Flaky biscuits with no grains and paleo friendly? It IS possible! These tender, melt in your mouth biscuits will not disappoint!
I tinkered with this recipe for some time, and I now happily make this recipe at least once a week to go with dinner and to have on hand for some biscuit egg sandwiches!
I am mean seriously…biscuits of all shades are major comfort food…am I right?!!
I’ve learned more than anything, they trick is in the technique and how you handle the dough…just like my paleo pie crust!
And if you need an egg free biscuit too, check out my gluten free vegan biscuits.
Tips for a flaky biscuit texture
Baked goods that require FLAKY as a description require some special handling (or lack thereof in this case!)
The technique in handling the dough is equally as important as the recipe. Also. super cold ingredients are key!
While I prefer using my food processor to make the dough for the biscuits (it requires less touching of the ingredients which keeps them colder and it handles my frozen butter easily!) , you can still use the pastry cutter method if you do not have this kitchen tool on hand.
When it’s time to handle and pat the dough into a ball, you’ll want to handle the dough as little as possible…keep that cold fat from melting!
It can even be a good idea to throw the formed biscuits into the freezer on the cookie sheet for up to ten minutes before you put in them in the oven!
Dairy Free Paleo Biscuits?
I got you covered!! Some people who follow a paleo diet also do not consume dairy. I have tested these out both ways!!
- Be sure to see recipe notes on how to make some flaky dairy free AND paleo biscuits in the recipe card!
Step by step gluten free biscuits
Step 1: Pulse the butter into the dry ingredients
Step 2: Pat your dough into circle and cut into desired shape
Step 3: Arrange in desired pan, keeping the edges near to each other to help them ‘lift’ each other up!
Want some yummy soups to serve with these paleo biscuits?
- An old family favorite, dairy free potato soup has chunks of ham and is ultra creamy withOUT dairy products!
- Keto Instant Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Soup is a crowd favorite!
- Keto Meatball Minestrone is delicious and low carb!
Flaky Paleo Biscuits Recipe:
If you try these tender biscuits, let me know in the comments below!
Flaky Paleo Biscuits
Buttery and flaky grain free biscuits will be the star of the table!
- 1 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup cassava flour
- 1/4 cup potato starch or tapioca starch
- 1/4 cup plain unsweetened whey powder OR replace with hydrolyzed gelatin (NOT the kind that gels and sets thing!)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons gelatin or 1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 8 tablespoons frozen butter roughly cut up, or cold coconut oil
- 1/2-3/4 cup kefir any plain variety. Can also use preferred plain yogurt.
- 1 egg
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In the bowl of a food processor, place all the dry ingredients.
Pulse a few times to mix.
Add in the the butter chunks and pulse until broken up but still some pea sized pieces of butter remain visible. If using coconut oil, place the whole bowl in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to chill before continuing.
Add in the egg and pulse a couple of times to mix.
Add in kefir, and pulse until JUST starting to come together. Start with 1/2 cup and add more only if necessary. The dough should press together easily.
Dump out onto a floured work surface (I use more of the starch), and knead a couple of times gently to bring the dough together and and make a cohesive ball.
Pat into an 8" circle, about 1.5" thick.
Use a biscuit cutter to cut circles, or shape into a square and cut 9 squares.
Place in an 8 or 9" greased pan, just barely spacing the biscuits apart. A cookie sheet works too, or a cast iron skillet.
Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until golden and set.
Is the egg necessary? Working with gluten, dairy and egg elimination
You could try either 2 tsp psyllium or a flax/chia egg instead.
Fay W. says
I am searching for a biscuit recipe that is AIP compliant. Have you ever tried subbing the almond flour, with Cassava or Coconut flour? We can’t have grains, dairy, nuts, seeds, or night shades….or any of their byproducts. Have you tried this recipe with lard? I never thought I’d miss bread this much. I have a whole yard full of fruit trees and am desperate for a decent biscuit, on which to slather homemade jams and sugar free preserves. Thanks for the lovely photos, too…I haven’t salivate like this since Christmas LOL
Lard is a an easy sub, make sure it is chilled!
I *think* using all cassava flour would work. I am guesstamating the amount to be about 1 1/2 cup cassava, 1/2 cup tapioca starch. If you try, please let us know!
linda spiker says
Holy moly. Those are the flakiest! (in a good way)
Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! says
These are amazing, truly a feat to make them so flaky and delicious looking!
These are buttery soft delicious ! I love it ! Thank you.
These looks so good! The potato starch probably adds some great texture…. so flaky!
Dang! These look legit!
Wow! Hard to believe these delicious biscuites are paleo!
My house is doing a keto challenge (I’m the only one eating straight paleo) There will be a riot if I make these delicious flaky biscuits and I eat them all. But I may still risk it…
Megan Stevens says
Wow, well done; these look perfect!! I love how you created just the right ratio of ingredients for such a beautiful biscuit! SUCH a special food!! 🙂
Melissa @Real Nutritious Living says
I can die a happy woman! These are amazing!
Emily @ Recipes to Nourish says
These biscuits look incredible!!! That beautiful golden top, I can’t wait to make some.
STACEY CRAWFORD says
Wow, Tessa, these really do look so flakey, soft and just like the traditional kind! Brilliant 🙂
Jessica DeMay says
These look amazing and that texture is spot-on! I’ll take some with jam please 🙂
O wow , I can’t believe these are paleo! I miss biscuits so much and I can’t wait to try this out one.
Irena Macri says
SO yum. These would be amazing with some paleo fried chicken and gravy. Makes me want to go ALL out! Can’t wait to make these xx
Is there any substitute for the whey powder?
Tessa Simpson says
Hi JoAnn!! I also have used the gelatin substitute (I linked this in the recipe too), and was going to test out adding more flour instead too….
These look absolutely AMAZING!!!
Kim Robinson says
Those look so good!
Andrea Wyckoff says
These look amazing!! Best looking biscuits I’ve seen in a long time!
Tessa Simpson says
well ‘looking’ is one thing, i hope you like they way they TASTE!! Thanks Andrea!!
Megan Ancheta says
These look so wonderful and flaky! I can’t wait to try the recipe!
Tessa Simpson says
Megan, I know you are dairy free. What is your favorite non-dairy yogurt or non-dairy kefir to use as a sub?
I do not have kefir and must be dairy free so the yogurt is out. Anything else I could sub for?
Tessa Simpson says
Hi patricia!! Do you have access to almond or coconut milk yogurt? I have also seen coconut milk kefir. You could also try a dairy free cream cheese or sour cream mixed with a favorite milk. I haven’t tested it out with homemade dairy free buttermilk (milk w/ lemon juice or ACV to curdle), but that would be worth a shot too. I would start with less since it has more water than yogurt or kefir. Let me know if I can help in any other way, and if you DO try one of these modifications, love to hear how it works!!