Cheesy Pepperjack Biscuits & a Daiya Giveaway!

Vegan MoFo 2011 – #4

A recipe for Cheesy Biscuits came across my Pulse app last week, and I knew immediately that I needed to veganize it.  It was a cinch to do, too, with a few adjustments and a lot of Daiya cheese.

Daiya Cheese

Daiya (pronounced “dayaa”) is one of the most popular vegan cheeses on the market.  The cheeses are fairly unique in that they’re free of most common allergens, including gluten and soy.  Daiya stretches, it melts, it freezes well and it tastes great, too.  Daiya originally launched with the mozzarella and cheddar style shreds–which are wonderful in anything from a classic grilled cheese to a pizza–and most recently they added pepperjack style shreds to the mix.  The pepperjack shreds have a nice kick of heat to them, and I think I like them best out of the three varieties.  I’ll definitely be keeping some on hand to add to tacos and quesadillas.

I decided to give the pepperjack a go in these biscuits and I was so happy with the results.  They turned out just how they should–light, fluffy, flaky and savory.  We literally couldn’t put them down (ok, so it was mostly me that had that problem).  You might as well make two batches, because these will not last long.

Cheesy Pepperjack Biscuits

Cheesy Pepperjack Biscuits
Makes: about 16 biscuits
  • ¾ cup plain soy milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Dash of salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 4 tbsp Earth Balance, cold
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup Daiya Pepperjack Style Shreds
  • Crystallized salt
  1. Heat oven to 425°. In a small bowl, combine soy milk and lemon juice. Set aside for about 15 minutes, or until curdled.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix flour, salt, pepper and baking powder. Add the oil and Earth Balance, and mix with a fork until spread evenly and only small chunks of the Earth Balance remain (don't let the EB mix in completely--if that starts to happen, place it in the fridge for a few minutes). Add the green onions, cheese and the soy milk and lemon juice mixture. Mix with your hands until no dry ingredients remain. Do not over mix.
  3. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface, kneading once or twice more. Flatten into an 8x8-inch square (or until about ½ - ¾ inches high). Cut into 2-inch squares, sprinkle with a little crystallized salt and bake for about 14-18 minutes, or until lightly golden.
Notes & Tips
(1) The biscuits absorbed some of the heat of the pepperjack, so next time I will add some jalapeños to the mix. (2) These would be great with cheddar style shreds as well. (3) You could also make a great cracker-esque snack by rolling out the dough until very thin and adjusting the baking time a bit (thanks, Mom, for that tip!).


And now, what you’ve probably been waiting for:  the giveaway!  Daiya is providing three vouchers for free Daiya products to one lucky person.  The vouchers will be redeemable at any retail location where Daiya is sold.

For a chance to win, do one or any combination of the following, for a maximum of three entries:

  1. Leave a comment below telling me what you’d like to make with Daiya.
  2. Follow @thevegancrew on twitter AND leave a comment below letting me know that you’re a follower.
  3. Tweet “Giveaway:  Enter to win free Daiya from @thevegancrew” (or something similar–just be sure to mention @thevegancrew and to provide a link to the giveaway) AND leave a comment below with a link to the tweet.

One entry per comment (so if you do all three, for example, you must leave three comments, one for each item completed).

Good luck! :)

The fine print:  Contest ends Sunday, October 9, 2011, at 11:59 pm CST.  The winner will be selected randomly and will be announced Monday, October 10, 2011.  If the winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.  Contest open to residents of the US only.

 Update 10/10/2011:  Contest has ended.
Congratulations to our winner, Aubri!


  1. says

    Your biscuits look very tasty, and that’s a good idea to add chopped jalapenos as well. The thing that’s convenient about Daiya (had no idea it was pronounced day-aa) is that it freezes well. I had a hard time getting through a bag before it went moldy, but now I just keep it in the freezer and pull out a handful when needed to melt on tacos or what have you. As a fan of spicy food, I’d enjoy trying the new pepperjack and envision myself making a layered bean dip.

    • says

      I keep it in the freezer, too. Definitely helps stretch the bag further! If you go to Daiya’s website, they have a “click here for soundbite” button that gives you the correct pronunciation. I discovered it just last night. I was never sure how to pronounce it either, so I was glad to hear that I had it right all along.

  2. says

    I’d definitely make something like this – I love the idea of putting Daiya in baked goods, because eating it plain always makes me feel a little sick!

    Thanks for the giveaway. :)

  3. says

    First up, I’m going to make your cheesy pepperjack biscuits. They look so good, and from the ingredient list, surely taste amazing! Next up would be mac and cheese bites, because they make good finger food, especially when traveling.
    Thanks for the giveaway, and thanks Daiya for the great products. A former cheese-aholic friend says he could go vegan because of Daiya.
    Hoo-Rah – more animals saved and less strain on the planet!

  4. says

    Those biscuits look amazing! I’ve made cheddar cornbread muffins but these look equally scrumptious.

    I followed you under my only Twitter account, which is for my cat (MyKittyFriend). If I had some Daiya, I would make these biscuits and some stuffed poblanos.

  5. Cee says

    I’d like to make nachos. I have a good nutritional yeast cheezy sauce that I make, but I’d love to try some on nachos!

  6. Beth says

    I love making ‘cheese’ biscuits with Daiya! Or a big dish of vegan chilli cheese fries!!! Few things have surprised my meat loving brother as much as how in love with my vegan chilli cheese fries :)

  7. Aubri says

    I have never actually tried Daiya. I would love to add it to some yummy Qdoba style squash and zucchini burritos!

  8. says

    I’d love to make gluten free-vegan pizza! I haven’t found an imitation cheese I like yet which keeps me from EVER thinking about going vegan.

    • says

      I hear ya. Vegan cheeses can be hit or miss. Daiya tastes like cheese (although, to be fair, it’s been a very long time since I’ve had dairy cheese), but the texture is a little different when melted. Melted Daiya has a stickier texture, so I go light with it when I use it on a pizza. And, for what it’s worth, I absolutely love a cheese-less pizza loaded with lots of veggies, spices and a great sauce :)

  9. says

    I use Daiya for vegan chili relleno. Coincidently I posted a vegan recipe for them on my blog couple of days ago and used Daiya in the recipe. Yum!

  10. Brenda M says

    I have not tried it yet, I have been wanting to for quite a while…just found a couple places near me that carry your product….looking forward to it, your reputation proceeds you!! :)

  11. Abby says

    I’d like to make a buffalo “chicken” cheesy dip. One of those party food recipes I always wanted to veganize.

  12. Amy says

    @thevegancrew I’m following you! Can’t wait to make these biscuits. I love biscuits and haven’t had them in forever! My favorite thing to make with Daiya is pizza!

  13. Zach says

    I like making different kinds of pizzas with Daiya–whether it’s BBQ, veggie, or just plain cheese pizza. It works really, really well and turns out super good.

  14. michelle says

    I tweeted about giveaway. I followed you to @michellini2 I love a simple quesadilla with daiya or grilled cheese with apple slices

  15. Kim says

    I just love Daiya! It’s my go-to vegan cheese when I veganize traditional recipes. So good in pastas, burritos, pizza, and burgers – yum!

  16. Vanessa says

    I’d make a bomb vegan chicken and mozzarella sandwich! I’d actually eat daiya straight out of the bag… the life of a college student!

  17. says

    What would all of our lives be without daiya? seriously. i’ve attended potlucks for vegans with major food allergies, and daiya was a GODSEND.

    With the daiya prize, I’d make:
    – pizzas (1 margherita, 1 with olives and basil, 1 with avocado and red onions and some soy meat).
    – leftover pizza dough, rolled flat into a sheet. throw on chopped garlic, daiya, and basil. roll up like a pinwheel and bake, then slice (i just listed this all out because i can’t remember the italian name! :X )
    – root vegetable terrine – perfect for fall!
    – vegan tuna melt, yes please
    – cheese toast (to go with the vegetable soup i plan to make to mark fall’s arrival)

    the possibilities are endless – i could do this all day!

    thanks for the opportunity :)

  18. MollyZilla says

    I’ve been dying to try a vegan cheesy biscuit and this is the second recipe I’ve seen using Daiya cheese! I’ve made pizzas and calzones with their cheese before and really like the results!!

  19. Jenne Griffin says

    I have never tried your cheese because it is not in my local town and have been trying to find it for weeks.
    If given the chance to baked with them I would make some cheese polenta, some mac and cheese with rice noodles and maybe some cheese bread.

    thanks for opportunity to win


  20. Kat says

    I would make nachos. Chips, tomatoes, onions, black olives, vegan ground meat substitute, lots of guacamole and Daiya melted all over everything. (It’s been on my to-do list for some time now but I haven’t found a cheese substitute that melts properly yet, but if Daiya does….)

  21. says

    I know it’s not fancy, but pizza. Any thing pizza-y. Calzones, pizza rolls, pizza bagels, tiny pizzas, party pizzas!! Nothing beats gooey daiya cheeze on pizzas!

  22. says

    I want to make some lasagna with the mozzarella flavor, some enchiladas with the cheddar flavor, and some spicy mac&cheese with the pepper jack flavor…and perhaps even these!

  23. T. Lynne Freeman says

    Had pleasure of trying Daiya cheese at my newest favorite, VEGAN, restaurant. Loved it. The restaurant told me I was able to find Daiya at Whole foods in Tempe, AZ. I stopped at the grocery store the next time I was in the area. Works great on my VEGAN pizzas, VEGAN breads, and VEGAN sandwiches (on top of roasted eggplant and/or squash between my homemade VEGAN Herby bread).

  24. Nathan Miller says

    My favorite indulgence when using Daiya is to cut zucchini in half bake it for a half hour and smother it in Daiya Chedder. And broil it until its a mountain of cheesy goodness

  25. says

    With Daiya I’d love to make homemade pizza. My boyfriend and I *always* made homemade pizza when we were still consuming cheese, but haven’t done so in months, since I stopped consuming dairy. I’d like to revisit that fond memory, vegan style. Thanks!

  26. Leslie says

    This inspired me to make some tuna melts with Daiya tonight for supper, I love this…I have developed a milk and beef allergy over the last 4 years and am unable to have milk products, this cheese is awesome :)

  27. K. A. Lynne says

    I’d like to make my allergic child some pizza. He’s never had it before because he’s allergic to soy and wheat, one or both of which occur in every other cheese substitute I’ve found. Just about a week ago, my son ate macaroni & cheese for the first time in his life, and yesterday he had his first grilled cheese sandwich. This has been so exciting for our family!

  28. PoisonPuss! says

    I would make some lasagna!! I’ve never attempted it with actual vegan cheese on top.. Just tofu ricotta innards, boca grounds, and beautiful marinara from the italian store up the block. I need to Daiyanize that STAT!

  29. Allison Lentz says

    I went 2 years without eating pizza before I found Daiya! I want to make pizzas! I have made pizza with the mozzarella, as well as Mexican pizza with the mexican and cheddar cheese mixed. I probably buy about 6 bags at a time and freeze them.

  30. jen says

    well, after reading your recipe, i really want to try those biscuits!

    i also want to try stuffing bell peppers with wild rice, daiya, nuts and seeds. i think it would work out nicely…

  31. Elizabeth says

    My boys love Daiya!!! We put it on everything. If I asked my son he would say grilled cheese sandwich or pizza! I’m definitely making your biscuits they sound delish! thanks for sharing the recipe ^_^

  32. Tara says

    Since my son’s birthday is coming up (and he’s anaphylactic to milk), I plan on making the following at his birthday…and of course all milk free (and egg/pnut/treenut free too)…and they all require Daiya:

    Spinach Dip
    Sausage Balls
    Party Pinwheel Tortilla Roll Ups
    Mini Pizzas
    Mini Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Pepperjack

  33. daryl morazzini says

    I want to make 3 things: First off, I want to make a socca (chick pea flour) bread pizza with the Daiya Chedder cheese, pizza sauce (vegan), mushrooms, green onions. Second, I want to make a traditional stuffed shells dish with jumbo shells, Daiya Mozzarella, silken tofu, and a Vegan mushroom sauce made with portobello mushrooms, garlic, olive oil, fresh basil, and san marziano tomatoes. Finally, I want to make a, Sformato, using Daiya chedder, tofurky ham, silken tofu mixed with nutritional yeast, red potatoes, bread crumbs.

  34. says

    I am ready to make some vegan lasagna – the vegan ricotta is pretty easy to make from tofu, olive oil, and just the right herbs mashed together just right – and with Daiya for the melty mozzarella layers, the lasagna will be amazing!

  35. Angie says

    I have a batch of tomato soup waiting in the freezer, so I would make a batch of daiya grilled cheese sandwiches to go with it. Tastes like Fall!!!

  36. John says

    Back in my pre-vegan days, I liked those garlic cheddar biscuits that you can get from that red colored fish place. I would love to make them, daiya style!!

  37. Jess says

    I’d make so many grilled cheese if I won the giveaway. I’d try these biscuits, too. They look absolutely delicious!

  38. Sara K. Bakker says

    I love Daiya, and put the shreds on my favorite pizza. Twitter is another story–I refuse to use it.

  39. Lisa Clark says

    If I won some Daiya, I would make someting wonderful for my boys, who are both terribly allergic to dairy. Be it these wonderful biscuits (which I will be making, believe me) or some lovely grilled cheese with homemade soup. We are so fortunate to live in a day when hardworking people come up with delicious dairy free options for us to enjoy. I’ve made my own cheese for them, but Daiya still taste better than homemade (even if mine is full of love!). Thanks!

  40. sara says

    I would make (all vegan): calzones with pesto, mushrooms, olives, bean/seitan sausage slices, daiya with garlic sauce on the side; enchiladas; and those biscuits with chantrelle mushroom gravy.

  41. Anna says

    If I won the giveaway I would make a huge casserole of veganbaked macaroni and cheese with a buttery panko crust. And some of these cheesy biscuits wouldn’t hurt! YUM!

  42. Karen says


    I’m a bit of a spice wimp, so as much as I love Daiya, I can’t handle too much of the pepperjack, but I LOVE the mozza. I have made so many foods that I haven’t been able to eat due to my dairy allergy. In fact, I have a dish of nachos cooling right now!

    My all time favourite thing to make, though, is Philly “Cheese” Steak sandwiches. I use the mozza, and have tried a bunch of different faux beef products. The Daiya definitely makes the dish :-)


  43. says

    I’m pretty tempted to make these biscuits now! If not, I will use the vouchers to get some of the mozzarella flavor to make homemade vegan pizza.

  44. Emmy84 says

    Oooh veganized ‘meat’ball subs using Nate’s imitation meatballs, marinara sauce, and mozzeralla Daiya – all on a fresh sub roll. To DIE for!!

  45. Ashley says

    I would make sooooo many yummy things! :) First off I would try this delicious recipe for biscuits. Which is weird because I made something similar to this for breakfast! lol then I’ll make a yummy pizza with whole wheat crust and tons of fresh veggies! or a calzone like the one I made for dinner tonight. Then some stuffed shells. or macaroni and cheese or alfredo. Oh so many things I can’t even list them all! :) And I’ll share it with my 3yr old daughter who is a vegetarian but loves mommy’s vegan food! :)

  46. Vicky Butt says

    I would Love to make a Cheesy Wild Mushroom Veggie Tofu Scramble!!
    Or even Cheesy Cashew Banana Muffins-Large ones!! Oh,I can taste both recipes now!! I’m getting hungry!! Both Recipes with Daiya Shredded Cheese of course!! Oh, I hope I win :) I’m on a very Low budget and would Love to try these recipes out!! Thanks :) Good Luck to everyone :)

  47. Ken Valles says

    I would love to copy my mom’s recipe for enchiladas and of course replace the cheese. That, or some kind of awesome deep dish pizza!

  48. Jacqueline says

    I would make a broccoli and Daiya cheddar tofutata. I’m developing the recipe. I’d serve it with a carrot and daikon radish ribbons salad w/ginger soy dressing. I am so making this.

  49. Amanda says

    I would for sure make pizza on the grill! So amazing! throw some fresh basil, garlic and tomatoes on there and talk about delish!

  50. Ashley says

    I’d love to win the Daiya to make these biscuits! Also, some super overloaded vegan nachoes with homemade refried beans, toffuti sour cream, pepperjack daiya, and tons of veggies. Mmmm.

  51. Julia says

    I love Daiya, and those biscuits look great. If I win, I will probably make nachos, because they are easy and delicious!

  52. Cindy W says

    If I won, I would made my husband soy sausage rolls, to remind him of his home in England since he is now living in America with me! If I can pull that one off, he may go vegan full blown with me! (fingers crossed)

  53. says

    I haven’t tried the pepperjack, but that would be awesome melted on top of veggies and rice, I’m sure :) I always use Daiya Mozz for pizza!

  54. Mary says

    My favorite dish is stuffed peppers with ground meatless, fresh tomatoes, fresh garlic, fresh parsley, brown rice, & topped with daiya cheese:)


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