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Almond Flour Scone Recipe with Chocolate Chips (Gluten-Free)

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Have a big bag of almond flour but you’re not sure what to do with it?

Yeah, I’ve been there.

My savory tooth is much stronger than my sweet tooth, but every now and again I crave something on the sweeter side.

Enter: healthy gluten-free scones!

I recently bought a giant bag of organic almond flour at Costco and started researching what I could do with it. After finding dozens of muffin and scone recipes online, I came up with with this 7-ingredient gluten-free scone recipe. I have to say it’s one of my new favorites! Check out the image tutorial on the bottom of this page.

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These scones are high in protein and low in sugar making them a great breakfast or snack option. They’ll keep in a plastic bag at room temperature for half a day as well, so I plan to travel with them for a day-of snack.

Organic Eggs

I’m a huge fan of organic eggs because they’re super high in protein and essential nutrients, and they are, after all, a whole food. Provided you’re not allergic, organic eggs are a healthy addition to any meal plan. (Including the yolk! That’s where most of the vitamins and nutrients live.)

I have to admit, baking is not my favorite pastime. It requires exact measurements and often a sink load of dirty dishes. That’s why I was pleasantly surprised by how easy these were to make. Once you get the hang of this method you can whip them up in no time at all. You can also play with different ingredients; I plan to experiment with a savory herb scone sometime soon.

Gluten-Free Scones Recipe Tutorial Elizabeth Rider Blog

The only tricky part of this recipe is how much egg to use. The size of your eggs really does matter in all baking, gluten-free or not. One jumbo or two small eggs will give you the right amount to make these scones, but to be sure, I measured the lightly-beaten egg and you’ll need about 1/4 cup total. So, depending on the size of your egg, you might end up using one and a half eggs in this recipe. C’est la vie. Lightly beat one jumbo or two small eggs and use 1/4 cup of that mixture. Too little egg and the scones won’t hold together; too much and they’ll be too spongey. You have a little wiggle room, just use enough to hold the batter together.

Almond Flour

Almond flour is a great gluten-free, high-protein alternative to regular wheat flour. It’s full of nutrition and has a mild taste so it works well in a variety of dishes. Just keep in mind that 1/4 cup almond flour is the equivalent to an ounce of almonds, or one serving. These scones are dense, no need to eat the entire batch at once.

Raw Honey

I also use just one tablespoon of honey in this entire recipe to keep the sugar content low. The dark chocolate chips also add sweetness, but if you want your scones a little more or less sweet you can adjust the amount of honey, using up to three tablespoons for a dessert-style scone. You can substitute the honey with real maple syrup if you prefer.

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Throwback blog image from 5 years ago to show you how far this blog has come. Everything is always a work in progress.

As always, look for high-quality, pure ingredients when preparing this recipe. I recommend organic eggs, high-quality vegan dark chocolate chips, and raw honey if possible.

Almond Flour Scone Recipe with Chocolate Chips (Gluten-Free)

Gluten-Free Scone Recipe with Chocolate Chips
 
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Yield: 8 scones
Ingredients


  • dry ingredients
  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt (such as Real Salt)
  • ⅓ cup mini dark chocolate chips (preferably 70%+ cacao, organic and vegan)

    wet ingredients
  • 1 jumbo OR 2 small eggs, lightly beaten (you’ll need ¼ cup of lightly beaten eggs)
  • ½ teaspoon good quality organic vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey (up to 3 tablespoons for sweetness, see note)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, blend the dry ingredients together.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, mix the wet ingredients together. The wet ingredients do not have to be fully mixed, just give them a few spins together to give the mixing a head start.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients with a large spoon, then mix with your hands to ensure the dough is uniform.
  5. Form dough into a one-inch thick disk, and cut into 8 same-size pieces, similar to how you would cut a pizza.
  6. Place each scone onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned on the edges.
  7. Cool for at least 5 minutes then serve.
  8. These scones can be kept in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Notes
I also use just one tablespoon of honey in this entire recipe to keep the sugar content low. The dark chocolate chips also add sweetness, but if you want your scones a little more or less sweet you can adjust the amount of honey, using up to three tablespoons for a dessert-style scone.

If you try this recipe I’d love to know your thoughts and how it turns out in the comments below!

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  1. Jarod Moreau

    March 26th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Having trouble locating almond flour. I substituted organic whole wheat flour. The mixture was very dry, I could not make it a dough. I added more egg and water. We will see when it comes out of the oven.

  2. Elizabeth Rider

    April 10th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Yes, this recipe is very specific to almond flour. You can find it at most natural grocers, and online too.

  3. Jarod Moreau

    April 11th, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Found the almond flour. Great recipe and so good. Even my 16 month old loves them.

  4. Darcie

    March 27th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    simple and delicious!

  5. Elizabeth Rider

    April 10th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Glad you like them.

  6. ShonnieLynn

    March 29th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Easy to make and very good! Thanks for the recipe. Keep them coming! !

  7. Elizabeth Rider

    April 10th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Awesome! And I plan to 🙂

  8. Ally Salyers

    April 10th, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Lovedddddd this recipe! Thank you so much for sharing! I made two batches. The first, I followed your instructions to a tee, and they came out beautifully…slightly more brown than yours, but SOOO moist – not a dry at all! The second, I added an extra T of honey and a dash more of vanilla extract! The dough was definitely more moist this time around, as soon as this batch comes out of the oven I’ll let you know how it tastes!

  9. Ally Salyers

    April 10th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    The second batch was amazing for those who like things a little more sweet – and they are SUPER moist … melt-in-your mouth goodness! Thanks again!

  10. Elizabeth Rider

    April 10th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Great info, thanks for sharing!

  11. Nathan Drake

    April 15th, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    This is perfect for my nephew. -Nate of cosmetic and plastic

  12. echester

    June 30th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    This recipe is great. I really like orange cranberry scones so I made some substitutions. The list is below:
    Substituted 1/3 cup of dried cranberries instead of chocolate chips
    Omitted vanilla extract
    Added zest of one orange
    Added juice of 1/2 an orange
    Added 1/4 cup Splenda
    The dough was a little soft and hard to transfer to the baking sheet, but the flavor was awesome.

  13. Natalie Sperling

    August 24th, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I’ve been meaning to try this recipe for a while now. Gave it a go this morning, yum! I’m vegan so made a couple modifications, instead of chicken eggs I used a flax egg, and I used maple syrup in place of honey. I forgot to add the chocolate chips, but they still turned out delicious. I’ll definitely be making these again!

  14. sarah

    October 21st, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    could i substitute the chocolate for a berry?

  15. Elizabeth Rider

    October 22nd, 2014 at 9:13 am

    For sure!

  16. Ginny

    November 8th, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I love this recipe! The first time I made them, I used dried cranberries and unsweetened coconut shreds. Super yummy. I just made them again tonight and used vegan chocolate chunks (Enjoy Life) and shredded coconut. I was a little short on almond meal, so I used 1 1/2 cups almond meal and 1/2 c. gluten free flower (Bob’s Redmill). Again, super yummy. Thank you for the recipe.

  17. Lucky One

    January 3rd, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Made these this morning – except used 1 cup almond flour and 1 cup oat flour (oatmeal ground in the blender) Very good, can’t wait to try other kinds – blueberry lemon, cranberry orange, raisin

  18. Kathleen Jonsson

    February 12th, 2017 at 11:16 am

    My gosh these are good! I made them with frozen blueberries!

  19. Veronica Orozco

    March 25th, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Amazing! Super easy and delicious😀

  20. Dave

    January 25th, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Wow,

    I just made these. I thought that with no oil or butter in the recipe they would be dry, but the cocoa butter in the chocolate chips made up for it. I used chocolate chunks instead of chips. These were incredible and so easy for someone who doesn’t bake very often like me.

    Thank you Elizabeth for such an awesome, easy and healthy recipe!!

  21. Elizabeth Rider

    January 25th, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Dave, thanks for sharing! I hear ya on the no butter/oil thing, but the natural oil in the almond flour really makes up for it. Glad you liked them—this is one of my favorites, too. ~E

  22. Fran

    February 2nd, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    I am so pleased with this recipe. Now I can have a scone at tea with my friends.
    It is delicious with the chocolate chips. Not all gluten free recipes are this good.
    Thank you!

  23. Rae

    February 8th, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    This is the best and easiest recipe I’ve ever made with almond flour. I always thought scones would be difficult to make and you needed a special pan. My scones came out perfect following your recipe. I was a little worried about the egg amount since my one farm fresh egg measured 1/4 cup. These scones are delicious! Thank you for posting your recipe.

  24. Al

    February 17th, 2018 at 6:16 am

    About the gluten free low sugar chocolate scones, you said in your recipe to use organic 70% dark chocolate chips + cacao, and then I was reading one of your comments from one of your consumers that he used cocoa butter in the chocolate chips, so is that the same thing

  25. Al

    February 17th, 2018 at 6:36 am

    I wanted to leave another comment about t.he chocolate scones, in your recipe, you said no oil or butter in your recipe, and then one of your consumers started that the coco butter in the chocolate chips would make up for it, then as I was reading on you said the natural oil in the almond flour would make up for it, so I’m wondering
    the natural oil in the almond flour, would that be enough oil not to make them dry

  26. Al

    February 17th, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Thank you from Al, about the chocolate scones

  27. Amanda

    February 23rd, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Absolutely LOVE this recipe! I threw in some dried cranberries and didn’t use the vanilla because I didn’t have any. Such a delicious scone! Thanks for sharing the recipe! 😍

  28. Elizabeth Rider

    February 25th, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Thanks, Amanda! Glad to hear you love it. Thanks for stopping by to comment. ~Elizabeth

  29. Donna

    March 7th, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Much healthier if you leave out the egg – I used one VeganEgg and the recipe came out great. Who needs the cholesterol and fat… leave it out and enjoy the treat!

  30. Gina Sterling

    March 10th, 2018 at 7:57 am

    Very nice texture, bit sweet so I will cut down the honey next time I make. I enjoyed these very much.

  31. Elizabeth Rider

    March 29th, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Hi Gina, glad you enjoyed them. Yes, the sweetener can be adjusted to your liking. Thanks for stopping by! ~E

  32. Erin

    May 11th, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    I’ve made these twice now and I love them. So does my 3-year old daughter! Win! I’ve passed the recipe on to two people already. Thanks. 🙂 When making them I couldn’t believe that the wet ingredients would be enough, but it came together so easily and nicely. Super easy to make.

  33. Elizabeth Rider

    May 14th, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Hi Erin, glad you and your daughter love these scones, they are one of my favorites, too! Thanks for stopping by to comment. ~E

  34. Monica

    May 18th, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Just made these in time for the royal wedding tomorrow and they are absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  35. Elizabeth Rider

    May 21st, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Ooh! What a great idea! Glad you like them, thanks for stopping by to comment 🙂 ~E

  36. Leonie

    September 11th, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Elizabeth
    These look good but I need a substitute for the almond flour. My body does not like almond or oats. Have you tried this with another flour and would you use the same amounts.
    Thanks Leonie

  37. Elizabeth Rider

    September 12th, 2018 at 2:23 am

    Hi Leonie, this specific recipe was written for almond flour, and since almond flour is so dense, there aren’t any one-for-one substitutions. You could look at the health foods store for a mix made with rice flour or brown rice flour, but I don’t have a specific recipe for that. Warmly, Elizabeth

  38. Tina E Muhs

    October 1st, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    These are amazing and so easy. I have a chicken that lays the perfect size eggs for these scones.. I love scones, but don’t love Starbucks if you know what I mean, since I am gluten free lol. Thanks for these..

  39. Elizabeth Rider

    October 2nd, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Tina, so happy to hear you love them. These are one of my favorites, too. ~E

  40. Kay

    October 7th, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    I usually go into “healthy” recipes expecting the food will taste off, but that’s just the price we pay. Not this time! These scones are ~amazing~ and as an added benefit, they are easier to make than regular scones! I can’t believe something so easy and delicious can taste so great. Two tiny scones and Beau is full until dinner! These are a win-win-win-win!

  41. Rebecca Silverspoonston

    January 12th, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Hi, sweet health sister! Just wanted to pop on here, no tea no shade, to say that an egg is an egg! Right ladies! Anyways, I love what you’ve done with the place- looks great girly!

  42. Lola

    February 20th, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    I just made these scones with 1/2 and 1/2 almond and Hazelnut flour. Then I put a lemon/confectioners sugar drizzle over the top. They didn’t need that, I just love the flavor combo. Wow, amazing recipe, and so easy. This will be a repeat for sure.

  43. Elizabeth Rider

    February 21st, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Lola, yum! Thanks for sharing with us! ~E

  44. Holly Francis

    May 4th, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    In the oven now. I’m reducing carbs due to diabetes so trying almond flour recipes. Batter was sticky since my eggs = more than 1/4 cup. Will reduce next time. Thanx!

  45. beth arndt

    August 23rd, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    just made these on a whim! so delicious! will be a repeat recipe for sure!!!!!

  46. Elizabeth Rider

    August 31st, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Beth, so glad to hear it! I love this recipe, too. ~E

  47. Susan

    August 26th, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Hi,
    I tried the gluten-free Almond flour recipe.
    I used two eggs and put an extra 1/4 cup almond flour in to make it a bit stiffer. Didn’t measure the honey, so maybe 1Tb+ was used. Also added a squirt of lemon juice for acid to help rising. Replaced chocolate chips with black currants.
    They turned out great! I’ve made them before but couldn’t find my other recipe. Thanks, Susan

  48. Joshua Howard

    September 23rd, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Thank you for the recipe and simple instructions! Yesterday I made them and they were really delicious! What can be better than healthy food?

  49. Elizabeth Rider

    September 25th, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Hi Joshua, glad to hear it! I agree, nothing better than healthy food. Thanks for stopping by to comment. ~E

  50. Melissa Taylor

    September 24th, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Just made these and they are delicious, definitely a “keeper”! I used a tablespoon of monkfruit sweetener instead of honey and the taste is fine. Thanks 😊

  51. Elizabeth Rider

    September 25th, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Hi Melissa, thanks for sharing! Glad to hear it, I love this recipe, too. ~E

  52. tamarque

    October 1st, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Certainly looks like a simple recipe–even for someone who never bakes. My favorite scones are ones with cheese and veggies in them as per my local food coop. They use a lot of butter. How can your recipe be adapted to veggies without all the butter/oil?

    My second question is what to do about the almond flour. Organic almond flour is very expensive and must be ordered. Bob’s Mills which people think is organic is not and that needs to noted. So given the expense and difficulty of getting it, it would be so great if you could help figure out another flour or flour combo to use. I have noticed organic cassava flour now being carried in some health food stores as coconut flour for 2 exotic flours that are not that expensive.

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