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Homemade Bisquick Mix (DIY Bisquick)

Homemade bisquick mix (DIY Bisquick) is easy to make and it’ll cost you a few pennies per batch to make, not dollars! And all you need is 5 ingredients!

Homemade Bisquick Mix (DIY Bisquick)

If you’re the type of person who likes to save money on groceries, but hates sacrificing taste, WE UNDERSTAND YOU!

With the holidays on the horizon we also need something we can quickly make biscuits in a pinch.

In addition to the lack of flavor, I also despise the added chemicals that are a part of many 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 or tired to spend a lot of time preparing meals.

Those are the days when I love to reach for a convenience mix or ready-to-eat meal.

So in my effort to save a few dollars and some cooking time, but still have a grasp on what chemicals I’m putting into our bodies, I’ve started making some of my own pantry staples. Items like homemade self-rising flour and this homemade dry bisquick baking mix have been huge kitchen time savers for me and we can’t wait to share this with you!

What is Bisquick?

The brand Bisquick is a pre-mixed baking flour sold in the United States that quickly became a staple in the American household. It is a convenience food that can be made to make biscuits, pancakes, dumplings, muffins – the options are endless.

It being a convenience food though it does run a hefty price tag for what it is! So with our DIY bisquick using simple ingredients we can help with the cost of this super convenient pantry staple.

How to Make Bisquick from scratch using ingredients you already have in the pantry

Aside of the time and money savings, I love that this homemade bisquick mix recipe because it only uses five ingredients!

How to Make your own Bisquick from scratch.

  1. All-purpose flour
  2. Baking Powder
  3. Salt
  4. Sugar
  5. Shortening

If you’re trying to watch your sugar intake, it’s made with only four ingredients. We personally just like that little bit of sweetness that traditional bisquick has. It’s what I grew up on and still a favorite flavor.

So FIVE INGREDIENTS! If that’s not something to shout about, I don’t know what is.  Plus, it’s so stinkin’ easy to make a batch.

If you have a food processor, it can be ready to use in less than 3 minutes.  It’s as simple as combining the dry ingredients and then pulsing in the shortening.  If you’re using your hands or a pastry cutter, it’ll probably take you a minute or two longer.

That’s still far less time than it would take me to wait in the check-out line at the grocery store. Making your own bisquick is just SO EASY.

If you have a go-to DIY recipe that you’d like to share or even one that you’d like to see me create a recipe for, I’d love to hear about it!

How long will our homemade bisquick last in the pantry?

Up to three months! We’ve found that honestly it hardly ever lasts that long in our household with what we use it for BUT if all else fails and you end up not using it all in time you can freeze the flour.

Storing in freezer: Store in the freezer up to a year.

Storing in refrigerator: Store in the refrigerator up to six months.

Making a Gluten-Free Bisquick Mix

We experimented with this a bit and can say that we think we found that swapping the all-purpose flour with a general 1-1 gluten-free baking mix worked EXTREMELY well.

I’ve also been wondering about making this into a low carb baking flour using this low carb baking mix. Something we are going to work on if people are interested!

Truly think that with this recipe the sky is the limit. It’s so simple, easy and way more cost effective to make vs. buying.  See below all the other delicious recipes you can make with this homemade dry bisquick mix!

Recipes you can make make with this homemade bisquick mix:

I hope you love to use this homemade bisquick mix!

Homemade Bisquick Mix Recipe (DIY Bisquick Baking Mix)

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!
4.58 from 21 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Pantry Staples
Cuisine American
Servings 32 servings (1/4 cup each)
Calories 173 kcal


  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar optional
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening or processed lard (found in the baking aisle of the grocery store)


  • Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl or the bowl of a food processor.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Serving: 0.25cupCalories: 173kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 146mgPotassium: 33mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 1.5mg
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    1. Our experience is a few months. By that time we’ve got to make more because we use it up. Just made sure it is stored in a airtight container away from moisture and you should be all set.

  1. Thanks for posting this recipe. Like you I like to know what is in my food ….and control it as much as I can. This will be a staple in my kitchen!

  2. Thanks so much for posting this recipe. I’ve used it several times and my family really likes it. I use it mainly for waffles (two cups mix, 1 cup milk, 1 egg and 2 TB oil) and biscuits (3 cups mix and 1 cup milk–the dough is a little wet at first but by the time you add a little more flour to knead the dough on a well-floured board, it’s perfect.) Thanks again!

  3. I’ve been making my own baking mix for quite some time. Great for gift in a jar. My favorite recipe is 7up biscuits. Awesome. My daughter adds chocolate chips too and makes a glaze to put over the biscuits as soon as they come out of the oven.

    1. Homemade baking mix is such a great pantry staple to have on hand and you’re right, Shirley… it does make great gifts! I love 7-up biscuits, too. Your daughter’s sweet biscuits sound REALLY good!

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