Monday, May 3, 2010

Homemade Whole Wheat Bisquick Mix Recipe

I have avoided buying Bisquick for years now because it doesn't come in whole wheat (at least not where I live), contains bleached flour, and it also contains hydrogenated oils (which is where trans-fats come from). Not exactly a healthy food product! I try to avoid these types of food products if at all possible. The downside of avoiding Bisquick is that there are lots of yummy recipes that call for Bisquick. I found an alternative, though! I can make my own Bisquick! And another added bonus is that by making my own, I will also save money over buying it at the store. I tweaked it slightly, but I got this recipe from http://www.grouprecipes.com/25102/homemade-bisquick.html .

Whole Wheat Bisquick Mix

4 Cups unbleached flour
4 Cups whole wheat flour
1/4 Cup baking powder
4 Teaspoons salt
1 Cup shortening or oil
1 1/3 Cups dry powdered milk

In large bowl, blend unbleached flour, salt, and baking powder. Add shortening (or oil) and mix until crumbly. Stir in powdered milk, and then the whole wheat flour. Store in an airtight container, refrigerate if made with the oil.

I made mine using oil instead of shortening. My reasoning for this is that shortenings are usually a hydrogenated oil, and they are REALLY bad for you! I tried this mixture out in a recipe I made for dinner, and it turned out great!

6 comments:

Cindyinsd said...

Hey Ali, this sounds good. I'll bet it would be really yummy made with butter. You'd have to refrigerate it, but you're doing that anyhow.

You're right that vegetable shortning is a hydrogenated fat and a source of trans-fatty acids, but other solid fats which are naturally hydrogenated aren't a source of trans-fatty acids, and would also shorten the gluten fibers making for tender, flaky biscuits, etc.

You come up with the coolest stuff!

thethriftyhousewife said...

Thanks Cindy! I thought about trying butter...I just might next time.

elandreth said...

How long does this mixture last in the frig?

Then you just look for recipes that call for Bisquick and use this mixture instead?

Thanks,
Ellen in Idaho

thethriftyhousewife said...

Hi Ellen! This should last about 6 weeks stored in the refrigerator. If you need it to last longer, you can always store it in the freezer. And yes, this works as a substitute for Bisquick in recipes :-)

Anonymous said...

Olive oil can be used without any problems or difficulty?

thethriftyhousewife said...

That should be fine, as long as you store the mixture in the refrigerator :)