Healthified Dried Cherry Oat Scones

The girls ready for tea.

I got an awesome recipe for scones from Yummy Mummy right before Abigail hosted a Christmas tea party with her dear friend. They were super easy, fast, and offered the option to give the recipe as a gift in a mason jar. Per-fect!

I have since healthified them and we like this recipe even more. With whole wheat pastry flour, coconut sugar, and Earth Balance (I use the soy-free), they are not only delicious, but a better choice any time of day… Morning muffin lover? You’ll love this.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup melted Earth Balance or another trans-fat-free non-butter spread
  • 1/3 cup 1% milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar, gently pressed down
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries

Optional frosting drizzle:

  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • juice from 1/2 orange Cutie

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  2. Mix together butter, milk, egg, and vanilla extract in a large bowl.
  3. Add the oats to this mixture and allow them to soak while you continue.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in another bowl.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet oat mixture and stir until just combined and moist.
  7. Mix in the cherries.
  8. Scoop 1/2 cup of dough. Shape together with hands and place on the cookie sheet 2+ inches apart. Gently press down the tops. Makes 6.
  9. Bake until light brown. Approx. 15 minutes.
  10. Cool slightly on a rack. Add frosting drizzle, if desired, by mixing the two ingredients.

Other Ideas:

Swap the vanilla extract for orange extract and the cherries for cranberries to make a lovely Cranberry-Orange Oat Scone.

If you want to make it even healthier, you might want to try to cut some of the Earth Balance fat with apple sauce. I haven’t tried it (I like the ALA omega-3 boost), but it should work. Let me know how it turns out, if you do!

Abigail’s Printed Jar Label and Ribbon

Give it in a mason jar. Follow the same instructions from Yummy Mummy Kitchen (printable labels available on her site) with these healthier ingredients. Don’t forget to add the extract and butter alternative to their instruction label.

Try making it vegan. Mom, I’m talking to you! Let me know how it goes and what kind of milk you use. I’m thinking original, unsweetened almond. Also, share your egg alternative – maybe vegan mayonnaise?!?!? I’ve heard you can use mayo for egg in a pinch, so perhaps that might be better than a flax/water mix.

 

HIGHLIGHTED BENEFITS:

  • COCONUT SUGAR – A healthier sweetener in that it contains trace vitamins and minerals, lower fructose, and a significantly lower glycemic index (helping your blood sugar to remain stable) than the white and brown sugar which would traditionally be used in these cookies. We also use much less; these cookies are good, but not sweet. It is also more environmentally friendly. See the benefits.
  • PROTEIN AND GOOD FATS – Whole wheat pastry flour, oats, egg, and milk all add protein, so you can feel pretty good about eating one as your afternoon snack. Good ALA omega-3 fats found in the Earth Balance swap are great for your brain, hair, and cholesterol levels.
  • FIBER – Huge boosts from the whole wheat pastry flour, combined with the oats and cherries, keep your digestive system rolling in the right direction, instead of grumbling from all the stripped carbs in other recipes.
  • DRIED CHERRIES – Contain antioxidants and several essential vitamins and minerals, including copper which aids in collagen production and boosts cell energy. Vitamin A and C are also found in dried cherries to aid with your immune system, help with wound healing, and support new cell and tissue growth.

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