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Buttermilk biscuits

Chef Leslie Cairns

Buttermilk biscuits

These versitile biscuits can be used for breakfasts, snacks or as a side with dinner.


  • 1 1/2 cups plain, all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk


Mix dry ingredients together. Cut in butter until pea-sized. Add buttermilk to bring dough together.  Roll dough out and cut into biscuits.

Bake at 350°F for approximately 10 minutes or golden.

Nutrient Analysis

  • Calories: 150 KCal
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fibre: 0.6 g
  • Total Fat: 6 g
  • Sodium: 176 mg
  • Phosphorus: 40 mg
  • Potassium: 56 mg

Renal Diet Nutrient Analysis

Servings per recipe: 8 biscuits

Serving size: 1 biscuit

Renal and Diabetic Exchanges

1.5 starch

What is one exchange?
  • 1 Protein Choice = 1oz of meat or 7g of dietary protein
  • 1 Starch Choice = about 15g of carbohydrates
  • 1 Fruit or Vegetable Choice = ½ cup
  • 1 Milk Choice = ½ cup

6 thoughts on “Buttermilk biscuits

  1. Why are you giving us recipes with baking powder?
    Why dont you use baking soda and cream of tartar instead….? The dietician said nnot to use baking powder…high phosphorus….It is very confusing to see recipes like this under the kidney community kitchen when I am trying so hard to get phosphorus level down..because i would think the recipes here are ok..obviously they are not.

    1. I understand that the Magic Baking Powder is acceptable for kidney patients. When using homemade bp (BAKING SODA & CREAM OF TARTAR) remember your intake of potassium is much higher then. Some kidney patients cannot have a high level of potassium. It is difficult to find recipes that are actually safe for everyone. My friend is on a diet and cannot have potassium, phosphurus, sodium etc., it is virtually impossible to find something for her to eat. Be careful how you substitute, low in one thing, high in another.
      These buttermilk biscuits may be safe, using Magic Baking Powder. Just my opinion of course.

  2. Just to clarify, We asked our Dietitian and she said:
    baking powder is sodium phosphate which is very readily absorbed and can contribute excess phosphate….if a recipe calls for 1 tsp of baking powder, this can be replaced with ¼ tsp baking soda plus ½ tsp cream of tartar.

    So Roberta is right, baking powder, including MAGIC baking powder, should be avoided if you have kidney disease. We’ve changed the buttermilk biscuits to take this into account.
    Hope this helps!

    1. Thank you for contacting Kidney Community Kitchen. Ener-g baking powder can be used as an alternative, as it does not contain sodium, or phosphorus additives. Before using this, or if you have a history of high calcium or magnesium levels in your blood, it would be a good idea to speak with your kidney team, as Ener-g contains high amounts of both.
      If using almond milk in a recipe, you can whisk together~1cup of almond milk and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice/apple cider vinegar/white vinegar to mimic buttermilk.

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