Make it Yourself! Baking Mix – Bisquick



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.



  1. Susanne says

    Is there a way to replace some of the baking soda with baking powder without the quality changing too much? I like the convenience of Bisquick but rarely buy it (like 3 times in about 10 years) because the high amount of baking soda really upsets my stomach.


    • says

      thanks for your question, Susanne. I'm not sure if you know this, but baking powder is merely baking soda with cornstarch added to it. It's not as powerful of a leavening agent, so to substitute baking powder for baking soda, you have to TRIPLE the amount the recipe calls for. That means you'd be using a full cup of baking powder in this recipe. I'm afraid it would upset your stomach even more. I'm sorry that I can't help you.

      • Susanne says

        Actually the info helps quite a lot. I never really knew what the conversion was between baking powder and baking soda, so it makes more sense now what percentage can replace the other. It took me meany years to find a recipe even just for pancakes that wouldn't bother my stomach, and that seems like such a basic recipe for anyone to have on hand! :D With the easy 1:3 ratio I can play around with the balance and have the option of just leaving a small portion out all together because standard Bisquick often seems very 'poofy' compared to what I'm used to. Thank You! :D


  2. says

    I am on my third batch of this mix and I love it! It bakes just like bisquick and I have used it for pancakes, waffles and even 7up biscuits. Thanks for the great recipe.

  3. Norma Thompson says

    Thanks I'm going to make it with Rice Flour so my husband can have it..The one thing he misses is my old recipes . So this should help.
    Thanks again.

  4. Christina Hurtado says

    I just found this recipe on facebook. I would like to know on the 3 options you gave to store this recipe, how long is it good for before it expires. Could you please let me know before I make this? Thank you!

    • says

      I apologize, but I don't recall mentioning 3 options for storage. When I make it, I usually use it up within 2-3 weeks and I store it with my other dry goods in the pantry. Keep it in a dry area and in a sealed container. I wouldn't recommend storage in the freezer because when the vegetable shortening thaws out, it may cause the flour to clump too much from the moisture. I hope that this helps you!

      • christina hurtado says

        The other option you had mentioned was the refrigerator too. How long would it be good in there? Thank you for responding as quickly as you did. I appreciate it.

  5. Annalise chavez says

    Thank you for sharing! I like the idea of eating and serving my family less chemicals. I believe the giant pesticide company known as Monsanto, makers of Round Up, sold everywhere, owns bisquick. Aka GMO's. and this is one small way of fighting back!!! For our health !!!!
    Also gives me a reason to buy a food processor :))). Please keep them coming!

  6. michele allison elwell says

    Thanks for this. I have been using Bisquick for years baking and cooking , muffins, bisquits, pancakes and coffee cake. Recently tried the chicken nugget batter for my daughter and she loves it. I run out alot and the store is 6 miles awy . I hate that the price went up and the box got much smaller. I dont like to use Jiffy, it's just not the same, so Ill try this this weekend when I make pancakes.

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