Followers of the plant-based ketogenic diet will love these vegan scones made with chia seeds. Scones are sweetish or savory pastries often served with tea, especially in Britain. They are similar to American buttermilk biscuits. You can have them for breakfast or snacks.
Scones are traditionally made using oatmeal or wheat flour and baking powder making them unsuitable for a keto or low carb diet.
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Like most baked goods, they often contain butter, cream, or milk. Others are also glazed with egg wash, making them unsuitable for the vegan diet.
For a keto vegan version, below is a recipe from Heavenly Fan (yes, that’s the name she goes by) to follow. These quick and easy to make vegan scones are made with almond flour, so they are not only vegan-friendly but are low in carbs as well.
Heavenly Fan says these delicious scones taste like a cross between British scones and donuts. I’ve published several of her recipes on this blog before as she creates some really tasty and healthy vegan dishes.
The chia seeds are used as a binding agent as there is no gluten in the recipe. The ground almonds she uses is a coarse almond flour also known, I believe, as almond meal.
Make sure you use baking powder and not baking soda. You don’t have to melt the coconut oil for this recipe but it’s better to have it soft out of the fridge or it won’t mix in very easily.
If you don’t have any egg rings you can fashion rings using a strip of double layer aluminum foil. They are to prevent the scones spreading out and losing shape.
Cutting a cross in the scones before baking is to help them cook in the middle or they may get too well done on the outside before they get fully cooked in the middle. The cut has to be deeper than simply marking a cross on the top.
If you really want to be decadent you can finish the scones when baked by drizzling the tops with a chocolate sauce and sprinkling with some chopped nuts.
Vegan Scones : Keto & Low Carb
- 150 grams of organic ground almonds (coarse almond flour or meal)
- 20 grams of chia seeds
- 10 grams baking powder (1 teaspoon)
- 20 grams of coconut oil
- 2 tbsps. Stevia powder (or any sweetener of your choice)
- A little natural vanilla extract
- Filtered water (room temperature)
- Pinch of Redmond Real Sea Salt
Chocolate Sauce (Optional)
50g cocao butter
1 tbsp cocao powder
1.5 tbsp stevia
Vanilla extract to taste
To make the sauce simply whisk all ingredients together in a glass bowl over a pan of hot water until nice and smooth.
- Preheat the oven to 375F / 190°C. Have two egg rings ready and greased. Line a baking tray with foil and grease with a little coconut oil.
- Except for water, combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well thoroughly.
- Then pour in about 1 teaspoon of water at a time and knead the mixture well with clean hands until it starts to form a ball.
- Divide the dough in half and shape each portion with your hands into a ball. Place each portion into the middle of an egg ring. Get a knife and cut a deep cross through each dough ball but do not cut all the way through.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the egg rings and place the vegan scones back into the oven to bake for ten more minutes.
- Drizzle tops with chocolate sauce and sprinkle with some chpped nuts if you like or simply eat with some butter and keto jam.
Here’s Heavenly Fan’s video demo of how to prepare these tasty vegan scones.
Scones image by GbergT