Easy Homemade Whole Wheat Biscuits

These are my family’s go-to biscuits that we make whenever we need a good, easy carb with a great soup.  Or a bread basket for a dinner or cheese course!  I love them because they are delicious, healthy, and a heck of a lot cheaper than the bread you can find at your supermarket.  Why the heck is bread so expensive anyway?

Easy Homemade Whole Wheat Biscuits

These biscuits are yeast-less and take about 5 minutes to put together, 10 minutes to bake, and 0 minutes to inhale.  I would call them no-knead biscuits, but you actually need to knead the dough 10-20 times, so I guess that would be lying.  But since that takes only about 30 seconds and pretty much zero arm muscle, I would like to any way.

Another fabulous thing about them is that they are incredibly versatile.  The ones you see above are actually Quinoa Whole-Wheat Biscuits.  Normally I make these with 100% whole wheat flour, but this time, I decided to sub out half the flour with quinoa flour instead.  It was equally as delicious, possibly even more fluffy and didn’t make any difference whatsoever to how they turned out.  You could also substitute other grains, such as cornmeal, rye, or spelt!

If you don’t have any buttermilk on hand, substitute a low fat yogurt or Kefir!  See?  I told you these were versatile.  Now you have no excuse not to make them.  It’s best to bake these right before you plan on eating them so they are piping hot right out of the oven!  This also helps melt the butter that you will inevitably want to spread on them.

If you want a really genuine Southern biscuit, you could make these with White Lily flour…oh my goodness, it is so good!  It’s basically glorified white flour, but for some reason, it’s famous and makes incredibly fluffy biscuits.  I learned that trick from my godfather who is from Tennessee and grew up on a farm.  He is probably one of the best chefs I know.  I actually learned how to make these biscuits probably when I was only 8 years old and would always make them with him whenever we went over for dinner.  Nothing beats mixing biscuit dough with your bare hands, getting flour everywhere, and the smell of fresh buttermilk.

Easy Homemade Whole Wheat Biscuits

Easy Whole Wheat Biscuits

Yield: 12 Servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

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  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or whichever other flours you wish!)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter, cold
  • 1 cup buttermilk, yogurt or Kefir


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sift or whisk dry ingredients together.
  2. If using butter, break up into very small pieces and put into flour mixture. Mix with a pastry fork until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Add buttermilk and form soft dough. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead 10-20 times. Do not over knead!
  4. Press into a 1/2 thick disk and cut using biscuit cutters.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until tops turn slightly brown.  Serve hot.


These taste excellent with my recent recipe for Lima Bean, Zucchini & Leek soup!  In fact, it was so delicious, I decided to make it twice in a week.  If I make a dish twice in a week, it means I really really love it, so I hope that tells you something.  Here’s what I learned the second time round:

  • If you can’t find leeks, feel free to substitute two large yellow onions!
  • Add 2-3 chopped carrots with the rest of the ingredients for a nice, simple and healthy twist.

This was equally as delicious as the original recipe!

So there ya go!  No excuses, people.  These biscuits (and soup, for that matter) are incredibly simple, healthy, and easy on the wallet.  Ok, now that I’ve done my work for the day, I’m going to enjoy a nice cup of Earl Grey tea with milk.  I am English, after all.  By the way, I used Mighty Leaf tea for this cup.  It’s super duper expensive, but delicious!  So naturally, I stole a free bag from the boyfriend’s house.


Happy Friday!

13 Responses to “Easy Homemade Whole Wheat Biscuits”

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    Joslyn @ missfitbliss — November 30, -0001 @ 12:00 am

    I really must have that biscuit cutter! I love the adorable scalloped edges;)

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    Mama Pea — October 15, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

    Easy PEASy? I like the sound of that! :)

    Just wanted to say hi and thank you always for your kind comments!

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    Imwaytoobusy — October 15, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

    These look wonderful…and the cooking time..even better! Great post! :)

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — October 16, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

    These biscuits look amazing & I love how creative you can get with the flour. So healthy too! Must try.

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    Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpi — October 17, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

    I’m seeing biscuits everywhere these days! I never made them before but I really should because they are good with anything and everything. Especially since this recipe is so dang easy. 😀

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    Laura — October 17, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

    Hehe, thanks Mama Pea! You’re the best. You’re totally welcome to steal “Easy Peasy” for future recipes!

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    Laura — October 18, 2010 @ 2:17 am

    Imwaytoobusy–The cooking time is the best, these are definitely a great option if your tight on time! Thanks for visiting :)

    Marla–Thank you so much! They are really healthy. I just bought spelt flour at the store today, so you might see some recipes coming up using it.

    Jean–Really? That’s so funny. Thanks! Let me know if you try them out.

    Joslyn–Thanks Joslyn! I love that biscuit cutter, I use it for everything from biscuits to cookies. Yumm

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    Laura — October 18, 2010 @ 5:58 am

    I tried making these with all-whole wheat flour and some rosemary in there as well. They just didn’t rise very well unfortunately. Not sure if it was the weather, the wheat flour, or something else. I barely kneaded it so I know that’s not it. They also definitely took longer than 5 minutes to put together. Cutting the butter in alone… I think I’ll be sticking with my usual biscuit recipe. That soup sure looks good though!

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    Laura — October 18, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

    I’m really sorry these didn’t work well for you. What type of whole wheat flour do you use? I use pastry, which helps lighten them up, whereas regular whole wheat keeps them heavier. I also just pinch in the butter with my hands and use a pastry fork, so it really comes together quickly for me. You should knead it 10-20 times as well. Let me know if you have any questions! These always work really well for me, so I’m bummed to hear that.

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    Tawny — December 17, 2010 @ 11:46 pm

    These are wonderful!!! I just made them and they were so easy and turned out really fluffy. I used all whole wheat flour. They are delicious! I made them instead of bisquick and wow what a difference.:)(duh) Thanks for the best biscuit recipe!

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    Laura — December 18, 2010 @ 4:21 pm

    Thank you SO much Tawny! I’m so thrilled to hear you liked them. Your comment made my day. Cheaper than bisquick too probably 😉

    xo Laura

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    Allie — March 24, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    Just stumbled upon these – I think I will make them soon. I’m always looking for a whole wheat easy biscuit, so these sound perfect.

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    Laura — March 24, 2011 @ 10:43 pm

    Thanks for visiting and saying hi! Let me know how you like them, they’re so easy to put together. Hope you like them!

    xo Laura

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