These Orange Scones are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside and full of sweet orange flavor! Free from gluten, dairy, eggs, and sugar for a perfect Paleo, Vegan & Keto friendly breakfast, snack or dessert!
Scones: a Family Tradition
My official title, bestowed upon me by my family many years ago, is The Duchess of Scones. There’s a fact you probably didn’t know about me lol! And no, I’m not British, ha.
My family has a thing about scones. It started out on a family vacation… maybe 15 years ago when we went to Florida, and there was this quaint little restaurant that served scones. We affectionately named it “Scone City.” They were melt-in-your-mouth DELISH. Since then, we’ve been hooked and we make them at every family gathering. It’s a tradition.
Fast forward to the past few years, and now, the ingredients in traditional scones — flour, butter, eggs, cream and sugar: I don’t eat anymore!
So needless to say, I miss my dear scones!! I made a declaration at Christmas to do a scone makeover. Using healthy, whole-food ingredients & I DID IT!
Do they taste exactly like my dad’s (The KING of Scones) classic butter scones? No. But that’s ok because I still LOVE them. They’re firm and crisp on the outside and tender and soft on the inside. Yum.
It’s basically an excuse to eat cookies for breakfast! 😀 And it’s perfectly acceptable. They’re wholesome!
These scones are actually protein and fiber-rich and have only one gram of sugar! They keep me full and satisfied and oh so HAPPY to be eating scones again 🙂
Paleo Vegan baking is TRICKY
Let’s be real. Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, and Egg-Free baking is hard. It’s *not* a simple swap of flours 1:1. It’s a whole other ball game.
That’s why I knew I needed the help of an expert. Enter 24 Carrot Kitchen. She’s a Paleo baking QUEEN. I found her recipe for Cranberry Orange Scones and knew I could tweak it to fit my dietary restrictions.
And it worked! Her recipe is FAB, but it does contain quite a bit of carbs (starches), plus eggs and refined sugar. I knew my stomach would not be happy with it.
So I worked some magic and made these vegan and keto friendly in addition to Paleo. YAY.
How to Make Egg-Free Scones
If you look closely, you’ll see the little brown flecks inside these scones. That’s the ground flaxseed. It’s used as an egg replacer to hold these scones together.
How to make flax egg: Stir together flax and water before mixing anything else. Let it sit for about 5 minutes to thicken.
Where to find flax: Ground flaxseed can be found at many grocery stores now. I buy it at Aldi, but I also saw it at Target recently.
Tip 1: if you buy ground instead of whole flaxseeds, store it in the freezer so it doesn’t go rancid.
Tip 2: Brown flax has a better flavor than golden (it’s more mild). But if you use golden flax, your scones look prettier lol. Your choice.
To make them rise without eggs: To ensure these scones didn’t turn into hockey pucks, I added in an extra teaspoon of baking powder for levity. Worked great! These puffed up nicely.
ps if you don’t have flax, you can replace the flax egg with a regular egg.
How to Make Low-Carb & Sugar Free Scones
THIS is the easy part, thanks to Lakanto Monkfruit! Their sweetners ARE actually a 1:1 swap for sugar and maple syrup.
If you don’t have powdered monkfruit, don’t worry because I don’t either! My favorite kitchen hack is to make my OWN powdered sugar. It works with any granulated sweetener including Lakanto classic sweetener.
Simply put some monkfruit in a small blender and blitz it for about 10 seconds until it’s all a powder. SO stinkin’ simple!
*Note that you need to blend at least 1/3 cup granules at a time for it to blend properly (it needs to cover the blade.. at least it does on my Ninja blender) But you can save the leftover powdered sugar for other delicious treats, like my favorite FROSTING. (I could eat this whole batch with a SPOON lol)
How to Save Money on Ingredients
Monkfruit isn’t cheap, but I found a way to get it at a huge discount: Thrive Market! It’s my latest obsession. A destination for healthy foods and so much more.
Everything on the site is discounted 20-50% AND they gave me a discount to share with my readers!
Use my link here to get an additional 25% off your entire first order.
On ThriveMarket.com, Monkfruit Classic is 20% off ($8.79). Add another 25% discount and it’s $6.59! That’s $4 cheaper than Amazon. Dang!
I buy all my flours on Thrive Market now: almond, tapioca, coconut. All my sweeteners. All my coconut milk. I love it!
You even get to choose a free gift with every order. Last time I got free SIETE (grain-free!) tortilla chips!!! OMG have you tried those yet?! SO dang GOOD.
ps. Not ready to order from Thrive? You can still get 25% off monkfruit at Lakanto.com using the code PRETTYPIES. You’re welcome. 🙂
Are you ready to get baking? These scones are so easy to make. I even recorded a video about them over on Instagram (saved in my highlights).
Do you want to see more breakfast recipes? More flavors of scones? Let me know in the comments 🙂
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