Monday, March 4, 2013

sugar-free citrus & cranberry scones

So I randomly felt that I needed to cut sugar out of my life for the next little while upon returning from Spain. I definitely indulged myself while in Spain {they served these things for breakfast that can really only be described as crumbly cookie-dough. I ate a lot of them.} and felt the need to detox.

I also like a good challenge when I'm baking/cooking.

My boundaries for "sugar-free" were such:

no refined sugars

So things like pure maple syrup, honey and fruit are perfectly acceptable. Last week I made sugar-free chocolate cupcakes {for our Oscar party where we watched Zero Dark Thirty and not the Oscars because that would've meant waking up at 4am for us. Although I'm sad I missed this. I think I have a girl-crush.}. I think I'll make a few changes, but they were still really good. I've made pancakes with no sugar in them. {They were amazing. Check out the recipe here.} I've been snacking more on nuts, fruit, and drinking heaps more water than I already do.

Today I made sugar-free scones and they were amazing. I will share the recipe, but only if you promise to make them, eat them warm and give someone you love a hug. Promise? Okay. Here ya go.

{Refined} Sugar-Free Citrus & Cranberry Scones
adapted from

Yield: 18 scones

2 cups flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup butter, cold and chopped into pieces
1/2 cup honey
2/3 cup orange juice
zest from 1 lemon and 1 lime

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, wheat flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in the butter using two knives or a pastry blender. Add the cranberries and walnuts and set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine the honey, orange juice and zest. Combine with the dry ingredients to form a thick dough.
Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, drop the dough onto a cookie sheet, slightly flattening the scones with your palm as you go. Bake for about 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

You can even make an Orange Honey Butter to go on these if you like.


  1. Here's another sugar free scone recipe. Maple syrup & oat scones. Been making them weekly!!!

    Excited to try yours.

    1. Thanks, Tar! I'll add this to my recipes on my computer! :) I ran out of maple syrup, so I'll have to wait until we get back to Canada, but YUM. These look delish.


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