The ingredients in Bisquick are bleached enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil, leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate), dextrose and salt. Prepared baking mixes typically contain flour, leavening and fat or starch, among other ingredients.
Some online sources offer variations on the standard mixes. Bob's Red Mill features an all-natural product that is kosher certified, trans fat free and cholesterol free. It contains stone ground whole wheat flour and enriched pastry flour, which includes wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamine, riboflavin and folic acid). Other ingredients include sweet dairy whey, buttermilk powder, oat flour, whole grain brown rice flour, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt.
Other mixes meet the needs of special diets. King Arthur Flour, for example, produces a gluten-free version with whole-grain brown-rice flour, rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, cellulose, leavening xanthan gum and a vitamin and mineral blend.
A home baker can make her own baking mix by combining flour, baking powder, salt and vegetable shortening or oil. This mixture can then replace Bisquick when a recipe calls for the name-brand product. A cook can use these baking mixes to create a wide variety of foods, ranging from coffee cakes and cookies to dinner casseroles.