Betty Crocker delighted those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity when a gluten-free version of Bisquick Original Pancake & Baking Mix was introduced in 2010. Many of us have made Bisquick our go-to product for quick-fix pancakes, waffles, biscuits, desserts, and more. See how the gluten-free version stacks up against the original.
Original vs. Gluten-Free Bisquick Ingredients
If you love pancakes but must avoid gluten, this newer version of Bisquick can make your life easier. But you might wonder how the gluten-free Bisquick varies from the original. Does the gluten-free mix provide you with the same delicious pancakes and waffles as the original? The main difference is the lack of fat from oil or shortening in the gluten-free version.
Original Bisquick Mix Ingredients
The original mix has flour in it as well as oil.
- Corn starch
- Enriched bleached wheat flour
- Vegetable oil
Gluten-Free Bisquick Ingredients
The gluten-free mix of the product is certified gluten-free and does not contain any obligatory allergens.
- Leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate)
- Modified potato starch
- Rice flour
- Xanthan gum
Bisquick Nutrition Information
The biggest difference in nutritional statistics between the two mixes is the gluten-free version has more sugar than the original Bisquick and is lower in fat because no shortening is present in the mix.
|(Per 1.4 ounce serving)||Original||Gluten-Free|
|Trans fat (g)||0g||0g|
How to Use the Gluten-Free Bisquick
The gluten-free and original Bisquick baking mixes cannot be used interchangeably. You must use a special Bisquick gluten-free recipe to make pancakes or other foods because the two mixes are different. Most notably, you must add shortening to the gluten-free version. Therefore, you need to look for recipes that specifically use the gluten-free version.
Recipes to Try
Of course, you can make pancakes with gluten-free Bisquick. Betty Crocker also offers several other recipes on its website.
- Gluten-Free Impossibly Easy Chicken and Broccoli Pie Recipe: Cheddar cheese, cooked chicken, and broccoli are topped with a gluten-free biscuit topping for a dinner that's ready in about 30 minutes.
- Gluten-Free Best Ever Corn Dogs: Grab some hot dogs and whip up a gluten-free family delight.
- Gluten-Free Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe: Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are stuffed with ham and cheese and rolled in crushed Rice Chex cereal and gluten-free Bisquick.
- Gluten-Free Russian Tea Cakes Recipe: Also known as Mexican wedding cookies, these buttery cookies are rolled in gluten-free confectioners' sugar while still warm.
Do you want to make your own gluten-free Bisquick? This recipe from Gluten Free Baking can be used as a cup-for-cup substitute for regular Bisquick but cannot be used as a substitute for the gluten-free version in the Betty Crocker recipes because it contains shortening and will not perform in the same way.
Gluten-Free Bisquick Reviews
In general, Amazon.com reviews for gluten-free Bisquick are positive, with comments like, "I can eat pancakes again!" The biggest gripe is the gluten-free package is smaller than the original mix and yields less product yet costs more. Gluten-free bloggers have fewer glowing reviews. Adventures of a Gluten-Free Mom said the shortcakes she made used one entire package of the mix and were "rather dense."
If you have worked with gluten-free mixes in the past, you are familiar with the flavor and texture they produce. Bisquick's gluten-free mix delivers the same taste without the hassle of combining many non-wheat flours, xanthan gum, and other ingredients familiar to the gluten-free baker. It's a convenience item, and, as most convenience items are, it's a bit pricey. However, it's a timesaver to use in a pinch and when used with sanctioned Betty Crocker recipes (especially pancakes), it can produce an amazing result.