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Healthy Biscuits and Gravy

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Enjoy your favorite comfort food in a macro-friendly way with this healthy biscuits and gravy recipe! This dish uses whole wheat biscuits and a low-fat gravy to create a healthier version of this classic Southern dish.

This is the basket of drop biscuits next to the skillet of gravy.

In the realm of comfort food, few dishes hold as much nostalgia and satisfaction as biscuits and gravy. Just mentioning it can transport you to cozy family breakfasts and cherished moments around the dining table.

While traditionally regarded as a guilty pleasure, I’m about to unveil a healthy biscuits and gravy recipe that not only preserves that unmistakable Southern charm but also takes a health-conscious approach, increasing the protein and lowering the calories.

This healthy biscuits and gravy recipe will show you how you can enjoy this classic breakfast without feeling sluggish and heavy the rest of the day. Get ready to redefine comfort food!

Ingredients for Healthy Biscuits and Gravy

Whole Wheat Drop Biscuits

In this recipe, we are going to make low-fat, high protein drop biscuits instead of traditional biscuits made with lots of butter.

My healthy, high-fiber drop biscuit recipe is similar to my high-protein pizza dough and uses the following:

Whole wheat flour – Use whole wheat pastry flour for a lighter biscuit, but regular whole wheat flour works, too. I use whole white wheat. You can also use all-purpose flour if you wish.

Greek Yogurt – Nonfat or low fat both work well.

Baking Soda & Salt

Sausage Gravy

To make my healthy sausage gravy, you need:

Ground pork – Look for a lean brand if you can– see the “Choosing the Meat” section. Alternatively, you can easily use ground turkey or chicken.

Seasonings – Italian seasoning, paprika, garlic powder, dried minced onion, pepper, fennel seed, salt, red pepper flakes.

Nonfat skim milk – We use Fairlife for lower calories and more protein.

All-purpose flour – A small amount is used to thicken the gravy. You can also use more whole wheat flour, too.

These are the ingredients for the healthy biscuits and gravy, including flour, yogurt, ground pork, baking powder, salt, spices, and milk.

Instructions:

This is someone stirring the biscuit ingredients together in a glass bowl.

1. Make the Biscuit Batter

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Whisk together the whole wheat flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the Greek yogurt and stir until all of the flour is absorbed.

This is a cookie scoop portioning drop biscuits onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

2. Scoop & Portion Biscuits

Using a large-sized cookie scoop or a spoon, scoop the biscuit batter into 12 equal portions and place evenly spaced on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

This batter is sticky, so do not skip the parchment paper.

This is the pan of drop biscuits baking in the oven.

3. Bake the Drop Biscuits

Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.

This is ground pork cooking in a cast iron skillet with wooden spoon.

4. Cook Ground Pork

While the biscuits bake, cook the ground pork in a skillet over medium heat. Drain the fat.

This is a plate of seasonings about to be sprinkled on the skillet of pork.

5. Add Seasonings

Add the seasonings: Italian seasoning, parsley, paprika, garlic powder, dried onion, pepper, fennel seed, salt, and red pepper flakes (if using) to the meat. Stir seasonings into the meat until they are evenly distributed.

This is all purpose flour being sprinkled on the pork in a cast iron skillet.

6. Add Flour

Sprinkle the all-purpose flour evenly over the ground pork, then stir to coat. Let cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.

This is skim milk pouring into the cast iron skillet of ground pork and seasonings.

7. Add Milk

Pour the skim milk into the skillet. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

This is a spoon holding a scoop of the sausage gravy after it has thickened in the skillet.

8. Simmer & Thicken

Continue cooking & stirring the gravy mixture. The gravy will take about 8-10 minutes to completely thicken.

Choosing the Meat

To keep the calories controlled on this recipe, you need to make sure you purchase reduced-fat ground pork. If you can’t find reduced-fat ground pork, you can use many other kinds of ground meat! Lean beef, chicken, or turkey work great, too.

One brand of reduced-fat pork is Pedersen Meats. I have ordered this brand through Crowd Cow, but I’ve also seen it in other places, like natural grocery stores.

Hormel Foods also sells a couple reduced-fat pork options.

Butcher Box is another company I’ve ordered lots of pork from, and it’s always delicious! They exclusively sell pasture-raised pork, and the macros on its ground pork are excellent.

Butcher Box Tip

Don’t choose ground pork as one of your 6 subscription items–save the subscription selections for the expensive cuts. For cheaper meats, like ground pork, select it as an “add-on” item when it’s available. It’s a better value that way.

Nutritional Information

This recipe makes four servings consisting of 3 drop biscuits and 1/4 of the gravy. The macros are as follows:

  • Calories: 538
  • Protein: 43g
  • Carbs: 50g
  • Fat: 19g

Recipe Notes

The fat in this recipe is largely determined by the ground meat you choose. Pork is flavorful and more authentic for a sausage gravy, but generally, it is higher fat than other options like ground turkey.

Store leftover gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Leftover biscuits can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

This is the basket of drop biscuits next to the skillet of gravy.

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FAQ

Are biscuits and gravy healthy?

Traditionally, biscuits and gravy is a meal loaded with lots of calories and saturated fat, making it something you may not want to eat on a regular basis.

However, this version significantly improves the macros, making it a realistic treat to incorporate more often. While it still may not be something you want to eat every single day (it doesn’t include any veggies, for example) it can certainly be part of a holistically healthy diet.

What is a healthy side for biscuits and gravy?

A healthy fruit salad would make an amazing side dish for this recipe. Combine some high-fiber fruits like blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, peaches, kiwi, or mandarin orange slices for a healthy and flavorful side.

This is the basket of drop biscuits next to the skillet of gravy.
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Healthy Biscuits and Gravy

This healthier biscuits and gravy recipe is delicious! Enjoy a nostalgic breakfast without destroying your macros for the day.
Prep Time20 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy biscuits and gravy
Servings: 4
Calories: 538kcal
Author: Holly Lee
Cost: $5

Equipment

Ingredients

Healthy Drop Biscuits

  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour 180 grams
  • 1 1/2 cups Nonfat Greek Yogurt, plain 330 grams
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Healthy Sausage Gravy

  • 1 lb Lean ground pork
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dried minced onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Fennel Seed
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes optional–omit if you don't like spice
  • 1/3 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 cups Skim Milk

Instructions

Biscuit Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • To make the healthy drop biscuits, whisk together the flour, baking powder, & salt in a mixing bowl. Add the Greek yogurt and stir to mix thoroughly.
  • Scoop your drop biscuits into 12 equal-sized balls and place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. There will be roughly 3 tbsp of batter per biscuit.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Sausage Gravy Instructions

  • While the biscuits bake, brown your ground pork in a large skillet. Drain any fat.
  • Add the seasonings: Italian seasoning, parsley, paprika, garlic powder, dried onion, pepper, fennel seed, salt, and red pepper flakes (if using) to the meat. Stir seasonings into the meat until they are evenly distributed.
  • Sprinkle the all-purpose flour evenly over the ground pork, then stir to coat. Let cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the skim milk to the ground pork mixture. Bring it to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened.
  • Taste your gravy mixture and add the additional salt, pepper, garlic powder, or red pepper flakes if desired.

Video

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Notes

Store leftover gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Eat within 3-4 days.
Leftover biscuits can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 538kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 2419mg | Potassium: 952mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 596IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 491mg | Iron: 4mg

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5 Comments

  1. Do the whole wheat biscuits seem dense compared to traditional white biscuits? Could I try half whole wheat and half white flour for my husband who loves the traditional white biscuit?

    1. Hi Debra! These are drop biscuits, so their texture is not quite the same as a traditional biscuit. (Traditional biscuits use a lot of butter–they’re so delicious, but my goal with this recipe was to reduce the overall fat and calories to get a healthier dish, so I switched to drop biscuits).

      I do not think they are dense, but if you’re primarily used to white flour, you may find them more dense just as any whole wheat bread product will have more density than a white flour bread product. Yes, you can use white flour or a 50/50 mix if desired! Another idea is to try whole wheat pastry flour–Bob’s Red Mill is one brand that sells this. Pastry flour is made with soft wheat, which has less protein and can give a lighter mouth feel. However, it is still a whole wheat flour, so it will have at least a little bit more density than white flour, but there are so many good reasons to eat whole grains that it’s definitely worth it!

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