If you need to make biscuits but don’t have any butter, there are plenty of different items that you can use as a substitution for butter in your recipe.
You might also be looking for a way to make biscuits vegan. Butter has very simple substitutions, and many of which are great vegan options!
You can still make buttery biscuits, even if you are not using any butter at all!
How to Substitute for Butter in a Recipe
There are many different ways that you can substitute butter out of any recipes, not just in biscuits.
The most important thing to look for when you are trying to find a substitution for butter is having an added fat. It should also have a creamy or liquid texture to best simulate the texture of butter.
Using an alternative to butter could even make biscuits healthier. Butter has many different properties that are not good for you, and using an alternative could be great for your health.
If you want to make your biscuits a little bit healthier, you should look for substitutions that have healthy fat, such as olive oil, nut butter, or even yogurt.
1 – Biscuits with Olive Oil
Olive oil is one of the best substitutions for butter that you can use in biscuits. Olive oil has a similar texture to melted butter, and will create a very similar texture in the biscuits themselves.
Olive oil also has a unique, savory flavor that will work great for many different uses for biscuits. No matter what you pair these biscuits with, the olive oil will compliment the flavors nicely.
To substitute olive oil in a biscuit recipe, all you have to do is match the amount of butter that the recipe calls for evenly. Add the same amount of olive oil as you would have added butter.
If you want to give these biscuits an extra savory flavor, you can brush some olive oil onto the top of the biscuit dough before cooking. Sprinkle a little bit of salt on top, and then stick them into the oven.
2 – Biscuits with Nut Butter
Using nut butter is a great way to add a different flavor to a biscuit recipe. When you are substituting nut butter for regular butter in an existing biscuit recipe, you can use the same amount of nut butter as the recipe calls for regular butter.
You can use any kind of alternative nut butter that you want in your biscuits. Choose the nut butter that you are using based on what you are going to eat the biscuits with.
Think about what flavor of nut butter would complement the rest of the dish best. There are many different options to choose from, but all of them are going to add an interesting, nutty flavor to your biscuits.
Using nut butter is a great way to change up the taste of biscuits, and you’re sure to love the outcome!
3 – Biscuits with Yogurt
Using yogurt as a butter substitute works great. You can use either Greek yogurt, regular yogurt, or dairy-free yogurt.
The best yogurt to use for a butter substitute would be a whole milk yogurt. If you cannot find a whole milk yogurt, try to go with one that is rich and creamy.
It’s best to use plain yogurt rather than flavored yogurt. Regardless of what yogurt you use, it will make the biscuit a little bit sweeter and less savory than other butter substitutes would.
When you are substituting yogurt for butter in a biscuit recipe, use about half the amount of yogurt as the recipe calls for butter.
The final result of making biscuits with yogurt instead of buttermilk will give a thicker texture. Make sure that this will still go well with the rest of the dish that you are preparing.
Know that this thicker, sweeter biscuit will likely be a lot different than other biscuits you have tasted. However, this isn’t a bad thing!
Trying biscuits made with yogurt is a great way to switch up your regular biscuit recipe, and it is much healthier than butter.
4 – Biscuits with Pumpkin Puree
If you’ve heard of using applesauce as a butter or egg substitute in baking before, using pumpkin is similar. It also adds more flavor than applesauce might.
Using pumpkin will give your biscuits a sweeter taste than butter, and the texture will be a little bit thicker and more dense than it would be if you were using butter. This result is similar in texture to what it would be if you were using yogurt.
To use pumpkin puree instead of butter, you will need to add about ¾ of the amount of pumpkin puree as the recipe calls for butter.
This is an especially great substitution to make when it is fall. Pumpkin is a very seasonal flavor, and it will go well with a lot of different savory sauces and dishes.
You could even add some fall spices to the recipe. If you add small amounts of spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon, or pumpkin pie spice mix, it will not have an effect on changing the texture of the recipe.
Adding different spices is a great way to bring out the flavor of the pumpkin puree, and you should do it if you are interested in making pumpkin flavored biscuits.
5 – Biscuits with Crisco
While using Crisco instead of butter will not make your biscuits any healthier, it will give a very similar taste and texture to the original biscuit recipe that you are making.
When using Crisco as a butter substitute, you can use the same amount of Crisco as the recipe is calling for butter. This is because Crisco is an oil that has similar properties to butter.
The result of this substitution will be a savory, crisp, and flakey biscuit. You might not even be able to notice a change between the original recipe with butter, and the version you made with Crisco!
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.