True, I am not a food blogger. But when I discover something, I’m happy to share. Even more surprising, it’s scones. No one has ever called me a scone lover. I lump scones into the category of kale and grits. I think the category is called Ew. Or maybe Ew, No. But these scones are not dry and gritty, these scones are yummy. I didn’t develop the original recipe, but I experimented with the recipe until it tasted like I wanted it to.
The recipe is diabetic friendly, so it is not super sweet. It is also gluten free. And to be honest, Viva Labs sent me the goji berries and asked me to try them. I have eaten several brands of goji berries before, and they always tasted like a fistful of raisin stems to me. These don’t. They taste a bit like raisins, and the best part is that they are not hard and tough.
Here’s the recipe for Goji Scones
Preheat oven to 375ºF (190ºC)
Line a cookie sheet (or a half sheet pan) with half a sheet of parchment.
Yield: 16 pieces.
1-3/4 cups almond flour (Do not use almond meal. You need the finer, lighter almond flour).
1/4-cup flaxseed meal.
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 Tblspn. Coriander seed powder
1/2 cup goji berries, right out of the bag
2 Tblspns. orange juice (fresh squeezed preferable)
Zest of one orange (see what I did there? Makes use of the whole orange while you are at it).
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
2 Tablespoons agave nectar
Blend all the wet ingredients in a small bowl. Stir vigorously.
Put the wet ingredients into the dry, and stir (or use your hands) to blend just till you have a dough. Do not over-mix. Don’t be dragging your feet. The orange juice activates the baking soda and times a’ wasting.
When you have a firm dough, divide the dough into two lumps, put them on the parchment-lined pan, and pat them down into circles about 1/2-inch thick. Using a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, cut each circle into 8 pieces. Make sure you have separated them. Doing this after they bake will result in a mess.
Bake for 10 minutes. Do not overcook.
- Use lemon juice and zest instead of orange.
- Substitute 2 tsp. cardamom for coriander.
- Substitute cranberries or dried cherries instead of goji berries.
- Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips. (No longer diabetic friendly recipe).
—-Quinn McDonald is a writer who loves to play around in the kitchen.