Apple & Oat Biscuits – Vegan & GF

Last Sunday was one of those seldom days that we actually spent outside from morning until evening – just the three of us together in the cold but colorful autumn weather. We were invited by a friend to pick apples from her apple tree. The branches were hanging heavy from all the fruit and the ground was covered with fallen apples. We filled the trunk of a borrowed car with 2 boxes and 2 bags of sweet and slightly tangy fruit and drove to a farm that specialized in juicing apples. We had such a lovely afternoon on that farm. Eating lunch, walking in their garden and playing with their swings. Elsa fed the farm animals while we waited in line to get our apples juiced.

”Honk if you want to juice”

The sound from the juice machine was pounding, but luckily drowned under the tones of Chopin that was being played on maximum volume – spreading outside the small juicing shack and out through the forest.

We came home with 10 large bottles of delicious pure apple juice. After having filled our fridge, freezer and tummies with juice, we gave a few bottles to family and friends. But since we still had some left, we boiled it down to an apple syrup that is fantastic to sweeten all kind of desserts and breakfasts with. Simply boil down your apple juice in a large pot until only 1/3 of it remains. When it cools down it thickens into a syrup. Pour into in an airtight container and use within a few weeks.

We saved a few apples to cook with, so we have enjoyed both savory and sweet apple dishes during this week. One favorite recipe that we came up with was these scones inspired apple & oat biscuits. They are whipped together in a whizz. And after a few tries we actually managed to make them both gluten free and vegan, so they don’t feel as heavy on the stomach as biscuits/scones sometimes do. Although slightly more compact than a classic flour biscuit, they still have a light texture and wonderful flavor from the shredded apples, almond butter and oat flour. As always with these kind of baked goods you need to remove them from the oven in just the right time – it only takes a moment for a perfectly baked biscuit to become too dry. And the experience will be a whole lot less fantastic.

Vegan & Gluten-free Apple & Oat Biscuits
Makes around 8 biscuits

Dry ingredients
1 3/4 cup (200 g) gluten free oat flour (make your own by grinding rolled oats in a food processor)

1 1/4 cup (150 g) buckwheat flour (if not gluten intolerant you can use spelt flour instead.
3 tsp arrow root or corn starch
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt

Wet ingredients
6 tbsp (75 g) extra virgin coconut oil, room temperature
4 tbsp almond butter
1 cup plain soy yogurt (or yogurt of your choice)

2 apples, shredded with peels on (around 1 1/2 cup apple shreds)

Place a baking sheet in the oven and preheat it to 450°F (230°C). Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut the coconut oil into small cubes and add to the flour mixture together with the almond butter. Use your hands to combine until everything has a pebbled texture. Add soy yogurt and apples and stir around with a wooden spoon until you can work the dough by hand. It can be slightly crumbly but should come together as you kneed it. If it feels too dry you can add a dash more yogurt, and if too wet – more flour. Gather the dough into a ball that you flatten out on a floured surface. It should be around 1 inch thick. Use a biscuit cutter or 3-inch (8 cm) wide glass to cut out as many biscuits as you can. Gather the rest of the dough into a ball again, flatten it out and cut out the rest of the biscuits. Cover the hot baking sheet with parchment paper and place the biscuits on it. Bake in the oven for 15–16 minutes or until crusty on the outside and slightly moist on the inside. Slab some fruit compote or homemade marmalade between two halves and eat while still hot. Nothing tastes like freshly baked.

70 Comments

  • Jane
    Yum and yum! I will certainly be making these biscuits. I think my mom will love them. I am really loving apple season this year I only wish more people were able to grow them organically here in the midwest of the US so that I could buy them locally. Also, I was wondering if it's possible to substitute anything for the yogurt? Almond milk perhaps? Thanks for sharing your fun day and recipe!
  • Dagmar
    Hi Green Kitchen Stories What exactly is the difference between baking soda and baking powder? AND WHAT ARE THEY CALLED IN DANISH?? :-) Regards Dagmar, Denmark
    • Hi Dagmar, baking powder is called bagepulver in Danish and is the most common way to get baked goods to rise. But when you have a dough with some kind of acidity (like apples and yogurt) you can also add a pinch of baking soda (natron in Danish) to help it rise even better. If you don't have natron at home you could use only bagepulver, but it might rise a little less. Good luck! /Luise
  • Fresh picked apples, a cider press, Chopin, and a family to enjoy it all together-- sounds divine! Some of my best fall memories are of going to a farm with a hand-cranked apple press, making fresh cider with my children and drinking it while eating apple fritters. These apple oat biscuits sound like a much healthier-- and equally tasty-- accompaniment to a glass of freshly made fall apple cider.
  • Jackie Pomeroy
    Thanks for sharing the clever technique of chilling the coconut oil. I live in the tropics where fresh coconut oil is readily available, but turning it into a solid makes it more usable in baking!
  • I've been on a buckwheat kick lately. I'm so making these!
  • I've been craving apples lately. These look perfect!!
  • Sandra
    I just finished making these and I had mine with some homemade apple butter. They are so amazingly delicious!!! It is apple season for us in the northeast USA and this is the best treat I have ever made with my apples. Thank you so much for the recipe. And your daughter is so beautiful. We too like to enjoy apple picking with our two young boys. Can't wait to buy your cookbook when it comes out :)
  • lindsey
    hi, these look AMAZING -- and i'm not a biscuit person at all. quick question: i don't have arrowroot or corn starch in the pantry, and i'm wondering what that ingredient adds? will the biscuits have issues keeping together without it, or do you think i could attempt it without?
    • Hi Lindsey, arrowroot or corn starch add starch to the flour mixture, which makes it less crumbly. We have also tried making it without using any starch, the dough was a little more difficult to handle but the biscuits turned out great in the end. If you are not a vegan you could add an egg to the dough instead of the starch, but then perhaps use a little less yogurt. Good luck! /David
  • What a great way to spend a day outdoors and come home with such goodies! This inspires me to go apple picking and preserve them. How long can you freeze the juice for? The pictures are very beautiful as always.
  • Claudia
    Oh guys what a wonderful post! Love all the apple photos and the biscuits and Elsa is so cute! Oh yummy.
  • Liz B
    She is such a cutie! Can't wait to try this over the weekend whilst I'm indoors working! Beautiful pictures and a homely, comforting recipe as always from you guys :) Thank you! xx
  • As a vegan blogger, I just love it when your posts (which are consistently well-written and filled with unique photography) specifically cater to vegan tastes. I'm so jealous of your apple juicing experience- fresh apple juice is unparalleled! Keep up the great work! Looking forward to seeing your book, too.
  • I love this recipe!so healthy and hope so very tasty;) m
  • Gorgeous pictures. I'm new to your blog and it looks like I have a lot of awesome recipes to go through. Beautiful, beautiful photography.
  • What a beautiful way to spend a Sunday! I remember seeing the photos of the apples and the juicing and the farm on your twitter feed. Apple syrup is a great idea too and I like the wholesome, rustic look of those biscuits.
  • These look divine! Can't wait to make these biscuits this weekend!
  • emily
    I am so going to bake these this weekend - they look amazing! It do sounds like you had a perfect day. Oh how I wished I had a trunk full of apples...
  • This makes me want to move to Sweden just so I can eat apples... gorgeous - as always! Both the recipe and wee Elsa :-)

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