As you may have guessed from the name of this blog, I’m a tea-drinking kind of gal. You know what goes perfectly with afternoon (or morning) tea? Scones.
I set out on a mission last week to make a butter-less scone. And to my surprise, I found that coconut oil did the trick!
Like butter, though, the coconut oil needs to be cold. I put some of it in the fridge for a few hours to let the oil really solidify, and I cut it in using a handy-dandy pastry cutter I got from target for 88 cents! (Side note: during
my morning pinterest-browsing session class this morning I came across this mark down schedule at target. Genius!)
I think you could probably use more coconut oil than I did, but I was trying to healthify these a bit. You could also sub out the whole wheat flour for all-purpose or pastry. Whatever suits your fancy!
Baked at 375 for about 15 minutes, with a tiny bit of melted chocolate drizzled on top…
Or a lot of chocolate.
1 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c whole wheat flour
1/4 c sucanut (See note below)
2 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/3 c cold, solid coconut oil
3/4 c soy or other nondairy creamer
1/3 – 1/2 c chocolate chips
1/4 c sliced or slivered almonds
Note: If you don’t plan on frosting the scones, I recommend adding additional sucanat/other sweetener. I would start by adding an additional 2 T of sucanut, and taste the batter *the perks of eggless baking* to make sure it’s sufficiently sweet. Keep in mind you’ll be adding chocolate chips, though!
In a large bowl, sift together the flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Cut in the cold, solid coconut oil with a pastry blender or using your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Add the creamer and mix with your hands until the dough comes together.
On a lightly floured surface, shape the dough into a 12-inch circle and cut into 8 triangles. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the edges just start to turn golden.
Allow scones to cool completely before drizzling on chocolate. For chocolate frosting, melt an additional 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and a teaspoon of coconut oil in a bowl. (Alternatively, omit the oil and just melt the chocolate chips. Without the oil the frosting will be a bit thicker though.) Pour this into a plastic bag, cut off the tip, and drizzle on.