Make it Yourself! 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, 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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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!
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Recipe Category: Baking
Cuisine: Pantry Staples
  • 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
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Buttermilk Cornmeal Biscuits with Honey Butter
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  1. says

    HA! Nevermind! I just looked at the photo recipe....didn't scroll down far enough to read your typed instructions! I'll be giving this a try soon!

  2. says

    Could this be made in a food processor to be "fast" and cut in the shortening? Or would that be too harsh?
    I live in a small apt. and am always tight on space for things like Bisquick...but I always have these ingredients on hand!


  3. says

    One of my sons favorite foods is Cheese Biscuits made with Bisquick but I stopped buying the Bisquick because of the ingredients list. He will LOVE that I found a way to make it at home, thank you!

  4. Penelope says

    This looks easy....I don't care for the "aftertaste" I get with Bisquick and it is darned expensive! Since I live alone, this will work well for me. I can use a lot of baking mix shortcuts! LOL! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Phyllis L. says

    Can you keep this in the refrigerator in a Ziploc bag or will it get moisture in it? How long will it last in the refrigerator? Thank you.

  6. Tina H. says

    Can you substitute a certain amount of whole wheat flour for the 8 cups of all purpose? And would whole wheat pastry flour be okay? I never buy the real Bisquick but would love to make a batch of home-made!

    • says

      Tina, if you've ever baked with whole wheat flour, you might already be aware of this, but because of its high gluten (wheat) content, whole wheat flour does better in things like bread than it does in soft baked goods like pancakes and biscuits. For that reason, I wouldn't recommend substituting it 100% for the all-purpose flour, but you could definitely do a 50/50 blend and see pretty decent results.

  7. Kyndra couloures says

    Hi, if I wanted to make a large batch would that be ok so I'd have some ready for next time? If so what would be the best way to store it and how long will it keep? Thank you for this recipe And FOR Your help

    • says

      Thanks for your question, Kyndra! You want to keep the mixture cool and dry, and well covered. If you store it that way, it should stay good for a couple of months. I keep flour in the freezer indefinitely, but the baking powder will deactivate if it gets moisture in it, so I wouldn't recommend freezing this baking mix.

  8. says

    Can this be used as a direct exchange in any/all Bisquick recipes? I ask because I rarely use Bisquick for muffins, pancakes, etc.; when I use it, it is usually a specific Bisquick recipe for a fruity coffee cake or an "impossible" recipe, things like that. Thank you for sharing this because I do try to make as much at home from the best quality ingredients I can buy rather than rely on the questionable mixes full of ingredients I cannot pronounce!

    • says

      Thanks for stopping by, Elaine!
      I've used this mix in everything from cakes to muffins to pancakes. If your recipe calls for flour and baking powder, you can use this mix for it. It's pretty versatile!


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