However, this easy pumpkin scone recipe is so moist and full of flavor that anyone who’s not gluten free will love it. So treat your coworkers at the office or the staff at the teacher appreciation breakfast!
Making Gluten Free Pumpkin Scones healthier
With the holidays coming up, I wanted to cut back on the sugar as much as possible, so I used monk fruit sweetener instead of sugar in the easy pumpkin scones dough. However, I used Bob's Red Mill Simply Sweet Decorative Sparkling Sugar on outside of the scones, for the look and texture. You can eliminate the decorative sugar if you want to make the scones completely sugar free.
To make the Gluten Free Pumpkin Scones dairy free, I used a vegan buttery spread and unsweetened coconut milk. Additionally, I used Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips, which are dairy free and gluten free.
Must have kitchen tools to make Gluten Free Pumpkin Scones
Pastry blenders are a must have kitchen tool when making biscuits, pie crust, pizza dough, scones, and pastries. A pastry blender works much better than using a fork or potato masher when combining butter and flour. And remember, pastry blenders aren’t just for baking. Some people like to use them for chopping up fruit and soft vegetables, mashing up baby food, and making salsa and guacamole.
I bought Rachael Ray’s Bench Scraper just to make this Gluten Free Pumpkin Scones recipe. Since then I’ve found it handy for scooping up veggies, herbs and meat that I’ve been chopping up on my cutting boards. It’s become one of my favorite kitchen tools!
Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Raisin Scones
- 2 3/4 cups gluten free all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup monk fruit sweetener
- 1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup vegan or non-dairy buttery spread
- 1 cup Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons gluten free vanilla, divided
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons Bob's Red Mill Simply Sweet Decorative Sparkling Sugar
- In a large bowl, using the pastry blender, mix together the gluten free flour, monk fruit, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
- Cut the butter spread into small pieces and add it to the bowl. Use the pastry blender to mix the buttery spread into the dry ingredients. Blend until you have pea sized pieces.
- Using your hands, mix in the chocolate chips and raisins. Make sure to break up any clumps of raisins.
- In a small bowl whisk together the pumpkin, eggs, and1 teaspoon of the vanilla. Add this to the dry and mix until just combined. Then use your hands to lightly knead the dough together into a ball.
- Divide the dough in half and place one half on a parchment lined baking sheet. Shape the dough into a long rectangle with greased or floured hands.
- Taking your bench scraper, divide the rectangle into three squares. Then use the bench scraper to cut each square diagonally into two triangles. Gently move the triangles away from each other. Repeat with the other half of the dough on a second baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, combine the coconut milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Liberally brush the top of each scone with the mixture. Then generously sprinkle with Sugar in the Raw.
- Place the baking sheets and scones in the freezer for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F at this time.
- Bake the scones for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool slightly on a wire rack before eating.
- Serving size: 1-2 scones
Originally published on October 13, 2014. Updated with new photos and information.