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Vegan Biscuits and Gravy (Oil Free)

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These vegan biscuits and gravy are the ultimate comfort food breakfast! Tender vegan biscuits topped with a creamy sausage gravy for an easy plant based favorite!

Square white plate with biscuits and gravy with more biscuits in the background

Biscuits and gravy is a family favorite I grew up with. And every year, it is one of the favorite dishes at our extended family’s Christmas brunch.

I love figuring out ways to replicate our family favorites in a healthier, vegan form. Rather than miss out on this delicious meal, I found a way to make it meat free, dairy free, and oil free! It’s easy, and can be made ahead, making it a perfect recipe to bring to a brunch.

Biscuits and gravy is a traditional American breakfast, especially in the south. It is said to have originated before the Revolutionary War as a way to make food stretch farther.

The traditional recipe is made from fat drippings, milk, sausage, and butter filled biscuits. It’s a high calorie, high fat dish with little nutritional value.

My easy biscuits and gravy recipe has been lightened up with oil free vegan ingredients. If you have my Vegan Country Gravy Mix and Vegan Breakfast Sausage Links made in advance, you can enjoy this delicious breakfast in about 30 minutes!

Ingredients for this recipe

Biscuit ingredients

Vegan biscuit ingredients on a wooden cutting board
  • Soy milk – or other plain, unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • White vinegar
  • Whole wheat pastry flour
  • Baking powder
  • Organic sugar
  • Salt
  • Vegan Mayonnaise – or plain, unsweetened vegan yogurt. I have found that these biscuits rise a bit better with my vegan mayonnaise, but the vegan yogurt will also work.

Sausage Gravy Ingredients

Ingredients for vegan biscuits and gravy
  • Vegan Country Gravy Mix – this gravy mix is quick and easy, and makes enough for several batches of country gravy. It can easily be made gluten free by using rice flour instead of the wheat flour
  • Soy Milk – or your preferred non-dairy milk. Be sure to use a plain, unsweetened variety, or your gravy will have a strange taste
  • Vegan Breakfast Sausage Links – I like to make these ahead of time. They freeze well, and are nice to have on hand to accompany weekend breakfasts. You can substitute these with your favorite vegan breakfast sausage, or even with mushrooms. But the breakfast sausage adds a nice flavor to the gravy.

How to make vegan biscuits and gravy

make the biscuits

Pile of biscuits on a white plate

Begin by mixing up your biscuit dough, but hold off from putting the cut biscuits in the oven until you have your gravy ingredients prepped. You want to enjoy them hot out of the oven!

Step 1: Start with making vegan buttermilk, by mixing the white vinegar into the soy milk. Set this aside and allow it to curdle and thicken.

Dry biscuit ingredients with mayo mixed in
Dry ingredients with vegan mayo mixed in

Step 2: Combine the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Add the vegan mayonnaise and cut in with a pastry cutter until the mixture is crumbly.

Vegan biscuit dough in glass bowl
Biscuit dough after nondairy milk is added

Step 3: Pour in the soy milk, and mix it in with a fork. Don’t over mix – stop mixing when it is just combined. Over mixing will cause tough biscuits.

Step 4: Place the dough on a floured surface and knead it just about 3 or 4 times. Then press it out to about 3/4 inch thickness. Cut out your biscuits with a round cookie cutter or an inverted drinking glass.

Step5: Transfer the cut out biscuits onto a baking pan lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Place the pan in the oven once the gravy is combined, and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Make the sausage gravy

Step 1: Grind up your breakfast sausage in a food processor or finely dice it with a knife.

Step 2: Briefly saute the ground sausage in a non-stick pan on medium heat, just until it begins to brown.

Step 3: Add the gravy mix and stir in.

Step 4: Then gradually stir in the soy milk, stirring constantly so it doesn’t form lumps.

Step 5: Continue heating in the skillet over medium low heat until the gravy thickens.

How to serve

Closeup photo of biscuits and gravy

This vegan biscuits and gravy recipe can be a meal on its own. Place a split biscuit on a plate and spoon the delicious sausage gravy over the top. For a more filling breakfast, serve it with a tofu scramble and some fresh fruit.

You could also enjoy this recipe as a breakfast for dinner. Serve it alongside a green salad, some sauteed kale or other greens, or some roasted vegetables.

Frequently asked questions

How to store leftovers

Leftover biscuits will keep on the counter in an enclosed container or Ziploc bag for 3 days or in the refrigerator for 5 days. Reheat them by placing them in a 350 F oven for about 4 minutes, or in the microwave for a few seconds.

The gravy can be kept in a jar or enclosed container in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days. Reheat it in a pot on the stove on medium heat, or in the microwave. If the gravy becomes too thick after storage, add a small amount of soy milk to thin it out.

Can these biscuits and gravy be made gluten free?

To make the biscuits gluten free, substitute the whole wheat pastry flour with a gluten free flour blend like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour.

The sausage gravy can be made gluten free by substituting rice flour for the wheat flour. Leave the sausage out, find a gluten free vegan breakfast sausage, or use mushrooms.

Can this recipe be made in advance?

Yes, it can! It’s a perfect recipe for when you have leftover biscuits from the previous night’s dinner. Both the biscuits and the sausage gravy are quick and easy to reheat for an almost instant breakfast meal.

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Closeup photo of biscuits and gravy

Vegan Biscuits and Gravy

Teresa Sklenicka
These vegan biscuits and gravy are the ultimate comfort food breakfast! Tender vegan biscuits topped with a creamy sausage gravy for an easy plant based favorite!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 281.6 kcal

Ingredients
  

Vegan Biscuits

  • ½ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup Vegan Mayonnaise

Vegan Sausage Gravy

Instructions
 

Make the vegan biscuits

  • Preheat your oven to 450° F.
  • In a bowl or measuring cup, stir the white vinegar into the soy milk. Set this aside. This will make a vegan "buttermilk".
  • Mix together the dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Use a pastry cutter to mix the vegan mayonnaise into the flour mixture. You want the mixture to be crumbly.
  • Pour in the soy milk and mix until it is just combined. Do not over mix.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Knead it just about 3 times.
  • Press the dough out to about ¾ inch thickness. Cut out the biscuits with a round cookie cutter. An inverted glass will also work as a biscuit cutter.
  • Place the biscuits on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or lined with a silicone baking mat. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Make the sausage gravy

  • Grind up the vegan sausage in a food processor or chop it finely with a knife.
  • Place the ground up sausage in a non-stick skillet, and saute it briefly until it is lightly browned.
  • Stir in the gravy mix to coat the sausage.
  • Slowly stir in the non-dairy milk, stirring constantly to keep the gravy from forming lumps.
  • Continue cooking the gravy over medium low heat until it comes to a boil and thickens.
  • Spoon the sausage gravy over the biscuits and enjoy!

Notes

If gravy is too thick, stir in a little soy milk to thin it out.

Nutrition

Calories: 281.6kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 20.7gFat: 2gSodium: 1073.1mgFiber: 5.7gSugar: 4.3gVitamin A: 134.7IUVitamin C: 3.09mgCalcium: 187.19mgIron: 3.62mg
Keyword Breakfast, Brunch, Oil Free
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Nutrition calculations are approximate.

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About Teresa Sklenicka

I love creating tasty, oil-free, vegan recipes that everyone will love (even non-vegans)! Here you'll find vegan versions of your favorite comfort foods, as well as some new tastes! Join me on a path to improving your health, helping the planet, and saving animals.

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