Breakfast

Healthy Scones Two Ways

I remember exactly where I was when I had my first scone.  It was a Starbucks.  In Chicago.  I was picking up coffee for my boss and he asked for a cinnamon chip scone to go with it.  Huh.  This was way before I became a foodie and literally ate the same things over and over.  Hannah was probably about five and I used to brag to everyone that she ate everything I made.  Well what kid doesn’t want to eat pasta, tacos and pizza day after day!  Gah.  So as is customary with any boss I pick up food for, if I fly they buy.  So I asked for two cinnamon chip scones.

I should have known right from the start that this would be love at first bite.  Because when I picked up the scone there were stains of melted butter on the bottom of the bag.  Nice.  The crust had a nice bite to it, the inside was flakey and cinnamony and it had a coarse sugar topping.  One word:  perfection.

It was many years later that I started to get Bizzy in My Kitchen and my first attempt was back in 2009.  I made craisin scones and at the time I thought they were the cats ass.  Let’s just say my baking skillz as well as photography skillz have improved over the years!

craisin scones

Last week it was our named partners birthday and I asked what she wanted me to make for her.  She said “I love everything you make!”  Duh.  Just kidding!  I asked her if she would like blueberry lemon scones and she loved the idea.  I’ve been trying to use less and less butter in scones to still get the flavor of the butter without all the fat.  The blueberry scone recipe was adapted from this recipe.  My adaptions are below to bring the calories down. 

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze
Serves 8
Looking for a nice treat for work or a family brunch? This one will have them thinking you stopped by a bakery on the way!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr
236 calories
39 g
19 g
8 g
4 g
5 g
110 g
153 g
13 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
110g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236
Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 5g
23%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 19mg
6%
Sodium 153mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 39g
13%
Dietary Fiber 1g
6%
Sugars 13g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
7%
Calcium
15%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups white flour
  2. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 2 tablespoons sugar
  5. 5 tablespoons frozen butter
  6. 1 cup blueberries
  7. 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  8. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  9. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  10. 1 teaspoon lemon zest
Instructions
  1. In a big bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together and mix well.  I keep sticks of butter in my freezer at all times.  I chopped of 5 tablespoons and grated that with my cheese grater right into the flour mixture and just toss – the pieces of butter are so small you don’t need to touch them – that’s the secret to fluffy scones – not letting the butter get warm.  Toss in the blueberries and shake the bowl so they get coated in the flour mixture.  Toss in the almond milk and mix just until combined – it will be a bit sticky.  Put a bit of flour on your counter.  Run your hands under cold water and shape the dough into a circle about 6-7 inches in diameter and about an inch high.  Wetting your hands helps the dough from sticking to your hands.  Put that circle on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and freeze for 45 minutes.  This will help you get really nice knife cuts on the scones.  Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly browned.  In a small mason jar, mix the powdered sugar, lemon juice and zest together.  I only put the glaze on right before eating the scone – otherwise it just absorbs into the scone.  Let the scones cool completely before glazing.
Notes
  1. The one hour total includes the 45 minutes of freezing the dough.
Adapted from Katie's Cucina
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calories
236
fat
8g
protein
4g
carbs
39g
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8.26.15 013

If I am not mistaken, I believe all of these were gone by 9:30 in the morning.

So yesterday it was a rainy, gloomy morning.  I had my drywall guy coming at 8:00 a.m. so I was up at 7:30.  He didn’t leave until 1:00 in the afternoon, so I had plenty of time in the kitchen, and I went through a whole bunch of paperwork that had piled up on my desk.  As Hannah, Jacob and I call it, we just #tcb’d it – taking care of business!

I had one lone apple in my fruit bowl and about 1/2 a cup of granola left, so I decided to make apple cinnamon granola scones.  This time I made two smaller circles so I got 16 scones instead of the 8 above.  I also reduced the butter to 4 tablespoons and I actually think I could get away with less next time.  And I reduced the glaze in this recipe too.

Apple Cinnamon Granola Mini Scones
Serves 16
This mini scone is perfect when you just want a hint of something sweet to eat at breakfast.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr
130 calories
21 g
8 g
4 g
3 g
2 g
56 g
76 g
5 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
56g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130
Calories from Fat 35
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 2g
10%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 76mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 21g
7%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 5g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
8%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 tablespoons baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 2 tablespoons sugar
  5. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
  6. 1 apple shredded with skin (about 3/4 cup)
  7. 1/2 cup low fat granola (homemade or store bought – Kellogg’s makes a good low fat one)
  8. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  9. 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  10. 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  11. 1 teaspoon unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  12. 1 pinch of cinnamon
  13. 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar (just 1/2 teaspoon sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon)
  14. In a big bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and sugar together and mix well. I keep sticks of butter in my freezer at all times. I chopped of 4 tablespoons and grated that with my cheese grater right into the flour mixture and just toss – the pieces of butter are so small you don’t need to touch them – that’s the secret to fluffy scones – not letting the butter get warm.   Toss in the shredded apple, and granola and toss until coated with the flour mixture.  Toss in the almond milk and mix just until combined – it will be a bit sticky. Put a bit of flour on your counter. Run your hands under cold water and shape the dough into two circles about 4 inches in diameter and about an inch high. Wetting your hands helps the dough from sticking to your hands. Put those circle on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and freeze for 45 minutes. This will help you get really nice knife cuts on the scones. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the top of each mini scone and bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes, until the bottoms are lightly browned. In a small mason jar, mix the powdered sugar, unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon together. I only put the glaze on right before eating the scone – otherwise it just absorbs into the scone. Let the scones cool completely before glazing.
Notes
  1. The one hour total time includes the 45 minutes of freezing the dough.
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calories
130
fat
4g
protein
3g
carbs
21g
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These are both delicious and calorie friendly.   Starbuck’s scones come in at 480 calories, 18 grams of fat and a whopping 70 grams of carbs.  It also has 50% of your saturated fat for the day as well as 34 grams of sugar.  Yikes, no wonder I loved them!

I am actually going to be making bone broth today – ever heard of it?  There is a place in NY where you can walk up to a window of a restaurant and they hand it out like cups of coffee.  Some people are calling it the new age of green monster smoothies.  Curious if any of my New York blog readers have been there.   Here are some of the health benefits – not sure if I believe in them, but the thought of sipping some well seasoned broth on a cool fall day really appeals to me.  I am sure my brother and sister would be all of this.  NOT! 

Today is Tony’s sisters birthday – Happy Birthday Jody!  We are taking her out to dinner tonight at our new favorite local place – Cary Ale House.  And since it’s my cheat day, I will be having one (or two) of their craft beers.

Enjoy your Sunday!

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  • Jenn@slim-shoppin
    August 30, 2015 at 11:08 am

    http://www.specialeats.com/2014/12/05/bone-broth-tips-and-checklist/

    Sueson makes bone broth all the time and I would make it! Since you don’t have to eat meat off the bones! She sells this in a natural food store in North Carolina – she has some great tips and step by step instructions 🙂

    • Biz319
      August 30, 2015 at 11:12 am

      Thanks Jenn! I’ll check it out. 😀

  • Erica
    August 30, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    You’re the scone queen! Both recipes look amazing.

  • maggie @ say yes to salad
    August 30, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I hadn’t heard of the bone broth places in NYC but that sounds awesome. I will try to find time to get there!

    I <3 scones too.

  • ann
    August 30, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    We make bone broth weekly. I do 24 hour cook for chicken and 48 hr for beef broth. Love the depth of flavor. We drink it pure like sipping tea, but i also use it instead of broth or stock in soups and recipes. I have a love affair with bone broth. I also keep a bag in the freezer for veggie scraps and tops, they get thrown in with the broth. Also use a good quality apple cider vinegar, it really makes a difference. Enjoy!

  • Kym
    August 31, 2015 at 7:33 am

    I will have to read up on the bone broth thing. I am such a skeptic about everything.