WHY is it so expensive to be gluten & dairy free?! A few slices of gf vegan cheese is $6, a small loaf of gf bread is $7 (I couldn’t even find a dairy free variety). How’s a gal supposed to eat?!
Being that I’m a stay at home mama in a family of 5 I don’t have the grocery budget for $7 bread, so I’ve been searching everywhere for inexpensive, doable recipes. And by doable I mean quick & easy- Remember, on top of my health I’m also breastfeeding a newborn, trying to manage my home, and juggling my older kids’ schoolwork & activities, I don’t have time to search for exotic ingredients, baby a dough, or wash 400 different bowls.
Enter Robyn from Real Food Whole Life’s 5-Ingredient Drop Biscuits. YAY! A gf, df biscuit using just 6 simple, standard ingredients that tend to be staples in all homes, gf or not?! Yeah, I know the title says 5, but take up the typo with Robyn. Just a few cup of oats, a lil’ baking powder & baking soda, a pinch of salt, coconut butter, & milk- in my case almond. And they come together in a jif, using just. one. bowl & no special equipment? Ok, I’m sold!
I made the unsweetened version because I wanted a biscuit to help kill my bread cravings, and I needed to “cook from the cabinet.” It’s not my recipe, so I won’t publish it here (here’s the link again), but I will review it. So what did I think of the recipe?
First off, one cup of liquid was too much! Don’t pour it all in at once, but mix in a little at a time. Secondly, this recipe is so fast to make. I spent maybe 3 minutes total putting it together. I skipped the egg wash because it always just seems so unnecessary on a drop biscuit. All I needed was a bowl, a fork, two measuring spoons, & a measuring cup. Score! My bake time was 17 minutes.
My biscuits were quite flat, but no biggie. I certainly can’t open them to spread with jam or anything, but that’s a drop biscuit for ya. Great texture & taste. A little salty, but in a pleasant way. BUT I did kinda want them to peanut butter cookies. They just seemed like fluffy pb oatmeal cookies, minus the sweetness. I blame the smell of the baked oats. Maybe one day I’ll tweak it to contain an unsweetened nut butter, cuz that would be delish! Would also be amazing with butter or honey, but I can’t have that so (((sad face)))…
What I would do differently-
Definitely scale the milk back closer to 3/4 c. Next time I’m going to throw 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of garlic powder & a hearty pinch of parsley & basil in there, yum! I honestly think the oat biscuit would be a BOMB base for a cheddar bay copycat. Siiigh I miss food. Besides scarfing these babies plain, I also served them warm with hot (previously frozen) blueberries topped with a dollop of almond milk froth and it was divine!
Do I recommend?
Yes, absolutely. This is a very affordable gf, df biscuit recipe & required nothing I didn’t already have prior to going on this restricted diet. They also fulfilled my bread, and strangely my cookie, craving.