Build a Better Brunch: Healthy(er) Scones

Who doesn’t love brunch? And breakfast pastries? Scones are buttery, rich, and delicious, but generally high in fat sugar and calories. But they don’t have to be! These ‘better’ lemon blueberry scones are filled with whole grains and fiber, and much lower in fat and sugar than their traditional counterparts. Build a better brunch this weekend, and try out these scones – your friends will thank you!


-1 ½ cup 100% whole wheat flour

-½ cup almond meal

-½ cup whole oats

-¼ cup granulated sugar

-1 T baking powder

-1 tsp. salt

-6 T cold butter

-1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

-Zest and juice of 1 fresh lemon

-1 cup 1% low fat buttermilk


  1. In a food processor, pulse flour, almond meal, sugar, baking powder, and butter, until a coarse ‘sand’ has formed.

  2. Combine the food processor mixture in a large bowl with the whole oats.

  3. Gently fold blueberries and lemon juice/zest into the flour mixture.

  4. Pour cold buttermilk into the mixture and gently fold with a spatula until the dough has only just combined.

  5. On a floured board, form the dough into a flat disk (approximately 1.5 inches high), and cut into 8 triangles.

  6. Place the triangles evenly on a greased cookie sheet, and chill in freezer for 15 minutes.

  7. Once chilled, brush each scone with buttermilk, and if preferred, sprinkle each scone with a pinch of sugar.

  8. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes, spinning halfway through. When done, the scones will be golden brown.

*To adjust nutritional content based on diet preferences, several substitutions can be made:

-Almond meal can be substituted for the equivalent measure of any other nut/legume flours, brans, or germ.

-Granulated sugar can be substituted for other sweeteners of choice, including honey, artificial sweeteners, and applesauce. If applesauce is used, subtract equivalent amount from milk.

-To increase protein content, 1-2 scoops of protein powder can be added.

-1% low fat buttermilk can be substituted with other milks in the same proportion, as well as milk substitutes.

Nutrition information: makes 8 scones

215 calories, 32g carbohydrates, 10g protein, 12.5g fat

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