Please forgive the lack of picture here. Our camera has decided to “pursue other opportunities” as a paperweight, so we are in the market for a new one.  Luckily Costco is having a good price on a higher-quality camera, so perhaps the next generation of blog photos will look a bit more professional! One can only hope…..but back to the scones. If there ever were a more picture-perfect breakfast, I haven’t seen one in a while.  One that was delicious, nourishing, and grain-free at least!  Read on….

I’ve told you before what a huge fan I am of Elana’s Pantry.  Well, there are several modifications that I made to one of her recipes that I feel qualify me to post it as my own (with much credit to Elana’s inspiration!!)  This grain-free breakfast has only the smallest hint of sweetener, but it is low on the glycemic index and two small scones for breakfast with some kerrygold butter held me over all morning until a late lunch!

Some fun features of this recipe include the use of duck eggs, which I highly recommend for baking. They give rise and fluff like none other!  I also used thrifty Trader Joe’s almond meal instead of the more spendy Bob’s Red Mill or other blanched almond flours.  I find that even though Elana only vouches for the particular brands of almond flour in her book, I find that TJ’s works great.  And at $3.99 per lb, you can’t beat it! I was also really excited to try out my long-searched for find: Coconut Nectar! It’s a great, low-glycemic, minimally processed, low-fructose alternative to agave nectar. I found it when I was in Califoria. Coconut Secret is the brand, but I haven’t been able to find it in any Oregon stores, so I stocked up in California.

Cherry-Chocolate Chip Scones
Makes 14 scones

I used fresh, pitted cherries for this recipe, but dried would be fine as well!

2.5 cups of almond flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp baking soda (not GAPS allowed)
2 eggs
2 TBS coconut nectar (honey works too)
1/4 tsp liquid stevia
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup pitted, fresh cherries
1/4 cup  73% dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or simply grease with butter.

In a medium bowl, mix together dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, whisk eggs until combined. Add melted butter and coconut nectar or honey, and stevia.

Combine wet and dry ingredients.

Fold in cherries and chocolate chips.

Drop about 1/4 cup at a time of dough onto prepared baking sheets and shape as desired (I like the triangle look personally).

Bake for 15 minutes.  Serve with butter or whipped cream for a delicious, filling, low-glycemic breakfast!

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10 Responses to “Grain-Free Cherry-Chocolate Chip Scones”

  1. kelly Identicon Icon kelly says:

    we love these scones! Thanks for the trader Joe tip on the almond flour. I did try it once with bob’s and it doesn’t work as well. Have to make a run to TJ’s =0)

  2. Ricki Identicon Icon Ricki says:

    These do sound wonderful! Cherries and chocolate is such a great combination. Can’t say I’ve ever had duck eggs, though ;)

  3. This looks great! I too use the TJ brand of almond meal for many baked goods. I do find there is a difference between it and the blanched kinds but it works great for most things. I like to use the blanched kind for things like pizza. Or if I make my own flour in a coffee grinder with almonds, it seems like it is finer than the TJ brand and works great for more delicate dishes like crackers and pizza. I sometimes buy blanched slivered almonds and make flour out of them and it keeps the price down – but it’s definitely more work!

    anyway! I too have been wanting to try the coconut nectar. I saw it at one of the local markets and almost got it. I will try it out sometime soon…

    thanks – I’m going to give this a try with blueberries since we don’t have cherries, and delete the chocolate chips and baking soda since we’re on GAPS.

    thanks so much,
    sarah

  4. Raine Identicon Icon Raine says:

    Carrie – these look really delicious! A number of bloggers were having a conversation this week on my Facebook page about grain-free foods and recipes, and I have just bought my first bag of Bob’s Red Mill organic almond flour. I have been wondering about almond flour for sometime. I’d like to make my own from almonds and soak them before hand, but I can see realistically with all the other food preparation I do (which is quite a lot) that I don’t know if I’ll ever get around to this task. Have you ever soaked your own almonds and made flour from them?

  5. Rebeccah Identicon Icon Rebeccah says:

    ooooh, sounds so yummy! Just found your blog in a search for GAPS encouragement…we’re about to start (just as soon as summer travel winds down). :) I know I’ll be reading frequently for encouragement.

    and where oh where do you find duck eggs? I’ve run out of ideas for places to look…they are elusive out here in the Midwest, but I’m wondering if they’re hiding somewhere I just haven’t thought to look!

    Thank you for all your hard work! Makes the adventure of healing our bodies feel a little less intimidating!

    Rebeccah

  6. Picture or no, this recipe looks like a must-try in my book! :)

    ~Aubree Cherie

  7. Hi Carrie,

    I just wanted to let you know that I added this tasty recipe to my favorite recipes from last week post. Can’t wait to try it! :)

    ~Aubree Cherie

  8. Sounds really good, Carrie! We use Duck Eggs at camp and they make killer french toast-I add a bit of whole milk, sweetner (sugar in this case) and a bit of vanilla. My recipe is for 340 pieces of bread, so I don’t think it is of much use here, but if you have a ‘bread’ to use, you can do the same with smaller amounts. I also find a bit of buttermilk added to the eggs helps with the flavor for scrambled eggs. None of the kids are any wiser :) Which is good, as they are donated.
    I’ll have to try the almond meal and look for the coconut nectar. This should be a yummy treat-just glad I have no food issues, so I can enjoy the whole thing :)

  9. I made these the other day and have been meaning to tell you how good they were! Thanks!

  10. carrie Identicon Icon carrie says:

    Glad to hear it!!!!

 
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