Gluten Free Pecan Chocolate Oat Scones – sugar free & vegan

November 29, 2012

scones, gluten free

Apparently, I love a challenge. When I found out that someone I care about has a lot of food intolerances and needed to eliminate gluten, dairy, eggs, yeast and sugar from their diet, I sprung into action! Breakfast can be challenging for someone who can’t eat bread, yeast, eggs or dairy. Almonds for breakfast, anyone?

These scones are light and full of flavor and nutrition. Pecans add protein and healthy fats. Oatmeal adds fiber and texture. Chocolate adds deliciousness and some antioxidants.

I love xylitol as an alternative sweetener. It tastes very close to sugar, does not have an off-putting aftertaste, and can be substituted for sugar in equal parts. It’s great for using in baking.

So, new breakfast: warm, freshly baked scones and a glass of homemade almond milk, with a cup of hot freshly brewed coffee.

I discovered Simply Lite sugar free chocolate at Trader Joe’s. It’s available online through Amazon. It contains a bit of dairy, but not enough to add a significant amount to one scone. 

scones, gluten free

Break off half the bar and use a sharp knife to chop it into 1/4-inch pieces. 
scones, gluten free

Place dry ingredients in bowl of food processor. Pulse a few times to chop up the chocolate and pecans. 
scones, gluten free

The mixture should look like a lumpy blend. Don’t over process it. 
scones, gluten free

Add the pieces of Earth Balance, and pulse until they are the size of peas. 
scones, gluten free

Place the mixture in a large bowl and add the milk. 
scones, gluten free

Use a fork to lightly mix the batter until it is evenly moistened. Do not overmix. 
scones, gluten free

Use a 2 oz. (blue handled) scoop to portion the scones onto a parchment lined baking sheet. 
scones, gluten free

Flatten the tops slightly with your flattened fingers. 
scones, gluten free

When done, the scones will be lightly browned.
scones, gluten free

Gluten Free Pecan Chocolate Oat Scones
½ cup rice, almond or soy milk
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup gluten free flour blend (see recipe below)
¼ cup xylitol
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon xanthan gum
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup pecans, roughly chopped
half of a 3 oz. bar Simply Lite Dark Chocolate bar, chopped
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold Earth Balance, cut into six pieces

Preheat oven to 400°.

Mix milk and lemon juice together. Set aside.

Place flour, xylitol, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt, oats, pecans and chocolate in bowl of food processor fitted with knife blade. Pulse a few times to chop oats, nuts and chocolate. Add Earth Balance and pulse a few times, until Earth Balance is the size of peas. Pour mixture in a large mixing bowl and pour milk/lemon juice mixture over. Mix lightly with a fork, just until dry ingredients are evenly moistened

Use a 2-oz. scoop  (about a ¼ cup) to portion the dough into six mounds on a parchment lined baking sheet. Use your flattened fingers to slightly flatten the scones. Bake 17-20 minutes, until lightly browned.

Makes 6.

Gluten-free flour blend:
4 cups Authentic Foods Superfine Brown Rice Flour + 1-1/3 cups potato starch (not potato flour) + 2/3 cup tapioca flour (also called tapioca starch). Mix together and store in an airtight container.

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