Thursday, January 9, 2014

Gluten Free Blueberry Scones

I saw a picture of someone eating scones the other day, and I could not get them out of my head.

But when I think of scones, I think of butter and cream. And sugar. And deliciously crumbly little morsels of sugary crust with a soft and fluffy center.

Then I decided I should make them. But the thought of all that cream and butter going straight to my thighs was a little off-putting. So I came up with this recipe that would make me feel a little less guilty about stuffing my face with one, or five, of these babies.

The result was amazing. Slightly sweet, crusty outside, and soft pillowy goodness on the inside. I made half the batch and put the others in the freezer for later consumption…which means tomorrow. But due to the gluten-free nature and the lack of starches/weird gluten free ingredients, they can tend to be a little crumbly. So handle with care.

The best part about these is that they have only 215 calories, 3 grams of fiber and 4.5 grams of protein per serving.  AND there is only four tablespoons of butter in the entire recipe. That means there's about half a tablespoon of butter in each scone, so eat up!

Ingredients: (makes 8-10 round scones)

2 cups gf oat flour
1/2 cup almond flour/meal
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons psyllium seed husks
3 packets of stevia (or you can just do three more tablespoons of coconut sugar)
4 tablespoons extra cold butter
3/4 cup almond milk
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
3/4 cup blueberries

Begin by adding 1/2 tsp vinegar to the almond milk and set aside for 5 minutes. This is to make a dairy free 'buttermilk'.

Whisk almond 'buttermilk' with the egg and vanilla.

In a bowl mix together oat flour and almond meal with baking soda, salt, stevia, psyllium seed husks, and sugar.  Cut in cold butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Pour liquid ingredients into bowl of flour  and gently mix until there are no more flour streaks. Be very careful not to over mix! Fold in blueberries and place bowl in fridge for 15-20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Scoop batter with a large ice cream scooper (or roll into 2 inch balls, but batter will be a bit wet) onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. You can brush them with a bit of almond milk and sprinkle with turbinado sugar if you'd like. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until scones begin to brown.

You can also scoop out batter into scone shape and freeze for later baking. Simply bake at 375 and extend the baking time to 20-25 minutes.


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  2. Um, these look incredibly delicious! Can't wait to try making them!

  3. What does your grocery list usually consist of? I would love to know! Do you meal plan or have certain foods always on hand? I think I'm stumped at what to buy for myself. I would love/appreciate any suggestions/feedback!

    1. I always meal plan for each week, it keeps me from spending too much on groceries, and it also helps me to stick to eating healthy. I try to always use ALL of the ingredients I buy each week, and not let any go to waste. It's a pet peeve of mine :) For instance, if I buy a cucumber, I will use half of it for greek salad and half of it in asian spring rolls. When I plan the meals for each week, I usually look on or through my cookbooks for new ideas, then I make my grocery list based on what I decide to make.

      I few things I always keep on hand: baby greens, tomatoes, onions, avocado, cucumber, bananas, and apples. I usually buy one type of meat each week, either chicken or ground turkey, and occasionally steak. I always keep quinoa, brown rice pasta, and oats fully stocked in the cupboard because they make such an easy meal. If I buy cheese, I put half of it in the freezer and use it as needed. The same goes for fresh baked loaves of bread and meat. I make my husband muffins/sweet bread/breakfast cookies every week so he has a breakfast he can grab quickly and take to work with him. I try to use ingredients I already have, such as ripe bananas or leftover zucchini.
      It might seem like quite a task to meal plan, but it's actually really fun and it ends up saving you tons of money in the end! Hope that helps!

  4. Those look great! Yeah I have to meal plan or I end up going to the store almost every day, which adds up fast! This put me in the mood for some scones. : ) Thanks for sharing


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