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VEGAN BUTTERMILK BISCUITS & COUNTRY GRAVY

Vegan Biscuits & Gravy made from scratch with pantry staples are the ultimate morning comfort food! This classic, hearty breakfast recipe is super easy and ready in 35 minutes.

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Warm, flaky buttermilk biscuits and good old-fashioned country gravy, it’s a delicious combination that takes me on a journey to my younger days, before becoming vegan.

Those were the days of doughboy biscuits and packaged country gravy. Yes, I’ll admit it was just so easy and I know many of you have been there too!

Vegan biscuits and gravy are made from scratch with cashew milk (almond, oat or your favorite plant milk works too), flour and fat, making them a pantry staple recipe and perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Nothing really compares to homemade biscuits and gravy, so roll up your sleeves and get your hands a little doughy because although it may take a little longer – it’s well worth the effort and 100 times more delicious!

side by side pic of stacked vegan biscuits, next to pic of gravy in a pan just freshly made.

Top Tips

I’ve researched and adapted my vegan biscuits and gravy recipe from a few well-known sources: Simply Recipes & The New York Times. I’ve read the reviews, done the testing and bring to you my final results.

  • Adding optional seasoning. Traditionally you won’t find spices other than black pepper in the country gravy, but the addition of a little poultry seasoning and nutmeg are delicious so I’ve added them as an option. If you don’t have poultry seasoning on hand sub in 1/4 teaspoon both sage & marjoram. The spices add a subtle flavor without overpowering. Give it a try!
  • Gravy first. I would tend to start with the gravy first. This will give it time to cool off a bit and thicken, plus you can always warm the gravy on low just before the biscuits are done. This will ensure piping hot biscuits and warm gravy.
  • Read recipe instructions before starting. The vegan biscuits come together fairly fast, just be sure to read the instructions before beginning. One thing you’ll want to keep in mind in not working the dough too much, the less handling the better your end result will be.
  • Making good use of time. While your biscuits are baking, you can do the kitchen clean up. Happy cooking!
  • Change up the gravy. For variation, try this delicious Vegan Mushroom Gravy in place of the country gravy.

How To Make Biscuits and Gravy Without Milk

Once added to the roux, milk makes homemade gravy light in color and creamy. We’ll be using unsweetened cashew milk (almond milk is great too) instead of dairy milk, making this a non-dairy recipe without losing flavor or creaminess. You can also use a combo of vegetable broth and milk/water, making your gravy even more flavorful, but the color may be a little darker.

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How To Store Leftovers

  • Countertop: The biscuits can be kept covered on the counter for up to 2 days.
  • Refrigerator: Both the gravy and biscuits can be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days, in covered containers.
  • Freezer: Both the gravy and biscuits can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months using freezer safe containers. Let thaw before reheating.

How To Reheat

  • Gravy: To reheat the gravy, simply warm it on the stovetop over low heat until warmed through. Add a little milk or water as needed too thin.
  • Biscuits: Biscuits can be warmed in the oven set at 300, wrapped in foil, for 6 – 8 minutes. Once ready, slice biscuits in half and top with warm vegan gravy.

Serving Suggestions

Easy vegan biscuits and gravy is a classic breakfast food and best served with other hearty vegan breakfast foods. Here are a few of my favorite serving options:

Looking for more vegan breakfast ideas? Take a look at all Vegan Breakfast Recipes on TSV!

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VEGAN BUTTERMILK BISCUITS & COUNTRY GRAVY

Craving a little comfort food, these vegan biscuits and gravy are sure to hit the spot and will be ready in about 35 minutes!

  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 - 6 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Ingredients

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Biscuits

  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 rounded tablespoons of vegan butter (I used smart balance w/olive oil)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cashew milk
  • juice of 1 lemon, about 1 tablespoon

Country Gravy

  • 5 tablespoons olive oil or vegan butter
  • 7 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 vegan sausage, minced (Tofurky or Field Roast), optional
  • pinch of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, optional
  • 4 cups unsweetened cashew milk, at room temperature
  • mineral salt & fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Instructions

Gravy: In a medium sized pot heat oil over medium-high heat, add flour and stir for 2 – 3 minutes, until it turns light golden brown. Add the garlic powder, poultry seasoning and nutmeg, mix well, add in the sausage and stir another minute or so. Mixture will form a ball of sorts. Slowly add the milk and continue to stir, bring just to a boil, reduce heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until gravy has thickened to desired consistency, about 10 minutes. Use the back of the spoon/fork to help break up the sausage if needed. Gravy will thicken a bit more as it cools. Season with plenty of pepper and salt to taste. Set aside with lid on, or slightly askew stirring every now and then until ready to serve. If gravy cools too much, heat over low until warmed.

Biscuits: Make your buttermilk by combining the milk with the lemon juice. Let set for about 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly flour a flat surface (use a cutting board, marble slab, etc). Leave a little extra flour on the side for your fingers and the biscuit cutter. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or lightly grease with oil.

In a medium size mixing bowl, add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, mix well to combine. Add the chilled butter and cut it into the flour using a pastry blender or the back of a fork. You’ll know it’s ready when the butter is about pea sized and the mixture is crumbly looking. Add in the milk and mix until just combined, making sure there are no flour patches. The dough should form into a rough ball, it should be tacky not sticky. If mixture is too wet & sticky, add a little extra flour and mix just a needed.

Place dough on the prepared floured surface, pat it down into a rough circle or rectangle about 1 inch thick, fold dough onto itself. Repeat 2 more times (this will make for flaky biscuits). Add extra flour to your fingers or dough as needed. Gently flatten the dough to about 3/4 inch thick. Using a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter, place cutter in the reserved flour, tap the cutter on the flat surface to remove any excess and press the cutter into the dough, repeat. As much as you feel you want to, do not twist the cutter in the dough as it crimps the edges and will interfere with proper rising. Place biscuits on prepared baking sheet, brush with a little olive oil or cashew milk over top if you like. Place in the oven on the middle rack for 15 -18 minutes.

Makes approx. 10 biscuits. You can get 12 if you rework the dough scraps. They won’t be the prettiest biscuits but they’ll still taste great.

Serve: Split the biscuits open face and serve gravy over top. Enjoy often!

Serves 4 – 6

Notes

If gravy thickens too much, add a splash of milk to thin.

If you don’t have baking soda on hand, use an extra 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder.

Swap 1 cup of the flour for spelt or whole wheat flour. Biscuits will be a little darker.

You can also try placing the biscuits in a 9 inch round or 9 x 11 rectangular baking dish (be sure to lightly grease it first). Biscuits will be closer together making the edges nice and soft!

The vegan sausage will add a nice dose of protein to the overall recipe. Each Tofurkey kielbasa sausage (this is what I used) contains 26 grams of protein. Add two sausages if you like!

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Vegan Buttermilk Biscuits & Country Gravy

61 Comments

  1. So delicious!!!

  2. I’m allergic to nuts. So can I use soy milk instead?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yes, use your preferred non-dairy milk! Enjoy :)

  3. My mother has been making biscuits and gravy since before I could crawl and this dish wowed her. Everyone in my family loved it, even my picky toddlers!

  4. This recipe is my go to for gravy! It’s really a no fail recipe.

  5. Really easy and delicious! I’m a southerner that’s been looking for this recipe for a while and boy am I glad I found it! I used Morningstar patties that I diced into the gravy and I may honestly like this better than original recipe. You get all of the flavor, without feeling like 1000 Ilbs. I used some sage spices In the gravy to really get that sausage flavor and I couldn’t have been happier with the results. One of the other commenters mentioned their gravy got clumpy, just like with a real roux, try to not cook the flour on too high when adding the liquids and make sure to take the time to really stir the flour while adding in your liquids (slowly, one cup at a time).

  6. David Allender says:

    Wow! Simply fantastic. I practically grew up on country gravy and this more than filled the gap. Used 1/2 earth balance and coconut oil for the biscuits and 1/2 earth balance and olive oil for the gravy. Both the biscuits and the gravy were the best ever. Served with sliced cantaloupe. Amazing!

  7. I tried to make this a few days ago but the gravy had lumps of flour in it that I couldn’t get to dissolve even though I whisked it for almost 10 minutes. What do you think I did wrong?

    1. What tool are you using for stirring? Don’t use a whisk! I know it may seem insignificant, but try using a silicone spatula. I used to have the same issues with these types of sauces that contain flour and I switched to a silicone spatula and I haven’t had any issues.

  8. Alexandra Andor says:

    I have to hand it to you! I think your website is my new cook book. I only made just he biscuits for a side, and they are superb!! Thank you for sharing/teaching!!!

  9. I’ve made this gravy a handful of times now (probably a dozen!) and it’s turned out perfect every single time. I make it with cashew milk and Gardein breakfast saus’age and it’s amazing! My southern husband loves biscuits and gravy and has been so pleased we can still enjoy that since going vegan a year ago! Thank you!

  10. miranda sellars says:

    how would you make this gluten free?

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