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Maple, Thyme & Bacon Sweet Potato Biscuits

Last year when searching for sweet potato recipes, I came across this Sweet Potato Biscuits with Bacon & Thyme on Pinch My Salt. I’ve made these biscuits multiple times but always hated the need to buy Bisquick mix and always wanted them a touch richer.

Maple, Thyme & Bacon Sweet Potato Biscuits

So I’ve improvised using ingredients I always have on hand. And added butter because I was feeling kind of Paula Deenish. But I used maple syrup instead of refined sugar so it all balances out, right? Yeah, I thought so.

First you, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, thyme. Cut in the butter until you have a crumbly mixture. (Use a pastry cutter if you have one…it’s on my wishlist.) Next, stir in the bacon. sweet potato biscuits-1

Combine the milk, mashed sweet potato and maple syrup.sweet potato biscuits-2

Note: I just washed a sweet potato, stabbed it a bunch with a knife and nuked it in the microwave for five minutes. Then I cut it open and scooped out the goods. I had no problem utilizing the other half at a later point.sweet potato biscuits-8

Anyway, make a well in the dry and pour in the sweet potato mixture.sweet potato biscuits-3

Combine until it’s all combined. It will be pretty dry.sweet potato biscuits-4

Knead until it comes together into a thick dough. I think it took me 10-20 kneads.sweet potato biscuits-5

Using your hands, flatten it out to 1/2” thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter. Or just improvise some more.sweet potato biscuits-6

Place on a lined or sprayed cookie sheet and baked 8-10 minutes at 450 degrees.sweet potato biscuits-7

Meanwhile, brew some tea. This is my favorite tea at the moment. I bought it at Leland Tea Company in San Francisco when Megan and I spent a drizzly morning there last November.sweet potato biscuits-9

I’m a little teapot, short and stout! (Oh hey, Maizey!)sweet potato biscuits-10

Let the tea steep for about 6 minutes and your biscuits should finish about the same time. Did you know you need to discard the tea leaves after steeping or else your tea will be bitter. I didn’t know that until the man at Leland educated me. It’s changed my tea life. [this was biscuit #1 that I ate]sweet potato biscuits-11

Split open and top with butter. Just do it. [#2 in my face]sweet potato biscuits-12

Maple, Thyme & Bacon Sweet Potato Biscuits
(inspired by Pinch My Salt’s more straight-forward version)

makes about 10 biscuits

  • 2 c flour*
  • 3 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 3/4 t dried thyme
  • 2 T very cold butter (pull from the fridge just before using)
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked until crispy and torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/2 c mashed sweet potato
  • 1-2 T pure maple syrup, depending on how sweet you like your biscuits

*You could probably sub spelt flour for some or all of the flour…I haven’t tried it. Yet.

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and thyme in a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Cut in the butter until the mixture is crumbly.
  4. Stir in the bacon pieces.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the milk, mashed sweet potato and maple syrup.
  6. Make a well in the dry mixture and pour in the wet mixture. Stir until combined. (It will be pretty dry.)
  7. Dump the mixture onto a counter and knead until it comes together in a well-combined dough with no flour-ey looking spots hanging around.
  8. Press out to 1/2 inch thickness and cut into biscuits. Place on a sheet that has been lined or sprayed with non-stick spray.
  9. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.

If you happen to not eat all your biscuits in one sitting, let cool completely and then store in an airtight container for a few days. Reheat in the microwave before serving.

sweet potato biscuits-13Serve your hot biscuits alongside hot tea. Make sure it’s in a holiday mug. It improves the experience, I swear. [#3 biscuit for me. did I mention they are addictive?]

What did you do for your workout today? I really wasn’t feeling it today, so I’m taking an unplanned rest day. Therefore, I will live vicariously through you. Or if you took a rest day too, tell me that and we’ll be digitally restful together.

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  • Jess @atasteofconfidence
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    I did a half hour of cardio- I just wasn’t feelin it!

  • Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles
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    Holy goodness! I want those biscuits!
    I just got back from running 1.5 miles – which is a huge accomplishment for me because I’m not the biggest fan of running. I’m trying to incorporate it into my workout routine now though!

    • Teri
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      great job on the run!!

  • Alex @ IEatAsphalt
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    I just got a real life mouth water over those biscuits.

  • giordin
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    yum! those biscuits look delicious!!

    i took an unplanned rest day today too!! sorta had to as i got called into a meeting early this morning and have to get my pup to the vet this evening. rest days are necessary sometimes. i hope you enjoy your rest!

  • [email protected] knackfornutrition
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    I took a planned rest day. Collective ‘ahh’

  • christina
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    are you fluffing kidding me? these sound ridiculous. and bacon!! AHH

    • Teri
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      LOL! “fluffing”!!!

  • Lauren
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    I did some hamstring + hip openers yoga, it was fabulous! I didn’t know that about the tea leaves, nice thing to remember cause I won Megan’s tea giveaway!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
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    omg, these sound too good to be true!!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
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    Those look so good (minus the bacon for me). I never thought about using a cup as a biscuit cutter. You’re a genius.

    Today was supposed to be a rest day, but I did level 2 & 3 of the shred when I got home.

    • Teri
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      a cup is all I ever use because I don’t own a biscuit cutter. 🙂

      Confession: I’ve never made it through level 3. Although, I’m stupid and always try to do it AFTER I’ve done Level 1 & 2.

  • BroccoliHut
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    What a fantastic quartet of flavors! Very unique. I’m bookmarking it:)

  • Chase @ The Chase Project
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    I wasn’t feeling it today either! Took an unplanned rest day too. Digitally restful twins!

  • Blog is the New Black
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    I didn’t work out, unless clicking around food blogs counts- that’s some serious finger exercise!

  • Ashley
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    mmmmmm biscuits….mmmmm My workout took place sleeping on the couch today and making 2 smoothies. Exhausting!

  • Nicole
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    Haha I did that today to…I was on the way to the gym after school but was not feeling it so I went home instead to eat and read blogs….it was much more fun! Glad you had a relaxing day too 🙂

  • Michelle
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    Those muffins look amazing… poor Maizey is in drool land! My boxer is completely under my feet when I’m in the kitchen! Who can resist a boxers face?
    Ok… 4.7 miles of running.
    Now I’m here to pick the brains of running and exercise enthusiasts out there in blog land. Sciatica pain? Any suggestions on treating? Would love any and all suggestions!
    Thanks!

    • Teri
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      I had SI joint problems which I think is similar to sciatica pain. I found that doing yoga really helped.

  • Stephanie
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    Those biscuits look absolutely amazing. Seriously. Wow.

    I ran 3 miles today. 🙂

  • Lisa
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    Oh man these look AMAZING!

  • Pure2raw twins
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    Perfection!!! Biscuits used to be one of my favorite things to eat, but since eating gluten-free cannot seem to make it as good 🙁

  • Charliegirl
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    yum yum yum!! bookmarked.

  • Trisha
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    i WISH i would have taken a rest day. Ha. but instead i knocked out some hill intervals on the treadmill and did some leg weights. Lets just say my legs are feelin it!

    • Teri
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      wow, good job. hill intervals are sooo hard!

  • Angie @ Everyday Inspirations
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    Are you kidding me? This looks delicious! Holy crap! Love maple and bacon together already but add those to biscuits with sweet potato? This looks sinfully good. And love cute Maizey watching by the way.

  • sassy molassy
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    Holy mother, these sound good! My workout was my Thursday night speed workout. We have a coach and it’s a great opportunity to get our speedy legs on and some professional tips.

    Our workout:
    10 min warm up
    drills
    12 min @ tempo or 1/2 marathon pace
    800 m @ 5k pace
    600 m @ 5k pace
    400 m @ mile pace
    200 m @ faster than mile pace
    12 min @ tempo or 1/2 marathon pace
    1 mile cooldown

    Whew! This was a good, hard workout. I’m always surprised how fast these workouts fly by.

  • Vanessa
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    I love sweet potato biscuits!! Never tried it with bacon though! MMh!

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
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    Those look good! And I always have to improvise like that too.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
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    well, i think we all know that if you add bacon it will be good 🙂

  • gracie
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    Pardon my French, but NO EFFING WAY. Those look so insanely delicious!! Bookmarking this, for sure.

  • carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream
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    Those look so amazing!! I’ve never thought of putting sweet potato in a biscuit… You’ve peaked my interest!!

  • Kristi
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    There is nothing in this biscuits that I don’t like. Yum!

  • stephchows
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    yup, totally drooling

  • Bronwyn Coyne
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    “Digitally restfull” hahaha. Love it. I’ve been lurking on your blog awhile, I love your hearder! Did you design it?
    PS Yesterday i didn’t workout; had a horrible headache. But today I am definitely looking forward to a good sweat.

    • Teri
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      My husband designed it for me. Good man. 🙂

  • Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker
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    Oh, my! Thank you for sharing these. Minus the bacon, I cannnnnnnnnnnot wait to try them. I love how they look, too!

  • janey
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    these sounds absolutely amazing. definitely need to make these soon!

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
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    yum yum! way to go making them homemade (not that bisquick isn’t… cuz its still better than premade but still). these look so good!!

  • Christina
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    I love your blog. I too am just a foodie trying to stay fit. I just started my own fitness section of my blog and would love to know what you think! tinacrane.blogspot.com
    Ps that above mentioned Mediterannian Tuna salad looks like heaven

    • Teri
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      oh my gosh, your blog is so cute!!! I LOVE your header! I think I might be addicted to your blog already.

  • Dana @ My Little Celebration
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    Yowza those look good! I’m definitely a biscuit fan but have never though to add sweet potato into the mix. Yummy!

    My workout for the day was going outside and running around like a madwoman in the snow for about 30 minutes, then 5 minutes of running the stairs at my apartment complex, and then about 10 minutes of yoga and abs once I got home. ‘Twas delightful and invigorating.

    Oh, and I’m glad to hear that you’re liking your new job so far. Finding work that you love and truly enjoy is so, so rare and rewarding. So, congrats again for getting the position!

    • Teri
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      dang girl – awesome workout!

      And thanks for the congrats!!

  • Holly
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    yes, please.

    i want one just like you ate it – slathered in delicious, real butter. with tea. preferably candy cane lane, because even though christmas has passed, its still my favorite.

    60 minutes of yoga + 30 minutes of running.

    booyah – mama’s got to get back into running shape!

    happy weekend dear teri 🙂

    • Teri
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      how come I’m the only gal who cannot find candy cane lane tea anywhere?!?!

  • Carlee
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    Those biscuits look sooooo good. I love the addition of the sweet potato. I will be sure to try these out very soon.

    ps. You dog is adorable – I have a male boxer at home who looks just like her.

    • Teri
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      boxers are seriously the best dogs!

  • Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini
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    I want to eat those potatoe skins…..that is my favorite part!

  • Megan
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    These look delicious. My mom and I made some sweet potato biscuits the day after Thanksgiving one year and made leftover turkey sandwiches in them. I want to try that again this year, but with this recipes! Excited on another level! Thanks.