Quick and easy vegan almond flour scones! They are gluten-free, grain-free, and variable (with all kinds of different add-ins). Plus, they have 7 grams protein each!
The Best Almond Flour Scones
It makes perfect scones, too.
This is an essential scone recipe. The recipe is super-simple, too (much easier than traditional scones) so you will have the ingredients and steps memorized in no time.
Enjoy one of the scones just as it is, or split and spread with jam, marmalade, or some homemade vegan cream cheese. Or add any and all kinds of simple or dramatic flavors and ingredients, such as spices, chocolate, fruits, nuts, you name it.
These scones are:
- Vegan (egg-free and dairy-free)
- Grain-free (use grain-free baking powder, as needed)
- Made with minimal ingredients
- 7 grams protein per scone
- Quick and easy to make
The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- finely ground almond flour (not almond meal)
- tapioca flour (I have substitution options)
- natural cane sugar (I have lots of options)
- baking powder (certified gluten-free, as needed)
- neutral oil (e.g., avocado oil, coconut oil, safflower oil)
- vanilla extract
You will also need a small amount of water (I use ordinary, filtered tap water). I add salt, as well, but it is optional/adjustable, according to your needs and preferences.
How to Make the Best Almond Flour Scones
Note that the complete directions are also in the recipe card below.
Step One: Preheat Oven & Prepare Baking Sheet
Preheat the oven to 325F (160C). Position a rack on the top slot of the oven. The oven rack placement is important: the almond flour can darken on the bottoms towards the end of the baking time, hence it is best to position the baking rack higher in the oven.
Step Two: Whisk the Dry Ingredients
Step Three: Add the Wet Ingredients
Add the oil, water, vanilla to the bowl. I also like to add a small dose of almond extract, but it is optional.
Stir until completely combined and the mix comes together into a dough.
Step Four: Shape the Dough
Use your hands to press the dough together into a flattened ball. Place the dough out onto the prepared baking sheet. Press, shape and flatten the dough into a 7-inch (17.5 cm) circle. Smooth the top so that it is even.
Step Five: Cut Dough into Wedges
Cut the dough into eight equal wedges. Make it simple on yourself: cut the disk in half, then quarters, and then eights. You can use a knife or (one of my favorite tools) a bowl scraper, or a board scraper.
Using a spatula, move the wedges so that they are spaced out onto the baking sheet (at least 1 inch/2.5 cm apart).
Step Six: Bake the Scones
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 24 minutes until golden brown. Watch closely during the final few minutes; the scones will brown quickly at the end, so be at the ready to remove them from the oven.
Carefully transfer scones to a wire cooling rack. Serve warm or cool completely.
Cue the cups of tea, it is scone time!
I hope you love these scones as much as I do! I have tips in the recipe for changing the flavor and incorporating mix-ins like chocolate chips, dried fruit, fresh fruit, and more!
Happy baking, everyone!
How Should I Store Almond Flour Scones?
Store the cooled scones in an airtight container at (cool) room temperature for 2 days, the refrigerator for 5 days, or the freezer for up to 6 months.
What are Some Substitutes for Natural Cane Sugar?
You can also use an equal amount of maple syrup (decrease the water by 1 to 2 tablespoons if using a liquid sweetener).
What is a Good Substitute for Tapioca Flour?
An equal amount of potato starch, arrowroot powder, or corn starch can be used in place of tapioca flour Note that the scones will no longer be grain-free if using corn starch.
Chickpea flour can also be used a substitute for tapioca flour in this particular recipe. Use an equal amount (1/4 cup/30 grams).
What Are Some Good Flavor Additions for the Scones?
Here are a few ideas to get started:
- Flavor extracts (e.g., lemon, orange or almond extract)
- Finely grated citrus zest (e.g., lemon, lime, orange)
- Ground spices (e.g., ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, or pumpkin pie spice)
- Coffee (use 1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee or espresso in place of the water)
Some Stir-In Ideas:
- Miniature semisweet chocolate chips or finely chopped dark chocolate
- Cacao nibs
- Chopped dried fruit
- Chopped toasted nuts or seeds
Happy baking, everyone!