GF Bisquick For Breakfast Sanity

Need boundless breakfast choices on the fly for gluten-free eating?  New options from Bisquick can be your salvation.

I’m somewhat non-creative in the morning. It takes my brain a few hours and at least 2 pots of coffee to engage properly. And frankly, one of my pet peeves is beginning the day with a giant mess in the kitchen, even though I love a home cooked breakfast. If there is anything worse than crawling out of a warm bed, it might be the thought  of creating catastrophic kitchen destruction within minutes of waking. Ewww. I’d be willing to offer room and board to a stranger  just for this very reason, but sadly, haven’t located a homeless waffle chef yet in my county.

In the meantime, Betty Crocker’s newest addition to their specialty product line, “Gluten-Free Bisquick” is just the ticket.  Gluten AND dairy free, it brings the same comforting feeling  of the traditional Bisquick yellow box that was a pantry staple of our moms and grandmas. I call it, “creativity in a box.”  Yeah, I know- Bob’s Red Mill and a host of other companies offer GF pancake mixes. But few, in my opinion, do the thinking for you like Betty Crocker.  Savory banana nut waffles, blueberry sour cream pancakes (along with old dinner favorites, like “Cheeseburger pie”) await you.  Hop on Betty Crocker’s GF website and you’ll find a nice assortment of recipe ideas that unleash culinary genius with minimal thought and limited mess. Total cook time- 20 minutes and 5-6 ingredients on average. Even I can do this in the morning

If you are casien free, simply substitute dairy-free, soy items for the sour cream, butter or cream cheese in these recipes. (We like the Willow Run Soy Margarine for a great tasting butter substitute btw.) You can also make your own dairy-free sour cream to have on hand for mornings such as this with this recipe.

Here are three easy options from the Betty Crocker website for making breakfast on the fly– without trashing a kitchen too horribly and without engaging your brain too much.  If you try these, leave a comment and let me know how you like them. While you can’t substitute cup for cup with GF Bisquick in all recipes (it’s a bit dry in some recipes) it’s pretty close. Make sure you use level cups of Bisquick and are accurate in your measurements. I sift mine quickly and then measure to lighten the mix a bit. Yeah for Betty Crocker!

Impossibly Easy Breakfast Bake (Gluten Free)

Prep Time 20 Minutes

Total Time 55 Minutes

Makes 12 servings

1 package (16 oz) bulk pork sausage (make sure it’s GF label)
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cups frozen hash brown potatoes (Ore-Ida are gluten-free)
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz) (or use soy cheese)
3/4 cup Bisquick® Gluten Free mix
2 cups milk (or milk substitute, soy or almond)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
6 eggs

  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 10-inch skillet, cook sausage, bell pepper and onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Mix sausage mixture, potatoes and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese in baking dish.
  2. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk, pepper and eggs until blended. Pour over sausage mixture in baking dish.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake about 3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


Banana-Pecan Waffles (Gluten Free)

Prep Time 10 Minutes

Total Time 35 Minutes

Makes 5 waffles

1 1/3 cups Bisquick® Gluten Free mix
1 1/4 cups milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 egg
1 ripe medium banana, mashed
1/3 cup chopped pecans
  Maple syrup, if desired
  Sliced bananas, if desired
  Chopped pecans, if desired
  1. Heat waffle maker. (Waffle makers without a nonstick coating may need to be brushed with vegetable oil or sprayed with cooking spray.)
  2. In large bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk, oil and egg with whisk or fork until blended. Gently fold in banana and pecans.
  3. Pour about 1/2 cup batter onto center of hot waffle maker. (Check manufacturer’s directions for recommended amount of batter.) Close lid of waffle maker. Bake about 5 minutes or until steaming stops. Carefully remove waffle. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve with syrup, bananas and pecans.


Blueberry-Sour Cream Pancakes (Gluten Free)


Total Time 20 Minutes

Makes 4  servings

Top these gluten free pancakes with butter and pure maple syrup.
1 cup Bisquick® Gluten Free mix
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 egg
1/4 cup sour cream (use substitute if dairy free)
1 cup fresh blueberries
  Butter, if desired

In large bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk, oil and egg until well blended. Stir in sour cream; gently fold in blueberries.

  1. Heat griddle to 375°F or 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. (To test griddle, sprinkle with a few drops of water. If bubbles jump around, heat is just right.) Grease griddle with vegetable oil if necessary (or spray with cooking spray before heating).
  2. For each pancake, pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto hot griddle. Cook pancakes until dry around edges. Turn and cook other side until golden brown. Serve with butter.
Bisquick Ingredients: Click here.

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