Friday, March 11, 2011

Whole Wheat Apple Scones

First of all, thank you for all your votes in my poll! I love getting your opinions and it was great to see that you guys are so interested in healthy stuff! This makes me happy for many reasons, one of which being I work at a Head Start as a Family and Health Supervisor, this means that I give many trainings throughout the year on nutrition and healthy eating to staff and parents in our program. So, in spite of the many not so healthy treats on my blog, I actually eat pretty healthy, which is why I love this scone recipe! The scones are low cholesterol and only 170 calories. I got the recipe from the archives of good old Cooking Light (aka They cook up super moist and I used almond milk which gave them a distinctive nutty flavor that perfectly accented the cinnamon, apple, and vanilla. They are not very sweet, if you prefer something sweeter, go ahead and add some extra sugar or serve with a dollop of honey. Making them using part whole wheat flour ensures that they are hearty and filling but not too dense. I had one for breakfast and stayed full till lunch!

Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Scones
Adapted from Cooking Light via
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (about 5 ounces)
1 cup whole wheat flour (about 4 3/4 ounces)
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup chilled butter
1 1/2 cup shredded peeled apple (about 2 medium apples)
1/2 cup 1% low-fat milk (I used unsweetened Almond Milk which has even less calories!)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons low-fat milk
2 teaspoons sugar

Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups and tablespoons; level with a knife. Or use a kitchen scale and weigh it out.
Combine flours, 1/4 cup sugar, and next 5 ingredients (through nutmeg) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Grate in butter (chill your butter well and use your cheese grater, so much easier than cutting into small pieces then cutting into flour).
Mix in a bit with a fork or pastry cutter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Add apple, 1/2 cup milk, and vanilla extract, stirring just until moist (dough will be sticky).
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 4 times with floured hands.
Divide dough in half; pat each portion into a 6-inch circle on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Cut each circle into 5 wedges, cutting into but not through, dough. Brush tops of wedges with 2 tablespoons milk, and sprinkle evenly with 2 teaspoons sugar (I added some cinnamon too).
Bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until golden.
Serve warm.
They are good next day too, just warm them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.
Calories: 170, Fat: 5.1g (sat 3g,mono 1.3g,poly 0.3g), Protein: 3.7g, Carbohydrate: 28.1g, Fiber: 2.1g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Iron: 1.3mg, Sodium: 319mg, Calcium: 84mg


  1. Thanks for the recipe!!! Love it

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  2. This recipe looks delicious! I love whole wheat.

  3. Yum! These look so good Liz! Way to whip out the cooking light....haha!

  4. Hello - I just wanted to let you know I made these today and they are so yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe and gorgeous photos. I added a half teaspoon of ginger also, I tend to put it in everything! There's only one scone left for breakfast tomorrow! Have a lovely week ahead. ~Siobhan

  5. I've been trying to cook healthier dishes, and Cooking Light has become a good source of recipes for tasty yet lighter fare. These scones look wonderful!

  6. Are you using one of those whisks that aren't rounded on the bottom? I have seen those. What do you like about it?

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  8. I made these the other day and they turned out very yummy. I think I threw in 2 cups worth of shredded apples, making it Just as Yummy!

  9. So glad you are enjoying these! How healthy of you ;)
    Carmie - It is rounded on the bottom but it is not the normal shape of a whisk. It is flat (width wise if that makes sense) instead of the normal rounded three dimensional shape. It is super flexible so it makes scraping the bowl really easy!