Vegan oat soda bread biscuits for St. Patrick’s Day or any day! They are gluten-free and easy to make in no time at all.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I hope you remembered to wear green today. I’m sipping a green smoothie, which I’m sure to spill on myself, somewhere, so I think I’m covered :).
I have plenty of Irish from both of my grandmothers, so I am happy to share one of my favorite Irish recipes to make and eat: Irish Soda Bread Biscuits.
It’s a little bit unusual to make biscuits instead of a single loaf, but biscuits cook so much faster, and shaping the dough is a breeze because you do not shape but instead plop these biscuits onto a baking sheet.
If plopping dough and eating warm biscuits sounds like a plan, then grab a bowl and let’s get to it!
Irish Soda Bread Biscuits that are Vegan & Gluten-Free
These biscuits are so easy to make and good to eat that I almost forgot to mention: they also happen to be both vegan (no eggs, no dairy) and gluten-free. It is easy to make the bread vegan; most soda breads do not have eggs and swapping in nondairy milk and non-dairy oil options is a cinch.
For the flour, I used a measure-for-measure all-purpose gluten free flour blend + ground rolled oats (oat flour). The result is toothsome, but still light, perfect for soda bread.
Make No-Dairy Buttermilk
Before making the biscuit dough, set aside a few minutes to stir together some vegan buttermilk. It sounds daunting, but it’s not: combine the plant milk of your choice with some acid (lemon juice or vinegar) and let stand for about 5 minutes until the milk begins to curdle.
Make the Soda Bread Biscuit Dough
Once the buttermilk has curdled, stir in the maple syrup. Time to make the (easy) dough.
Using your fingertips or a pasty cutter, cut in the vegan butter until mixture resembles moist sand. Add the milk mixture with a fork and stir until mixture just comes together in a rough dough, like so:
Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 11-15 minutes until risen and golden brown. Let the biscuits cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes (it is tough not to grab one straight from the oven!).
These biscuits are light and fluffy and all-around scrumptious. Enjoy them plain, as an accompaniment to meals, split them to make mini sandwichers, or slather with your favorite nut butter, jam, or vegan butter.
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