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Easy Gluten-Free Buttermilk Biscuits (Vegan)

by Capri Lilly

Freshly baked Gluten-free Buttermilk Biscuits with a golden crust and soft and flaky layers that melt in your mouth. Made easy with just 6 ingredients 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 and 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 Biscuits

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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!
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Ingredients You’ll Need To Make These Gluten-free Biscuits

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: For best results, 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 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

Why are my biscuits dry?

  • Incorrect Measurements of Flour or Liquid: When making the dough, use precise measurements of flour. If the measurements are off and you have too much flour, it will yield dry biscuits. Additionally, ensure that you use enough buttermilk.
  • 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.

Ways To Serve Gluten-Free Buttermilk 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 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.

Why won’t my gluten-free biscuits rise?

Let’s troubleshoot! To ensure the biscuits rise, make sure all of the ingredients are at room temperature when mixing (except for the butter which should be very cold and cut into cubes, and the chilled buttermilk). Use your hands to form the biscuits instead of using a cookie-cutter. 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 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 Buttermilk Biscuits have a golden crust and soft and flaky layers that melt in your mouth. Made easy with just 6 ingredients in under an hour, you can indulge in these homemade biscuits, guilt-free for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
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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
  • ¼ cup Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 8 tbsp Butter, cut into small cubes vegan or regular
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Vegan Buttermilk, chilled (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.

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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