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. The fathead dough can also be used to make these Easy Keto Bagels.
Well, I’m happy to say that there’s an alternative to flour biscuits, too! These almond flour biscuits can be made almost the exact same way as wheat flour biscuits, and they are really pretty good.
The best news is that each biscuit has just 2 grams of net carbs.
Do Almond Flour Biscuits Taste Like Regular Biscuits?
These almond flour biscuits don’t taste exactly like flour biscuits. I think the most noticeable difference is in the texture. These biscuits are a bit more mealy.
I won’t pretend that they are an exact substitute, but they are a very good alternative when you’re craving biscuits.
The taste is really similar, and the look of them is very close too. I honestly think I could serve one of these biscuits to a friend and not have them know it’s keto. 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
For reference, my favorite no-fail wheat flour biscuit recipe has almost the same ingredients. I wanted it to 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.
PRO TIP: It’s important that the butter be as cold as possible when you add it. The little bits of cold butter in the dough is what gives the biscuits their flakiness.
You can substitute coconut flour for the almond flour, but there are two things to consider before doing this. 1) Coconut flour is way more absorbent so you need a lot less. 2) Coconut flour has a pretty strong taste of coconut, which doesn’t go well with savory dishes, like biscuits and gravy. I’d only use it for making sweet biscuits or scones.
Using Almond Flour
These biscuits will turn out better 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 Anthony’s almond flour, which you can buy direct from Anthony’s. Another brand I like to use is Blue Diamond.
How to Make Keto Biscuits
Start with cold almond flour, if possible. You can put the flour in the mixing bowl and stick it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to chill it down. This will help keep the butter cold right up until you bake it.
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 go the other way and use a food processor.
Keep cutting in the butter until it’s in small pebble sizes, dispersed among the flour.
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.
Add the dough in the sizes you want to a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
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. You can even use these biscuits to make a breakfast sandwich, or as burger buns. You can make them any size you want, to fit your needs.
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 2 net grams of carbs in each keto biscuit. This recipe will make 8 biscuits – each being rather small. 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 (135g)
- 1 tsp baking powder (5g)
- 1/4 tsp salt (1g)
- 3 tbsp cold butter cut into cubes (45g)
- 2 egg whites lightly beaten
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. 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 dough mixture. Stir until fully combined.
- 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.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or when they've turned a nice golden color.
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