Homemade Baking Mix – DIY Bisquick

Why buy expensive premade baking mixes when you can do it yourself? DIY Bisquick is SO easy to make and it’ll cost you a few pennies per batch to make, not dollars!


If you’re the type of person who likes to save money on groceries, but hates sacrificing taste to do so, you’re just like me.  In addition to the lack of flavor, I also despise the added chemicals that are a part of most convenience foods.  That being said, there are days when I don’t feel well, I’ve got plans that require me to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible, and/or I’m just too danged lazy tired to spend a lot of time preparing meals. Those types of days are the ones where I love reaching for a convenience mix or meal.


So in my effort to save a few dollars and some cooking time, but still have a grasp on what my family is eating, I’ve started making some of my own pantry staples.  Items like homemade self-rising flour and cake mix have been huge kitchen time savers for me.  This baking mix is no exception.


Aside of the time and money savings, I love that this recipe only requires FIVE ingredients!  If you’re trying to watch your sugar intake, it’s made up with FOUR.  If that’s not something to shout IT’S YUMMILICIOUS about, I don’t know what is.  Plus, it’s easy peasy to make a batch.  If you have a food processor, it can be made up in less than 3 minutes.  It’s as simple as combining the dry ingredients and pulsing in the shortening.  If you’re using your own sweet hands to make this up, it’ll probably take you a minute or two longer.  That’s FAR less time than it would take me in the check-out lane at the grocery store.


If you have a go-to DIY recipe that you’d like to share, I’d LOVE to hear about it!  You can leave me a comment below this post and/or come share your thoughts with me on Facebook.  Or both!


Incidentally, I hope you’ll leave me a comment below even if you don’t have a recipe or idea to share, because I really need the validation that I’m not just typing these posts up for an audience of one!  ;-)


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DIY - Homemade Baking Mix {Bisquick}
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Recipe Category: Baking
Cuisine: Pantry Staples
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If you like the convenience and versatility of boxed baking mixes, but hate the added chemicals and expense of them, learn how to make your own!
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup all-vegetable shortening
  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl or the bowl of a food processor.
  2. If using a food processor, pulse to combine dry ingredients, then add shortening and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Otherwise, use a pastry cutter or your fingers to incorporate the shortening into the dry ingredients.
  3. Store tightly covered in a pantry or the refrigerator. Can also be frozen.
What exactly is "coarse meal"? Crumbly, but clumpy. Does that make sense? You'll have little bits of butter that are the size of peas.


Recipes to make with this DIY Bisquick

Nectarine Crumb Cake
Nectarine Crumb Cake from ItsYummi.com

Buttermilk Cornmeal Biscuits with Honey Butter
Buttermilk Cornmeal Biscuits with Honey Butter from ItsYummi.com

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  1. sue says

    this looks great-I love the convenience of bisquick but not the chemicals. Have you ever tried using whole wheat or “white wheat” for all or part of the flour? we’re trying hard to use mostly whole grains

    • says

      Hi Sue. Thanks for writing! Whole wheat or whole wheat white flour can definitely be substituted, but bear in mind that everything made with them contains more gluten, so it comes out a lot heavier and tougher. Just keep in mind that your biscuits and pancakes won’t be as light and fluffy as you may be used to. :)
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  2. Crystal says

    Hi, my husband uses Bisquick every weekend to make waffles (it’s the only thing he cooks), and it has become a weekly family tradition! That being said I have never been fond of the ingredients,so I really want to try your method! I also don’t like hydrogenated fat so do you think I could use coconut oil in place of the vegetable shortening??


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