I love biscuits, but dislike shortening, so I tried biscuits with coconut oil instead! Works great and has a slight hint of coconut if you know it is there. These also have whole wheat flour to make them a little more "whole" food. I found a great deal on organic cold-pressed coconut oil at Trader Joe's. If you've never worked with coconut oil, remember it melts at a lower temperature than shortening, and this recipe requires the oil to be in its solid form.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 c. + 1 Tbsp. coconut oil (solid)
3/4 - 1 c. milk
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place pizza stone in the oven to preheat.
Mix dry ingredients, add coconut oil and use a pastry blender to cut the oil into the dry ingredients until oil is well blended. Add milk (start with smaller amount and add more so dough is moist, but not sticky) and turn out on a floured surfaced. Knead slightly and pat out dough to about 1/2 inch thick. Use biscuit cutter to make about 10 biscuits.
Place biscuits on a heated stone and bake about 9-11 minutes. If desired, brush with melted butter and serve warm.
For Buttermilk Biscuits - decrease the baking powder to 2 tsp. and add 1/4 tsp of baking soda. Use buttermilk in place of the milk. If buttermilk is very thick, you may need to add more.