My vegan pumpkin coconut flour biscuits are perfect for breakfast, dinnertime, or alongside a cup of coffee. They are gluten-free, grain-free and nut-free. Plus, you can easily make them oil-free, too!
Oh me, oh my, these are some amazing biscuits. It only took about 20 rounds of weeping and gnashing my teeth to get the proportions right (I get very Old Testament when I am developing recipes).
Why so much fussing for a biscuit recipe? It is the coconut flour. It can be ever so tricky for developing vegan recipes. Its default state, when mixed with liquids, is goo, so turning it into tender baked goods requires some serious re-configuring.
Strip away any eggs, dairy or nuts and the challenge mounts. But, hallelujah, I got got these biscuits spot-on: tender with a great bread texture, plus plenty of pumpkin flavor, a hint of spice and a smidge of sweet. My household skeptics (husband and son) both give enthusiastic thumbs up.
- Vegan (egg-free, dairy-free)
- Oil-free option
Ingredients for Vegan Pumpkin Coconut Flour Biscuits
The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- coconut flour
- chickpea flour
- potato starch (I have options in the recipe card)
- baking powder
- ground cinnamon
- chilled virgin coconut oil, cut into small pieces (I have options for oil-free!)
- whole psyllium husks
- coconut sugar (or sweetener of choice)
- unsweetened canned pumpkin purée
- coconut milk (full-fat)
You will also need a very small amount of water and (optional) salt.
Instructions for Making the Coconut Flour Pumpkin Biscuits
Note that the complete directions are also in the recipe card below.
Step One: Preheat Oven & Prepare Pan
Step Two: Whisk the Dry Ingredients
Step Three: Add the Coconut Oil
Like many good biscuits, these have some chilled fat (in this case, coconut oil) mixed in to the flour for tender results.
I use my fingers when working in plant-based butter, but a fork works better with coconut oil. You could also pulse it in with a food processor. Just make sure not to overprocess, you want some irregular bits throughout.
If you would like to make these biscuits oil-free, you can! They will be less flaky, but still so good.
Skip the step above for adding the coconut oil (above), and instead, add an extra 3 tablespoons (45 mL) of coconut milk in step four.
Step Four: Combine the Liquid Ingredients
In a small bowl, whisk the pumpkin coconut milk, water and psyllium husks until blended and smooth. The mixture will thicken (quickly) from the psyllium husks.
The psyllium husks are key to giving these coconut flour biscuits a bread-y texture without any eggs. It is inexpensive and works to plump up vegan, gluten free baked goods in a way that other egg substitutes (e.g., flaxseed meal) cannot.
Step Five: Add the Pumpkin Mixture to the Dry Mixture
Add the pumpkin mixture to the flour mixture, stirring until combined.
Step Six: Shape and Cut the Biscuits
I am a lazy baker, which means I avoid steps that are, well, avoidable. Like re-rolling biscuit scraps.
So, instead of cutting out rounds, shape the dough into a rectangle and cut into squares. Arrange the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet, spring them several inches apart.
A short bake later, you have these gorgeous biscuits.
Because they are very faintly sweet, the biscuits are equally suited for dinner and lunch as they are for breakfast, brunch, or tea break (bring on the jam!).
How Should I Store the Biscuits?
Store the cooled biscuits in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours before serving.
What Can I Use in Place of the Potato Starch?
An equal amount of tapioca flour, arrowroot, or cornstarch can be used in place of the potato starch (note that the biscuits will not be grain-free if cornstarch is used).
I have, in a pinch, also made these with an extra tablespoon of chickpea flour in place of the potato starch (they turned out great).
Can I Use Something Other than Whole Psyllium Husks?
You can, however, use an equal weight of psyllium powder to replace the whole psyllium husks. Most packages for psyllium powder indicate that 1 teaspoon of powder is 5 grams, so you will need 2 teaspoons (10 grams) to replace the 2 tablespoons (10 grams) of whole psyllium husks.