Sweet Potato Biscuits

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Sweet Potao Biscuits

This is the first official post of the new website and design. I am very pleased that it is a guest post by another blogging friend, Iris of The Daily Dietribe. Iris has been writing her blog since 2009 when she decided to go gluten-free for a day to see if it could help her IBS symptoms. She got another pleasant surprise when she awoke the next morning.

“Not knowing that depression and gluten intolerance could be related, I never expected that that one day in April could do anything other than make my stomach hurt less. But on April 19th, I woke up doing something different. Something I hadn’t done much of those last couple of years. Smiling. I remember jumping out of bed, getting my boyfriend, and telling him, “I’m in such a good mood!” I didn’t even know why; I just was.”

She has been gluten-free ever since and has been writing about her journey. It is a wonderful story with lots of tasty recipes. Please make sure to check them all out. But, in the meantime, she has offered us her Sweet Potato Biscuit recipe to indulge in. I had noticed her tweets about trying to perfect this recipe, and I kept saying I wanted to know when it was done. It sounded fabulous. Little did I know that she would share it with me this way. So, thank you, Iris.

Oh, and this post is a little bit after the other guest posts because Iris is currently in grad school, getting her degree in nutrition. Whew! That’s a lot of work. You can check out a great post she wrote about 2010 and how choosing a word for the year changed her life in so many, for the better, ways.

So, let me let Iris give you this wonderful recipe…

I’ve been doing a terrible job with holiday posts this year. Did I come up with any fun Halloween candy? No. Did I make a perfect gluten-free apple pie to share with you all for Thanksgiving? No. Did I even manage a Thanksgiving “I’m thankful for…” post? Nope. Hanukkah? I wasn’t even sure when Hanukkah was this year. Yes, I’ll admit it. I’m a holiday failure. In my defense, for those of you who don’t know me, I just moved across the country and started grad school. I’ve been too busy studying for finals to even know what date it is. So I’m pretty sure I get some leeway. But I think it’s about time I got into the holiday spirit. I’ve got Christmas and New Year’s Eve (and Kwanzaa?) to go, and I’m determined to have a holiday recipe for each.

What constitutes a holiday recipe? Well, with Christmas it’s easy. It’s Thanksgiving all over again plus cookies. So think turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, biscuits, apple pie and cream cheese cookies. New Year’s Eve is the night of parties, so I’m pretty sure any sort of finger food will work. And Kwanzaa? I’ll have to google that one…

I’m starting my holiday blogging commitment by bringing you biscuits. Hearty sweet potato biscuits that will work just as well with jam on Christmas morning as with gravy for Christmas dinner. You can consider them my late contribution to Thanksgiving as well.

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Sweet Potato Biscuits Made with Love

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup millet flour (or sorghum)
  • 1 cup potato starch
  • 1/2 cup sweet white rice flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2-1 cup spectrum organic palm shortening or butter (the more you use, the flakier they will be)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • 1/4 cup pureed sweet potato
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk, 2 egg whites

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flours, baking powder, xanthan gum, sea salt, and cinnamon.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the shortening, soy milk, sweet potato, honey, vanilla extract, and egg yolk. Pour into the dry mix and beat until smooth.
  5. Fold the egg whites into the batter until well combined.
  6. Lightly flour a large surface and roll the dough out. Cut out biscuits and bake for 10-12 minutes on an ungreased cookie sheet.

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PPS – I am linking this post to Gluten-Free Wednesdays held by Linda from The Gluten-Free Homemaker. Lots of great recipes to look at.

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28 Responses to “Sweet Potato Biscuits”

  1. Thanks for awesome intro, Tia! I love the new look, and I’m happy to be your first post on it!

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Well, you are quite welcome. And thank you for the compliment. I’ll let my “tech guy” know you like it. Now, enjoy your break before school starts all over again in January.

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

  2. Wow Iris! These look fantastic! Thank goodness for a recipe that uses sweet potatoes! I currently have an abundance of them from my latest trip to costco, and these biscuits are exactly what I need! I am going to try them with jam, but the first thought that came to mind was biscuits and gravy! Christmas morning breakfast!!!

    And Tia, your blog looks awesome! Thanks for sharing this great post!

    • Thanks Stephanie! I think I would put sweet potatoes in everything if I could. And yes, biscuits and gravy sounds awesome!

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Thanks, Stephanie! Iris is great, and I just love this recipe. I can’t wait to make it. I know I can talk the Big Man into it, since he LOVES sweet potatoes.

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Thanks, Megan! Iris gave us a great recipe for the holidays. Or anytime, for that matter. Biscuits are so good and versatile.

      xoxo,
      Tia

  3. Wow, I love the look of these biscuits, Iris! Well done! I’d love to make them and I love that they’re so flexible. Eating them with jam or gravy sounds equally delicious. I didn’t know that millet and sorghum could be substituted for one another, which causes even more incentive for me to make these (thinking of those individuals who can’t handle or tolerate the more advanced gluten-free grains). Also, I read your other guest post that Tia linked: beautiful and full of truth, honesty, and sincerity. Good for you getting a degree in nutrition and attending your dream school!

    Wishing you the best,

    Zoe :)

    • Thanks Zoe. :) I use millet, sorghum, and brown/white rice flour to replace each other all the time. I find millet to be a little stronger than sorghum, but overall they all taste pretty similar to me once baked.

  4. Looks great Tia! And what a way to kick-off the new blog! Yay Iris. Love sweet potato biscuits. I’m all for the “the more you use, the flakier they’ll be” theory! I love it!

    • Yes…I tried to cut down on the shortening to be healthier for my readers, but then I realized I should just go with what I would normally do, not try to change the recipe to please others. It’s much more important to me that my recipes be low in sugar than low in fat.

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Thanks, Maggie! I am really happy that it worked out to Iris be my first post. She is so positive. She always makes me smile.

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

  5. Oh, how lovely these photos and biscuits are! Divine for sure. I am so grateful that Iris is sharing her sweet potato success with us all. :-) Thanks for inviting her, Tia, and sharing her story. I absolutely love her post over at Christine Kane’s, too. Amazingly inspiring.

    Happy I have sweet potatoes, but not so happy I don’t have any millet flour on hand (unfortunately I can’t eat sorghum).

    Love your new site, Tia!
    Shirley

    • Thanks Shirley. Can you have brown rice flour? I just made a new version of these for a turkey pot pie I’ll be posting soon, but I used brown rice flour instead.

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Hi Shirley,

      I loved Iris’ post at Christine Kane’s, too. That’s why I had to mention it. And, I think I got some really great people to do guest posts. Makes me happy!

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

  6. Those biscuits look fabulous! And I love the definition of Christmas: “It’s Thanksgiving all over again plus cookies”! You are so funny, Iris. ;)

    The new site looks great–and I mean that–it now works with IE 7, too! :D

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      I loved Iris’ definition, too. That’s how I always thought of it. I get confused when people make ham or something.

      And, I’m glad the blog works in IE7. Thanks so much for the heads up on that. Whew!

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

  7. I loved Iris’ word and story and her biscuits look gorgeous, too. Tia, thanks for sharing one of my favorite GF bloggers and her recipe. Love your new look too. Very impressed that you were brave enough to make the move. Still dithering and wringing hands and avoiding it myself. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Hi Wendy,

      I also loved her word. That was a great post to read. And, I really want to make these biscuits. Iris is great. I was really happy she was able to do this.

      As far as moving my blog, #1 – It is easier to move from wordpress.com to a host-yourself wordpress. They make it easy for a reason. #2 – The Big Man wanted to learn how to build websites, so this was the plan from the beginning. I only did the dot com one because I wanted to start writing. It was only supposed to be a month or two. Instead of nine. ;)

      I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

      • Aww thank you, Wendy! I’ve thought about moving from blogger, but a combination of laziness and fear always stops me!

  8. Hi all, Do you think I could use this recipe to make cinnamon rolls? I’ve been looking for a good gf one to make for Christmas.

    • Thanks Iris, I will try those out, they look yummy,I really miss homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning after going gf,my kids will love waking up to the smell of cinnamon rolls on christmas again :)

  9. Since seeing you were also a participant in Detox January- I have been meaning to come check out your site! Today I finally got to it and yum!! These biscuits seriously stood out to me!

    They made me want to invite you to Participate in Seasonal Sundays. So here I am.. this is your official invite to participate in my weekly event that features of course Seasonal Recipes :)

    Now off to look through your site some more!
    xo, Brittany