Not all baked goods have to be made with cups of sugar and processed white flours. If your like me and care about the quality of the food you eat and keeping sugar to a bare minimum then you might be interested in my "skinny" scone recipe.
In my opinion, there is rarely a need to add extra sugar to recipes. I do not personally enjoy when things are overly sweetened. I do all of my baking/cooking SUGAR FREE and only use alternative sugars when baking to please family members. If I am going to add sugar to a recipe I like to use stevia or coconut sugar which are low on the glycemic index. For calorie free flavoring I like to use Liquid Stevia Drops. I don't like to get carried away with using artificial flavors or calorie free sweeteners because that is just replacing calories with chemical. I much rather use a natural sweetener such as fruits, honey, or pure maple syrup.
Another baking belief of mine is to never get to caught up in a recipe. There is always a substitution or alternative method and I will make a more in depth post on baking subs. Maybe I'm just saying this because I am not one to follow directions, rules, etc. to well and I usually walk.. or bake... to the beat of my own drum so following recipes never worked well for me. I create my recipes through trial and error and only look at other recipes for inspiration or comparison. My point is if you are missing an ingredient listed here don't be discouraged you can probably leave it out or find an alternative. I first give you the scone "base recipe" so if cranberry orange doesn't do it for your taste buds you can try a different flavor. For example... you can try blueberry lemon (my second favorite), banana chocolate chip, mixed berry, mango peach, chocolate coconut....and the list goes on! I will also include some alternative ingredients while writing out the recipe.
So I experimented with a bunch of different flours, flavors, and strategies and here is what I found to be the easiest and yummiest!
Cranberry Orange Scones
1 C of an unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 oat flour (almond flour works good too)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 C fat free greek yogurt
2 tbsp grass fed butter
3 tbsp honey or pure maple syrup (optional natural sweetener, I did not use.)
Zesty Flavors (which can be subbed for other flavors)
1/4 C dried cranberries
2 tbsp fresh orange juice/4 valencia orange stevia drops/sugar free orange jelly
1 tbsp orange zest (optional)
1-2 tbsp almond extract (sub: vanilla extract)
cinnamon & all-spice
My baking process:
Mix all dry ingredients. Cut in the butter and yogurt with the back of a fork until the mixture looks like fine crumbs. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix it all up.
Take your soft dough mixture and transfer onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Form a large circle with the dough evenly transferred all around.
Cut dough into 8 small wedges then brush the tops with melted butter or macadamia nut oil (optional).
Bake at 425 for 15-20 min
Sweet Yogurt Icing
For the drizzle on top I simply mixed some vanilla greek yogurt (which I normally don't use because it is high in sugar.) 1 tbsp coconut sugar and cinnamon then using a fork drizzled it all over the cooled scones. I then placed them into the freezer for a couple hours to have the icing harden.
only 5 grams of sugar!
Hope you enjoy!! :-)