My son loves the vegan scones from the Whole Foods bakery and I wish I could eat a whole one too. I can take a bite here and there because of the flour, but I wanted a more digestible scone and perhaps not as sweet. One of my go to baking books, BabyCakes NYC, has a great recipe that I adapted by adding raisins. Gabriel loves anything raisins so this was the way to go.
triple scone deck
I bet that if I gave Gabriel this triple deck of scones he would knock it over like blocks and begin eating each one by picking out the raisins first. How fun is that?
The raspberries give a tart taste that is then balanced out with the sweetness of the raisins.
Fold the raspberries and raisins into the mix with a plastic spatula to leave some of the fruit texture intact.
The dough is good all by itself.
Scoop out about a third cup of dough for each scone and leave at least an inch of space between them on the baking sheet.
Cool down and serve the same day if possible. You can keep them in an airtight container for up to 2 days but the crunchy top will be gone once they are put away. Crunch top or not, the scones are still delish!
Please do not use spelt flour if you are celiac or consult your doctor first. I find spelt flour to be tolerable even though I can’t tolerate gluten. Scones can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days but the crunchiness of the tops will be gone. They are still delicious!
2 cups whole spelt flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
⅓ cup coconut oil, plus more for brushing
⅓ cup agave nectar, plush more for brushing
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup of water
½ cup raspberries
½ cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350F
Line baking sheet with parchment paper
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt
Add oil, agave and vanilla and stir together until a thick, slightly dry batter is formed
Pour hot water into the batter and mix
Using a rubber spatula, gently fold in raspberries and then raisins until they are marbled throughout the batter
Scoop ⅓ cup batter for each scone and put on prepared baking sheet. Space the scoops 1 inch apart to allow them to spread
Lightly brush the tops with the coconut oil
Bake scones on the center rack for 14 minutes rotating the sheet 180 degrees after 7 minutes
Finished scones will be golden and slightly firm
Remove from oven and brush with agave nectar
Let scones stand on sheet for 15 minutes then gently transfer them to wire rack with a spatula
Cool completely before serving
Recipe taken almost verbatim from BabyCakes NYC pg. 42
Some store-bought hummus are not bad but nothing like making it at home. I find that I can taste more of the tahini in the homemade version and I can always adapt it to add a bit more of this and a bit more of that to get the exact flavor I want.
Hummus is really nothing more than chickpeas/garbanzo beans, garlic, tahini (or sesame paste), olive oil, lime or lemon and whatever else you want to put in it to give it a kick such as roasted garlic, chives scallions etc.
Most hummus recipes call for raw garlic but I blanch mine in boiling water to take away any pungent flavor. To blanch just boil about an inch or two of water in a shallow pan and throw peeled garlic cloves in for about a minute before using.
You can make the hummus chunky or smooth by controlling the setting and time on your food processor or mixer.
Cucumber slices instead of crackers is a great option for serving hummus!