The Best Whole Wheat Biscuits

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This homemade whole-wheat biscuit recipe is so quick and easy—plus it has only 5 ingredients! Make sure to bake a double batch to freeze for later and pull out for breakfast or dinner. They go great with homemade gravy or even jam.
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homemade whole wheat biscuits on a plate
Warm, whole wheat biscuits, fresh from the oven

Why I Love These Homemade Biscuits

There are so many reasons! First of all, they are super easy to make, and no special equipment (like a food processor, rolling pin, or biscuit cutter) is necessary.

It takes no more than 20 or 25 minutes to make them from mixing the dough to pulling them out of the oven. Then once they are done they’re moist and flakey and are so tasty (c’mon, look at the picture—you know you want one!). And best of all, they can be tossed in the freezer for later.

It honestly couldn’t be easier … so go ahead and throw away that refrigerated tube of dough you bought from the grocery store!

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I am so happy to say that these turned out beautifully! Puffed up, flaky, tasty.
– Devon

Ingredients for Whole Wheat Biscuits

  • Whole-Wheat Flour Whole-wheat pastry flour is a great lighter choice for this recipe.
  • Baking Powder – Be sure your baking powder is fresh, otherwise they might not rise.
  • Salt – A 1/2 teaspoon of salt is all it takes.
  • Butter – Make sure to use cold butter.
  • Milk – You can use any kind of milk for this recipe, but I used organic whole milk.
cutting out homemade biscuits with a cookie cutter
You can cut out your biscuits with cookie cutters or a drinking glass

How to Make Whole Wheat Biscuits

  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk with a fork.
  3. Cut the butter into small pieces and mix it into the dry mixture.
  4. Mash the butter pieces into the mixture using the back of a fork. It’s okay if the mixture just looks like tiny butter chunks covered in flour.
  5. Pour in the milk.
  6. Knead the dough with your hands 8-10 times, but do not over-knead it.
  7. Pat it flat on a floured surface so that it’s an even 3/4″ thickness.
  8. Cut out circular shapes using a drinking glass upside down, or you can use a cookie cutter.
  9. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet for about 10-12 minutes, or until the tops of the biscuits are golden brown.

Biscuit FAQ

What flour makes the best biscuits?

If you’ve seen our Real Food Rules, you know we prefer 100% whole grain flours (check out my post on understanding grains to learn more). For this recipe, you can use whole-wheat flour or whole-wheat pastry flour (recommended)! We stay away from refined grains such as white flour and all-purpose flour.

Are whole-wheat biscuits healthy?

These are a much healthier version than the store-bought biscuits, by far! And as long as you stick to the recipe and use whole-wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour, these are definitely better for you. Plus, making anything from scratch is always a better choice so that you know exactly what ingredients are being used and there are no unwanted preservatives or added sugars.

Can you freeze leftover biscuits?

Yes! That’s the best part about these biscuits, they freeze and reheat beautifully. So make a big batch, freeze a bunch in a gallon zip lock freezer bag, and then the next time you want to add a biscuit to your breakfast, lunch, or dinner they are ready to go.

How do you reheat frozen biscuits?

I simply throw the frozen biscuits in the toaster oven on the bake setting. This makes for a quick addition to dinner for those busy weeknights.

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  1. 5 stars
    I used whole wheat pastry flour and buttermilk. Also used a cheese grater for the butter . This makes it even easier to combine with flour . Absolutely delicious! Light, flaky and a little crunch. This is a real keeper recipe! Thanks so much.

  2. 4 stars
    They are good… but They do need more salt. I added half tablespoon more butter and about two tablespoons more buttermilk. I fluffed the flour and leveled it out to make sure it was as accurate as possible. They do need to be close to an inch thick when cutting to get a good rise.

  3. 5 stars
    I am a terrible baker. I have no patience and I’ve convinced myself that I loathe baking.

    That said, upon reading the reviews, I thought I would pull the tray out of the oven to find little dense hockey pucks… THAT WAS NOT THE CASE! I am so happy to say that these turned out beautifully! Puffed up, flaky, tasty. Made them exactly as the recipe said and used oat milk as the milk.

    This is a keeper!

  4. Amy Schweitzer, PhD, RD, LD

    I think your sodium level is incorrect. You have about 1150 mg of sodium from salt and 1952 mg from 4 tsp of baking powder. That is 3100 mg of sodium divided by 8 biscuits is about 388 mg of sodium per biscuit. This is almost double what you have. Are you sure the baking powder level is correct?

    1. 5 stars
      These always turn out well for me. I follow the ingredients and instructions exactly until step 6…i don’t cut them out, just pull off chunks because i like the imperfection of drop biscuits. I use a well buttered cast iron skillet and top them with a bit of butter too.

  5. 5 stars
    My kids really likes these biscuits. I have to add extra liquid almost 1/2 cup. live in Oklahoma the humidity is low and my breads always need extra liquid. Thank you. For sharing.

  6. I love the recepie, mine didn’t look as fluffy as the one on the picture but they taste great. Any idea why I didn’t get that texture? I tried to knead it as the instructions said and still didn’t rise enough?‍♀️

    1. We always recommend having fresh ingredients. Then making sure to not over knead. Also, sometimes your altitude of where you live can be an issue. – Nicole

  7. Melissa Balsamello

    4 stars
    These taste good, but mine didn’t rise nearly as much as in the picture. May be because my baking powder has been around for a while. They were super easy to mix and get into the oven, so I’m down to try again.

    1. Sorry to hear they didn’t rise as much. Making sure all ingredients are fresh will definitely help that, a well as not over kneading them. – Nicole

  8. 5 stars
    Great recipe without issues. It could use a little extra salt.
    I cut the biscuits with a knife (crosshatch). instead of using a round cutter. I used 2% milk.
    It was hard to find a biscuit recipe online with regular whole wheat flour. I will keep this one.

    Thank you!

  9. 5 stars
    This was the recipe I decided to try out with my very first batch of flour from my shiny new grain mill. Rich, flakey, and absolutely delicious! Well worth the effort of grinding the flour.

  10. 5 stars
    This recipe worked beautifully for me. I have a low carb flour mix, that includes whole wheat. I had to add a little more liquid to balance the coconut flour in that mix, but they came out perfect. Thank you.

  11. if using buttermilk, shouldn’t we use baking soda instead? substitute 1 tsp of baking soda for the 4 tsp of baking powder.

  12. Hi I’m going to give your recipe a try. I’m calorie counting so I just wanted to confirm that its 171 kcal per biscuit correct? would you say the glass you use it roughly 3 inch diameter? I don’t wanna give up my carbs but I need to be accurate with my counting to see some results! Thanks for the recipe, they look as good as regular biscuits!

    1. Hi. Yes, it’s per biscuit, and that’s about the diameter of the glass used. Hope they turn out great for you. Just make sure you don’t over-knead the dough! – Nicole

  13. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe never having made my own biscuits before and they turned out pretty well! I got a good rise on at least four of my eleven biscuits. I may have slightly over-kneaded the dough by one or two counts, but I stopped while I was ahead and I’m glad I did. Also, I accidentally bought salted butter, but I used it anyway with the measurements it called for (and the same level of salt listed), and my dough was not nearly salty enough! I was concerned about over-salting it, but that was hardly the case.
    Overall, it’s a really good, basic recipe. I appreciated that it didn’t have too many ingredients and that they would be generally easy to find in most stores anywhere, with no specialty ingredients. I look forward to making more and possibly adding cheeses or other items to future biscuits. ☺

  14. 5 stars
    Thank for not making scroll forever just to get to the actual recipe! These turned out great. I melted the butter in a glass bowl then added 1 C of milk plus 1TB of apple cider vinegar, whisked it all together then let it sit for 5 + minutes (until I could see little balls of butter forming). I then followed the recipe from there. Such beautiful buttermilk wheat biscuits!

  15. 5 stars
    These came out beautiful and tall. I didn’t follow the directions exactly …flour combination instead of 100% ww flour. Kneaded them about 8 to 10 times. And then I brushed the tops with heavy cream before putting them in the oven, this helps them to rise more. They are beautiful tall towers of biscuits! I hope they taste as well as they look. They are fresh out of the oven and I’m going to let them cool a bit while I scramble some eggs and bon appetit! I also added 3tsps of sugar. I like a little sweetness to my bread.
    Okay, before I let them cool too much, I pinch the corner off of 1. They are tasty. I remembered that I added a bit of oat flour , maybe about an eighth of a cup , to my mix;also AP flour as well. So, total, I had about a cup and 1/4 of ww. flour and the rest was a combo of AP and oat flour. I don’t keep whole wheat flour on hand as much as I should.

  16. These biscuits have changed the game. This is my first time using wheat flour to make biscuits and I don’t think I can ever go back to using white flour. These biscuits were soft, thick, AND moist!

    I added a little agave and 2 tbsp of sugar to mine.