Gluten-free, Dairy Free Cranberry Scones

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I’m having a secret love affair with coconut oil.  At first it started off as an innocent flirtation, a little here, a little there.  It turned a little tawdry when I started using it as one of my main pan frying oils.  I freaked out when it actually worked to make a flaky pie crust.  I knew I had fallen deep when I substituted it for butter in my favorite chocolate chip recipe, and the cookies turned out beautifully, and my father in law tasted and said, “MMMMM!  There must be a lot of butter in these!”.  I may or may not use coconut oil as hand lotion.  My love grows day by day as I find more uses for it.  My most recent coconut oil celebration came when I found a highly reviewed recipe for gluten-free scones on the King Arthur Flour website and decided to give it a mini-makeover.

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I know first-hand that it is difficult when trying to cook for people with various dietary needs.  When the lactosally challenged and gluten-freegans are invited to the same brunch, menu planning is like a puzzle.  Do we have enough things that are dairy free?  Gluten-free?  Are there things that we can make that everyone can eat?  Sometimes I feel like Paris Hilton.  So high maintenance.

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When I came across this recipe on King Arthur Flour’s site, it matched all my requirements for a recipe.  Straightforward ingredients, nothing weird or overly processed.  I was intrigued by the idea that in the recipe’s footnotes, the author indicated that the recipe could be made dairy-free with a couple of substitutions.

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When I decided to whip up a batch of these scones on a Saturday morning, I was thinking, Don’t fail me now, my tropical jar of love.  I followed the recipe, substituting the coconut oil for butter, using almond milk instead of milk.  When they emerged from the oven, looking and smelling in every way like proper scones, I fed them to my most honest recipe tester, who just happens to eat scones every chance he gets.  His rating involved a full mouth, furrowed brows, an emphatically nodding head, and a garbled mmmmrahllygood.  Mister approved.

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These scones are not a half-hearted substitution for the real thing.  They are the real thing. Moist on the inside, biscuity crisp on the outside.  Dotted with cranberries.  Adaptable as far as your imagination will take you, with citrus zest and aromatic spices.  They are everything I would expect from a proper scone.  Even if you’re not lactosally or glutonially challenged, you won’t miss the butter or the flour.

My secret love affair continues.  Who knows where we will go next on our magical voyage?

Readers, have you jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon?  Any favorite uses?

Gluten Free Cranberry Scones

Closely Adapted from King Arthur Flour

Makes 8 Scones

  • 1  3/4 cups King Arthur gluten-free multi-purpose flour (or other multi purpose gf flour mix)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries, cherries, or other dried fruit
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup cold plain almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400˚F.  Grease a baking sheet with coconut oil or line with parchment paper.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum, and salt.  Add the coconut oil and work it in with your hands or a pastry cutter until crumbly.  Stir in the dried fruit.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla until frothy.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir together until completely combined.

Drop the dough by the 1/3 cupful onto the prepared baking sheet.  Allow the scones to rest for 15 minutes.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.  Allow to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.



Filed under Baked Goods, Breads, Breakfast and Brunch

29 responses to “Gluten-free, Dairy Free Cranberry Scones

  1. I am baking these today to go with the dairy free lemon curd we made over the weekend. Can’t wait!!! Here’s that recipe

  2. Mrs. Chiu

    Great flavor, however, mine never fully cooked through even after 30 minutes. I did substitute a few things like 2 T. Ground Flaxseed plus 6T. Water for the eggs, and 3/4 C. Frozen raspberries instead of dried fruit, almond/coconut milk for milk.

    I also chilled the dough for 15 minutes before I scooped them onto the sheets to bake. Could it be the fruit had too much moisture or could it be the flax egg?

    • Hi Mrs. Chiu!
      I’m glad they tasted good even though they didn’t cook through. The milk substitution should have been fine. I haven’t tried using frozen fruit before, and I wonder if that made them too wet? I’ve also never tried using flax eggs for this–I love flax eggs, and find they work great on cakes and quick breads. You could always try making them with dried fruit, but still using flax egg if you wanted to test them out!
      Thanks for telling me about your adjustments!

    • Oh, and I wonder if it also has to do with raspberries being more moist and collapsing more when they cook?

  3. LuvtoBake

    Really yummy scones I was craving this am! Book marked your recipe. I made a few changes based on what I had on hand. 1. Fresh whole Cranberries instead of dried. 2. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice instead of vanilla (out of vanilla). The rest was same as recipe.

  4. Gina parenti

    Any substitutes for the gum?

  5. Andrea L-J

    I used fresh cranberries and added some grated orange zest plus cinnamon-sugar sprinkled on the tops before baking. Delicious!

  6. Tina Popsicle

    These are fabulous! Really, seriously delicious. I used 1 Cup brown rice flour, 1/2 cup almond flour and 1/4 cup arrowroot flour. I used mixed dried fruit and the family just loved them! They are a little to sweet for me so next time I’ll cut back on the sugar.

  7. Heather B. >^..^

    Is the”plain almond milk” (meaning, I assume, unflavored with vanilla, etc.) in the recipe sweetened or unsweetened?

  8. Kez

    Tried the recipe…great! I used 1 cup gf flour, 1/4 cup almond flour, 1/4 cup fine cornmeal and 1/4 cup dessicated coconut and dairy free margarine instead of the coconut oil as I didn’t have any! They were perfect. Thank you!

  9. Sigrid

    Hi there, these sound amazing! Are the measurements in us cups? I’m not sure how to convert the measurements to grams and ml.. But I really want to bake them!!

  10. inkyslay

    I made them using Trader Joe’s gluten free mix (mostly rice fours) and fresh almond milk. Substituted agar agar for arrowroot powder. The mixture seemed a little wet and the blobs spread out on the cookie sheet.They came out more like cookies. However, they taste amazing and very much like traditional scones. Yum…

  11. Terry D

    When going gluten free, be sure your baking powder is gluten free as well. Coconut oil is the best multi purpose product around. Use Google to find all the fabulous uses. Start using it on face & arms in winter & by warm weather you won’t burn.

  12. Sara

    These are amazing. I used 1/2 C gf all purpose 1/2 C gf brown rice flour 1/2 C gf oatmeal flour and 1/4 cup gf almond flour instead of using all purpose only. I also substituted organic coconut palm sugar for the sugar. I also made them smaller so I had 15 delishes scones. Thanks for sharing this recipe I added it to my favs!

  13. Sara K

    These scones are outstanding! I made them without any dried fruit (as I had none on hand) and they were delicious plain or with blueberry jam! Yum!

  14. Stacy

    These look delicious! I can’t eat eggs, do you think I can use the egg replacer and have them still come out good?thanks!

  15. Maria O'Brien

    They look absolutely delicious! I may have to give the coconut oil another try.

  16. I think it is another winner.

  17. Looks good and you know we can use the Gluten Free tips!

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