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Whole Wheat Rosemary Biscuits: My Favorite Healthy Biscuit Recipe

Updated on January 7, 2012

In a recent conversation with some fabulous colleagues of mine, it was revealed that everyone has different needs when it comes to food. Some have a high "chew" need, and don't really feel satisfied if they haven't done much chewing. Others have a high salt, sugar, volume, spicy, hot, cold needs. Some even crave balanced colors!

I personally have a high need for savory, basic foods- things with a round, umami, nutty flavor. One recipe I turn to again and again to meet this need is a very simple rosemary biscuit recipe, which I've shared below.

This recipe is quite healthy (I mean, come ON, whole wheat flour, nonfat milk, and olive oil. What's not to love about complex carbs, calcium, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids?), but is also ridiculously simple to make. While many other recipes are equally delicious, I turn to this frequently because I always have the necessary ingredients in stock.

If you have a sweet tooth, or like light, airy foods, you're probably not going to like these biscuits. That said, if you, like myself, crave savory snacks, you should give this recipe a try!


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt)
  3. Mix in the wet ingredients (milk and olive oil)
  4. Scoop or hand-shape your dough into a desired form (I'm really messy and use a cookie dough scoop)
  5. OPTIONAL: Stick a rosemary sprig into each biscuit (these should be removed before eating, but adding this step infuses the biscuits with the most wonderful rosemary undertones)
  6. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown on top (do NOT burn!)


Yield: One full tray of biscuits (if you want a smaller batch, just halve this)

  • 4 cups of flour (480 grams)
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 5.4 ounces of olive oil (or 2/3 cup)
  • 10.5 ounces of milk* (or 1 1/3 cups milk)
  • Rosemary sprigs** (optional)

*The milk must be very, very fresh. Some recipes allow one to use slightly expired, or just on the edge milk, which I do all the time (because... who wants to waste??). This recipe is not one of those recipes. I've ruined two whole batches of these suckers to on-the-edge milk, which makes the biscuits taste rancid. Just don't take the risk.

** If you don't feel like using rosemary as a garnish and flavor element with these biscuits, consider sprinkling just a bit of sea salt on top. It adds a barely-detectable glitter and a bit of texture. Just don't overdo it.

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Bon Appetit!

I hope you enjoy these biscuits!

Like I said, though, they're really for folks who have a high savory-nutty-substantial food need.

What are your particular food needs? What do you look for in a good meal? Let me know in the comments!

I'm rather curious to see what sorts of meal and food attributes are most popular.


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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, you're so right! I should add sesame seeds the next time I make these. And great tip about rosemary in paella! I BET that's awesome!

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      Dana De Greff 5 years ago from Miami

      I love rosemary and any sort of bread that is wholesome and nutty. Also, seeds like pumpkin or sesame might be a nice touch. Thanks for sharing I'll have to try it!

      P.s. Rosemary in paella is also wonderful!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks, TroyM! I hope you like 'em. :D

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      TroyM 5 years ago

      Interesting!Biscuits sound great.Thanks for sharing your ideas...

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm definitely going to be trying out more rosemary bread recipes. I hope you have fun with these biscuits! I'm sure they'll be fine with a milk substitute.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Rosemary bread is fabulous bread. Rosemary biscuits could be addictive. I'll have to try a version with my cow's milk free recipe. Thanks!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      They really are easy, anglnwu!

      And glad the video works on your laptop, Bill! Thanks a ton :D

      Me too, Nicole! I just love the smell of baking bread. Siigh... I wish I were baking some right now!

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      Nicole S Hanson 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Looks delicious! I love making different types of breads and biscuits. Thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Yovino 5 years ago

      When i made my previous comment i hadn't seen the video because it apparently doesn't work on an iPad. I reread the hub on my laptop and saw the video. Great job!

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Savory biscuits--yum. Looks easy too, due in part to the video. Thanks.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I find red KitchenAid mixers to be most fetching, moonlake. And thanks! I'm pretty excited about my yellow one :D

      That's a really cool idea, Bill Yovino! I think I might try that, too!

      I hope you like these, DeborahNeyens! They sure are easy to make.

      I'm EXACTLY the same way, LadyLyell. I think it makes it easier to develop one's own recipes!

      Same here, Rosie writes. I practically live off bread @_@

      Oh, I do think you shall like these then, Scribenet! Thanks for stopping by :D

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      Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Interesting! I like foods with a variety of colors and crspy works for me...also love nutty. Rosemary is one of my favorite whole wheat, milk and olive oil. (enjoy healthy type foods) Guess I will be making this recipe! Thanks!

      Good video; it shows how simple this recipe is!

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      Rosie writes 5 years ago from Virginia

      I look forward to trying this out - love homemade biscuits, and fresh herbs. Bread doesn't last long in my house.

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      LadyLyell 5 years ago from George, South Africa

      I love reading new recipes even though I don't always get to make them.

      Thank you for the info!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      I'm bookmarking this. I love rosemary in bready things. Thanks!

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      Bill Yovino 5 years ago

      Sounds good. I might try it using finely chopped fresh rosemary mixed into the dough.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Love your yellow mixer. I have a dark blue. My friend was going divorce her husband if she hadn't got one for Christmas. She got a nice big red mixer.

      Biscuits sound great. Glad you told about the milk.