Keto Biscuits made with almond flour are surprisingly simple to make and are a great substitute for flour biscuits.
I was really craving biscuits & gravy for breakfast after I started on a keto diet. It was something I’d make once a month or so before, but suddenly it was off limits. Surely, there was a way to still enjoy biscuits and gravy!
One of the things I love most about a keto diet is that even the things that are off limits have an alternative that’s, at the very least, passable as a substitute. Craving noodles? There’s Miracle Noodles. Craving hamburgers? Use Cloud Bread for buns! Craving pizza? Make Fathead Pizza Dough. Fathead dough can also be used to make these Easy Keto Bagels.
Well, I’m happy to say that there’s also an alternative to flour biscuits! These almond flour biscuits can be made almost the exact same way as wheat flour biscuits, and they are really good.
The best news is that each biscuit has just 3 grams of net carbs. That makes it possible to eat 2, if you want, or make the biscuits larger and use them for a breakfast sandwich. You decide, based on your own macros.
Do Almond Flour Biscuits Taste Like Regular Biscuits?
These almond flour biscuits don’t taste exactly like flour biscuits. You can expect that, when these are made with almond flour. I think the most noticeable difference is in the texture. They’re a bit more crumbly and textured.
No, they aren’t an exact substitute, but they are a very good alternative when you’re craving biscuits.
The taste is very similar, the look is very close too. They crumble like biscuits. They even get a little crunchy and flaky. I honestly think I could serve one of these biscuits to a friend and not have them know it’s almond flour. That’s good enough for me.
Keto Biscuit Recipe Ingredients
There are just 5 ingredients in these biscuits. I keep these things around the house naturally, so I can always make up a batch of biscuits without having to plan for it when I order groceries.
- Almond flour
- Baking powder
- Egg whites
A note about the butter and salt. If you cook with unsalted butter, you should add the salt. If you cook with salted butter, you can leave out the salt.
For reference, my favorite no-fail wheat flour biscuit recipe has almost the same ingredients. I designed this recipe that way on purpose, so they’d turn out as closely as possible to those.
I’ve seen many recipes for low-carb biscuits that have sour cream in them. I don’t find that to be a necessary ingredient.
Tips for Making Great Biscuits
- It’s important that the almond flour and butter be as cold as possible when you incorporate them. It’s much easier to reach the right consistency when you cut the butter into the flour, and they cook best when cold.
- The little bits of cold butter in the dough is what gives the biscuits their flakiness.
- Please don’t substitute coconut flour for the almond flour. This is an almond flour recipe. The two are not interchangeable. Coconut flour is way more absorbent so you need a lot less, and coconut flour has a pretty strong taste of coconut, which doesn’t go well with savory dishes, like biscuits and gravy.
Using Almond Flour
These biscuits will turn out best if you use blanched almonds. Blanched just means that the skin has been removed from the almond before it was ground up. Read more about the difference here. The outcome is a lighter, prettier biscuit, and less mealy.
I use almond flour from Wholesome Yum. It can be ordered directly through this link. It’s the perfect consistency for almond flour and is specially designed for keto cooking. It’s blanched finely ground almond flour has the best texture for keto baking.
I weigh out the almond flour and stick it in the fridge 20 minutes before I plan to use it, so it’s nice and cold.
How to Make Keto Biscuits
Start with cold almond flour, if possible. Put the flour in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill it down. This will help keep the butter cold right up until you bake it.
Step One: Mix dry ingredients
Add the baking powder and salt to the flour. Then cut the butter into the flour. I do this with a pastry cutter. You can do it with a fork, if you have the patience. Or you can use a food processor to quickly pulse it together. If you do use a food processor, it is vital that your ingredients are cold.
Step Two: Cut in the butter
Keep cutting in the butter until it’s in small pebble sizes, dispersed among the flour.
Softened butter will not incorporate correctly into the flour. It will melt into it and form a gloopy blob. Don’t do it. If the butter isn’t cold and stiff, take the time to chill it first.
Step Three: Stir in the egg whites
Quickly whisk the egg whites in a separate bowl for just a few seconds. Then combine them with the dough and stir it all together. No need to overstir. Just get it all combined. It will still have bigger pieces of butter in it. That’s what you want.
Step Four: Form 5 balls of dough
Add the dough balls in the sizes you want to a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. I flatten them down just a bit to spread them out. they won’t fall or spread much in the oven.
The recipe makes 5 biscuits that are 3 net grams of carbs each. You can make them smaller or larger to suit your needs (adjust the carb count accordingly).
Step 5: Bake
Bake the biscuits at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes. I have to watch mine pretty closely after the 12 minute mark and take them out as soon as they turn golden.
The biscuits are light and fluffy when you take them out. Serve them right away with some butter, or use them to make biscuits and gravy. Serve them in place of scones for a fun afternoon tea. The possibilities!
You can even use these biscuits to make a breakfast sandwich, or as slider buns.
Keto Biscuits FAQs
You can absolutely add spices or other flavorings to these biscuits. One of my favorites is the cheddar bay biscuits that Red Lobster makes. You can add 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese to this recipe to make those.
Adding Everything Bagel seasoning to the biscuit dough is another favorite.
Just be sure not to add any ingredients that are liquidy and would change the consistency of the dough.
The most common way that I serve these biscuits is Biscuits & Gravy for breakfast. However, there are many ways to serve these. You can serve them on the side of any meal as a bread replacement. You can use them to make breakfast sandwiches. You can serve them with clotted cream and a cup of tea.
There are 3 net grams of carbs in each keto biscuit. This recipe will make 5 biscuits. If you choose to make them bigger, they’ll be slightly more carbs per biscuit, but still very low.
Yes, you can freeze these biscuits once they’ve cooled after baking. They will keep well in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. They can be reheated in the microwave or the oven. This is a great way to always have biscuits on hand when you need them, rather than having to make a new batch each time
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Keto Biscuit Recipe
- 1 1/8 cups blanched almond flour (120g) chilled
- 1 tsp baking powder (5g)
- 1/4 tsp salt (1g) omit if using salted butter
- 3 tbsp cold unsalted butter cut into cubes (45g)
- 2 egg whites lightly beaten
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C). Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
- Combine almond flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
- Add the cubes of cold butter to the bowl and cut the butter into the flour using a pastry cutter or fork. Combine until the mixture is in gravel-sized pieces.
- Whisk the egg whites in a separate bowl, then add them to the flour mixture. Stir until fully combined. Don't over stir. Butter chunks will remain.
- Using your hands or a spoon, scoop out enough dough to form a biscuit. Place it on the baking sheet. Continue until you've formed all of the biscuits. Make sure to space them apart so they have room to grow while baking. Flatten down slightly with your hand.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or when they've turned a nice golden color.
- If using salted butter, omit the extra salt.
- Make sure your ingredients are cold. Chill the almond flour 20 minutes before using. Use only cold butter.
- The biscuits won’t flatten much in the oven. If you want them flatter, flatten them down to the shape you want before baking.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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