Enjoy these gluten-free biscuits that are also dairy-free and vegan. Plus get some recommendations for some store-bought gluten-free biscuit mixes for those I-need-a-shortcut days.
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There’s something to be said about having a good biscuit recipe on hand. Biscuits can be a wonderful side dish or as part of a main dish.
They’re good in the morning with jam and butter (vegan butter for those dairy-free folks like I am).
They’re good as a sandwich roll for breakfast sandwiches.
They’re great for biscuits and gravy.
They’re wonderful for eating alongside stew or soup.
They’re always good as a side dish with a dish of butter or vegan butter to serve for any dinner or gathering with friends or family.
What makes biscuits tricky when you follow a gluten-free diet is that most recipes call for all-purpose flour, which contains gluten.
For those of us who are gluten-free, it’s nice to have an option that suits our diet and allows us to enjoy our favorite comfort foods with.
In my case, I also don’t eat dairy or eggs due to food intolerances, making most baking extremely tricky.
Luckily, I’ve come up with a recipe to still enjoy my favorite meals with biscuits without having to give up doing what’s right for my body.
In this post, we’re going to discuss how to make most recipes for biscuits gluten-free and some store-bought gluten-free biscuit mixes if you like a shortcut.
I’m also going to share my favorite gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan biscuit recipe with you to serve with all your favorite meals.
How do you make biscuits gluten-free?
To make biscuits gluten-free, you’ll want to use a gluten-free flour or gluten-free flour blend. The gluten-free flour that you use may change how your biscuits come out.
Choose one that is a blend with xanthan gum included, or if you make your own gluten-free flour blend at home that includes xanthan gum.
This ingredient is vital for the binding nature of your biscuits, so they aren’t not too crumbly.
If you are trying to follow a traditional biscuit recipe, you may have luck using a gluten-free measure-for measure flour, as you can easily replace the all-purpose flour called for in the recipe with equal amounts of this measure-for-measure flour blend.
I like to use my standby King Arthur Measure for Measure flour blend in most of my baking, and I used it for this recipe too.
Note that you can use any brand or homemade gluten-free flour blend, but the results may come out differently than those in the recipe I’m sharing in this post.
If you’re not into the idea of making your own homemade gluten-free biscuits from scratch, you might consider getting a little help from the store. Check out the gluten-free mixes and brands below to save yourself some time and energy.
Gluten-free Biscuit Mixes and Brands
If you’re looking for a store-bought option to help save you some time, check out one of these biscuit mixes that are gluten-free.
As with all store-bought products, you’ll want to be sure you’re looking at the ingredients list or checking for a gluten-free label before buying.
I’ve noted the mixes that are also dairy-free with an asterisk(*). You can look for these both at grocery stores and through online websites, like Amazon.
- Betty Crocker Bisquick Gluten-free Pancake and Baking Mix*
- Bob’s Red MIll Biscuit & Baking Mix*
- Chebe Bread Gluten-free Original Cheese Bread Mix
- HighKey Keto Biscuit & Bread Mix
- Pamela’s Biscuit & Scone Mix*
- Red Lobster Gluten-free Cheddar Bay Biscuit Mix
Ingredients for Gluten-free Biscuits
The gluten-free biscuit recipe I’m sharing is also dairy-free and vegan, which is perfect when you’re avoiding gluten, dairy, and eggs. These are the items you’ll want to have on hand before you get started with this recipe.
Gluten-free flour blend
You can use your favorite gluten-free flour blend that you have on hand that is store-bought or homemade. I use King Arthur Measure for Measure flour blend in most of my baking, and I used it for this biscuit recipe too.
You can use any dairy-free milk you have on hand for this recipe. I’ve used coconut milk (both from the can and carton), hemp milk, and almond milk for this recipe with similar results. Anything works here, so use what you have!
Baking powder gives these gluten-free biscuits some lift when they’re baking, so they rise just a bit. Be sure your baking powder is gluten-free for this recipe.
Salt is a much-needed ingredient in these biscuits to simply give the biscuits a bit of flavor.
Vegan butter or coconut oil
You can use either vegan butter or coconut oil in this recipe for the fat in these gluten-free biscuits.
The only thing to keep in mind is that you’ll want whatever ingredient you choose to be cold, so that it works into the dough at the right consistency.
You’ll also need a little bit of extra vegan butter or coconut oil to brush on the tops of the biscuits to give them a crunchy top and golden color.
How to Make Gluten-free Biscuits
These gluten-free biscuits are super simple to make and come together with just a few ingredients and steps. Let’s go step-by-step so you can see how easy they are to put together.
Preheat the oven
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Combine dry ingredients
Combine gluten-free flour blend, baking powder, and sea salt in a large mixing bowl.
Work in the vegan butter or coconut oil
Add the vegan butter or coconut oil to the bowl. Mix together with your fingers until well combined and crumbly. It’s okay to get a little messy here!
Add the dairy-free milk
Slowly add the almond milk to the bowl, stirring with a wooden spoon as you pour.
Gently knead the dough with your hands until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Over mixing will create little hockey pucks instead of fluffy biscuits.
Shape the biscuits
Using your hands, divide the dough into about six equally-sized pieces. Shape each portion into a rounded biscuit and set on your prepared baking sheet.
Brush the biscuits with vegan butter or coconut oil
For a crunchy top and a golden color on top, brush the formed biscuits with melted vegan butter or coconut oil before baking. This step is optional.
Bake the biscuits
Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Once baked, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Handling the biscuits while warm may cause them to crumble and fall apart, so it is best to let them cool mostly before handling them.
Tips for Great Gluten-free Biscuits Every Time
There are a few things you can do to make sure your gluten-free biscuits turn out great every time.
After making these biscuits a number of times, I have a few tricks that I use to make sure the biscuits are fluffy and golden brown each time I bake them.
- Use a gluten-free flour blend that already contains xanthan gum. I like to use King Arthur Measure for Measure flour
- Use cold coconut oil or vegan butter to work into the dough
- Work the oil or vegan butter into the dry ingredients by hand. Don’t overmix the dough or they will come out flat
- Don’t use a rolling pin to flatten then cut, rather use your hands to form them into biscuit shapes
- Brush the top with vegan butter or coconut oil. The vegan butter will give the biscuits a golden color on top
How to Serve Gluten-free Biscuits
Wondering how to serve these gluten-free biscuits? Try some of these delicious ideas for breakfast, lunch or dinner!
- With vegan butter
- With vegan butter and jam
- With vegan butter and honey
- Topped with gluten-free dairy-free sausage gravy
- With a fried egg and bacon in a breakfast sandwich
- With your favorite sandwich fixin’s
- With a bowl of gluten-free stew
- With homemade chicken and biscuits
- Alongside a gluten-free dairy-free casserole
- With leftover Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce
I hope if you’ve been looking for the perfect gluten-free biscuit recipe that you feel inspired to hop into your kitchen right now to get started on them!
- 2 cups gluten-free flour blend
- ¾ cups dairy-free milk
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup vegan butter or coconut oil, cold
- ¼ cup vegan butter or coconut oil, melted (for brushing on tops of biscuits)
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Combine gluten-free flour blend, baking powder, and sea salt in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the coconut oil. Mix together with your fingers until well combined and crumbly.
- Slowly add the milk, stirring with a wooden spoon as you pour. Gently knead the dough with your hands until just combined, being careful not to over mix.
- Shape the dough into six equal-sized biscuits. Transfer to a baking sheet.
- Brush tops of the biscuits with melted vegan butter or coconut oil.
- Transfer to the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
Be sure to use cold coconut oil or vegan butter to mix into the dough to get the right biscuit consistency.
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