born, offering USDA Certified Organic cake, cookie and brownie mixes made with clean ingredients.  

Sweet Loren’s 

OK, so this isn’t a mix, but we would be remiss to not mention Sweet Loren’s vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, plant-based, dairy-free, nut-free, 100 percent whole-grain, all-natural cookie doughs. Bake one cookie—or as many as you want—at a time!