Whole Wheat Quick Baking Mix

Whole Wheat Quick Mix

Over the past few years, I have had many requests for a recipe which will replace boxed “Bisquick”.  I had never used bisquick very much before we started our healthy eating journey, therefore I didn’t know that I’d have much use for a healthier version.  And so, this recipe request continued to get pushed to the bottom of my “to-do” list.

For shame.  I didn’t know what I’d been missing!  Last summer, I finally gave this recipe a try.  Once I figured out the right combination of ingredients, I learned that it takes just a few minutes to put this mix together.  And the recipes you can quickly whip up once you have this mix on hand?  Every single one we’ve tried has been a hit!  I love this mix!  It is inexpensive, is made with real ingredients I feel good about feeding to my family, it saves time, and the food prepared with it tastes great.  Does it get any better than that?

Whole Wheat Quick Mix

10 cups whole wheat flour (I use flour made from freshly ground hard white wheat)
1/2 cup baking powder
1/4 cup sucanat (optional)
2 teaspoons sea salt (I use Redmond Real Salt)
2 cups organic palm shortening or butter

In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, sucanat and salt.  Thoroughly cut in palm shortening until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Store Whole Wheat Quick Mix in an air tight container in the freezer.

Because I have been having lots of fun putting together new recipes that use this Whole Wheat Quick Mix, the next few days will be dedicated to sharing many of these new recipes.  So stay tuned!  Here’s a little glimpse into what you’ll find:

 Quick Mix Biscuits

Quick Mix Fruit Pizza

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Quick Mix Honey Cinnamon Muffins

Quick Mix Very Vanilla Cookies

Quick Mix Pancakes

Beyond those, I’ve come up with a pie crust, waffles, and more muffin and cookie recipes.  I’m telling you, this mix is so versatile and easy.

It’s recipes like this that make my Oh, For Real!  Real Food, Real Family, Real Easy book so much fun.  It’s all about making your life healthier and easier.  Anytime you can take one recipe and adapt it to make many other healthy food recipes, we have a winner!

Which of the above recipes do you want me to share next?  I aim to please.  :)

Comments

  1. Jill says

    Looks like a great recipe for all of us health conscious, homeschool moms with hungry teenage boys who need something to eat NOW. Thanks for sharing

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  2. Melissa says

    I know this is lazy but, if a recipe calls for me to “cut in butter” I just melt the butter and stir it in. Is there a downside to that?

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    Laura Reply:

    That’s typically how I “cut in my butter” when I make tortillas, so while I’ve never tried it in this recipe, I would think it might work.

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    Melissa Reply:

    Excellent, thanks :)

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  3. Suzanne says

    This mix looks very interesting! At present, I do very little baking but am planning to increase so…how long would you keep this in the freezer? Maybe I should do 1/2 and see how long it takes me to use it! Thanks for all of your recipes, information, and passion for cooking healthy for your family! What an inspiration!

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    Laura Reply:

    I’d say it would keep for up to 3 months in the freezer. :)

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  4. emilybelle99 says

    Do you think coconut oil would work in this recipe?? We love the taste and are trying to incorporate more coconut oil into our diets. Thanks for the recipe! Love your site!!!

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, I believe it would work great!

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    Karen Miller Reply:

    I was looking for a healthy quick mix that did not require refrigeration. If you use coconut oil, do you still need to refrigerate/freeze?

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    Laura Reply:

    If you use palm shortening or coconut oil, they are fine at room temp. The real reason I suggest refrigerating this mix is so that the whole wheat flour stays fresh longer. :)

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  5. says

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I’ve been hoping you would make and share a substitute for Bisquick! There’s something in Bisquick that makes me feel sick, so I won’t use it. However, I’ve found some recipes that call for Bisquick that I’d like to try, so now I can, using your mix! Thank you again, so very much!!

    By the way, your emails are the ones I look forward to receiving the most of any, from almost anyone! Thanks so much for what you do for us!

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  6. Kim says

    Looks fantastic! Question though…is there something I could sub in for the sucanat? Just trying to do this with what I have in-house versus having to buy new :). Thanks!!

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    Laura Reply:

    You can leave it out, or simply use brown sugar instead. :)

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    Kim Reply:

    Perfect, thanks!!

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    Karen Miller Reply:

    Can you use Truvia?

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    Laura Reply:

    I would imagine so, but I haven’t tried it myself to say for sure. :)

  7. Aimee says

    Just a quick question on why you used palm oil versus coconut oil? Are there more health benefits to using the palm oil? We are going to try coconut oil for the first time (thanks to your hint about the deal at Tropical Traditions!! Yeah! & thanks!)but have read many great things about it so we were just wondering about the palm oil too. Thanks!

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    Laura Reply:

    I find that palm shortening is easier to “cut in” to the flour mixture in this recipe, plus I just really like the results it produces when using palm shortening. BUT, I did want to make sure people knew that coconut oil did work if they had that on hand and wanted to try it! There are not any health benefits to using palm over coconut – in fact, coconut oil has so many health benefits that I usually promote that much more! But I use coconut oil in so many other recipes, so I know our family is getting plenty of its benefits.

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    Aimee Reply:

    Thanks! I had read many good things about coconut oil then my
    friend in nursing school said that it is not good for you due to
    saturated fats. Just trying to change some of our eating habits but
    want to be sure that I am making the right choices! Thanks so much!

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    Dee Reply:

    I just have to giggle at this, I too have a friend in nursing school and the things she learns and tries to tell me I’m doing wrong are baffling. Seems like a lot of outdated wrong information is being taught when it comes to nutrition.

    Donna Reply:

    We used coconut oil in this, and 2 Tbs of granulated stevia. The pancakes were a hit with my picky boys, and I can’t wait to try other recipes using this mix. Thank you!

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  8. Dorothy says

    Would this work the same with sprouted flour? BTW, I love how Real you are! It always makes me laugh and smile! :)

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    Laura Reply:

    I haven’t tried it, but I believe that it would!

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  9. Lora says

    Ahhhh I was searching all over your site for the fruit pizza recipe (I make one that is yummy, but nowhere near healthy :-) and came back here to read again and saw that you haven’t posted yet LOL! I will check back :-) Thanks!

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  10. Jill says

    Do you think if I only made one batch and used it within a week I could keep it in the refrigerator instead of the freezer? We moved and only have one very small freezer attached to fridge now. No room in there :( I am going to use coconut oil if that makes a difference

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, that will be fine. :)

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  11. Pamela Kelly says

    Hi! I was wondering if the health benefits of the freshly ground flour are retained in the freezer (avoiding the deterioration of oxidization). I assume so, and I have stored small amounts of extra flour there. Sure hope so — the quick mix is a real practical idea!

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    Laura Reply:

    Any time you don’t use the freshly ground flour right away, it does lose some of its nutritional value. But the freezer helps preserve it and is the best option for keeping this fresh longer. :)

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  12. Tara Aamot says

    Yea! I resurrected our families’ favorite taco pie recipe that uses Bisquick. I quit using Bisquick years ago but am excited to begin using this homemade mix. My 16 year old , very picky, son made pancakes for everyone yesterday with it and the pancakes were a hit!

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  13. Donna Peters says

    Hi Laura:
    I know your son has allergies to some foods. My daughter is gluten intolerant and she gets sick if she eats anything with wheat. Do you have any advice on what we could use instead. I see all your receipts and I really want to start making some of your goodies. Thanks for any advise you could give me. Donna Peters

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    Laura Reply:

    Thankfully, we found after doing a gluten free experiment (and other testing) that he doesn’t have any allergies or food sensitivities. I’m not sure what flour would work to replace wheat in this recipe. I wonder if you did an online search if you might find someone who has put together a recipe like this that is GF. Hope so!

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    Donna Peters Reply:

    Thank you Laura. I want to try the recipes for the rest of us and I will figure something out for her. God Bless

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    Deb Reply:

    I just did a quick search for you, this link is to a recipe for a wheat free flour substitute. I have not tried it so can’t say how it is, but it sounds viable. http://www.grouprecipes.com/71811/gluten-free-baking-mix.html

    Heather Reply:

    Hi Donna,
    I am gluten free also. I usually adapt Laura’s recipes using
    gf oat flour or blends. If your daughter tolerates oats, you
    might try a small batch of this recipe using gf oat flour instead of
    wheat. You will also want to add some xanthan gum to help bind things
    together. Being gf is such a challenge especially if you want to eat
    healthy. How wonderful that you are doing this for your daughter.
    Blessings,
    Heather

  14. Katie says

    Palm shorting is shelf stable,as are all the other ingredients with the exception of the freshly ground flour. If I were to replace that with the dreaded white flour would I be able to keep this on the pantry shelf in an airtight container?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, that would make it shelf stable. :)

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  15. LINDA M LUNDGREN says

    THANKS! Gonna make some of this up (as soon as I purchase some more whole wheat flour!) Linda

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  16. Jenny says

    If using store-bought already ground white wheat flour, would it still be best for it to be kept in the freezer or would the frig or cupboard be okay?

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    Laura Reply:

    Freezer is still best if you can. :)

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  17. Debbie says

    If using coconut oil instead of palm shortening would you leave the oil in its semi-solid state for measuring & cutting in or would you melt it, measure it and then add it in? Thanks

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    Laura Reply:

    I would leave it as a solid and cut it in. :)

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  18. June Karlin says

    Hi Laura,

    Thanks for sharing your awesome recipes, your triumphs and struggles with trying to feed your family in a healthy foods, encouraging your readers to honor God and love your family… Not written in a specific reorder on my part!

    I typically use pastry wheat or kaput for a lot of my “baked goods”. Do you think either one of those would work for this recipe?

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    June Karlin Reply:

    Oops auto correct and not proofreading will get you every time. I meant trying to feed your family healthy foods.
    . Plus, it should have been kamut not kaput!

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, I think pastry wheat of kamut would work. (Probably not kaput though…ha!)

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  19. Kayla B says

    I wonder if this quick mix would be good with the pancake and sausage muffins?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, I think I need to give that a try for sure!

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  20. erica says

    do you have the recipe to cut this to a smaller portion? i wanted to make your muffins but didnt want to make a huge batch of this baking mix. it feels weird putting butter in a dry mix that i keep around? maybe im just not knowledgeable on this.

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    Kim Reply:

    It’s pretty easy to cut in half:
    5 cups whole wheat flour (I use flour made from freshly ground hard white wheat)
    1/4 cup baking powder
    2 tablespoons sucanat (optional)
    1 teaspoon sea salt (I use Redmond Real Salt)
    1 cup organic palm shortening or butter

    Or even quarter it:
    2.5 cups whole wheat flour (I use flour made from freshly ground hard white wheat)
    2 Tablespoons baking powder
    1 tablespoon sucanat (optional)
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt (I use Redmond Real Salt)
    1/2 cup organic palm shortening or butter

    And as for storage, you’re right that it’s not shelf-stable. Laura says to store it in an air-tight container in the freezer.

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    erica Reply:

    thanks.. prego brain over here :)

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  21. Kim says

    Laura, do you think you could make this in the food processor? Or would the crumbs be too fine?

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    Laura Reply:

    I think that would be okay, as long as your food processor is big enough!

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    Kim Reply:

    I was planning on making a smaller batch to start. Thanks!

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    Kim Reply:

    I did end up using the food processor to make smaller batches and it worked really well. The baking mix is a great consistency that I wouldn’t have been able to get by cutting the butter in by hand. SO worth washing a few extra dishes! Plus, my 18-month-old liked pouring all the ingredients in and watching the processor do its thing :)

  22. Crystal says

    Does the mix have to be at room temp., before using in the recipes?

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    It works best if you take it out of the freezer the night before. :)

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  23. Rhetta says

    Laura, I don’t have a wheat grinder yet. Is the whole wheat flour in this recipe closer to, say, King Arthur’s white wheat flour, or regular whole wheat flour? I usually keep both on hand. Thanks! Can’t wait to try the mix.

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  24. says

    I made your mix today and used it in a family favorite recipe. It worked great! I put all the dry ingredients in my Bosch with the whisks attached, mixed them together and then began adding the palm shortening by spoonfuls. It incorporated it beautifully. It came out like light, fluffy brown sugar. It was so easy. I’ll look forward to trying some of your recipes with it.

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  25. Laura says

    I want to make this but don’t have palm shortening and am not a fan of coconut anything…hate the taste. I figured on using my unsalted organic butter. Would that get to hard and clumpy in the freezer or do you think it’d be okay? Also are you using regular whole wheat flour or white whole wheat? Could I half and half it?

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    Laura Reply:

    You might try expeller pressed coconut oil – it is flavorless! Butter will be fine. You’ll just want to get it out of the freezer the night before you’re going to use it so that it will be easier to work with. I use flour made from hard white wheat. Yes, you can half it. :)

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  26. Sue M says

    I was wondering how long you can store this with the palm oil cut into it. Is there a powder “shortening” that we can use in the mix instead? that is healthy??

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    Kristine Reply:

    The palm shortening is shelf stable. It’s the whole wheat flour that should be kept chilled to keep the oils from going rancid. Using white flour, while it would not be as healthy a choice, would make it a more shelf stable product. About six comments back Kim says that the recipe can be quartered and halved (she even gives measures) so that you may be able to use it up more quickly. I don’t have room in my kitchen freezer for a canister or container but by putting the mix in a gallon zip-style bag it is easier to find space for it and still easy enough to spoon out.

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  27. Laura says

    Another question…I have not yet used sucanat as it is so expensive here. Can I use regular sugar or sugar in the raw instead? I know it’s not as healthy but until then…

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    Laura Reply:

    Sure, I’d go with sugar in the raw or brown sugar.

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  28. Crystal says

    I’ve made all of these recipes, using your Quick Mix. Every one is a hit and so easy to make! I use sprouted whole wheat flour and palm shortening. I add a little chia powder to the mix, right before making a recipe for added protein. Thanks so much!

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  29. Shaynee says

    Can I use the same amount of store bought whole wheat flour? I do not have a grain mill and use King Arthur Flour White Whole Wheat.

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    Laura Reply:

    King Arthur flour should work great for this recipe!

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  30. Dawn says

    Laura,
    We love your new book, and especially this recipe:) Just wondering though, some of my children seem to “taste” the baking powder. Is it possible to use less? Also, which brand do you use? Thanks so much.

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    Laura Reply:

    I taste it occasionally too! Yes, cut it back a little bit. I think it will still work just fine. :)

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  31. Rachel M. says

    I’m almost embarrassed to ask this… how do you cut-in coconut oil? I’m a total newbie. :)

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    Laura Reply:

    You’d probably want to soften it or even melt it down first to make it easier. I use a pastry blender to “cut in” fats to my flour. The main thing is that you get the fat distributed as evenly as possible throughout the flour mixture. It takes a little time, but sure is worth the effort!

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    Rachel M. Reply:

    Thanks! I usually just use my hands when I cut in butter; I didn’t even know if there was a “right” way to do it! :)

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    Kim Reply:

    If you cut the recipe down (I gave the measurements for half and quarter batches above) you could also cut it in using a food processor. It gives the mix a great consistency. Plus, I’m too impatient to cut it in by hand. :)

    Rachel M. Reply:

    I did it and made delicious muffins! Thanks!

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  32. Becky says

    Can you use the Quick Mix to make waffles as well? I made a batch and have used some of it already. It was delicious!!!
    Side note: I don’t think my family has noticed that I no longer use or even have in the house white flour OR white sugar anymore!!
    Thank you so much for being so inspirational, Laura!! God bless you!!!!

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    Becky Reply:

    Ok, so in answer to my own post.:0) I whipped up a batch of waffles using the Quick Mix.
    THEY ARE AWESOME!!!! I played around with Laura’s waffle recipe.
    Waffles:
    2c. Quick Mix
    2 eggs
    1 3/4c. buttermilk
    Mix well and cook in your waffle iron.
    A little crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside make these super delish!!!!

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    That will work out great!

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  33. Lori says

    I made a batch of the Whole Wheat Quick Baking Mix this weekend. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, it! I made the pancakes. Delicious! Thanks, Laura! You inspire me :)

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  34. Jennifer says

    I made the quick mix a few days ago and went to make muffins for breakfast – the quick mix was really hard and lumpy. Should I have taken it out of the freezer ahead of time? Can you referee then if you take it out?

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Yes, I would take it out a little while before you need it. It would be fine to refreeze after that.

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  35. Kim says

    Trying this quick mix to make zucchini fries and I’m adding some onion powder, garlic salt (powder or fresh), parsley flakes, dried basil, and some pepper. Then using an egg dip method, dipping zucchini in dry batter, egg, and back in dry batter. Then frying in coconut oil. We’ll see how it turns out.

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  36. AMy R. says

    So what is the shelf life, using butter, and keeping it in the fridge? I don’t have the freezer space :(

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  37. Christine P says

    What setting do you grind your what at for this (bread, pastry)?

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    Christine P Reply:

    That should be wheat , not what. Sorry :)

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    Laura Reply:

    I grind all of mine at 90 degrees – as in, my knob is straight up, right in the middle of finer and courser. I’ve never noticed much difference in the settings on my Nutrimill.

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  38. Carrie says

    Can I substitute All Purpose flour for Whole Wheat flour?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes I think so, but I haven’t tried before so I can’t say for sure. :)

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  39. Heather T. says

    Laura just wanted to let you know the print doesn’t generate the actual recipe. I know I totally can right it down, but like the clean look of printed in my binders.

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    Laura Reply:

    When I test it on my end, it is working for me. I’m viewing through Internet Explorer – not sure if that’s making a difference?

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  40. says

    I have been meaning to try this ever since you first posted it. Anything to save time in the kitchen and is healthy is worth a try. :) Thanks!

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  41. Heather T. says

    I used this tonight to make Pasties, just added enough Kefir to get a nice dough they turned out great and I made one into a apple hand pie. Now I am out of mix so I better get to making more, and it makes some of the best waffles also using Kefir.

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  42. says

    Have followed you for a long time and notice that you always use the hard white wheat, which I do as well. Recently I tried the soft white wheat for my pie crusts and pancakes, it worked really well. Have you have ever tried the soft white wheat? I just bought a 50# bag to grind myself, and am excited to see how it works in this mix.

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Laura has used soft white wheat before and it works nicely in this mix.

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  43. Gail says

    Hi Laura, would vegetable shortening work just as well as palm shortening? I have organic vegetable shortening on hand that I just bought. Thanks!

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    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Vegetable shortening would work fine, however it is not the healthiest option. Here is a link to a post Laura did on healthy fats, which explains why she prefers palm shortening. http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/healthy-fats :)

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  44. Patty says

    Can you use coconut oil in this mix instead of butter or palm oil?

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    Laura Reply:

    Yes, that will work. :)

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  45. Kathy And Larry Curtain says

    My sister and share a love for the easy and convenient healthy meals we can make with our ww “bisquick”. My husband just loves the apple pie made with apples from our tree that I have frozen in the freezer. We don’t have a favorite recipe just all that are made are delicious, all made with real foods that we know what they are and where the food came from.

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  46. says

    Hey Laura, I know in some spots you’ve said to substitute store bought ww flour for home ground flour at a 3/4 to 1 ratio. Would that adjustment be necessary here or in the other Quick Mix recipes? It made a HUGE difference in the sandwich bread, so I’ve suddenly become much more mindful of it! lol I just didn’t know if the yeast recipes were more sensitive to that variation that these quick bread recipes.
    Thanks!!

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