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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Wholemeal Spelt, Date and Honey Scones

Dairy Free Healthy Scones

Thermomix, dairy free, sugar free, healthy, nutrition, scones, baking, vegan
Wholemeal Spelt Scones with Dates and Honey


Baking scones is traditionally not my forte. This has not been helped by having a gorgeous little heritage cafe close by, who are well known for their homemade scones.

Why bother, right?

Except I have a nutrition goal to eat less white flour, grains and pastas. I'm not gluten intolerant, but I do find when I eat a low gluten diet, my stomach is happier.  So I'm on a mission to turn all my favourite foods into healthier versions of themselves.

These scones are just delightful, with a hint of spice and honey. I used an organic wholemeal spelt flour which is lower in gluten and higher in protein then regular flour. You can enjoy one with a hot cup of tea and not collapse into a sleepy food coma afterwards. However welcome that thought may be some days.

These are dairy free, sugar free and perfect for any vegan friends you may have.

Makes 14 scones

Ingredients

Note: All of these ingredients I can find easily at my local Woolworths or Coles store. 

  • 350gms organic wholemeal spelt flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats 
  • 1 cup of pitted dates (130 gms)
  • 80 gms organic coconut oil (not melted)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey
  • 3/4 cup almond milk (160gms)

Healthy Wholemeal Spelt, Date and Honey Scones, low in gluten, vegan, dairy free, sugar free, healthy, nutrition, thermomix
When I'm baking I never seem to have a spare clean surface.
A sheet of grease proof paper on my cutting board soon fixes that.

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200C and line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
  2. Add dates and chop for 4 secs, speed7.  
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except the oats to your thermomix.
  4. Mix for 10 secs on speed 6 to combine.
  5. Add half the oats and knead for 1 minute on interval speed.
  6. Sprinkle the rest of the oats onto a clean surface.
  7. Lightly press the dough into a 3cm round.
  8. Use the MC or a scone cutter to cut out rounds.
  9. Place close together onto the baking tray.
  10. Cook for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. Test one to see if it's cooked through by breaking it apart. 
  12. Serve warm with your favourite toppings.

This recipe was written for a thermomix, but there is no reason why you couldn't convert it into a normal recipe. Mix your dry ingredients together and then using your finger tips rub the coconut oil into the dough. In a separate bowl combine your wet ingredients and pour onto your dry. Pour in half the oats and knead lightly into a dough. Follow the rest of the steps as per normal. 


Enjoy xx
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