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Quick Low-Fat Drop Biscuit Recipes - Healthy

Updated on October 25, 2011

With variety of options for every occasion, these biscuit recipes are healthy, flavorful, quick to make, and quick to bake. For a basic biscuit, simply remove additions and use whatever oil or fruit butter you prefer.

Parmesan Biscuits

The distinctive olive oil and parmesan flavors of these biscuits make them the ideal complement to pasta dishes, or other Italian cuisine.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup grated low-fat parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix together in large bowl flour, baking soda, and salt. Add milk and oil and stir well until dough comes off easily from the sides of the bowl, then mix in cheese. Drop in tablespoon-sized amounts on ungreased baking sheets. Bake about 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve warm or let cool and store in airtight container.

Optional Additions

  • ½ tsp dried rosemary, added to dry ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley, added to dry ingredients
  • 1/4 cup snipped chives, added to dry ingredients

Chili-Cheese Biscuits

Great with beans, chili, soup or stew, these biscuits are flavorful and can be as spicy as you choose to make them!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup drained canned diced chiles or jalapenos


Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine dry ingredients, then stir in milk and oil until dough comes easily away from the sides of the bowl. Stir in cheese, then fold in chiles. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Optional Additions

  • 4 slices cooked crumbled bacon, added with chiles
  • 1/4 cup chopped sauteed onion, added before chiles
  • 4 Tbsp diced ham, added with chiles
  • 2 Tbsp paprika, used to dust tops of biscuits before baking


Apple-Cinnamon Biscuits

These biscuits, lightly sweetened with apple butter and dusted with cinnamon-sugar, are perfect for snacking, coffee breaks, or after-dinner consumption. Reminiscent of scones, they pair well with spiced teas, and are delicious with whole-wheat flour as well!


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp apple pie spice
  • 1/4 cup apple butter
  • 3/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped apple
  • 2 Tbsp sugar or Splenda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix flour, baking soda, salt, and apple pie spice in large bowl. Stir in apple butter, then add milk and mix until well combined and dough comes away easily from sides of bowl. Fold in apple pieces. In shallow dish or pie plate, mix sugar or Splenda and cinnamon. Take tablespoon-sized amounts of dough and dip the tops in this mixture before placing on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned, and pick inserted in center of biscuit comes out clean. Serve warm with spiced apple butter or with cinnamon tea.

Optional Additions

  • 1/3 cup raisins or sultanas, folded in with apples
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots, folded in with apples



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    • amwalsh profile image


      4 years ago from Georgia

      These look so good! Will be making this over the weekend.

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      5 years ago

      Do you can fand for me a risept thank you.

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      Nancy RAmpullabiscuitsI 

      8 years ago

      Love the sound of my fAvourite baked thing

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      8 years ago

      I just made the parmesean biscuits (with a few substitutions) and they are delicious!

      I used whole grain flower, coconut oil instead of olive oil, and I substituted the parmesean for 1 1/2 tsp of rosemary.

      Perfect with a cup of earl grey tea!

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      8 years ago

      The chili-cheese biscuits were awesome!! Thanks!!

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      9 years ago

      You can always use water instead of milk/buttermilk etc. as the liquid in any biscuit recipe. We do it all the time!

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      Dorsi Diaz 

      11 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Ooohhh Maddie, these biscuits look delicious- the cheese ones remind me of the ones from Red Lobster. I look forward to trying out your recipes!

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      11 years ago from franklin

      sounds excellent..will give it a whirl, I love biscuits, warm from the oven.

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      11 years ago from Tampa

      Oooo, thanks!!!

    • Maddie Ruud profile imageAUTHOR

      Maddie Ruud 

      11 years ago from Oakland, CA


      You can substitute soy milk or lactase-supplemented milk (like Lactaid), or try using yogurt, which is generally easier for lactose intolerant people to digest.

      For more tips, check out my hub on the subject:

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      11 years ago from Tampa

      Maddie, do you have any suggestions for milk substitutes? As lactose intolerants, we don't usually keep milk in the house.

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      11 years ago from Tampa

      OK, I'm making some of these tonight!!! Thanks for the great hub!

    • gabriella05 profile image


      11 years ago from Oldham

      That sounds fantastically good

      Thank you

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      Bob Ewing 

      11 years ago from New Brunswick

      I'll be trying these, thanks.


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