Nothing could be easier to make then these super delicious, super simple, healthy Grain Free Cranberry Lemon Scones.
Every time I create a gluten free, dairy free, grain free recipe, I think about what it should be called. To me these are scones, and that’s where I settled, although they are not exactly the same as traditional scones. Typically scones contain wheat flour and butter. The difference between scones and biscuits is that biscuits should be a bit flakier whereas scones are more crumbly.
Scones originated in Scotland, possibly as early as the early 1500s. At that time, they were made with oatmeal and were cooked on a griddle. Scones can be sweet or savory. Cranberries are perfect in scones because they add a little extra hint of tanginess. Unlike most recipes for scones that contain white flour, butter, and heavy cream or buttermilk, these grain free and dairy free Cranberry Lemon Scones contain almond flour and coconut flour, coconut oil, lemon juice and almond milk.
Scones made in North America typically contain more butter and sugar than those made in Britain, and they’re more like biscuits. British folks say using less butter and sugar has nothing to do with any concern for nutrition but it’s because they like to save all the butter and sugar for their condiments. British scones are accompanied not only by a cup of tea but also loads of condiments like butter and jam, jelly or marmalade added by the spoonful.
I chose almond flour for these scones to keep them grain free and reduce the glycemic load. Almond flour is heavier than all-purpose wheat flour, so makes a denser scone.
Almond flour offers a number of benefits:
- it is a source of protein which helps to manage hunger signals
- it contains good fats
- using almond flour reduces the glycemic load compared to a grain-based flour
- almonds are also a good source of fiber
- almonds are rich in antioxidants, vitamin E and magnesium that helps to reduce stress
Cranberries are the unsung hero of the berry family. Since they’re not as sweet as most other berries they’re also less popular, but they are highly nutritious and provide a number of benefits.
Health Benefits of Cranberries:
- have more disease fighting antioxidants than almost all other fruits and vegetables
- are rich in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients
- contain proanthocyanidins to help prevent UTIs
- are high in polyphenols which may promote cognitive function
- Emerging data suggest that consumption of cranberries is associated with prevention of cancer
- boost immunity
- reduce blood pressure
- prevent H.pylori from attaching to the stomach lining
- protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation
- lower markers of cardiovascular risk
Grain Free Cranberry Lemon Scones
- 1 cup almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons almond milk
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil chilled
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- ½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries cut in ½
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, coconut sugar, baking powder and salt. Add solid coconut oil and cut in with two forks until crumbly.
- In a glass measuring cup whisk together egg, lemon juice, almond milk and lemon zest.
- Pour over dry ingredients and stir together. Add in chopped cranberries. Combine and form into a ball.
- Place ball on parchment paper. Shape into a disk about ½” thick. Score the disk into 8 pie shaped wedges. Transfer disk with parchment paper to a baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes.
- Cool on wire rack.