Home Recipes Homemade Bisquick Substitute (How to Make It)

Homemade Bisquick Substitute (How to Make It)

Flour and Waffles
Enter your email below & we'll send it straight to your inbox.

No Bisquick, no problem! With this simple recipe, you can make your very own Bisquick substitute mix in 5 minutes or less.

Use it to make pancakes, waffles, muffins, biscuits, or any favorite recipe that calls for the popular baking mix!  

If you think that good-old Bisquick mix is irreplaceable, think again!

Many quick and easy recipes call for Bisquick mix, but you can still make them even if you don’t have a box on hand!

There are many reasons I prefer making my own Bisquick mix. For one, it’s so much cheaper. Second, it’s a lot safer because it only uses natural ingredients.

Third, it calls for ingredients that are all easily available in my pantry. And fourth, it’s incredibly easy to make!

Want to know how to make your own Bisquick? Read on to learn more.  

What is Bisquick?

Bisquick is a pre-mixed baking mix created by General Mills. It has been around since the early 1930s and is used as a shortcut to make biscuits, pancakes, waffles, and a variety of other dishes.

It’s made of flour, salt, shortening, and a leavening agent. It also contains hydrogenated oil and artificial sweeteners – things that don’t work well with a natural lifestyle.

Here’s a fun fact for you: a recipe from a chef on a train inspired the ever-so-popular mix!

Carl Smith, a General Mills sales executive, was on a train ride to San Francisco on a random day when he tasted the most delicious freshly baked biscuits he’d ever had.

He was so impressed; he asked the chef what his secret was. The chef had pre-mixed flour, lard, baking powder, and salt, making it easy for him to bake the biscuits on-demand.  

Homemade Bisquick Ingredients

Aside from the many reasons I’ve stated above, I also love making my very own Bisquick mix because I have the freedom to use ingredients that will suit my family’s dietary needs. 

  • All-purpose Flour (1 cup) – Want a whole grain mix? Use whole wheat flour instead. Gluten-free flour works, too.
  • Baking Powder (1 ½ teaspoon) – Or, just combine ¼ teaspoon of baking soda and a half teaspoon of cream of tartar. Whichever leavening agent you use, be sure to check for potency first! 
  • Salt (¼ teaspoon) – This is just for added flavor. Skip if you’re on a low-sodium diet.
  • Shortening, vegetable oil, or melted butter (1 tablespoon) – If you want something a little bit healthier, go for coconut oil. If you want the most affordable and ubiquitous, go for butter. Just be sure you distribute the butter in the mixture as evenly as you can. 

How to Make Your Own Bisquick

Combine all the ingredients and mix with a pastry blender, or two forks until pea-sized pebbles form.

That’s it! Easy-peasy, isn’t it? Plus, it’s also a lot cheaper than the boxed mix. 

Enter your email below & we'll send it straight to your inbox.

You can make your life so much easier by using a food processor to mix the ingredients.

Using a pastry blender or the fork technique can be tedious, but if you want a good arm workout, by all means, go for it! 

How to Store Homemade Bisquick

This depends on the type of fat you use. If you use shortening or coconut oil, you may place your homemade Bisquick mix in a cool, dark place, such as the cupboard.

But if you use butter, you’ll have to store the mix in the fridge, otherwise it will go rancid. 

Whichever fat you use, be sure to place it in an airtight container – preferably a glass jar.

How to use Homemade Bisquick 

To say that Bisquick is an all-purpose mix is an understatement.

Aside from the usual dishes – pancakes, waffles, biscuits, muffins – there are also a ton of other creative recipes you can make with your homemade Bisquick mix. 

  • Want some nice and cheesy corn fritters for breakfast? Bisquick. Or how about a moist and scrumptious coffee cake? Yup, Bisquick! 
  • You can also use Bisquick to make impossible pies. Whether it’s an impossible quiche for breakfast or an impossible coconut pie for dessert, your homemade Bisquick mix is your ally.
  • You can even use the mix to batter your favorite deep-fried dishes like fried chicken and chicken tenders! 
  • Make an easy peach cobbler or a strawberry shortcake with your homemade Bisquick mix for a stunning dessert that will leave the entire family impressed.

Homemade Bisquick Substitute (How to Make It)



Prep time




Total time




  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon shortening, vegetable oil, or melted butter


  • Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and shortening. Mix with a pastry blender or 2 forks until small lumps start to form.
Homemade Bisquick Substitute

Did you like the recipe?

Click on a star to rate it!

Average rating 5 / 5. Vote count: 22

No votes so far! Be the first to rate this post.


Share on social media:

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?

author avatar
Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

3 thoughts on “Homemade Bisquick Substitute (How to Make It)”

    • Hi Jan! Unfortunately, you can’t just swap coconut flour into this recipe. It’s very different and won’t give you the same results.
      But here’s a great recipe you can try:

      Coconut Flour Bisquick:
      2 cups white rice flour
      1 1/4 cup coconut flour
      1 cup dry milk powder
      1/3 cup granulated sugar
      1/2 cup cornstarch
      1 tablespoon baking powder
      1 teaspoon baking soda
      1/2 teaspoon salt

      Just keep in mind that coconut flour is a lot more absorbent than regular flour. That means you won’t be able to simply swap the coconut flour version into a recipe.

      For example, if you were to make something like pancakes, you’d likely need about 1/4 of the liquids and probably double the eggs called for in a standard Bisquick recipe.

      I suggest searching specifically for recipes that use coconut flour Bisquick. Or play around with it until you find what works!

      Hope this helps!


Leave a Comment