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Easy Sweet Potato Biscuits

These Easy Sweet Potato Biscuits are homemade from scratch and are a healthy alternative to traditional rolls. These biscuits are made with Greek yogurt and with no shortening. Serve these with honey butter.

sweet potato biscuits on a plate with butter drizzled in honey

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Sweet potatoes have been engrained in my culture for all of my life. Recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays are always filled with sweet potatoes or yams. 

I recall the first time I had a sweet potato muffin. It’s different from the biscuit in this recipe, but it certainly inspired it. The sweet potato muffin was from a local soul food restaurant here in Kansas City. It was life-changing!

These biscuits are for breakfast, a side dish, or you can really sweeten them up for dessert, too!

Greek yogurt and mashed sweet potatoes in separate glass bowls

How Many Sweet Potatoes You Need

You will only need one sweet potato, large enough to get 1/2 cup mashed sweet potatoes from it.

How to Make Them Healthier Using Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is used in this recipe to replace shortening and extra butter. Using plain, non-fat Greek yogurt will lower both the calories and fat in this recipe significantly. If you don’t want to use Greek yogurt you can use butter.

Shortening, like Crisco, is found in most homemade biscuit recipes. Shortening often has high trans fat content. It is usually made with hydrogenated vegetable oil. These oils can impact heart health and cholesterol. 

You can read more about the nutrition of shortening here.

flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in separate bowls

How to Handle Biscuit Dough

Biscuit dough is a lot different than cookie dough, pie crust, and other baked goods. When you mix the ingredients the mixture will be really dry. You should actually still see a good amount of flour. This is ok. 

You don’t want to over-mix the dough. If you over-mix the dough, gluten from the flour will develop which results in biscuits that are tough and hard. This may take some practice and getting used to.

Use a light and gentle touch while mixing. You want to try to handle it as little as possible. The more you handle it, the more the biscuits will shrink. I’m more concerned with the flavor of the biscuits than I am the size. If you are focused on size, be sure to keep this in mind.

If your biscuits shrink or turn out tough and hard, you likely over-mixed the dough and released too much gluten.

collage photo showing step by step how to make biscuit dough, flour sweet potatoes in a glass bowl and biscuit mix

How to Make Sweet Potato Biscuits

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Add in Greek yogurt, mashed sweet potatoes, and butter.
  3. Use a fork to mix.
  4. Lay out the dough on a floured surface. Use your hands or a pin to roll the dough out 7×7 and 1/2 inch in height.
  5. Use a biscuit cutter to cut out biscuits, or cut them any way you like.
  6. Air fry or bake.
sweet potato biscuit dough on a bamboo cutting board
unbaked sweet potato biscuits on a bamboo cutting board

How to Store Them

You can store them in the fridge or out on the counter at room temperature.

How Long Do They Last

You can leave them out at room temperature for 2 days. Store them in the fridge for 4-5 days.

sweet potato biscuits on parchment paper and a sheet pan
sweet potato biscuits in air fryer

What to Pair With the Biscuits/What Goes Well

Air Fryer Fried Chicken
Keto Smothered Pork Chops
Smothered Chicken
Pan-Seared Salmon
Instant Pot Southern Green Beans
Southern Mustard Greens
Okra and Tomatoes

sweet potato biscuits in air fryer
Air Fryer Biscuits
baked sweet potato biscuits on a sheet pan
Baked Biscuits

Freezer Tips

Make sure the biscuits are completely cool before freezing. Freeze them in a resealable bag up to 3 months. Thaw the biscuits on the counter at room temperature or in the fridge overnight.

You can bake or air fry them again for a few minutes until warm.

sweet potato biscuits in a white bowl
sweet potato biscuits on a white plate with butter, 1 biscuit is cut in half and drizzled with honey

Tips and Tricks

  • If you’ve ever eaten at Popeyes Chicken, these biscuits remind me of the texture of those and is a large part of the inspiration for this recipe!
  • All of your ingredients should be cold. You don’t want to use a fresh, warm sweet potato. 
  • Make sure your butter is cold. You don’t want the butter to fully mix into the flour. That way it forms flakes in the dough, which will help add layers to the biscuits.
  • If you don’t want to use Greek yogurt, you can use butter.
  • If your biscuits shrink or turn out tough and hard, you likely over-mixed the dough and released too much gluten.
  • An egg wash is used to get a deep brown color. You can omit it if you wish.
  • If you want tall thick biscuits, shape the dough higher. I did 1/2 inch but you can easily cut the number of biscuits and half, and fold the dough 1 inch high.
  • If you are looking for really flaky biscuits, those require shortening. If you have ever had a good Southern biscuit, you know what I mean. Shortening shortens the strands of gluten and has a higher melting point than butter. This results in crumbly biscuits. This recipe is designed to be healthier and does not have shortening, so they will not have the same effect.
  • A lot of recipes use self-rising flour. This recipe is designed to be easy using common ingredients found at home. Use it if you wish. You won’t need salt and baking powder.
person holding sweet potato biscuit with butter and honey

More Sweet Potato Recipes

Sweet Potatoes Au Gratin
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Southern Candied Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato Biscuits
Healthy Southern Sweet Potato Pie
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Chips

Cornbread Recipes

Homemade Classic Southern Cornbread
Keto Low Carb Cornbread
Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
Air Fryer Cornbread
Honey Cornbread

sweet potato biscuits on a plate with butter drizzled in honey
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Easy Sweet Potato Biscuits

These Easy Sweet Potato Biscuits are homemade from scratch and are a healthy alternative to traditional rolls. These biscuits are made with Greek yogurt and with no shortening. Serve these with honey butter.
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy sweet potato biscuits, sweet potato biscuits
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 biscuits
Calories 155kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sweetener or sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Butter should be cold.
  • 1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cooked mashed sweet potato The sweet potato should be chilled and not freshly cooked.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water

Optional Honey Butter

  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey

Instructions

Biscuits

Air Fryer Instructions

Oven Instructions

Optional Honey Butter

  • Combine the butter and honey and mix. Add more or less if you wish. In general, the rule of thumb is 1/3 of the amount of honey to the amount of butter used.

Video

Notes

  • If you’ve ever eaten at Popeyes Chicken, these biscuits remind me of the texture of those and is a large part of the inspiration for this recipe!
  • All of your ingredients should be cold. You don’t want to use a fresh, warm sweet potato. 
  • Make sure your butter is cold. You don’t want the butter to fully mix into the flour. That way it forms flakes in the dough, which will help add layers to the biscuits.
  • If you don’t want to use Greek yogurt, you can use butter.
  • I prefer the results of the air fryer vs baking these biscuits. The biscuits turned a beautiful golden color on top using the air fryer. There’s also less risk of burning the bottom of the biscuits in the air fryer. When using the oven you have to watch closely and time it just right so that you don’t burn the bottom of the biscuits.
  • You don’t want to overmix the dough. If you overmix the dough, gluten from the flour will develop which results in biscuits that are tough and hard. This may take some practice and getting used to.
  • Use a light and gentle touch while mixing. You want to try to handle it as little as possible. The more you handle it, the more the biscuits will shrink. I’m more concerned with the flavor of the biscuits than I am the size. If you are focused on size, be sure to keep this in mind.
  • If your biscuits shrink or turn out tough and hard, you likely over-mixed the dough and released too much gluten.
  • An egg wash is used to get a deep brown color. You can omit it if you wish.
  • A lot of recipes use self-rising flour. This recipe is designed to be easy using common ingredients found at home. Use it if you wish. You won’t need salt and baking powder.
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1biscuit | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g
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Wednesday 21st of October 2020

Can I use whole wheat flour in this recipe?

staysnatched

Monday 26th of October 2020

I haven't tried that, I would assume so.

Caitlin

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

These were great! Nice, slightly sweet flavor :) And the honey butter is a MUST. Also - listen to Brandi and don't over-mix. I definitely over-mixed this time but they were still good! Definitely going to make them again and I'll follow directions better this time lol

staysnatched

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

I'm glad you enjoyed them!

PAT

Monday 20th of July 2020

BRANDI CAN THE SWEET POTATO BISCUITS BE MADE WITH GLUTEN FREE FLOUR. THANK YOU. PAT.

staysnatched

Monday 20th of July 2020

Maybe. I've never used gluten free flour so I haven't tested it.

Shauna

Sunday 19th of July 2020

Easy to follow recipe made it the first time I was about to successfully make biscuits! I air fried the sweet potatoes earlier in the day and then also air fried the biscuits. So nice not to need the oven!

staysnatched

Monday 20th of July 2020

Yay! So glad you liked them!

Coby

Thursday 16th of July 2020

Okay, we've made so many of your recipes in the last two weeks that my kids now know you as "Miss Brandi." :-) Every time I get out my air fryer they ask if I'm making one of Miss Brandi's recipes. Yep! We had these biscuits with dinner tonight and loved them! The texture was so soft, and I loved that I could air fry them so as not to heat up my kitchen! I also love that they use Greek yogurt in place of some of the butter so that they are healthier.

staysnatched

Thursday 16th of July 2020

haha! Yes! Love it. I'm so glad you enjoyed them.