Whole Grain Strawberry Scones (vegan, low-fat)

A friend recently posted a link to a scone recipe.  The recipe called for whole wheat flour, and the addition of fruit, making it seem like a healthier version. I opened the link only to find the recipe was anything but healthy.  It called for 1 cup whole cream, 1 stick of butter, an egg and and egg white.  Yes, whole wheat is better than white, but with all the other unhealthy ingredients still there, it hardly makes a difference changing the flour and adding some fruit.  Herein lies the problem with the way so many people eat.  Adding a single food or nutrient, or taking it out, won’t really make much difference in health outcomes.  We must pay attention to the overall pattern and big picture.  As my friend and mentor Dr. Pam Popper says, “the totality of the diet and lifestyle”.

I was determined to “healthify” (not really a word, but I’m going with it) the recipe.  I thought I would just be able to sub out good stuff for bad, but ended up basically creating a whole new recipe. I don’t use oil or vegan butter in my baked goods, but I did use a small amount here.  Scones are all about fat, and I felt I needed some for them to turn out like anything resembling a scone.  Keep in mind these are lighter than traditional scones because they aren’t loaded with fat.  The average scone has 20-30 grams of fat (a day’s worth), so you’d have to expect this healthy version, which has about 3, to be a little different.  They are still delicious, especially when you know arteries aren’t being clogged, and thighs or bellies aren’t growing during consumption!

NOTE: Use organic strawberries, as conventionally grown strawberries are very heavily sprayed with harmful pesticides.  Or, feel free to use a different type of berry.

Whole Grain Strawberry Scones
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These healthy treats are lighter in texture than traditional scones which are very high in fat. Slightly sweet, they would be the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee.
Servings
8
Servings
8
Whole Grain Strawberry Scones
Votes: 4
Rating: 4.75
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These healthy treats are lighter in texture than traditional scones which are very high in fat. Slightly sweet, they would be the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or coffee.
Servings
8
Servings
8
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine chia seeds with 1.5 TBS water and let sit.
  3. Combine strawberries with 1 TBS sugar and let sit.
  4. In large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, 2 TBS sugar and salt. Drop in small amounts of Earth Balance, followed by applesauce.
  5. Stir ingredients until little balls begin to form.
  6. In a small bowl whisk together chia seeds/water with non-dairy milk and vanilla.
  7. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture, along with strawberries and zest. Stir until combined.
  8. Drop by approximately 1/4 cup onto parchment covered cookie sheet. Spread the batter out if you prefer a thinner scone. Bake 22-24 minutes.
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