Did you know you can have super tender, delicious biscuits that are also packed with protein? Well, you sure can! This protein biscuits recipe does exactly that and boasts 10 grams of protein per biscuit!
Biscuits are the ultimate baked good. Delicious for breakfast, great for dinner, and great to make a sandwich! They can be flaky or tender and served with butter or jam.
Being such a classic, I always thought they would be hard to make. But, it turns out they're super simple and can be in the oven in 20 minutes! And even better - you can add protein to them to make them protein breakfast biscuits!
It's important to note that these are tender biscuits, not flaky. Each style has its advantages but personally, I LOVE a tender biscuit. When it comes to tender versus flaky biscuits, a tender biscuit is not as thick but is super soft inside while a flaky biscuit has more layers but is not as soft inside. I think the best way to describe it is that Kentucky Fried Chicken serves tender biscuits while Pillsbury makes flaky biscuits.
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Ingredients and Substitutions
All substitutions are a 1:1 substitute unless otherwise noted.
Bread Flour: Bread flour is my new favorite flour to bake with! It produces super soft and tender baked goods!
Substitutions: All-purpose flour can be used in place of bread flour.
Unflavored Collagen: This is the secret to protein-rich biscuits! Collagen comes from beef bones so it naturally has a lot of protein in it. It is also highly dissolvable so it does not affect the taste or texture of the biscuits!
Substitutions: Any unflavored collagen can be used. We love Vital Proteins (available at Target, Walmart, Costco, and elsewhere) and Great Lakes (found at Trader Joe’s and Amazon).
Baking Powder: A little leavener goes a long way with these protein biscuits.
Substitutions: Sorry, no substitutions for this.
Sugar and salt: I like my biscuits to have a little sweet finish which is where the sugar comes in. And then salt is needed to enhance the sweet flavor without adding more sugar.
Substitutions: I use sea salt and white sugar but you can use cane sugar or brown sugar and any salt you have on hand.
Cold Butter: It's super important that the butter is cold. As it melts in the oven, it creates pockets of air that aid in the tenderness of the biscuits. I use unsalted butter so we can control the amount of salt separately.
Substitutions: Any kind of butter can be used. If using salted butter, decrease the added salt by half.
Greek yogurt: This is another way we pack in protein! Greek yogurt is a high protein, low carb way to add more fat to these Greek yogurt biscuits. This makes them tender and higher in protein.
Substitutions: Any unsweetened greek yogurt can be used. Greek yogurt comes in varying fat content levels, any will work for these biscuits.
Egg: Another one of the healthy ingredients that pack some protein, an egg is also needed to bind the dough together in this protein biscuit recipe.
Substitutions: Sorry, no substitution for this.
Tips For The Perfect Biscuits
For fool-proof tender biscuits, use these quick and easy tips!
- Cold butter is a must - In order for the butter to melt and create those delicious air pockets, the butter has to be cold, borderline frozen. If the butter seems at all soft, place it in the freezer and let it harden again.
- Dice the butter first - Because the butter needs to be cold, I like to dice the butter when starting the recipe. Then I place it in the fridge while I work on the rest of the dough until I'm ready to use it.
- Don’t work the dough too much - Hands are warm. The more you work the dough, the more likely that the butter melts rather than stays semi-whole. Only knead the dough enough for it to come together, no more.
How to Make This - Step by Step
Step one: Preheat oven and cut butter
Cut the butter into cubes. I like to cut the stick into ¼” slices, then cut 3 times across one way, then rotate the butter bar and cut 3 more times. This should result in 9 cubes per slice of butter. Place the butter back in the fridge.
Step two: Mix dry ingredients
Mix them in a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer.
Step three: Add the butter
Add your cubes of butter to the dry ingredients and either use your hands, a fork, a pastry cutter, or the paddle attachment of a stand mixer to rub the butter into the dry ingredients. I like to do this with my hands to quickly work the butter and dry ingredients into a sand-like texture with pebbles of butter still present.
Step four: Mix the yogurt and egg
These should be mixed together first in a small bowl so there is less time spent mixing with the dough.
Step five: Mix the wet ingredients with the dry
Mix together with your hands, a wooden spoon, or in the base of a stand mixer until a dough forms. It should just hold together. If the dough seems too wet, slowly add more flour, 2 tablespoons at a time, until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl.
Step six: Knead
Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead just enough for the dough to hold together. This was about 10 times for me.
Step seven: Roll it out
Roll the dough into an even ½” thick rectangle. Then use a biscuit cutter, cookie cutter, or a cup upside down to cut out 9-10 biscuits. I used a 3” circle cutter to get 9 biscuits. You will get more or fewer biscuits out of the dough depending on the size of the cutter used.
You will have excess dough around the edges of each cut that you can reroll multiple times until you get all 9 biscuits cut.
Step eight: Bake
Bake them until golden brown on a lined baking sheet. This should take about 15-20 minutes. Then, enjoy!
Watch How to Make This - Step by Step
Facts and Common Questions
You can use protein powder in baked goods by replacing ¼th of the flour with protein powder. However, I don't recommend protein powder biscuits unless using unflavored powder because it turns them obnoxiously sweet. This is why we use unflavored collagen for this delicious biscuit recipe!
There are rolled biscuits, drop biscuits, flaky biscuits, and tender biscuits. This recipe is considered a tender rolled biscuit. A drop biscuit has more liquid in it. Bisquick biscuits are drop biscuits. A flaky rolled biscuit would be what Pillsbury Biscuits would be classified as.
Collagen is a building block of bones, ligaments, and tendons. It's high in protein and is known for its ability to “glue” things together. Collagen supplements are derived from animal collagen, usually beef. Because of its makeup, it actually helps to act as a binding agent in baked goods but doesn't disrupt the flavor.
Whey protein powder is often the main ingredient in protein baked goods but that is because it acts like flour. Whey protein is derived from the proteins found in milk. As the fat in milk coagulates, the whey is left behind and this is then turned into powder form.
Want to Save it for Later? Here’s how!
Biscuits keep very well in the fridge or freezer. Follow these simple steps to have biscuits ready all the time! Just be sure to let them come to room temperature before storing them.
Fridge: Store these biscuits in the fridge in an airtight container or plastic bag for up to 7 days.
Freezer: For the freezer, wrap the biscuits in plastic wrap or cling wrap and then store them in an airtight container or plastic bag. These will keep for 3 months frozen.
Reheating: Heat from the fridge in the microwave for 15 seconds until soft. Reheat from frozen in the microwave for 15-second increments until soft. This usually takes me 2-3 rounds in the microwave.
What To Serve With Biscuits
When talking about what to serve with biscuits, I like to break it up between spreadables to put on biscuits and pairings that are better when served with biscuits.
- Chicken Noodle Soup - this soup would be so tasty with warm and toasty high-protein biscuits to dip into it!
- Gravy - did someone say high protein biscuits and gravy?? So good!
- Instant Pot Pork Chops - These pork chops are made with a creamy mushroom sauce, which is best soaked up with these protein biscuits!
- Beef Stew - another great dish to soak up the sauce with a biscuit.
- Chili - sometimes I'll bake the biscuits on top of chili in the oven for a more dumpling-style chili and biscuits.
- Bacon and Gruyere Cottage Cheese Egg Bake - biscuits for breakfast are perfect with an egg bake!
- Jam (we love peach habanero jam!)
- Nut Butter (almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, Nutella, etc)
Biscuits can be fluffy southern-style biscuits or they can be crunchy like cookies. These crunchy style ones have been around a long time and the name biscuit actually comes from the Latin words ‘bis’ and ‘coctus’ which together mean twice baked - similar to biscotti. (source)
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- 2 cups bread flour
- 8 tablespoon unflavored collagen powder about 48 grams
- 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
- 1.2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon sugar white or cane
- 6 tablespoon butter cold and unsalted
- ¾ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 egg
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Dice the butter into ¼” cubes and return them to the fridge until ready to use. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
- Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl or the base of a stand mixer.
- Add the butter to the dry ingredients. Use a fork, pastry cutters, or your hands to “cut” the butter into the flour mixture until a sand-like texture emerges. You can try to do this with the paddle attachment on the stand mixer but I find it easier to just use my hands.
- In a small bowl, mix the egg and yogurt until well combined. Add this to the flour and butter mixture and mix until a dough forms with a wooden spoon, a paddle attachment in the stand mixer, or your hands. Mix until the dough comes cleanly off the sides of the bowl. If too sticky, add more flour 2 tablespoons at a time, allowing time in between for the dough to mix.
- Dump this out onto a floured surface and knead about 10 times. The dough should just come together, then stop mixing. Roll out to about ½”-¾” thick.
- Use an upside down cup or a round cookie cutter 3” or 4” in diameter and cut out 9 biscuits. The lid of a wide mouth mason jar will work too! You'll have to reroll the extra dough between cuts and recut to get all 9 biscuits.
- Place them on a baking tray and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.