Fluffy, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth vegan biscuits! You’ll be amazed at how soft and buttery these are — you’d never guess they were dairy free.
Okay, so they’re not the prettiest biscuits in the world, but that’s fine with me. Look at those layers!
I had some trouble producing an attractive batch of vegan biscuits, and I’m kind of glad: I made batch after batch in an effort to make pretty vegan biscuits, each time refining the recipe. I think I’ve finally created the perfect vegan biscuit.
What You’ll Need
You only need a handful of ingredients to make these dairy-free biscuits!
- Non-dairy milk
- Apple cider vinegar
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Organic sugar
- Vegan butter
How to Make Vegan Biscuits
Before getting started, I highly recommend chilling your milk and sticking your butter and mixing bowl (preferably glass or stainless steel) in the freezer to chill. Keeping everything cold is one of the tricks to making perfect, flaky biscuits.
Stir your milk and vinegar together in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup. This is your vegan buttermilk. It might curdle — that’s totally fine and nothing to be concerned about. Pop the milk mixture back into the fridge so it stays cold while you’re not using it.
Now stir your flour, baking powder, soda, sugar and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Grab your butter and cut it into six to eight chunks, then place them in the mixing bowl with your dry ingredients.
Use a pastry cutter, fork, or a couple of butter knives to cut the butter into the flour mixture. Keep going until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Work quickly to avoid warming up the butter.
Now use a spoon to make a well in the center of your flour mixture, and pour in your vegan buttermilk. Stir to form a dough. You’ll probably see some bits of butter in the dough — this is a good thing!
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into a square — about 9 x 9 inches. Be gentle while working with the dough — you don’t want to over-develop the gluten, which can lead to biscuits that are tough and chewy rather than flaky and tender.
Fold your square in half, then press and shape it back to its original size. Repeat the shaping and folding process two times more. This is how we’re creating layers.
After folding the dough for the final time, use a rolling pin to roll the dough to about 1/2 inch thick.
Now take a pastry cutter, dip it into some flour, and cut the dough into biscuits. Try to avoid twisting the cutter (flouring it will help with this), and be efficient with the placement of your cuts, to minimize rerolling.
You’ll have some dough left. Some people will tell you not to reroll your excess dough, because biscuits from your second roll won’t be quite as tender and flaky. Personally, I can’t handle the idea of wasting all that dough, so I always reroll it, but do what works for your. Another alternative is to use a knife to cut square biscuits, so there’s no scrap.
You can keep cutting and rerolling until all the dough is used, but again, be efficient. Each batch will be a little less tender than the last.
Arrange your cut biscuits on a baking sheet and brush the tops with some non-dairy milk. Bake them until they’re golden and fluffy.
I like to brush my biscuits with some melted vegan butter after taking them out of the oven.
Vegan Biscuit Tips & FAQ
- Can these biscuits be made gluten-free? I’m really not sure, but I suspect an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend would work.
- Where can I get vegan butter? Many supermarkets carry it near the regular butter. If yours doesn’t have it, try a place like Whole Foods. Look for brands like Earth Balance and Miyoko’s.
- For the flakiest biscuits, keep your ingredients and tools cold. Chill your mixing bowl, pastry cutter, vegan butter, and non-dairy milk before getting started. Avoid handling the dough with your hands, as this will warm it up quickly. If your dough or ingredients are warming up to where the butter starts to soften, pop it in the freezer for a few minutes to bring the temperature back down.
- Shelf life & storage: These biscuits will keep in a sealed bag or container at room temperature for about 3 days, or in the freezer for 3 months.
- Serving ideas!
Vegan Buttermilk Biscuits
Fluffy, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth vegan biscuits! You'll be amazed at how soft and buttery these are — you'd never guess they were dairy free.
- 1 cup unflavored and unsweetened non-dairy milk, chilled, plus more for brushing
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon organic granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup vegan butter, chilled (preferably frozen), plus more for brushing
Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.
Stir the milk and vinegar together in a small bowl or liquid measuring cup. Place it in the fridge to chill while you mix your dry ingredients.
Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
Cut the butter into 6 to 8 pieces and add them to the bowl with the flour mixture.
Use a pastry cutter or a couple of butter knives to cut the flour into the dry mixture. Work until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Use a spoon to form a well in the flour mixture, then pour the milk mixture into the well. Stir just until the ingredients are incorporated and a soft dough forms.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into an approximately 9 x 9 inch square. Fold the square in half, then press and shape it back to its original size. Repeat the folding and shaping process twice, then use a rolling pin to roll the dough to about 1/2 inch thick.
Cut the dough into biscuits using a 3-inch biscuit cutter, dipping the cutter into flour before cutting each biscuit.
Arrange the cut biscuits on the prepared baking sheet, leaving at least an inch of space between adjacent biscuits.
Reroll any excess dough and cut it into additional biscuits.
Brush the tops of the biscuits with dairy-free milk.
Bake the biscuits until fluffy and golden on top, 12 to 14 minutes.
Transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack when the biscuits are finished baking, then brush the tops with a bit of melted vegan butter.
Let the biscuits cool for a few minutes before serving.