I promise I won’t post a scone recipe every day this week. Or will I? I have always loved scones since the first cinnamon chip scone came out at Starbucks. Did you know their scones average to be 22 points?? That would be a whole day of food on the Weight Watchers plan.
While I thought yesterday’s oatmeal crunch apple scones were amazeballs, Hannah and Jacob didn’t even try one but said “but can you make the vanilla bean scone from Starbucks?” Challenge accepted! Although Sunday morning when I wanted to make them, I realized I was out of butter, so ironically as Hannah and Jacob went to Starbuck’s to get their coffee (while I drank my coffee pot coffee at home for pennies), they picked me up some butter.
While they were gone I was looking at other recipes, and Hannah texted me and said “Iowa Girl Eats has a good looking recipe.”
I’ve “known” Kristin for years – and this recipe was before she got Celiac disease. I am sure you could make these with the Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 flour, but not sure if that would affect the crumb of these scones?
Of course, you know I had to tweak the recipe a bit – based on what I had on hand and to make them a bit more weight watcher friendly. The star of the glaze though is just a scant teaspoon of this vanilla bean paste. I first discovered it while working at The Chopping Block and its amazing – so many flecks of vanilla bean!
It does have a hefty price tag though – so a little goes a long way. I bought this with my employee discount (since I still blog for them) and a gift card so it was free. Although I think at Whole Foods you can find whole vanilla beans.
See all the gorgeous flecks of vanilla bean? #swoon
While this picture below is of my apple scones, I wanted to show you again how I cut the scones – I divide the batter into two small disks – they may look small but they plump up in the oven. To get a clean cut, I refrigerate the disks in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons butter (cut into slices)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- For the glaze:
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- Heat oven to 425.
- In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Drop in the sliced butter, and pulse, just until the butter is incorporated - it will look like tiny butter peas.
- Mix the unsweetened almond milk and egg together. Add that to the flour mixture and PULSE just until combined. Yes, I am shouting that you need to slowly pulse this dough because it is really soft and you don't want to let it run because it will whip the butter, and you'll end up having to add more flour to roll it out.
- Divide the dough on your counter into two circles - about 6 inches across. Refrigerate on separate plates for 15 minutes. Cut each circle into 8 pieces - I bake these in two batches because they do puff up - so keep the second disc refrigerated while the first batch cooks.
- While the scones bake, mix the powdered sugar, almond milk and vanilla bean paste together. Once the scones are cooled, dip the tops of the scone into the glaze, letting it drip back into the bowl - and put on a wire rack. The glaze will harden in about 15 minutes.
- Bake 9 minutes for a soft scone - or 11 minutes of you want a bit more crunch. Either way they are both delicious.
Here is how I built my breakfast around my apple scone – the scone was 6 points, hard boiled egg, 1/2 ounce of cheese and fruit – 8 smart points or 379 calories.
I have a coffee nook around the corner from my office that no one uses, so I’ve just declared it my mini kitchen. In the drawers I have a cutting board, chef’s knife, measuring cups, plates, and lots of spices and hot sauces.
Lunch was my leftover Korean BBQ bowl – 8 points or 375 calories.
I knew I had Italian beef sandwiches on my menu last night – I pulled out $2 worth of eye of round steaks and threw them in the crockpot Sunday with a cup of beef broth and Italian seasonings. I was wondering about a side dish when I remembered that I had delicata squash, and though about making delicata fries, when I started googling “delicata squash fries” and stumbled on this website – um, yes please! Long time readers will know I hate onions except for onion rings, but I am picky about those – they have to be really skinny and extra batter and dipping sauce.
Her recipe, while sounded amazing with rice flour, beer and VODKA in the batter, well, um, it’s dry September still at My Bizzy Kitchen so I have no alcohol in my house. But then I thought about it, all I needed was flour, seasoning and seltzer! By using 1/4 cup of self-rising flour, 2-3 ounces seltzer and a tablespoon of seasoning of choice – I used Code 3 Spices Grunt Rub – it has garlic, salt and seasonings and was delicious.
I sliced the squash into slices, then used my tablespoon measure to scoop out the seeds.
The batter was 3 points, and I add a point for the oil, even though I know a whole teaspoon of oil is not absorbed into the food. I ate four of these, and gave the last ones to the dogs. Um, turns out they love delicata squash as much as I do! Although, they do try to eat their own vomit, so that’s probably not saying much. 😀
Little beggars – lucky they are cute!
I made 16 scones on Sunday – I ate one, brought one to my boss yesterday, and there was only one left yesterday. Hannah is just happy that I didn’t try to use coconut flour instead of regular flour 😀 They asked if I could make more, and shockingly, they were going to do a Starbucks run again after dinner and picked me up flour because I was all out. I am kind of like the best roommate ever. Who wants to live with me when they move out?! 😀
My points for the day!
I had 1356 calories yesterday – my macros are below. I use My Fitness Pal to see the macros – it costs $4.99 a month for the “premium” but you can try it for the first month for free if you want to check it out.
You’ll see I also had gummies yesterday, which are high in points, but when you look at the calories aren’t all that bad for a taste – it’s nice not to feel guilty about eating something I love and making it work into my day as a whole.
Happy Tuesday friends – do me a favor and make these scones instead of buying them at Starbucks – so worth it!! Make it a great day!