Picture this: it’s a weekend morning and all you want in the world is some Bisquick pancakes. You grab the box and go to open your fridge only to find the worst has happened – you’re out of eggs!
Don’t despair – it’s actually very easy to substitute common household ingredients for eggs in Bisquick pancakes.
The easiest and most common substitutes for eggs in Bisquick pancakes are unsweetened applesauce, mashed banana, sweet potato, or even a commercial egg replacer.
Don’t have any of these on hand? It’s okay! Despite almost every pancake recipe in the world having eggs on the ingredient list, it’s actually okay to leave eggs out entirely – even when you’re making Bisquick!
Eggs are used in Bisquick (and other types of) pancakes for two main reasons: emulsification (i.e. the blending of your ingredients) and fluffiness.
If you’re not using actual eggs in your Bisquick pancakes, reduce your liquid content by a small amount, and let your prepared batter sit out for 5-10 minutes before cooking.
These two things make your batter thicker, which helps your pancakes stay fluffy.
Egg Substitutes for Bisquick Pancakes
1. Unsweetened Applesauce
One of the most popular substitutes for eggs in Bisquick pancakes, unsweetened applesauce makes your pancakes moist and gives them a nice crumb texture.
It’s best to use applesauce with no added sugars, or unsweetened, as apples already have naturally occurring sugars.
You may want to reduce the amount of milk or water you add to your Bisquick pancakes if you decide to use unsweetened applesauce. If you use thicker applesauce, you may need more liquid. Thinner applesauce may call for less. Use your best judgment.
Remember – always start with less liquid. You can always add more, but you can’t take it away!
For each egg substitute ¼ cup of unsweetened applesauce.
2. Mashed Banana
Mashed banana is a quick and healthy alternative to eggs in Bisquick pancakes. They will make your Bisquick pancakes slightly thicker, so it’s a good idea to keep extra milk or water on hand so that you can easily mix your Bisquick batter.
It’s best to use a combination of mashed banana and baking powder when substituting for eggs in your Bisquick pancakes. You want your pancakes to still be light and fluffy, and the banana alone won’t help there.
It’s best not to think of how much banana will substitute for an egg, but rather how many frozen bananas you need per cup of Bisquick pancake mix.
For delicious Bisquick Banana Pancakes, try the following:
- 2 cups Bisquick pancake mix
- 1 ½ cups milk or water (a milk alternative such as oat or almond milk is a great idea here)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 very ripe bananas
If you’re looking for additional sweetness or flavor, you can also add vanilla and sugar to your ingredient list.
3. Sweet Potato
Sweet potato is another allergy-friendly and vegan substitute for eggs in Bisquick pancakes. It’s a little more time-consuming, as you’ll need to cook and then mash your potatoes before using them, but we promise the delicious results are worth it.
It’s best to use fresh sweet potatoes and not ones that have been frozen.
Despite their deceiving name, sweet potatoes actually contain less sugar than unsweetened applesauce! ¼ cup of sweet potato has 4.22g of sugar, whereas ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce has 4.5g of sugar.
Sweet potatoes are also an excellent source of potassium, iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. This makes sweet potato a clear winner when it comes to a substitute for eggs in Bisquick pancakes.
For each egg needed, substitute ¼ cup sweet potato with 2 tablespoons of additional liquid.
If you don’t have any sweet potatoes on hand, and you’re feeling like you’re in a Fall mood, pumpkin puree is an amazing substitute here. You can find it in the baking aisle at your local grocery store in the pie ingredients section.
4. Commercial Egg Replacer
While this is used mostly for cookies, you can also use a commercial egg replacer (found in the baking aisle in your local grocery store) as an egg substitute in your Bisquick pancakes.
Commercial egg replacer powders usually contain starch or potentially a ground-up seed, such as flax.
Each commercial egg replacer powder is different, but if you follow the directions on the packaging you’ll be able to easily substitute commercial egg replacer for real eggs in Bisquick pancakes.
Tip: Don’t confuse this with egg-white powder or powdered eggs. The two things are completely different from a commercial egg replacer!
5. No Eggs At All
No eggs? No problem! You don’t actually need eggs in your Bisquick pancakes. Eggs aren’t used in your pancakes for flavor – they just act as a binding agent.
You may need to compensate for no eggs with a bit more liquid (otherwise you’ll end up with pancake dough instead of pancake batter) but you should get light and fluffy Bisquick pancakes all the same.
All in all, if you don’t have any eggs on hand, you have solid options for replacements in your Bisquick pancake batter. Or, just don’t substitute for eggs at all! Happy eating!