MCLV Mange: Pumpkin Biscuits

When I first got the idea of making biscuits I realized something – Virtually every recipe I could find had shortening listed as a pretty significant ingredient. Not only have I never actually bought shortening, but as a texture-sensitive person I remember being horrified by the stick of Crisco my mother kept in the fridge. {Note: I also don’t eat mushrooms or avocados for the same reason to the endless irritation of anyone who tries to cook for me.}

No thank you.

So to celebrate Thanksgiving in my own OCD way I set out to create a tasty shortening-free biscuit. Using Bubble Girl Bakes’ Sweet Potato Biscuits as a starting point I created these delicious, albeit not quite as pretty, pumpkin biscuits.

Not only are they shortening free, they’re vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and can be made paleo with minor changes to the simple ingredient list.



  • 1 Cup Pumpkin
  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk
  • 2 Cups Almond Meal {Or flour of your choice}
  • 2 Tablespoons Sweetener {I used maple syrup}
  • 1.5 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 4 Tablespoons Applesauce

*Note: I made both a sweet and a savory version of these little gems. You can play up either side of the spectrum with spices – Add cinnamon & nutmeg for a dessert-style biscuit, or a dash of cayenne & some cumin for a spicier savory biscuit.


  • Preheat oven to 450
  • Line baking sheet w/ foil or parchment paper
  • In a smaller bowl whisk together pumpkin, milk of your choice, applesauce & oil
  • In a larger bowl combine sweetener, baking soda & salt
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry ones and whisk together – You’ll end up with a fluffy dough
  • Spoon out dough onto baking sheet {You can get as fancy as you’d like to shape them – Cookie cutters could work if you stuck the dough in the fridge to solidify for a few minutes}
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes {This varies depending on your oven & the texture you’d like – For a softer biscuit bake for a shorter period of time}

I’ve already made 3 batches of these since I set out on my biscuit mission and I’m still not sick of them. They’re definitely going to be on my Thanksgiving table this year. And probably the day after Thanksgiving as well if I’m being honest.

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far:


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