5-Ingredient Easy Drop Biscuits - gluten-free and vegan options

This Easy Drop Biscuit Recipe comes together in a flash and is both gluten-free and vegan. You will love how simple this gluten-free biscuit recipe is--why not make several batches and freeze a bunch to have some on hand anytime?

This Easy Biscuit Recipe is great for healthy food on the run. Full of whole grain goodness, they're perfect for a last minute meal or an easy snack...gluten-free and vegan options too.

We've been on a gluten-free diet for awhile now, due to Asperger's, thyroid issues, and digestion issues, and I've been baking vegan recipes for a long time due to my son's life-threatening food allergies to egg and dairy.

And since I am super busy, I am in need of easy recipes, so this gluten-free and vegan easy biscuit recipe has come in very handy over the years.

As the weather starts to turn a bit cooler, my mind turns to baking again.

I used to bake so much.  Too much probably.  Ah well, there are worse things to spend one's time on :-).

Anyway, I've been pulling my grain mill out again and we are all enjoying the taste of fresh baked goods again.

But time is still tight and I am juggling a lot.   Being a wife, a mom, homeschooling, this blog, our special needs son, special diets, and still having physically rough days of adrenal issues.  On those days not much gets done.

So I need fast recipes that can nourish my family without a bunch of fuss.

This Easy Biscuit Recipe is great for healthy food on the run. Full of whole grain goodness, they're perfect for a last minute meal or an easy snack...gluten-free and vegan options too.

Introducing the Super Easy Drop Biscuit Recipe

This is one of those.

Adapted from one of Sue Greggs's Breakfast recipes, this Easy Biscuit Recipe is a recipe that I turned to early in my whole grains lifestyle.  They are wholesome and simple.

This Easy Biscuit Recipe is great for healthy food on the run. Full of whole grain goodness, they're perfect for a last minute meal or an easy snack...gluten-free and vegan options too.

We LOVE these biscuits with Homemade Nut or Seed Butter on them and a bit of sweetener.  We are on a candida diet, so I sprinkle a bit of xylitol or spread a bit of vegetable glycerine on them, or maybe fruit-only jam.  And like almost everything else that I make, I typically double triple the recipe (at least) and freeze the extras (if they last that long!).

This Easy Biscuit Recipe is great for healthy food on the run. Full of whole grain goodness, they're perfect for a last minute meal or an easy snack...gluten-free and vegan options too.

Read more on Saving Time and Money by Baking in Bulk.  It is so nice to have some of these to grab for a quick lunch, snack, or breakfast.

One thing I will note about this gluten-free biscuit recipe is that the baking soda flavor is somewhat noticeable if you eat them plain. I'm going to see if I can work on that to make it less obvious and will update the post. We do love them anyhow with all kinds of toppings, but our favorite is Homemade Nut Butter and some honey or jam.

Tips and Tricks for these Gluten-Free Biscuits

  • Flour Type: I like to make these easy gluten-free drop biscuits with whatever mix of flours I have on hand.  I'm not a perfectionist when it comes to flour usage in gluten-free baking.  I typically do, however, like to:

- use some sweet brown rice as it adds a bit of stickiness to baked goods
- use a blend of flours since they work much better than just one type of flour
- not too much buckwheat or quinoa flour as they tend to have an aftertaste
- add at least some homemade oat flour for an "oat-ey" and nutty taste

See my Gluten-Free Baking Tips for more helpful ideas for flour combinations to use in this easy biscuit recipe.

  • Light or Hearty?: This recipe makes a "hearty" biscuit. If you want a lighter biscuit and your diet permits it, then please use some white flour as a sub for some of the whole grain.
  • Flavor Notes - this biscuit is a little "baking soda-y"--that's just the way that they are. If time permits I will work on an update.
This Easy Biscuit Recipe is great for healthy food on the run. Full of whole grain goodness, these gluten free biscuits are perfect for a last minute meal or an easy snack...gluten-free and vegan options too.

Recipe Notes

  • Gluten-free Baking Help: For help with baking gluten-free, see my Gluten-Free Baking Tips.
  • Baking Powder Alternative: If you would like to make your own baking powder, see Homemade Baking Powder. To avoid the starch, use 1 2/3 teaspoons baking soda and a splash more of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar instead of baking powder.
  • Buttermilk Alternative: To make your own buttermilk, put 1/8 cup lemon juice or apple cider vinegar (I use this organic option) in a measuring cup and add enough milk to make 2 cups. You can use any milk or milk alternative like Easiest Coconut Milk or Easiest Almond Milk)
easy drop biscuits on baking tray and white plate with jam

5-Ingredient Easy Biscuit Recipe (gluten free and vegan options)

This Easy Drop Biscuits Recipe is gluten-free & vegan and full of healthy whole grains--fabulous for most any special diet.
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Course: Breads, Snack
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Keyword: Easy Gluten-free Biscuit Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 42 biscuits
Calories: 63kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cups whole grain flour (we use GF flour)
  • 5 teaspoons baking powder (6 1/4 baking powder if using GF flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (1 1/4 if using GF flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk (or DIY vegan option--see above notes)
  • 3 tablespoons oil (I like to use coconut oil, melted)

Instructions

  • Add all dry ingredients to a bowl. Mix well.
  • Combine milk mixture (or buttermilk) and oil.
  • Add wets to dries and stir until just mixed and then beat another 10 strokes.
  • Drop large golf-ball sized balls of dough onto a baking stone or cookie sheet, at least 2" apart. 
  • Bake in a 425 degree preheated oven for 12 - 15 minutes until lightly-browned.

Nutrition

Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 7g

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If you like easy recipes like this easy biscuit recipe, here are some more easy recipes we love:

Just remember to make extra vegan biscuits (or any of these other recipes), then drop them in the freezer (don't drop them too hard--m'kay?) for busy days in the future :-).

- Homemade Protein Bars
- Low-Carb Oat Bran Muffins
- Silky Smooth Bean Fudge
- Nut Butter Truffles

Do you have a favorite "grab and go" snack or baked good to share?
What would you serve your Easy Drop Biscuits with?

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  1. We made these (with spelt and almond milk) twice in the last few days because they are so delicious. And easy! Thanks!

    And I have to say, until this recipe, I wasn't aware I could make "buttermilk" by adding vinegar to almond milk. You've changed my life. Last weekend I was able to make my usual pancake recipe so well that my husband, who simply accepts the inferior results of dairy-free cooking, said, "Wow, these are amazing!" Woo hoo!

    You're site in general has blessed me so much. You rock. 🙂

  2. I found your recipe when looking for a gf biscuit recipe since biscuits and gravy sounded good. I've never made biscuits before but thought this was simple, and it was! Super easy and so tasty! I made about half the recipe using 1/4c sweet rice flour, 1/2c of both white and brown rice flour, and then 1/4c of a gf flour mix I had on had. Added a dash of natural vanilla too and 1.5 TSP of sugar to make it sweeter since I've been having a sugar attack. LOL So good! This recipe is a keeper. Thank you so much!! My 1yr old loved it too with a little organic applesauce on it for a "jam" idea. 🙂

  3. Hi, I made these tonight and put pulled BBQ pork on them. They were good, but I think I need to play with the recipe a bit. Might have been the mix of flours I used...but I was thinking that some ground flax seed goop might add a bit more moisture and hold them together a bit better. What do you think?...Otherwise though they were a hit with my kids, and my non-GF hubby ate 3!

    1. Sounds like a great idea!! I think it does depend on the flour but they are a little dry. Still, they do get eaten. Typically GF means - "doesn't hold together well" unless there's substantial flax, chia or gums (which I try not to use).

      1. I know what you mean about "doesn't hold together well"...my biggest gripe! I was also thinking maybe to make these more of a treat or breakfast item to hand mix in a bit of all fruit preserves before baking, not really mixing in, but leaving clumpy in the dough. Might try it tomorrow, I'll keep you posted! Can this dough be made up the night before and left in the fridge till morning?

        1. Absolutely it can. If you leave it out w/ just the grains and the liquids you'll be soaking the grain which is supposed to be better for you. You should have a grain w/ phytase in it but that's another topic :-). See my post on Soaking grains.

  4. Your biscuits look utterly delicious!

    What is the difference between a biscuit & a scone? I see biscuits recipes on American blogs; is it typical American? I am a Belgian!

    I have never made biscuits before, scones & cookies, yes! I must try these! 🙂

    1. Good question! I've looked it up and learned something:
      1. Scones are usually sweeter, though biscuits can be either sweet or savory.
      2. Scones are typically cut into triangles whereas biscuits are typically round.
      3. Biscuits are usually a side dish w/ breakfast or dinner whereas scones are usually served with tea.

      Welcome! My roots are in Ireland. Are you still in Belgium? Hope to see you around again and I hope to post a scone recipe sometime. I love them!

  5. Do you use a tablespoon or a teaspoon measurement for this when you drop them on the cookie sheet? Thanks!

    1. Hi Amy. I just drop whatever size I'd like. I'd say it's typically about 1/2 a muffin size. Gluten free foods typically hold together better in small sizes. Hope that helps!

  6. These are delicious! I flagged them last fall, and finally got around to playing with the recipe. I've made them several times in a past few days for myself, family, new neighbors and company. They're a hit. It's now my basic healthy biscuit/quickbread recipe.

  7. Sorry this has nothing to do with your current post but I have a question. I was checking out your recipe for rice milk on Money Saving Mom. If you wanted to make a chocolate version, what do you suggest for the flavor? Thank you! Love your blog.

    1. I think just add chocolate or carob. We've done that and love it. Just try about 1-2 T for the whole batch and then you'll be able to see what strength you like! Enjoy and thanks for your kind words!

  8. I have to try these!!

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasure's Whole Health Weekend Link-Up.

    Check back tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! 🙂

  9. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe with the Gallery of Favorites. It is great it has gluten and dairy free options too!

  10. I love recipes like this, with the different ways to accommodate dietary choices!

    Thanks for linking up with Momtrends this week!

    ~Shannon, Food Channel Editor, Momtrends.com

  11. I don't make drop biscuits often enough for my children. Your recipe sounds like they produce light, fluffy biscuits. I appreciate the GF and DF options. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

    1. Hi Alea!

      Just so you know, I wouldn't say "light and fluffy", but they are good. Most of my things aren't "light and fluffy" because I only use whole grains, almost as a rule. For good health :-). Hope you like them anyway!

  12. These look like simple biscuits! I guess I shouldn't be reading posts about food when I'm hungry, lol! Thank you for linking up at Healthy 2day Wednesdays! Sorry I have been out of the loop for a bit, we have moved houses! Hope you'll join in this week!

    1. Congrats on the new house - you must be super busy! That is one thing that I hope I never have to do again - move :-).

  13. Hi Adrienne,
    I sure would love to have one of these hot biscuits with some butter and jam, yum! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  14. Drop biscuits are the only kind of biscuits that I bake. I can't bear the thought of rolling out dough and cutting it into biscuits. I just don't have the counter space. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

    1. I feel the same way :-). I used to have time for such things. Now the simpler - the better. I will occasionally try something more involved, but the emphasis here is on "occasionally" :-).

      Take care!