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Keto Buttermilk Biscuits

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Who needs carbs, when you can make these soft and buttery Keto Buttermilk Biscuits! Made completely from scratch, they will become your new favorite low-carb dish.

With the holidays around the corner, I knew I wanted to add homemade biscuits to our dinner table this year. I wanted my low-carb biscuits to taste and look as closely as to traditional biscuits as possible, and thanks to some buttermilk (or kefir) that’s exactly what we achieved here!

keto buttermilk biscuits

The biscuits are soft, buttery, and slightly crumbly. They taste amazing with gravy, jam (try my Keto Blueberry Jam!), or just some good old butter. You won’t believe that they are completely grain-free and gluten-free. And that’s not even the best part – they are incredibly easy and fast to make. All from scratch!

What are biscuits?

Depending on the country, biscuits can mean different foods. In the United Kingdom they are a hard-baked cookie or cracker, while in the United States it’s a quick bread. This recipe refers to an American biscuit.

Biscuits are similar to dinner rolls but are denser and flakier. As it doesn’t require any yeast and is instead leavened with baking powder (or soda), it is considered a quick bread. They are typically made with flour, baking powder/soda, butter, and milk (or buttermilk). Some recipes also include sugar or honey for sweet biscuits.

They can be served with savory or sweet toppings. They are a popular accompaniment for dinner, especially Thanksgiving, but can also be the main course, as in sausage biscuits or biscuit and gravy.

How to make keto biscuits?

It’s easier than you think! Instead of wheat flour, we use almond flour and coconut flour. A little bit of xanthan gum helps with the binding, since these biscuits are gluten-free. Just like traditional biscuits, we work in plenty of butter for a rich flavor and crumbly texture.

While high-carb biscuits are typically made without eggs, we are actually going to use egg whites. It will help with the binding, as well as the soft texture of our biscuits.

I also decided to add real buttermilk (or kefir). Buttermilk gives the biscuits are wonderful flavor and fluffs up our texture. While in larger quantities, buttermilk can quickly add up in carbs, we only need 1/2 cup which contains only 6 grams of carbs.

Tips for making low-carb buttermilk biscuits!

Flours. We use a combination of almond flour and coconut flour. Don’t skip the coconut flour, as it helps absorb the liquid from the buttermilk.

Butter. Just like in a traditional biscuit recipe, the butter has to be cut into the flour mixture for a crumbly texture. To do this, use a pastry cutter, whisk, or back of a fork to cut and work the butter into the flour mix until the butter is about pea-size. At the end, the mixture should resemble coarse breadcrumbs. Make sure to use cold butter and touch it as little as possible with your hands.

Buttermilk. I wanted the authentic flavor of buttermilk biscuits and therefore decided to add real buttermilk to this recipe. I found that kefir works just as well. Since I usually have homemade kefir in the house, but rarely buttermilk, I usually use kefir for my buttermilk biscuits.

Dough. Don’t overmix the dough. Use a spoon to mix together the dry ingredients with the egg whites and buttermilk/kefir, just until combined. The mixture will look lumpy.

Cool down. Let the biscuits cool down on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before eating.

Keep it traditional with these Keto Buttermilk Biscuits!

buttermilk biscuit served with jam

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two buttermilk biscuits

Keto Buttermilk Biscuits

Who needs carbs, when you can make these soft and buttery Keto Buttermilk Biscuits! Made completely from scratch, they will become your new favorite low-carb dish.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine American, British
Servings 9 rolls
Calories 144 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 ℉ (205 ℃). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, coconut flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt.
  • To work in butter, use a pastry cutter, whisk, or back of a fork to cut and work the butter into the flour mix until the butter is about pea-size. The dough should resemble coarse breadcrumbs.
  • Whisk together egg whites and buttermilk (kefir) and then add to the dry mixture. With a spoon, stir just until combined. Let sit for 1 minute. Dough will look somewhat lumpy.
  • Drop a scarce 1/4 cup portions (I use an ice cream scooper) onto the lined baking sheet to make 9 biscuits. Slightly flatten the top to prevent a dome from rising.
  • Bake for 14-15 minutes until they turn golden brown. Let them cool down for 10 minutes.

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Notes

Butter. Just like in a traditional biscuit recipe, the butter has to be cut into the flour mixture for a crumbly texture. To do this, use a pastry cutter, whisk, or back of a fork to cut and work the butter into the flour mix until the butter is about pea-size. At the end, the mixture should resemble coarse breadcrumbs. Make sure to use cold butter and touch it as little as possible with your hands.
Buttermilk. I wanted the authentic flavor of buttermilk biscuits and therefore decided to add real buttermilk to this recipe. I found that kefir works just as well. Since I usually have homemade kefir in the house, but rarely buttermilk, I usually use kefir for my buttermilk biscuits.

Nutrition

Serving: 1rollCalories: 144kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 4gFat: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 1g
Keyword Keto bread, Keto breakfast, keto holiday recipe
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