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Super Berry Scones (Whole Wheat & Greek Yogurt) Plus an exclusive discount code for ordering organic super berries!

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Super Berry Scones (Whole Wheat & Greek Yogurt), Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

I thought I knew my berries. Not counting the tons of varieties growing on bushes on mountainsides in far off lands where the people live to be 125-years-old. But I’m talking about the berries available to the average consumer. I can be so naïve sometimes.

I present to you the golden berry.

Also known as Incan berries or golden cherries. Ever heard of them?

Mind blowers. They’re unlike any berry I’ve ever had and everyone I’ve let try agrees. It’s hard to articulate the uniqueness of their flavor, but they’re somewhere between a dried cherry and cranberry.
First six things that come to mind:
Withered yet gummy.
Tart like sour patch kids.
Sweet like jam.
Dried cranberries are dead to me.
A miniature elbow filled with tiny snappy seeds that are fun to pop with your teeth.

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Our star ingredient in these “super berry scones” is the golden berry or golden cherry – rich in phosphorous, calcium, and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, B12 and protein. Yes, protein! For a fruit, golden berries are extremely high in protein (16%). The Greek yogurt and nuts add some additional protein here as well. And in an effort to make the healthiest scone on earth, of course I used whole-wheat flour and coconut oil instead of butter… (tried it both ways and had similar results with the butter being slightly fluffier and more…well, buttery tasting).

Prior to these I had never made scones before and kind of figured they’d be a bit of a pain. They’re actually really simple and quick though! After combining all the wet and dry ingredients you just roll the dough into one or two balls depending on how thick and large you want each scone to be (I did two softball-sized balls because I wanted mini scones).

scone dough honest fare

Then flatten each ball out and cut into wedges of your desired size, like a pizza. I dusted the cutting board pretty good with flour to avoid sticking and it also helps significantly if you let the dough chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes before working with it.

scone dough 2 honest fare

I’ve made these a three times and the results have been great. Very nice texture and crumble and not overly dense like some whole wheat baked goods can sometimes turn out.

golden berry scone bite honest fare

It’s the perfect scone for dunking!

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I used golden berries and currants, pecans and walnuts here, but these will work with any dried fruit/berry or nut. I think goji berries and almonds or even dried cherries and pecans would be awesome!

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Recipe

Prep + cook time: 40 minutes. makes 16 scones Use your favorite dried berry and nut mixture. And choose to use butter or coconut oil.

You need:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons turbinado (raw cane) sugar, plus extra for sprinkling on top
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil (or butter)
  • 1/2 cup plain low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk (I used soy)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup dried currants
  • 1/3 cup dried golden berries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Combine the yogurt and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside. The yogurt will get light and airy, like meringue.
  3. In another bowl, combine flours, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon and salt and whisk together really well.
  4. Drop coconut oil (or butter) into dry ingredients one spoonful at a time and break apart with fingers as you mix it into the flour. Fold in milk and yogurt mixture. Add in flax, dried fruits and nuts and mix well to combine.
  5. Place dough on cutting board dusted with flour and roll into two balls. Press dough out with your hands into circles that are about 1/2 inch deep all around. Place in fridge for just a few minutes before cutting each circle of dough into wedges. Eight scones per circle is ideal.
  6. Dust each scone with raw sugar and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 15 minutes or until light brown.

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12 Comments

  1. sarah
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM | Permalink

    These look amazing! Thanks, I’m trying these asap :) Have you tested…do they freeze well?

  2. Posted December 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM | Permalink

    that looks gorgeous! I use goji berries a lot, but traditionally, i.e. in asian soups and teas. didn’t think to bake with it instead of raisins (which i’m not too big a fan of. ) great one, great photos too, as usual.

  3. gabi
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 3:17 PM | Permalink

    Thanks and yes you can freeze the baked ones!

  4. Posted December 16, 2012 at 8:15 AM | Permalink

    I’m liking the ‘wedge shaped’ scone. Very dippable.

  5. Posted December 16, 2012 at 11:31 AM | Permalink

    I had never heard of golden cherries before, the chocolate covered ones sound delicious.

  6. s.e.
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 12:37 AM | Permalink

    hi there, lovely recipe… is there anyway to replace the nuts with other dried berries, or oat? it would be so lovely to make!

  7. gabi
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM | Permalink

    Hello S.E.
    Sure thing! I’d say just omit the nuts and sub in dried apricots and/or dried cherries. Not sure what adding oats would do to the texture in this recipe so I wouldn’t recommend that. Would probably become dry and crumbly. Good luck!

  8. Posted February 24, 2013 at 7:38 PM | Permalink

    I didn’t have flax so I omitted it. Also didn’t have pastry flour so I did 1.5 white whole wheat and .5 unbleached white flour. Surprisingly moist and satisfying for a scone. Tossing my other scone recipes now! I also brushed the tops with milk in hopes it would help the sugar stick. I have no idea if it does, it just sounded good.

  9. Posted April 17, 2013 at 1:11 PM | Permalink

    I made a version of these yesterday with chocolate, orange zest, and pecans and all white whole wheat flour. They are amazing and so easy to pull together! I also used regular yogurt since I didn’t have any Greek, and they still turned out spectacular. Thanks for a lovely recipe :D

  10. Angela Kalli
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 12:17 AM | Permalink

    Made these today. Yum! I sub’ed golden raisins for the Incan berries and that worked although I’d love to find and try the Incan’s someday. How much salt should be used (didn’t see on ingredient list). Thanks! :)

  11. Gerald Knauss
    Posted May 27, 2013 at 5:59 PM | Permalink

    Made these tonight for my wife, she loved them. Couple of changes I made: used 1/2 cup of chopped pecans (no walnuts), handful of dried cherries, handful of big plump golden raisins. Used Silk creamer versus milk, it was just handy, no milk in the house. Cut the butter in using a pastry cutter. Drizzled honey all over them, then dusted them with some more cinnamon powder. Also added a pinch of powdered cloves to the batch. Didn’t have any pastry flour, so it was 2 cups of King Arthur white whole wheat flour into the bowl. No flax seed in the house either. Mine came out a bit wet (got a little heavy handed with the Silk creamer), so I just left them as two big pancakes on the parchment paper, then quartered them once they were out of the oven. Will have to try again, as the little wedges you did look great.

  12. Bridget
    Posted October 11, 2013 at 12:39 PM | Permalink

    My toddler LOVES to bake but can’t eat cow’s dairy so I was thrilled to see a scone recipe that doesn’t use butter! I subbed the greek yogurt with goat milk yogurt and we just used raisins since we didn’t have the super berries and they turned out amazingly well. He especially loved the part where you get to mush the coconut oil in with your hands. A huge hit, thank you so much! We’ve been making your Yogurt Banana Oat muffins for months and absolutely love those as well. Great site, beautifully done.

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