Thanksgiving Leftovers: Sweet Potato Biscuits

Hi guys! How are you? Hope you’ve had a glorious day Smile

I started mine off with a dip into the cashew butter, a piece of brown rice toast and a smoothie with Sun Warrior, almond milk and organic berries


+ a yoga practice with Rob at Full Circle. It was a more restorative practice, but still made me sweat like a monkey. My toe is still broken (and purple… and crooked) from when I broke it on my birthday, and when he was helping me hold my legs up in handstand, I kept thinking “Please, please don’t look at my toe.” It looks terrible but doesn’t hurt. A trip to the doc will be happening soon…

Thoughts of these made it all better though:


Gluten-free vegan-able, Sweet Potato Biscuits

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These are perfect for Thanksgiving leftovers!!

Sweet potatoes are pretty much never leftovers (or do-agains as I like to say) in our house. If we have a baked sweet potato from the night before, I’ll usually eat it cold out of the fridge while I decide what I want for breakfast Winking smile Thanksgiving is pretty much the only time we’ll have surplus sweet taters in our house, which makes this a great recipe to change things up a little. If you don’t have sweet potato puree on hand, the canned stuff is great too.

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Makes 6 large biscuits

1 1/2 C Bob’s red Mill GF Baking Mix (spelt flour or wheat would be lovely too)

3 1/4 t baking powder

1/2 t xanthan gum (can omit if you aren’t using gluten-free flour)

3/4 C sweet potato puree (a la can or leftover from Thanksgiving)


1/2 t salt

Stevia to taste

1/3 C milk of choice (I used almond)

3 T butter (I used organic butter, but Earth Balance would be lovely too)

1. Preheat the oven to 375. In a bowl, add the flour, xanthan gum, sea salt, Stevia and baking powder. Mix well,

2. Add the butter (which should be cold and diced), and using a pastry cutter, knives or your fingers, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles little pearls. This is what will give the biscuits the flaky layers.


3. Add the sweet potato, milk and stir well.

4. Roll onto a floured surface, about 1 1/2 in high. (I cover the counter with plastic wrap or you could use a large cutting board)


5. Use a biscuit cutter to cut out the biscuits and place them onto a greased cookie sheet.

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Don’t have a biscuit cutter? I don’t either. A glass or can works nicely Smile

6. Bake for 10 minutes at 375, or until golden brown and delicious.

7. Eat warm… butter/honey/jam optional Smile


Please let me know if you try these! Hope you love them as much as I did.

I’m back to work but I’ll see ya in the morning!

Stay tuned for more Thanksgiving leftover ideas in the next week Smile



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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 17, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I’ve had sweet potato biscuits once and LOVED them! These look delish Gina!

  2. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on November 17, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I want to make these NOW!! One of my friends is actually hosting a Thanksgiving party on Black Friday…might have to bring these 🙂 I wonder if you could sub pumpkin for the sweet potato?

  3. Christin@purplebirdblog on November 17, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Ooooo I bookmarked the crap out of this post! I was just telling my roommate the other day that I wanted to learn to make biscuits, so this must be a sign! 🙂

  4. Alice on November 17, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Ohhhhhh joy!!! I just finished eating a baked sweet tato for lunch! Now I want to go make some of these!!!! YUM!
    This will be my weekend project!

  5. Krystina (Basil & Wine) on November 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Those look amazing! I’m curious, is there any reason you’re using more butter now instead of EB?

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2010 at 10:32 pm

      nope, just thought i’d change things up a little

  6. Carolyn on November 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Oh my gosh those look so good!!!

  7. Hilary @ Purelicious on November 17, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Those look AMAZING!!! And so simple too!
    I’m definitely a HUGE fan of the sweet potato… eating some sweet potato fries right now, as a matter of fact… 😉

  8. Caitlin (EatFeats) on November 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Sweet potatoes and biscuits–that sounds like the best combination! One year, we had A LOT of leftover sweet potato casserole at our company Thanksgiving party and I got to take it allll home. O m g, best week of my life–there was a lot of “sweet potato straight from the fridge” that year.

  9. lindsay on November 17, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    ohhh great recipe! I bet they would be good with pumpkin or squash too!
    thanks gina.

  10. Heather (Heather's Dish) on November 17, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    i can’t imagine that i wouldn’t love these 😉

  11. jen on November 17, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    These look great! I looovvvveeee sweet potatoes. My daughter can’t have them – ever since she was a baby, starting with jarred sweet potatoes and continuing to now with real sweet potatoes (she’s 13), she throws up everything in her stomach about an hour and a half after eating them. I feel really sorry for her because sweet potatoes are one of my favorite foods. My all time favorite food is peanut butter, which my son is allergic to (!!) I have to wonder if they developed these allergies because I ate so much of these foods when I was pregnant 🙂
    Anyway, how much stevia do you use? I am new to stevia – do you use liquid?
    Thanks – I love your blog. Just came across it a couple of weeks ago and am hooked!

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2010 at 10:30 pm

      hey jen,
      thanks so much for saying hi! what a bummer that your daughter is allergic to sweet potatoes!
      i use the powder stevia but also love the liquid. i used about 6 servings for the recipe, but don’t measure it

      • LisaG on November 19, 2010 at 8:20 am

        I wonder if she could use pumpkin?

        • Fitnessista on November 19, 2010 at 10:17 am

          yup! that would totally work 🙂

  12. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on November 17, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I was hoping to make sweet potato biscuits for Thanksgiving!! Yum!

  13. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on November 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    These sound awesome!! I bet they’d work well with’s much easier to find than SP puree around here. Wow, no way could I have said that a few months ago!

  14. rebecca lustig on November 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    whoa, i just realized ive never tried to make biscuits. i’ve made challah, cuban bread, pizza dough, naan. but biscuits?! negative!

    thanks for the inspiration

  15. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on November 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Oh these look great…Scott would adore those!

    your teacher looking at your toe? Nah. I don’t think that’s what he would choose to focus on, truly 🙂 And when I assist students I always am looking at them for alignment, symmetry, where there body is falling in a plane in space so that I can give a better assist, that type of thing..not the toes so much 🙂

  16. Gina on November 17, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks for the great recipe!! I wonder if I could just use some of my baby’s jarred sweet potatoes?!?!?! haha Love your blog, I’ve gotten so many great recipes from you and am actually starting to lose weight!!! YAY And, I owe it all to you!!

  17. Dee on November 18, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Ooh this sounds great! I’ll definitely be trying this!

  18. Amanda on November 18, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Sorry about your broken toe! I broke my pinky toe in August by stubbing (read: slamming) it into a vacuum cleaner that was propped against the wall. Pretty random eh? It hurt like hell and my foot turned a few different colors. The worst part was that I was in the middle of training for a race and could not run for the life of me. It’s all healed now…. but it’s kinda crooked and hurts when it rains…..

  19. The Pilot on November 18, 2010 at 12:58 am

    The sweet potato biscuits look insane! They’re just one more reason to come home to your butt soon. Ha, your yoga teacher better keep his eyes on your toe 😉

    • Fitnessista on November 18, 2010 at 8:17 am

      hahah! i love you

  20. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on November 18, 2010 at 8:14 am

    These look great!

    I ripped my toenail out from the root when I was getting out of the shower months ago. (Yes, it killed. Yes, I’m a total klutz.) Now, my nail looks funky but doesn’t hurt. I’m always self-conscious when people look at my feet. Toe nails take so long to grow!

  21. CaSaundra on November 18, 2010 at 8:34 am

    What a good idea–I love adding sweet potato or pumpkin to different things 🙂

  22. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 18, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Haha sweet potato leftovers never last long around me either! 😉 These look amazing!

  23. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on November 18, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Gine these look DELISH! Biscuits are great, but with sweet potato they’ll be even better.

  24. salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on November 18, 2010 at 9:28 am

    mmm, I have got to try thse!! I’m sure they are wonderful!!

  25. LisaG on November 18, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I love biscuits esp sweet potatoe; gotta be good. I hurt a lot of areas this morning falling down stairs. Usually I carry my heels downstairs to put them on, well not today oops. Pretty bruises!

    • Fitnessista on November 18, 2010 at 1:12 pm

      i got the idea from the biscuits at two friends! 🙂
      sorry about your fall and the bruises :/

  26. Alyssa on November 18, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I make a recipe like this one all the time, but in mine you add in orange zest and replace some of the milk with fresh squeezed oj. YUM! I think I’ll make these for dinner tonight and try your recipe!

  27. Kate on November 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Yum! These sound super yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  28. Amy on November 19, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I just put these in the oven – I’ll let you know how they turn out! 🙂

    • Amy on November 19, 2010 at 8:43 pm

      Haha. Well, I think you got my husband’s approval. His reponse, “Hun, these are *@!^in’ delicious!” I made them with EB. Definitely good out of the oven with some more EB on top!

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2010 at 10:11 pm

      yes, let me know what you think!!

      • Amy on November 19, 2010 at 10:20 pm

        Awesome! 🙂 I’ll be making more for Thanksgiving!

  29. Christin@purplebirdblog on November 21, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I made these, but pumpkin-whole wheat style! They are super-delish! I’ll be writing the post up tomorrow and linking back! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 21, 2010 at 8:01 pm

      so awesome! i’m glad you liked them!!

  30. Heather on November 23, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    hi gina, i was wondering if i use spelt flower, should the amount of baking powder stay the same? thanks!

    • Fitnessista on November 23, 2010 at 11:50 pm

      i think so, yes 🙂

  31. bitt on November 24, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Made these the other day and we LOVED them. Use pumpkin instead of sweet potato. Delicious.

    • Fitnessista on November 25, 2010 at 10:35 am

      awesome!! glad you liked them 🙂

  32. AnneJisca on August 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Your site came up as I googled for a whole wheat/spelt biscuit recipe. I gave this a try for supper and my husband and I ate the entire batch! I bake a lot and these are The. Best. Biscuits I have ever made/had!! Thank you so much for sharing! I will be posting a review (linked to your site) on my blog soon. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm

      wow, that’s so awesome! i’m glad you liked them and thank you so much for letting me know 🙂

  33. Rachel on August 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    OMG. First time using a pastry cutter, first time baking anything from scratch, first time dealing with dough period = OMG So Good. The recipe forgot something though, it serves one, not six. Haha! Great recipe!

    • Fitnessista on August 29, 2011 at 1:20 am

      hahah!! love that 🙂

  34. Cerissa on March 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I’m getting ready to put these in the oven, but I’m a little worried… apparently it is not a good idea to use a warm sweet potato straight out of the oven! :/ Fingers crossed it still works, though I suppose they might not be fluffy, I hope they will still taste okay!

  35. ashley on June 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    I pined your sweet potato biscuit recipe. I can’t believe I haven’t made them before.

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