Vegan sweet potato biscuits are an easy-to-make fall-inspired side dish. The addition of mashed sweet potato creates soft, moist biscuits you can enjoy as a holiday dinner side, an easy snack, or even for breakfast.
I feel I may have put more focus on pumpkin recipes this season, ignoring its tuberous counterpart––the sweet potato.
So, today I’m bringing all of you sweet-potato-lovers these amazing vegan sweet potato biscuits.
These biscuits are soft and tender with a subtly sweet, buttery taste. They’re crisp on the outside and light and fluffy in the center making them perfect for soaking up soups and sauces.
What are vegan drop biscuits?
Vegan sweet potato biscuits are a drop-style biscuit meaning there is no rolling or cutting out the biscuit dough.
Instead, the dough is scooped out of the bowl and ‘dropped’ onto the baking sheet. From there the biscuits can be left as-is or somewhat shaped.
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How to make drop-style vegan sweet potato biscuits
This recipe is super easy to make. Start by gathering all the ingredients so they’re easily in reach.
- In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon).
- Add the oil in small clumps to the bowl of mixed dry ingredients.
- Use a pastry cutter (or fork) to cut the oil into the flour mix.
- Add the mashed sweet potato and half of the non-dairy milk to the bowl. Mix until the wet ingredients are incorporated into the dry.
- To finish bringing the dough together I like to get in there with my hands. Slowly add the remaining non-dairy milk while using your hand (or a wooden spoon) to evenly combine the wet and dry ingredients. Add just enough non-dairy milk to bring the dough together. You may not need all of it. There should be no dry flour crumbles at the bottom of the bowl and the dough should be slightly sticky.
- Divide the dough into 9-11 evenly sized biscuits and drop them onto the baking sheet. You can bake them as-is or use your hands to gently round them out a bit.
Bake the sweet potato biscuits at 425ºF for 15-20 minutes or until the tops are slightly golden brown. Serve immediately!
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Can these biscuits be made ahead?
The dough can be made up to 12 hours ahead and refrigerated as either a ball or divided into biscuits. Simply bake them from the fridge adding an extra 2-3 minutes to the bake time.
However, making the biscuits ahead may cause the leaving agent to lose some of its “juice” which means the rolls may not fully rise or be as soft and fluffy as they should be.
But, the taste will still be amazing. And that’s most important!
Can you freeze vegan sweet potato biscuits?
Absolutely! These drop biscuits freeze well. You can freeze them before or after baking.
To freeze before baking
Follow the recipe through step 6 (placing the biscuit dough on a baking sheet). Pop the baking sheet into the freezer. Once the biscuits are frozen-solid transfer them to a freezer bag and place them back in the freezer.
When you’re ready to enjoy these sweet potato biscuits, simply bake them straight from the freezer. Add about 5-7 minutes to the cooking time to ensure they are fully cooked.
To freeze after baking
Allow the biscuits to cool completely. Once they’re fully cooled, place them in a freezer-safe bag and store them in the freezer. For best results, reheat the biscuits in the oven or toaster oven.
Tips for vegan sweet potato biscuits
- These drop-style biscuits are best served fresh and warm.
- For savory biscuits, the coconut sugar can be omitted or lessened to 1 Tablespoon.
- Sweet potatoes can be purchased in a few different ways. Use fresh cooked sweet potato, canned sweet potato chunks, or sweet potato puree.
- The dough can also be rolled and cut with a biscuit cutter. Simply roll the dough out into a rectangle. Fold it into thirds, as if you were folding a letter to fit into an envelope. Gently roll the dough out once more to a 3/4-1/2 inch thickness. Use a biscuit cutter to cut the dough. I found this video on how to properly cut biscuits helpful.
- Substitutions- The oil can be replaced with vegan butter, coconut sugar with sugar of choice,
Warming recipes to serve with these sweet-buttery biscuits
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- 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoon coconut sugar
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2/3 cup scoop-able coconut oil, use refined for a neutral flavor
- 3/4 cup sweet potato, cooked and mashed*
- 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
- Preheat the oven to 425ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
- Use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the oil into the flour mix.
- Add the mashed sweet potato and half of the non-dairy milk to the flour and mix everything together.
- To bring the dough together I like to get in there with my hands. Slowly add the remaining non-dairy milk and use your hands (or a wooden spoon) to evenly combine the wet and dry ingredients. Add just enough non-dairy milk to bring the dough together (you may not need all of it). There should be no dry flour crumbles at the bottom of the bowl and the dough should be slightly sticky but easily hold its shape.
- Scoop out about 1/4 cup of dough and drop on the baking sheet. You can leave them as-is or use your hands and gently round-out the dough. Repeat until all the dough is used. Should make about 9-11 biscuits.
- Bake at 425ºF for 15-20 min or until the tops are slightly golden brown.
- Canned sweet potato is a great alternative to fresh. Drain the liquid, mash the potatoes, then measure them out.
- Sweet potato puree can also be used. Simply measure it and add it to the bowl.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 9 biscuits Serving Size: 1 biscuit
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 70Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 185mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g