Pancakes are super easy to make from scratch, but Bisquick makes whipping up a batch of fluffy pancakes even easier, which is why I always keep a box in the kitchen cupboard. Problem is that usually when I’m reaching for the Bisquick Pancake Mix, I’m already missing some of my ingredients. (because I would normally make my pancakes from scratch).
So, the fact that you only need milk and eggs to make pancakes with Bisquick doesn’t really help – I probably don’t have the eggs or milk! So, if you, like me don’t have an egg to add to your Bisquick Pancake Mix here is what you can do instead.
You might also prefer not to eat eggs because of allergies or dietary preferences and need to find a good egg substitute to make sure it suits your diet.
Luckily, there are several ingredients that can provide similar results (adding moisture and holding everything together) without the use of eggs.
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What are the most popular egg substitutes for Bisquick pancakes? The quick answer
Some of the most popular egg substitutes for Bisquick pancakes include unsweetened applesauce or some of the applesauce substitutes, yogurt, and mashed bananas. These natural ingredients not only replace the moistness and binding properties of eggs but also bring their own unique flavors and textures to the pancakes.
I like to experiment a little with different substitutes to find the one that works best for different types of pancakes.
While these ingredients can create delicious egg-free Bisquick pancakes, there are also other alternatives, like silken tofu and commercial egg replaces, that may suit your needs even better.
No matter the reason for avoiding eggs, there’s an egg substitute for Bisquick pancakes that will ensure you can still enjoy delicious pancakes for breakfast.
Egg Substitute Basics
Understanding Egg Substitutes
Egg substitutes are ingredients used in place of eggs in recipes, mainly for those with egg allergies or dietary restrictions. Various substitutes can provide similar results, such as maintaining texture and taste, while still allowing for the desired results in recipes like Bisquick pancakes. Some common egg substitutes include unsweetened applesauce, mashed banana, sweet potato, or even commercial egg replacers.
I also experimented with making Traditional Pancakes Recipe without eggs which worked really well, so if you don’t have a Bisquick Pancake Mix, you can always use my recipe to make your pancakes from scratch.
Binding Agent and Leavening Agent Role
In Bisquick pancakes, eggs play a crucial role as both a binding agent and a leavening agent. As a binding agent, eggs work to hold the ingredients together, contributing to the pancake’s structure and stability. For this role, suitable substitutes include ingredients that can provide a similar binding effect, such as mashed bananas or unsweetened applesauce.
On the other hand, as a leavening agent, eggs help the pancakes rise and become light and fluffy. Substitutes that provide a similar leavening effect can be used to ensure the pancakes still have a desirable texture. Examples of such substitutes are yogurt, milk, or even mayonnaise.
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Common Egg Substitutes for Bisquick Pancakes
I think it’s important to choose an egg substitute that can fulfil both the binding and leavening agent roles, while also considering any dietary restrictions or allergies you might have. Since there are plenty of options, you shouldn’t have any problems achieving the desired taste and texture of Bisquick pancakes without the use of eggs.
1. Flax Egg
A popular choice for egg substitutes, the flax egg is made by combining ground flaxseed with water to create a gel-like consistency. This mixture acts as a binder in Bisquick pancakes, providing protein and structure to the pancake batter.
To make a flax egg, simply mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit for 10-15 minutes until it thickens. Use the mixture instead of egg and continue with the recipe as normal.
2. Mashed Banana
Another great option for egg substitutes in Bisquick pancakes is using mashed banana.
The natural sweetness and moisture of bananas work well in pancake batter, giving it a tender and fluffy texture.
Use about 1/4 cup of mashed banana for each egg you’re replacing. Keep in mind that using bananas may add a slight banana flavor to your pancakes, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. You can always add a little bit of cinnamon or vanilla or make the pancakes with chocolate chips, which compliment the banana flavour perfectly.
I often use bananas instead of eggs, when I want to save eggs for something else or have bananas that are ripening too quickly and have gone already brown.
Unsweetened applesauce is another popular egg substitute, as it adds moisture and a mild sweetness to Bisquick pancakes without affecting the overall flavor. Since applesauce is high in natural sugars, it’s best to use unsweetened applesauce to maintain the texture and taste of the pancakes. Replace one egg with 1/4 cup of applesauce in your pancake mix.
I sometimes don’t have unsweetened applesauce, so I use my homemade Apple Sauce with Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Recipe, which taste great in pancakes. I make sure I leave out sugar, because the applesauce is already sweet enough.
I also sometimes use my delicious Apple Curd Recipe instead of applesauce and leave out the sugar and butter in the Bisquick recipe as the apple curd has both. Obviously not suitable for vegan diet, but it’s delicious egg replacement all the same.
4. Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin Puree can be used in the same way as applesauce. It’s a delicious way to replace the egg in Bisquick pancake mix, especially the autumn. Use 1/4 cup of unsweetened pumpkin puree to replace 1 egg in the recipe.
You can also use sweetened pumpkin or my easy homemade pumpkin butter recipe, but leave out the sugar in the pancake recipe as there will be already plenty there.
Yogurt, especially full-fat or Greek Yogurt can also be used as an egg substitute in Bisquick pancakes. It adds moisture and protein to the batter while giving the pancakes a slight tangy flavor. Use about 1/4 cup of yogurt for each egg replaced, and make sure to whisk it into the batter well. Both dairy and dairy-free yogurt options can work, depending on your dietary preferences.
6. Silken Tofu
Silken tofu is a versatile egg substitute suitable for Bisquick pancakes. It’s high in protein and low in fat, making it a nutritious alternative to eggs. Tofu has only a very mild flavour (or no flavour), so you can still flavour the Bisquick pancake mix with any other flavour you like.
To use silken tofu as an egg substitute, blend 1/4 cup of tofu until smooth and mix it into the pancake batter. This substitution will yield a slightly denser pancake than using eggs.
7. Vinegar and Baking Soda
It might sound a bit strange, but a combination of vinegar and baking soda can be very efficiently used as an egg substitute in Bisquick pancakes.
This ingredients duo creates bubbles when mixed together, providing the necessary lift and leavening for fluffy pancakes.
To replace one egg, mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and add it to the pancake batter. Make sure to incorporate this mixture properly to ensure even distribution throughout the batter.
If you don’t have vinegar, you can also use lemon juice (1 teaspoon) with baking soda (1 teaspoon) and it will have the same effect.
8. Extra Milk & Baking Soda
If you don’t have any of the egg substitutes listed above, then you can also successfully make Bisquick pancakes without any replacements. Just add 1-2 tablespoons of extra milk and 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the Biscquic pancake mix. You can use any kind of milk, including plant based milk or even water if you really want to.
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Adapting eggless Bisquick Pancakes for any diet requirements
There are various ways to adapt Bisquick pancakes for different dietary restrictions.
To make Bisquick pancakes without eggs and dairy-free, consider the following adjustments:
- Replace eggs with flax eggs, unsweetened applesauce, or mashed bananas.
- Use a dairy-free milk alternative like almond, soy, or oat milk.
- Opt for vegan butter or coconut oil instead of regular butter.
For a healthier version of Bisquick pancakes, try these suggestions:
- Replace sugar with a natural sweetener like pure maple syrup or stevia.
- Use whole-grain or gluten-free Bisquick mix for added nutrients and fiber.
- Top pancakes with coconut whipped cream instead of regular whipped cream.
For those looking to reduce potassium intake, homemade buttermilk pancakes may be a better option as they reportedly contain only 55mg of potassium per 4-inch diameter pancake. Additionally, using a vegan milk alternative can help reduce potassium and iron content in the pancake recipe.
Making Vegan Bisquick pancakes
Vegan pancakes can easily be made using a gluten-free Bisquick mix. From the list above, you can easily use the flax eggs, applesauce, pumpkin purée, tofu or mashed banana+baking powder or baking soda.
And don’t forget to swap the regular milk for plant based milk or fruit juice to make your vegan pancakes.
Making gluten free and egg free Bisquick pancakes
If you want to make your pancakes gluten-free using a prepared mix, you need to replace the traditional Bisquick mix with a gluten-free version. Choose the egg substitute from the list above based on what you have in your kitchen pantry or what your dietary requirements are.
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Making dairy-free and egg free Bisquick pancakes
There are plenty of dairy-free milk options these days and most lactose free milks taste exactly the same as the regular milks, so you are not losing any flavour either.
I usually opt for almond milk, but sometimes also use oat milk. You can of course also use soy milk or coconut milk, but I find them quite strong in flavour.
To create your gluten-free, egg-free pancakes, combine your preferred Bisquick without eggs substitute, such as unsweetened applesauce or a flax egg, with the pancake mix. Use almond milk as a dairy-free alternative and a small amount of oil to ensure moist, fluffy pancakes. Adjust the amount of salt or starch as needed for a more balanced final product, keeping in mind that these alternatives may have slightly different textures compared to traditional pancakes.
How to make Bisquick pancake mix with egg substitution still taste amazing
To enhance the flavor of your eggless Bisquick pancakes, various sweeteners and spices can be added to the batter. For instance, incorporating a hint of cinnamon or vanilla extract can transform the taste of your pancakes. My homemade mixed spice is perfect for extra warmth and flavour.
A touch of maple syrup or maple syrup substitutions can also boost the sweetness and provide a delicious, classic pancake flavor. Alternatively, you can experiment with other sweeteners like coconut sugar or coconut sugar natural alternatives or mashed ripe bananas for a natural and healthier way to increase sweetness.
Incorporating fruits into your Bisquick pancakes without eggs can add natural sweetness, flavor, and fiber. My favourite options include blueberries, sliced bananas, and diced apples. Nuts, such as chopped walnuts or almonds, are great for extra crunch, healthy fats, and protein. You can even add chocolate chips to your pancakes for a special chocolate treat.
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How to keep egg less Bisquick pancakes light and fluffy
The problem with swapping eggs for different ingredients is that we often lose the raising element of the egg. This means that the pancakes can taste and feel more compact and not as light and fluffy as we would like them to be.
Over the years, here is what I’ve noticed that really helps to achieve fluffier, eggless Bisquick pancakes:
- Use baking powder or soda: Adding a tiny amount of baking powder or soda can help create lighter, fluffy pancakes. These leavening agents release carbon dioxide, causing the batter to rise and create a fluffier texture. There is raising agent already in the Bisquick mix, so this is a bit extra to compensate for the egg that’s missing.
- Rest the batter: Letting the pancake batter sit for about 10 minutes before cooking allows the ingredients to rest, which can result in a lighter texture.
- Cook the pancakes over medium heat: Avoid high heat, which can cause uneven cooking or even burning your pancakes. Cooking your pancakes at a medium heat allows the batter to cook more evenly, creating a consistently fluffy texture throughout.
How to serve Bisquick Pancakes without eggs
To elevate your pancakes without eggs experience, consider topping them with a generous dollop of coconut whipped cream. To make this, simply use the hardened cream found at the top of a can of full-fat coconut milk. Whip the cream with a mixer until it reaches a light, fluffy consistency. This dairy-free alternative adds a tropical touch and reduces saturated fat compared to traditional whipped cream.
For a sweet and natural topping, opt for pure maple syrup instead of artificially flavored versions. Pure maple syrup is not only delicious but also contains minerals, antioxidants, and fewer additives. Remember to use it sparingly, as it does add extra sugar to your pancakes.
Health Benefits of Egg Substitutes
Another good reason for swapping eggs in the Bisquick Pancakes for a different ingredient is keeping your cholesterol at an acceptable level, as most of the egg substitutes are plant based or low fat.
For instance, using unsweetened applesauce as an egg substitute not only provides a moist and delicious texture to the pancakes but also reduces the need for added sugar (I usually leave the sugar in the recipe out).
Another common substitute for eggs is flax eggs, which are made from a mixture of flaxseed meal and water. Flax eggs are rich in dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and lignans, making them a healthier choice than an egg.
This blog post was originally written on 21 June 2023 and last updated on 21 June 2023