I don’t crave biscuits often, but when I do I want one that’s serious:
Super fluffy, buttery and fresh out of the oven. For that, thankfully I have my go-to Best Damn Vegan Biscuit. But a girl has to have more than one biscuit recipe in her arsenal if you ask me, so I went back to the drawing board.
Origins of Biscuits
Soft, flaky biscuits are believed to be a pre-Civil War Southern creation. And because flour was expensive back then, they were enjoyed as a special treat on Sundays. The concept may have been inspired by British biscuits which were more like a thin cookie or cracker.
Our recipe is inspired by the texture of the Southern version, but is our plant-based take with an extra kick of flavor!
Vegan Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits
I’ve been on a bit of a nutritional yeast kick lately and have been putting it on everything, especially pizza and pasta. And if you’ve been reading Minimalist Baker for a while now, you know I adore spicy food. So it was natural to want to try my take on a cheddar jalapeño biscuit.
I’m happy to report that the result was a massive success. These little golden gems are the real deal!
It starts with your basic dry ingredients plus nutritional yeast! That’s what gives it that amazing yellow color and cheesy flavor.
The rest is simple: Mix your dry ingredients while your vegan buttermilk activates, then cut in your vegan butter or coconut oil. Next, stir in your jalapeños and add your buttermilk and stir. Form into a disc, cut and butter! That’s it – the whole process takes about 10-15 minutes.
And the result is so worth it: A beautiful, buttery, tender biscuit just asking to be devoured. I mean, come on…look at these guys.
These biscuits are legit! They’re:
& Perfect with a little vegan butter and maple syrup (What? Who said that…)
Make these for a special weekend brunch or slow breakfast or alongside your favorite soups or summer grilled items. I can’t wait to make these for some unsuspecting cheese-loving friends. I think they’ll be totally oblivious to the fact that these are completely dairy-free. Cheers!
Vegan Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits
- 1 cup unsweetened PLAIN almond milk
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 scant cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp sea salt
- 4 Tbsp non-dairy, unsalted butter (I use Earth Balance // or sub coconut oil)
- 1/4 cup jalapeño (seeds removed // finely diced)
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (232 C).
- Add lemon or vinegar to almond milk to activate/curdle.
- Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Add cold butter and use fingers or a pastry cutter to combine the two until only small pieces remain and it looks like sand. Work quickly so the butter doesn’t get too warm. Then add jalapeños and toss.
- Make a well in the dry ingredients and, using a wooden spoon, stir gently while pouring in the almond milk mixture 1/4 cup at a time. You may not need all of it. Stir until just slightly combined – it will be sticky.
- Turn onto a lightly floured surface, dust the top with a bit of flour and then very gently turn the dough over on itself 5-6 times – hardly kneading.
- Form into a 1-inch thick disc, handling as little as possible.
- Use a 1-inch thick dough cutter or a similar-shape object with sharp edges (such as a cocktail shaker or drinking glass) and push straight down through the dough, then slightly twist.
- Repeat and place biscuits on a baking sheet in two rows, making sure they just touch – this will help them rise uniformly.
- Gently reform the dough and cut out one or two more biscuits or until all of the dough is used– you should have 8-10 (as original recipe is written), depending on the size of your cutter.
- Next brush the tops with a bit more of melted non-dairy butter and gently press a small divot in the center using two fingers. This will also help them rise evenly, so the middle won’t form a dome.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until fluffy and slightly golden brown. Serve immediately. Let remaining biscuits cool completely before storing them in an airtight container or bag. Will keep for a couple of days at room temperature.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.