There’s nothing quite like a fresh, warm, and flaky biscuit, especially when it’s made completely plant-based! Learn how to make the BEST tall, fluffy, and tender vegan buttermilk biscuits! They require only 8 simple ingredients and will be ready in about an hour! Plus, they’re great for the holidays!
The term “biscuits” has a few different meanings around the world, but here in the US it refers to a flaky and fluffy quick bread more similar to a scone than a traditional dinner roll. It’s made without yeast so it does not require any rising, and it can be enjoyed on its own or paired with many different sweet and savory recipes.
To make these biscuits, all you need is:
Almond milk and apple cider vinegar to make a vegan buttermilk
Cold butter cold butter cold butter— the key to perfectly flaky biscuits is cold butter! Our #1 tip is to place the butter along with the remaining ingredients into the freezer for at least 10 minutes before starting.
Vegan buttermilk plays an important role in this recipe as the acidity, in conjunction with the leaveners, helps the biscuits rise aka FLUFF UP. To make it, place 1 tablespoon of an acid (apple cider vinegar or lemon juice) in a 1 cup measuring cup. After that, fill the remaining space in the measuring cup with almond milk and set it aside for 1 minute to curdle.
Remove your vegan butter from the refrigerator. Using a sharp knife, cut the butter into small cubes. Place the butter in a freezer-safe container and set it into the freezer to chill.
In a large liquid measuring cup, add in the apple cider vinegar. Then, add in the almond milk until it reaches the 1 cup line. Mix together and allow this to sit to form vegan buttermilk. Place the almond milk as well as a large mixing bowl in the freezer and allow these to chill for 10 minutes. If needed, you can transfer the buttermilk to a large cup before placing it into the freezer to prevent spilling.
Remove the bowl from the freezer and add in the flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, salt and baking soda. Mix together until well combined.
Grab a food processor and add 3/4 of the flour mixture in. Remove the butter cubes from the freezer and add them in as well. Run the food processor on high for about 30 seconds to break down the butter and create a breadcrumb-like texture. You can also cut the butter in using a fork or a pastry blender. Simply add the butter into the flour mixture and use one of the two to “cut” the butter into the dry ingredients and create a breadcrumb-like mixture. Add the contents of the food processor back into the mixing bowl that has the remaining 1/4th of the flour mixture.
Remove 2 tablespoons of the vegan buttermilk and set it aside in the refrigerator. Then, using a spatula, create a well in the middle of the flour mixture, add in the remaining buttermilk and then quickly and gently mix everything together, just until incorporated. Remember that this dough does not need to represent a bread dough! It is going to be crumbly.
Lightly flour a clean work surface and pour the dough onto it. Place the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Using your hands, pat the dough into a rough rectangle about 3/4″ thick. Fold the dough into thirds, and then using a rolling pin (preferred) or your hands, gently roll the dough into another 3/4″ thick rectangle and fold it into thirds again. Lastly, roll the dough out until it is 1-inch thick.
Using a 2 3/8″ biscuit cutter, closely cut the dough into circles. Be sure to only press and NOT TWIST the biscuit butter. Place the biscuits about 1/2-inch apart on the baking sheet and place that into the freezer for 10 minutes more. You can reform the scraps into more dough and cut those out as well, but we only recommend doing it once as the more you work the dough, the faster the butter will melt and the least desirable the outcome will be. To avoid leftover dough scraps, you can also cut the dough into squares or diamonds.
Place the baking sheet with the biscuits into the freezer for 10 minutes. This chill will help the biscuits keep their shape as they are baking. Preheat oven to 430°F.
Remove the biscuits from the freezer, brush them with the reserved buttermilk mixture, and place them into the oven for about 16 to 21 minutes, or until fluffy and golden.
Remove them from the oven, and serve warm with vegan butter and apple butter. If you’d like, you can even brush the biscuits fresh out of the oven with some warm vegan butter for an extra touch.
You can store any leftover biscuit at room temperature in an air tight container for several days, although they are best when fresh.
We also suggest placing all of the remaining ingredients AND the tools that you will be using in the freezer for at least 10 minutes before starting.
To make these ahead of time: We suggest making these up until step 8, but letting the biscuits chill in the freezer for 1 hour rather than 10- minutes. Then, place them into a freezer safe bag or container–you can actually keep in there for up to 3 months. When you are ready to bake them, preheat your oven to the required temperature and once it is preheated, place your biscuits onto the baking sheet and bake them for 19-23 minutes, or until golden.
If you want to add a little more “umph” to your biscuits, try these extra add ins:
1/4 cup vegan cheese plus 2 tablespoons of vegan bacon (cooked and crumbled) and 2 tablespoons of chives
1/4 cup sliced scallions plus 1 tablespoon garlic powder
Although biscuits are fairly simple, there are a few must follow “rules” when you’re making them that will guarantee success.
Keep everything chilled— the key to perfect flaky biscuits is having cold butter hit the hot oven when you set them in to bake. In order to keep the butter cold, you’ll also need to keep all of the other ingredients cold!
Use quality ingredients— this will make a huge difference for the outcome of your biscuits and will yield the best result!
Do not over mix the dough— keep in mind that biscuit dough is crumblier than bread dough and will not be the same! Mix it just until it comes together. Mixing it too much will result in tough biscuits.
When cutting the biscuits, don’t twist the cutter! Simple press down and pull up, that’s it. If you twist it, this seals the edges and the biscuits won’t rise as well.
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Hi, we’re Jasmine and Chris! We share fresh and fun recipes to show you that vegan cooking is easy, approachable and delicious. When we’re not blogging, you will probably find us enjoying live music, tending to our backyard garden or playing with our dogs Berry and Louie