Gun Powder Biscuits

Snow! We finally have snow! Lots and lots of wet, heavy snow. And, what better food to eat when it’s cold and snowy out than soup.

But, of course, you need to have biscuits with soup, right? Well, in my house, you do.

My dad always called baking powder biscuits “gun powder biscuits.” I know not why. But, in an homage to him, I continue the tradition.

Of course, when he made them, they were often made with Bisquick.

We won’t go there.

Nope, my biscuits are not only vegan, they’re grain-free.

And they pass the kiddo test. Oh yes they do.

grain-free, vegan baking powder biscuit

grain-free, vegan baking powder biscuit

Grain-free, Vegan “Gun Powder” Biscuits

3/4 cup almond milk
1 t. psyllium powder
3/4 cup (90 g) fine ground garbanzo bean flour
1 cup (120 g) almond meal
1/4 cup (28 g) arrowroot starch
2 t. baking powder
3/4 t. salt
1/4 cup (48 g) shortening

Preheat the oven to 450°. In a measuring cup, mix the almond milk and psyllium powder. Set aside. In a bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in the shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the almond milk and mix with a fork or spoon until mixture comes together. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until nicely browned.

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27 Responses to Gun Powder Biscuits

  1. Kathryn says:

    Looks yummy! I love the name and your reason for using it!

    • Deanna says:

      Thanks Kathryn! I should probably ask him why he called them that. But, it’s just one of many funky names he has for stuff. So, it probably has no meaning at all.

  2. Oh, Deanna, I need some of these with our soup tonight!! YUM! Love the tribute to your dad! 🙂 I went to my local pharmacy, but not psyllium powder there, so I’ll have to call around to pharmacies in town or order online. I do want to try it! This recipe of yours gives me some other biscuit ideas, too. 😉


  3. These look and sound delicious. I wish Atlanta was cold enough for soup, but biscuits are always perfect no matter what the weather is. These look perfectly delicious!

  4. angelasommers says:

    I am really excited to not actually find, but even have a biscuit recipe delivered to my doorstep so to speak. I LOVE biscuits and thought I could never have one again! I will make asap, only, what is psyllium powder and where do you get it? And if you can’t, what would happen if you left it out?
    Anyhow, thanks a lot, and have a great day!


    • Deanna says:

      Hi Angela,
      Psyllium powder can be found in most drugstores. It’s a natural laxative. Be sure to look for the unflavored kind that’s just pure psyllium powder. It also “gels” and binds gluten-free flours together. So, if you leave it out, they’ll be more crumbly. You may be able to substitute a gum (xanthan or guar), though I’ve not tried that. I have tried using flax seed (2 T.) and that works, though the biscuits will crumble more.

      Good luck – I hope they work well for you!

      • angelasommers says:

        Thanks so much! I’ll go on a “treasure hunt” this weekend! Mmmmh, I can taste these biscuits already! 🙂

  5. Ricki says:

    Going to try these–I love biscuits and this sounds like SUCH a good recipe! THanks for submitting to Wellness Weekend this week! 🙂

  6. These look great. I went from just gluten-free to grain-free in the last couple of weeks and REALLY appreciate this recipe.

  7. These look great. I have been loving the combo of chickpea flour with almond lately since I went grain free for Lent! Cannot wait to try them.

    • Deanna says:

      Thanks, Eryn. I love the combo in savory applications. I haven’t quite grown to love it in sweet yet. But, it’s growing on me. 🙂

  8. Katharina says:

    We´ve already had snow in Austria, now Spring is coming 🙂 The first thing I thought of when I read “Gunpowder Biscuits” was the super-effective gunpowder-tea. I don´t even know where to get garbanzo bean flour ^^

  9. gfedge says:

    I’ve just started using the psyllium. A gluten-free friend is sensitive to the flax I was using and I really like to take care of my friends as well as myself.

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  11. Cara says:

    Those are some gorgeous looking biscuits, Deanna! I cannot believe the beautiful color of the flour–it looks like they are made with wheat flour. Trying this 🙂

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  13. Ricki says:

    I totally remember this recipe from the first time I read it! Going to try it in my chowder–thank you, Deanna! 🙂

  14. Vegan Meema says:

    My family is from the south and they were always called “gun powder biscuits”

  15. Brandie says:

    This is so rad – I have pysllium powder, for just getting more fiber in – but i’d not heard of using it as a binder before! It sure does get “gell-y” though, what a great find! Since we went GF (about 6 weeks ago?) I’ve been hungry for go-to recipes. I surely will try these!

    • Deanna says:

      Oh yah, psyllium is a super great egg replacer. I like it better than most others. I tend not to use hot water with it because it gels too much. But, yah, I use it in a ton of my recipes.

      Welcome to the gluten-free world (and the blog).

  16. Libbie says:

    Made this today, and it’s one of the best gf vegan biscuit recipes I’ve ever tasted! Easy, great texture, great taste…gonna have to make a tripple recipe next time. The only change I made was using ground chia seed instead of the psyllium powder.

    • Deanna says:

      Thanks for the compliment! I’m so glad to hear it. I’d not tried it with chia before, so I’m glad to hear it works. I make these on a pretty regular basis in my house. Sometimes, I add cinnamon, sugar and raisins and make a couple for dessert, too. 🙂

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