Vegan Biscuits


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These easy vegan biscuits rise beautifully and they are flaky, fluffy and buttery. The recipe riffs off a classic buttermilk biscuit recipe without the buttermilk and it guarantees the best biscuits you’ve ever baked. Also included are instructions for making these gluten-free.

Fluffy vegan biscuits nestling in white kitchen napkin.Fluffy vegan biscuits nestling in white kitchen napkin.

Homemade biscuits are a beloved American food, and a much-requested one in our home as well (including vegan buttermilk drop biscuits and vegan sourdough biscuits). The biscuits I make most often, however, are these simple but classic vegan biscuits.

This recipe is simply amazing. The biscuits come together really quickly, so they’re perfect for when you’re in a hurry or when you have guests over. And they need just six ingredients, most of which almost certainly are in your pantry. 

They are also utterly easy to make, with a few caveats to keep in mind that I will share, so you can make the most delicious homemade vegan biscuits ever.

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Why you’ll love these vegan biscuits

  • Fluffy and melt-in-the-mouth tender. These vegan buttermilk biscuits are so perfect and they will elicit rave reviews from anyone who is lucky enough to eat them.
  • Six ingredients and one bowl (or food processor) needed. This vegan biscuit recipe is so simple, and once you have the biscuits cut out they take just 14 minutes in the oven to bake up into perfect, fluffy deliciousness.
  • Versatile. You can serve these biscuits for any meal. They make a delicious addition to a vegan breakfast or brunch and you can also serve them for lunch or dinner, or eat them all by themselves–they are so good!

Tips for success

  • With biscuit dough, as with pie dough, you want to handle the dough as little as possible, so work quickly. A winter kitchen is friendlier to making biscuits because ingredients remain colder for longer. Keep all wet ingredients, including the milk and butter, refrigerated until ready to use.
  • Use a fork to mix your dough. Your hands are warm, and warmth is not good until the time the biscuits hit the oven. You will need to touch your dough a few times, while putting it in cling wrap or while rolling it, and that’s fine. Just don’t do all of the mixing with your hands.
  • Refrigerate the biscuit dough for at least five minutes before cutting out biscuits.
  • When you cut the biscuits, flour the cookie cutter lightly and don’t wiggle it into the dough as you cut–cut straight down in a decisive motion. This will help the biscuits rise better, with flaky layers.
  • Roll the biscuit dough on a lightly floured surface. You want enough flour to keep your dough from sticking, and you should also flour your rolling pin as well as scatter a bit of flour on top of the dough to make rolling easier.
  • Round biscuits are classic, but you can also use a square or rectangle cookie cutter, if you like.

Ingredients

  • Unbleached all-purpose flour. You might be tempted to substitute whole wheat flour here, and you can, but you will get the most tender, most fluffy biscuits with all-purpose flour.
  • Baking powder + baking soda. These will help the biscuits get fluffy and rise a mile high.
  • Vegan butter. This will help make the biscuits flaky but soft. You can use any vegan butter, including Earth Balance, Miyoko, Country Crock or one of the many others now in the market.
  • Non-dairy milk. I used oat milk. Use any dairy-free milk of your choice, including almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk, etc.
  • Apple cider vinegar. This, along with the milk, will create a buttermilk-like chemistry that makes the biscuits flaky and fluffy.

Fluffy vegan biscuits in white napkin.Fluffy vegan biscuits in white napkin.

How to make vegan biscuits

Dry ingredients for vegan biscuits in bowl.Dry ingredients for vegan biscuits in bowl.

1. Mix the non dairy milk with the vinegar and set aside in the refrigerator for a couple of minutes to curdle. This is the vegan buttermilk.
Place the flour in a bowl with the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together.

Butter added to dry ingredients for biscuits in bowl.Butter added to dry ingredients for biscuits in bowl.

2. Add the cold vegan butter to the bowl with the dry ingredients and, using a fork or a pastry-cutter, “cut” the butter into the flour until you have a coarse mixture with a few pea-size pieces of butter. You can also do this in the food processor–pulse the flour and butter three to four times, for five seconds each time, no more, until the butter has broken down into smaller bits.

Biscuit dough in bowl.Biscuit dough in bowl.

3. Slowly drizzle in the nondairy milk and vinegar mixture, and mix with a fork until the dough forms. If doing this in the food processor pour the milk through the feed tube while turning on the “pulse” button in short bursts. You may not need all of the milk. The dough should be moist enough to come together in a ball, but it should not be too wet.

Biscuit dough on floured surface.Biscuit dough on floured surface.

4. Wrap the biscuit dough in cling wrap, flatten into a disc, and place in the refrigerator for at least 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, set the oven to preheat to 450 degrees Fahrenheit/230 degrees Celsius.

Cookie cutter being used to cut out biscuits.Cookie cutter being used to cut out biscuits.

5. On a floured surface, roll out the dough about ½-inch thick. Use a round cookie cutter to cut out biscuits. Roll up dough scraps and cut more out. You should get about 10-12 biscuits.

Vegan biscuits on baking sheet.Vegan biscuits on baking sheet.

6. Place the biscuits at least an inch apart on a baking sheet. You can brush a mixture of one teaspoon oil with one teaspoon non-dairy milk on the biscuits to help them color. Bake for 14 minutes until fluffy and golden brown.

Recipe FAQ

How can I make gluten-free biscuits?

Use two cups of gluten-free all purpose flour and a tablespoon of tapioca starch or tapioca flour. You can also add ½ teaspoon of xanthan gum, if the flour doesn’t already have some added to it. Proceed with making the dough as instructed. You might need more milk, because gluten-free flours tend to be thirstier. Once you have a dough, pat it into a circle half-inch thick on a floured surface using your hands, not a rolling pin. Bake the biscuits for 18 minutes. They won’t be as golden-brown as biscuits made with all-purpose flour, but they will taste amazing.

Can I make these with whole-wheat flour?

You can, but biscuits made with wholegrain flour won’t be quite as fluffy. But if you want healthier biscuits, go for it.

Storage instructions

  • Refrigerate: Refrigerate leftover biscuits for up to four days.
  • Freeze: Flash-freeze the biscuits on a baking sheet in the freezer. Then place in an air-tight container or freezer-safe container and freeze for up to four months.
  • Reheat: Heat refrigerated biscuits in a 350-degree preheated oven for 4-5 minutes or until warmed through. If reheating frozen biscuits, reheat 10-12 minutes, no need to thaw first.

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Fluffy vegan biscuits in white napkin.Fluffy vegan biscuits in white napkin.

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Vegan biscuits nestling in white kitchen towel.Vegan biscuits nestling in white kitchen towel.

Vegan Biscuits

These easy vegan biscuits rise beautifully and they are flaky, fluffy and buttery. The recipe riffs off a classic buttermilk biscuit recipe without the buttermilk and it guarantees the best biscuits you’ve ever baked. Also included are instructions for making these gluten-free.

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Course: Biscuits, Bread

Cuisine: American

Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian

Servings: 12 biscuits

Calories: 136kcal

Author: Vaishali · Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes

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Instructions

  • Mix the non dairy milk with the vinegar and set aside in the refrigerator for a couple of minutes to curdle.

  • Place the flour in a bowl with the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together.

  • Add the butter to the bowl and, using a fork or a pastry-cutter, “cut” the butter into the flour until you have a coarse mixture with a few pea-size pieces of butter. You can also do this in the food processor–pulse the flour and butter three to four times, for five seconds each time, no more, until the butter has broken down into smaller bits.

  • Slowly drizzle in the nondairy milk and vinegar mixture, and mix with a fork until the dough forms. If doing this in the food processor pour the milk through the feed tube while turning on the “pulse” button in short bursts. You may not need all of the milk. The dough should be moist enough to come together in a ball, but it should not be too wet.

  • Wrap the biscuit dough in cling wrap, flatten into a disc, and place in the refrigerator for at least 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, set the oven to preheat to 450 degrees Fahrenheit/230 degrees Celsius.

  • On a floured surface, roll out the dough about ½-inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out biscuits. Roll up dough scraps and cut more biscuits. You should get about 10-12 biscuits.

  • Place the biscuits at least an inch apart on a baking sheet. You can brush a mixture of one teaspoon oil with one teaspoon non-dairy milk on the biscuits to help them color. Bake for 14 minutes until fluffy and golden.

  • Serve hot or warm.

Recipe notes

Instructions for gluten-free biscuits:

  • Use two cups of gluten-free all purpose flour and a tablespoon of tapioca starch or tapioca flour. You can also add ½ teaspoon of xanthan gum, if the flour doesn’t already have some added to it. Proceed with making the dough as instructed. You might need more milk, because gluten-free flours tend to be thirstier. Once you have a dough, pat it into a circle half-inch thick on a floured surface using your hands, not a rolling pin. Bake the biscuits for 18 minutes. They won’t be as golden-brown as biscuits made with all-purpose flour, but they will taste amazing.

Storage instructions

  • Refrigerate: Refrigerate leftover biscuits for up to four days.
  • Freeze: Flash-freeze the biscuits on a baking sheet in the freezer. Then place in an air-tight container or freezer-safe container and freeze for up to four months.
  • Reheat: Heat refrigerated biscuits in a 350-degree preheated oven for 4-5 minutes or until warmed through. If reheating frozen biscuits, reheat 10-12 minutes, no need to thaw first.

Nutrition

Serving: 1biscuit | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg

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