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Learn to make protein biscuits for pregnancy, bodybuilding, or just to be more macro-friendly! These are American-style protein breakfast biscuits that are perfect for high protein biscuits and gravy. (Looking for what we call cookies in the USA? These Kodiak Cake cookies are the protein cookies you need.) This is a Kodiak Cakes biscuits recipe, but we’ll also cover how to make protein biscuits with protein powder.

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Protein Biscuits

Protein biscuits are a popular snack among fitness enthusiasts and those looking for a healthier alternative to traditional biscuits. These biscuits are typically made with protein powder, flour, and other ingredients that are high protein and lower in carbohydrates.

To make protein biscuits, you’ll need a whisk, rolling pin, biscuit cutter, light-colored cookie sheet, and parchment paper. A food scale is also necessary to weigh the dry ingredients for the best results. Volume measuring large amounts of dry ingredients can lead to failed baking recipes, so I don’t recommend it.

What are protein biscuits made of?

Here’s what you need to make this easy protein biscuit recipe:

  • 160 grams Kodiak Cake mix (about 1.5 cups of the buttermilk pancake and waffle mix, plus extra as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter (I use salted butter)
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk
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I use the Kodiak buttermilk pancake mix in this protein biscuits recipe because it is relatively low in added sugar. This mix has only 2 grams of added sugar per 53 grams of mix (half cup). If you use a different Kodiak pancake mix, your biscuits may taste too sweet.

You may be able to make gluten free protein biscuits with the gluten free Kodiak Cakes mix. It seems like a worthy experiment if you need a GF biscuit.

High Protein Biscuits Recipe

Here are the step-by-step instructions to make this high protein biscuit recipe (yields 6 biscuits):

how to make protein biscuits
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (232C). Line a light baking sheet with parchment paper. (Important tip! Your biscuits may burn on the bottoms if you use a dark baking tray.)
  1. Weigh the Kodiak mix using a food scale. Whisk the Kodiak mix, baking powder, sugar, and salt together.
  1. Cut 3 tablespoons of cold butter into small cubes. Mix the butter into the dry ingredients with clean hands, until you get uniform sandy crumbs.
  1. Stir in the buttermilk. Gently knead the mixture into a soft dough. Don’t overwork the dough if you want flaky biscuits!
  1. Roll the dough to a uniform ½-inch thick (1.27 cm) between two pieces of parchment paper. Sprinkle some Kodiak mix on the parchment before rolling if the dough is a little sticky.
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  1. Cut the dough into 2.5-inch diameter (5 cm) biscuits using a biscuit cutter or floured glass. (Note: if you make the biscuits a different thickness or diameter, it will change the baking time.) Space the biscuits out on the lined baking sheet you prepared earlier.
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  1. Bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes on an oven rack 1/3 down from the top of the heated oven. Brush the tops of the biscuits with 1 tablespoon of melted butter when they are done baking. Enjoy!
protein biscuit recipe

These may not be your Southern grandmother’s cherished biscuit recipe, but we thought they were pretty good. These have a crisp outside and tender inside, what I called a biscuit growing up (not a pillowy dinner roll). They’re about as flaky as you’ll get for a whole grain biscuit, particularly one with added protein.

flaky protein biscuits

Freezing and Reheating Leftover Biscuits

Leftover protein biscuits can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Reheat protein biscuits in a 350F (177C) oven for 5-7 minutes.

These protein biscuits also freeze well. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap, and store in the freezer in a freezer bag with the air pressed out. Thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours before reheating.

FAQs

Do biscuits have protein?

Yes, there is some protein in biscuits and most other foods. A typical 2.5-inch diameter biscuit has 3-4 grams of protein.

How much protein is in a Pillsbury biscuit?

One Pillsbury Grands! Flaky Layers original biscuit has 4 grams of protein (source).

How much protein is in Bisquick biscuits?

There are 3 grams of protein in one Bisquick buttermilk biscuit.

What biscuits are high in protein?

Threptin protein biscuits are popular protein biscuits for weight gain in India. These baked goods are more like American cookies. Their chocolate protein biscuits (here) provide 8 grams of protein per 115 calories, which is very protein dense.

How do you increase protein in biscuits?

Increase protein in biscuits by making protein powder biscuits. To do this, experiment with replacing ¼ of the flour in your favorite biscuit recipe with whey protein powder by weight. You can make whey protein biscuits this way, or use plant based protein for vegan protein biscuits. (If you like protein powder recipes, don’t miss my Protein Cake!)

When should I eat protein biscuits?

There is no specific time when you should eat protein biscuits. If you are looking to consume protein for muscle growth, the topic of protein timing post-workout is a bit contentious (source). That said, protein biscuits can help you get more protein throughout the day if they replace classic biscuits in your diet.

Which protein biscuits are best for diabetics?

Whether you are using the exchange system or a low carb diet to manage your blood sugar in diabetes, low carb protein biscuits can help you meet your macro goals. Biscuits with a low glycemic index, low or no added sugar, and high fiber may cause less of a blood sugar spike than traditional biscuits.

🧈 What to Serve with Protein Biscuits

Protein biscuits are absolutely dreamy with this Amish butter and marionberry jam. You could also spread them with peanut butter for more protein, or go Southern style and make biscuits and gravy.

Here are some meals that go with protein biscuits:

Watch How to Make It!

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Protein Biscuits Recipe (High Protein Biscuits)

Summer Yule
Learn to make protein biscuits!
5 from 3 votes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 171 kcal

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 450℉ (232°C). Line a light baking sheet with parchment paper. (Important! Your biscuits may burn on the bottoms if you use a dark baking tray.) 
  • Weigh the Kodiak mix using a food scale. Whisk the Kodiak mix, baking powder, sugar, and salt together. 
  • Cut 3 tablespoons of cold butter into small cubes. Mix the butter into the dry ingredients with clean hands, until you get uniform sandy crumbs. 
  • Stir in the buttermilk. Gently knead the mixture into a soft dough. Don’t overwork the dough if you want flaky biscuits! 
  • Roll the dough to a uniform ½-inch thick (1.27 cm) between two pieces of parchment paper. Sprinkle some Kodiak mix on the parchment before rolling if the dough is a little sticky. 
  • Cut the dough into 2.5-inch diameter (5 cm) biscuits using a biscuit cutter. (Note: if you make the biscuits a different thickness or diameter, it will change the baking time.) Space the biscuits out on the lined baking sheet you prepared earlier. 
  • Bake the biscuits for 10-12 minutes on an oven rack ⅓ down from the top of the heated oven. Brush the tops of the biscuits with 1 tablespoon of melted butter when they are done baking. Enjoy! 

Notes

💭 Expert Tips from Dietitian Summer Yule

This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). Are protein biscuits healthy? Protein biscuits can be eaten as a quick source of energy to get you through if you are short on time, but they may not be the most nutritious treat. With all the butter and flour here, these protein biscuits are still fairly calorie dense and easy to overeat.
If your goal is to lose weight, lean protein wins out over protein biscuits for weight loss. Foods like chicken breast and white fish contain far more protein per calorie than protein biscuits. This protein density can help you to feel more full while maintaining the calorie deficit needed for weight loss.
Here’s a comparison of the calories in baking powder biscuits vs protein biscuits: 
  Calories  Protein (g)  Net Carbs (g) 
Regular Baking Powder Biscuits*  180  3  26 
Protein Biscuits  171  7.6  14 
*Pillsbury Grands biscuits 
The calories in protein biscuits vs regular biscuits are about the same. However, you’re getting over twice the protein and about half the net carbs with protein biscuits. This can make them a good choice for picky eaters who tend to restrict protein foods in favor of bready items. 
Nutritional information is for one serving.

 

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The nutrition information is an estimate provided as a courtesy. It will differ depending on the specific brands and ingredients that you use. Calorie information on food labels may be inaccurate, so please don’t sweat the numbers too much.

 

“To taste” means to your preferences, which may have to be visual to follow food safety rules. Please don’t eat undercooked food x

Nutrition

Calories: 171kcalCarbohydrates: 16.5gProtein: 7.6gFat: 8.5gSaturated Fat: 4.8gFiber: 2.5gVitamin A: 5.5% DVCalcium: 9.3% DVIron: 5.1% DV
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