Bisquick, Homemade

homemade bisquick and scoop

I have several recipes that call for Bisquick. But, since I have had such amazing results with the GAPS diet and have begun a more traditional diet, I now read labels. And yes, the Bisquick box, typical of most highly processed foods, is filled with chemicals and preservatives. So began my quest for a healthier, homemade Bisquick substitution.

Homemade Bisquick is made with minimal ingredients. In fact, there are only 4 – flour, baking powder, salt and tallow. Once mixed together, the homemade Bisquick will keep for 3 – 6 months especially if it is kept refrigerated.

If you family is like mine you might want to slowly increase the amount of tallow – I did 1/2 tallow and 1/2 shortening in the beginning – since tallow can have a different taste and smell than regular shortening. My family had to get used to it! You can render your own tallow very easily or if that is not possible, my affiliate, US Wellness Meats is a reliable source of quality, grass-fed products which include tallow. I have bought tallow from them myself and was very pleased!

In the following homemade Bisquick recipe, I normally use fresh ground whole wheat flour but I have also mixed unbleached white flour with equal portions of whole wheat. Either way, this homemade version of the popular Bisquick baking mix works great and is much healthier for you and your family!

In the following recipe, I have linked to products from my affiliate partners that I personally use and recommend.

Bisquick, Homemade
Makes 10 cups
  1. Mix flour, baking powder and salt together.
  2. Add tallow.
  3. Using 2 knives, pastry cutter or food processor ( I use my hands), mix until crumbly.
  4. Place in sealed container.

    Keeps 3-6 months in refrigerator.

Recipes Using Bisquick
Bisquick Pancakes
  • 2c mix
  • 1c milk, preferably raw
  • 2eggs

    Mix ingredients together and bake on greased, hot griddle, turning once. Cook until golden brown.
Bisquick Dumplings
  • 2c mix
  • ⅔ c milk, preferably raw

    Mix ingredients together. Spoon over boiling liquid. Cover and cook 12-15 min until fluffy.
Bisquick Waffles
  • 2c mix
  • 2Tbsp olive oil
  • 1egg
  • 1⅔ c milk, preferably raw

    Mix together and bake in greased, preheated waffle iron until golden.
Bisquick Biscuits
  • 2c mix
  • 1c milk, preferably raw

    Mix ingredients well. Add enough milk to enable a soft dough which can be rolled out. Roll to ½ inch thickness. Cut and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes.


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  1. I’ve never used tallow, but I have lard. Have you tried the recipe with lard or do you think it would turn out ok? I’ve been searching for a substitute for bisquick. Thanks :)

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