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Easy Gluten-Free Vegan Biscuits

by Capri Lilly
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Freshly baked Vegan Gluten-free Biscuits with a golden crust and soft and flaky layers that melt in your mouth. Made with simple ingredients and ready in under an hour, you can indulge in these homemade biscuits for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! (Gluten-Free and Vegan)

If you are a fan of tasty, gluten-free bread recipes, then you have to try Gluten-Free Jalapeno Cheddar Biscuits, Gluten-Free Garlic Bread, or this Gluten-Free Focaccia Bread next!

plate of vegan gluten free buttermilk biscuits served with honey

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When I think of the ultimate comfort meal, fluffy traditional buttermilk biscuits are definitely on the menu. It may seem impossible to find gluten-free, dairy-free biscuits that pass the taste and texture test, but fear not!

This Vegan Gluten-free Buttermilk Biscuits recipe is perfect for those who love classic Southern buttermilk biscuits but want an allergy-friendly version that adheres to most dietary restrictions. These biscuits are just as tender and moist as the classic ones and easy to make too!

Homemade Gluten-Free Drop Biscuits

close up of biscuit to show texture

You’ll Love This Vegan Gluten-free Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe! It’s:

  • Made with Simple Ingredients – So put down the Pillsbury canned biscuits and Bisquick mix!
  • Perfect Texture – Pillowy mounds of fluffy bread, just how we like ’em!
  • Flavorful – Because who said vegan and gluten-free equals bland?
  • Versatile – There are so many ways to enjoy these, whether alone or as a side dish!
  • Easily Customizable– Don’t mind the dairy? Swap the vegan butter and vegan buttermilk for the regular version. Both ways work perfectly!
ingredients shown to make gluten free vegan buttermilk biscuits

Ingredients You’ll Need

The best vegan gluten-free biscuits are made with just six simple ingredients. You may be surprised to learn that delicious dairy-free, egg-free biscuits exist! Although this is a recipe for vegan biscuits, you can use regular butter and/or buttermilk as a non-vegan option.

  • Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour: Use a blend that contains xanthan gum because it replaces gluten. Xanthan gum acts as a thickening agent and contributes to the overall texture of the biscuit. I use King Arthur Flour, Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour. Get it here on Amazon.
  • Cornstarch: This creates those tender, flaky layers we associate with biscuits. I recommend Bob’s Red Mill Cornstarch | Amazon.
  • Baking Powder: Use fresh baking powder in order to ensure the biscuits rise properly.
  • Butter: You can use vegan or regular butter, depending on your dietary preference. Just make sure the butter is cold and cubed for the overall texture.
  • Sea Salt: This adds a savory flavor.
  • Vegan Buttermilk: It is so easy to make your own vegan buttermilk. Simply mix non-dairy milk and vinegar and chill it before adding it to the other ingredients. If you do not have vinegar, lemon would be a good substitute. (You can also do this with regular milk as well to make buttermilk at home.)

How To Make Homemade Gluten-free Vegan Biscuits From Scratch

  1. Prepare your ingredients. Slice the butter into cubes then place it in the fridge to chill before using it. If you are making your own buttermilk, do so first and place the mixture in the fridge to chill and “curdle”. 
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together. Be sure to measure the flour accurately for the best results. When measuring the flour, do not stick your measuring cup into the flour. Instead, use a spoon to scoop out the flour and transfer it to your measuring cup until you have the necessary amount. This helps to reduce any inconsistencies when making the biscuits.
  3. Add the cold butter cubes into the flour mixture using a pastry blender or fork. Mix until the butter is broken down and is the size of small peas. 
  4. Then slowly add the chilled buttermilk and mix until a dough is formed
  5. Using lightly floured hands, place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and pat the dough to ¾” thick. Chill the dough in the freezer for 10 minutes. 
  6. Using a lightly floured ⅓ measuring cup, scoop out the dough and form it into biscuits. Place the shaped biscuits on a parchment-lined baking sheet. You should be able to make 10-12 biscuits. 
  7. Transfer the biscuits to the freezer and chill for 10 minutes before baking.
  8. Brush the tops with melted butter (either vegan or regular). 
  9. Bake the biscuits in a preheated oven at 400°F for 15-18 minutes. 
  10. When done baking, let the biscuits cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet. Finally, serve with your favorite dish and enjoy!

plate of gluten free biscuits

Key Tips And Variations

  • Make sure to use Gluten-Free Flour that contains Xanthum Gum
  • Use fresh baking soda and baking powder
  • Make sure to use enough liquid so that the dough is cohesive and doesn’t fall apart.
  • CHILL THE DOUGH
  • These are drop biscuits. Use a lightly floured measuring cup to form the biscuits.
Biscuits without cornstarch on the top left. Biscuits with cornstarch on the top right. Bottom photos with biscuits on plate: Biscuit without Cornstarch on the left and Biscuit with cornstarch on the right

Making The Biscuits With or Without Cornstarch

The cornstarch helps to make the biscuits more tender and flaky. It works to create the texture we associate with biscuits and helps these gluten-free biscuits maintain their shape.

You can omit the cornstarch if you like. This recipe has been tested both ways. With the cornstarch, the biscuits rise more, are a bit denser and heartier (similar to traditional biscuit texture made with regular flour), and maintained their shape better. Without the cornstarch, the biscuits did not rise as much, spread more while baking, and the texture was a bit lighter and airier, not quite biscuit texture.

While doing a taste test with my family, they all preferred the biscuits with the cornstarch and said, “They taste like actual biscuits, compared to the others which taste more like a soft bread.”. I recommend using cornstarch in the recipe, but you can always omit it if you like.

plate of gluten free buttermilk biscuits with a side of honey

Why are my biscuits dry?

  • Incorrect Measurements of Flour or Liquid: When making the dough, use precise flour measurements. If the measurements are off and you have too much flour, it will yield dry biscuits. Additionally, ensure that you use enough buttermilk.
  • Chilling And RestingThe Dough: Make sure to chill and rest the dough after making it and before baking the biscuits. This step is essential, especially when making gluten-free biscuits.
  • Overworking Dough: In order to prevent tough and dry biscuits, do not overwork the dough.
  • Over-baking: After 15 minutes in the oven, watch the biscuits in order to prevent them from over-baking and drying out. Remove once the tops are golden brown. They will continue to cook as they cool down so let them sit for a few minutes before eating.
  • Let the biscuits cool: Cooling is a must. Skipping this step results in gummy biscuits.

Ways To Serve Gluten-Free Biscuits

You can enjoy these biscuits any time of day. Here are some tasty ways to add them to your next meal.

  • Side Dish: These biscuits would go well alongside your favorite savory dinner meals like this Red Wine-Braised Beef Brisket or these Instant Pot Ribs. These biscuits would go perfect with your breakfast faves too.
  • Sandwich: Cut that biscuit in half and make a breakfast sandwich: Bacon and eggs, or a vegan version like tofu and avocado. Get creative because the possibilities are endless!
  • Snack: Biscuits are great as a stand-alone snack. Vegan biscuits and gravy would be a delightful treat. But you could also use butter, honey, or jam. I like to serve these biscuits with a huge dollop of my Homemade Raspberry Chia Jam!
plate of vegan gluten free buttermilk biscuits served with honey

Common Questions:

Can gluten-free biscuits have buttermilk?

Buttermilk is naturally gluten-free. Feel free to use regular buttermilk instead of vegan buttermilk if you prefer.

Why won’t my gluten-free biscuits rise?

Let’s troubleshoot! To ensure the biscuits rise, make sure the baking powder and soda are fresh. The butter should be very cold and cut into cubes and the buttermilk should be chilled). Do not overwork the dough and make sure you are baking at high heat (400°F).

Can I make biscuit dough ahead of time?

Yes! Prepare the dough then freeze it. When you are ready to cook, place the frozen biscuits in a preheated oven at 450°F for about 20 minutes.

Can I freeze homemade gluten-free biscuits?

Store cooked biscuits in the freezer in order to retain their moisture. Reheat in the microwave for about 30 seconds or in a toaster oven or air fryer for 5 minutes.

honey poured onto gluten free biscuit

I hope you enjoy this Vegan Gluten-free Biscuits Recipe! 

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plate of gluten free buttermilk biscuits with a side of honey

Vegan Gluten-free Buttermilk Biscuits

Freshly baked Vegan Gluten-free Biscuits with a golden crust and soft and flaky layers that melt in your mouth. Made with simple ingredients and ready in under an hour, you can indulge in these homemade biscuits for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! (Gluten-Free and Vegan)
4.92 from 49 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 9 biscuits
Calories: 258kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cup Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour (that contains xanthum gum)
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 8 tbsp Butter, cut into small cubes vegan or regular
  • 1 cup Vegan Buttermilk, chilled, plus more as needed (1 cup non-dairy milk + 1 tbsp vinegar)

Instructions

  • Slice the butter into cubes and place it in the fridge to chill before using it. If you are making your own buttermilk, do so first and place the mixture in the fridge to chill and “curdle”. 
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together. 
  • Add the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender or fork. Mix until the butter is broken down and is the size of small peas. 
  • Then slowly add the chilled buttermilk and mix until a dough is formed. 
  • Using lightly floured hands, place the dough onto a lightly floured surface and pat the dough to ¾” thick. Chill the dough in the freezer for 10 minutes. 
  • Using a lightly floured ⅓ measuring cup, scoop out the dough and form it into biscuits. Place the shaped biscuits on a parchment-lined baking sheet. You should be able to make 10-12 biscuits. 
  • Transfer the biscuits to the freezer and chill for 10 minutes before baking.
  • Brush the tops with melted butter. 
  • Bake the biscuits in a preheated oven at 400°F for 15-18 minutes. 
  • When done baking, let the biscuits cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet. Then, serve with your favorite dish and enjoy!

Notes

Serve with butter (vegan or regular) & honey (non-vegan) 
  • Vegan Buttermilk: It is so easy to make your own vegan buttermilk. Simply mix non-dairy milk and vinegar and chill it before adding it to the other ingredients. If you do not have vinegar, lemon would be a good substitute. (You can also do this with regular milk as well to make buttermilk at home.)
*Nutrition Facts are estimates based on using vegan butter and vegan buttermilk.
I used King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten-Free Flour to make these biscuits. (it contains xanthan gum)
Not all gluten-free flours are created equal. You may experience different baking results depending on the gluten-free flour blend you choose. If your gluten-free flour does not include xanthan gum, add 1 teaspoon to the recipe. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1biscuit | Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 2.8g | Fat: 10.1g | Saturated Fat: 4.4g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 170mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.7g | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg

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9 comments

Lisa September 11, 2022 - 10:52 am

1 star
My biscuits turned out very dense and hard, they didn’t rise at all. I had to throw them all away. I didn’t substitute anything and followed the recipe. I added the milk little by little as suggested and ended up leaving 1/8th cup of milk cause the dough formed and wasn’t crumbly. Not sure if it was supposed to by sticky though cause mine wasn’t that sticky.

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Capri Lilly September 11, 2022 - 12:00 pm

Hi Lisa, that is unfortunate to hear. I’ve made these several times and haven’t had any issues. Since your comment, I’ve also made them again to troubleshoot the recipe, if needed. When I made the biscuits they came out great. A few things that make all the difference in making these biscuits are measuring the flour correctly, using cold butter and non-dairy milk, chilling the dough twice.

I wonder what didn’t work for you. Did you use Gluten-Free flour? If so, did it contain xantham gum? I also recommend using all the milk. I have a section of tips to prevent dense, dry, biscuits in this post. I also tested the recipe without cornstarch as well. Without the cornstarch, the biscuits are lighter but lack the traditional biscuit texture. So, making them without cornstarch is also an option. Please note: When I made the biscuits with the cornstarch the texture was great, not dense and hard. So I am not sure exactly what went wrong for you.
I hope this helps!

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Andrea September 13, 2022 - 8:27 pm

5 stars
these vegan biscuits turned out so good! so fluffy and delicious! I’ll be making them for thanksgiving again!

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Nora September 14, 2022 - 10:22 am

5 stars
Made a batch today and the whole family fell in love with your recipe! So yummy! Thank you!

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Capri Lilly September 15, 2022 - 6:28 am

Hi Nora! I am happy to hear it!

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Jenn duval October 30, 2022 - 8:28 am

I’ll start by saying I loved the final product but have to say o struggled a bit with the way it was written.
1- there is a typo by listing baking powered twice. I figured it was baking soda and baking powder but there are two different amounts
2- mixed all of (what I thought were) the dry ingredients but then saw salt under a wet ingredient so had to go back and add
3- in the ingredients list, adding that the flour should include xantham gum is incredibly helpful. I went back and found it in the body of the post
Again- the end result was great but these things added a ton of frustration along the way.

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Capri Lilly October 30, 2022 - 11:02 am

Hi Jenn! Thank you for the feedback. I have fixed the recipe card to make the ingredient list easier to follow and fixed the typo. With all my recipes, I include tips and details in the post. It takes about 5 minutes to read and helps to alleviate any confusion when it comes to ingredients and how to make the recipe, and it also includes step-by-step pictures. I am glad you enjoyed the final product. I hope you find the recipe easy to make should you choose to make these biscuits again. Thanks for leaving a review 🙂

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AH November 23, 2022 - 9:35 pm

5 stars
I did it! Second time is a charm. Don’t be like me and accidentally use 1 TBS of baking SODA instead of 1 TSP…and overlook the baking POWDER. That was a real bummer and felt like $27 down the drain with the cost of GF flour and vegan butter, ha. But a few days later I tried again and got it right! It’ll be nice to have a biscuit or two to eat with Thanksgiving dinner. Also, I found that lemon juice seemed to make my unsweetened Silk almond milk curdle slightly better than plain white vinegar (used that the first time). Used Bob’s 1-to-1 flour and Earth Balance butter (regular, not soy free).

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Capri Lilly November 24, 2022 - 4:52 am

Hi! Thanks for giving the recipe a second try! I am so happy it worked for you! Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

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