Keto Ham & Cheese Biscuits are made with almond flour to keep the carbs low and are surprisingly simple to make. Eat them for breakfast or a quick afternoon snack.
I make a lot of keto biscuits, both these ham & cheddar biscuits and plain almond flour biscuits for my favorite breakfast: biscuits & gravy. With this easy recipe, you can still enjoy fluffy, tender biscuits without the extra carbs in the wheat flour version.
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.
These almond flour loaded biscuits are made almost the exact same way as wheat flour biscuits, only without the high carbs. They’re really good as an alternative if you don’t mind the texture difference.
The best news is that each biscuit has just 3 grams of net carbs. That makes it possible to eat 2, if you want.
Do Almond Flour Biscuits Taste Like Regular Biscuits?
These almond flour biscuits don’t taste exactly like flour biscuits. That is to be expected because these are made with almond flour. The most noticeable difference is in the texture. They’re a bit more crumbly and textured.
The taste is very similar, the look is very close too. They crumble like biscuits. They even get a little crunchy and flaky. That’s good enough for me.
No, they aren’t an exact substitute, but they are a very good alternative when you’re craving biscuits. They make a great keto snack.
Keto Ham & Cheese 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 – Blanched fine almond flour is the best choice.
- Cream cheese – It’s best if the cream cheese is softened, so set it out at least 10 minutes before you mix up the dough.
- Egg – Large, cage-free eggs
- Cheese – Use medium or mild cheese that you shred yourself so it doesn’t contain any extra additives
- Ham – Sliced ham is fine to use but be sure to check for added sugar or carbs (no honey-roasted ham)
- Baking powder – Check the expiration date of your powder. It can stop working well when it’s older than 6 months.
Tips for Making Great Biscuits
- It’s important that the ingredients be as cold as possible when you incorporate them.
- 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 ham and cheese.
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 WholesomeYum, which you can buy directly through that link (it’s our affiliate link). It’s the best almond flour I’ve found. It’s a blanched finely ground almond flour with a great texture and flavor, with just 2 grams or net carbs per serving.
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. You also need to set the cream cheese out so that it can soften before you need to use it.
Step One: Mix ingredients
In a medium bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese with the eggs. Stir it until it’s smooth and there are no lumps left. Then add the shredded cheese and stir.
Next, add the almond flour, baking powder and salt. Stir to combine. Fold in the ham. Resist the urge to stir the batter too much, which will make for tough biscuits. Just bet it all combined and back away. The batter will be quite thick. That’s fine. You don’t need to add any water.
Cover and refrigerate the dough for about 10 minutes.
Step Four: Form 18 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 18 small biscuits that are 2 net grams of carbs each. They aren’t the size of the massive biscuits we’re all used to eating. We keep them small so they are each low in carbs and can be added to your diet without throwing you over your macros.
You can make them larger to suit your needs (the carb count will need to be adjusted accordingly). Depending on the size of your baking tray, you might need to cook them in batches so they aren’t crowded.
Step 5: Bake
Bake on 350° F for 13-15 minutes until golden brown. 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
Can I add spices and other flavorings to keto biscuits?
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 (and leave out the ham) 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.
How to serve ham & cheese biscuits?
Serve these ham & cheese biscuits for breakfast. They’re a fast grab-and-go breakfast for busy work mornings. They also make a good snack when you want something savory but don’t want to ruin your carb count for the day.
How many carbs are in these biscuits?
There are 2 net grams of carbs in each keto biscuit. This recipe will make 18 biscuits. If you choose to make them bigger, they’ll be slightly more carbs per biscuit, but still very low.
Can you freeze keto biscuits?
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 Ham & Cheese Biscuits
- 3 ounces cream cheese softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cups almond flour chilled
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup ham chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter melted
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon mat.
- In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese and eggs. Stir until cream cheese is smooth. Add shredded cheese and stir.
- Add almond flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir until combined, then fold in the chopped ham. Resist the urge to overmix so the biscuits don’t become tough.
- Cover and refrigerate the dough for 10 minutes.
- Form 18 balls of dough and space them out on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes until golden. Brush with melted butter.
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Laura is dedicated to a low-carb lifestyle after losing 52 pounds on the keto diet. As many of us do, she struggles with her weight and has found that one of the only diet lifestyles that allows her to maintain a healthy weight is a low-carb diet. She shares her favorite low-carb recipes here that are both easy to make and full of flavor, so you don’t even miss the carbs.