It’s certainly convenient to snag a few coffee shop (or gas station…) baked goods on the way to the crag and/or boulder field for a delicious mid-day energy boost. But for those looking to save money and enjoy a just-as-tasty but healthier option, baking these simple homemade scones is the way to go. Not only are they incredibly quick and easy to make, but they’re filled with whole grains; healthy fats; delicious, energizing, antioxidant-rich maple syrup; and more recovery-supporting protein than traditional bakery treats. Oh, and your kitchen (or van) will smell amazing. Enjoy!
2 cups white whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shaved coconut
1 tablespoon real maple syrup (2-3 tablespoons for sugar lovers)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt* (No need to “cut in” butter!)
3/4 cup 2% milk**
1 egg with yolk and white separated***
1 teaspoon vanilla
*Substitute 1/2 cup applesauce for a dairy-free option.
**Substitute 3/4 cup soy or rice milk for a lactose-free, vegan-friendly option.
***Substitute 1/4 cup mashed banana for vegan deliciousness.
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Combine dry ingredients, including coconut, in medium-size bowl.
- Whisk together milk, egg yoke, maple syrup and vanilla in small bowl.
- Add milk mixture and Greek yogurt to dry ingredients and stir until dough forms.
- Transfer dough onto lightly floured surface and pat into a 7-8 inch diameter disk.
- Cut disk into wedges and transfer onto a lightly greased pan. Leave wedges together for higher-rising scones or separate for a crispier option.
- Brush top of scones with egg white, and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown, turning them half-way through.
- Allow scones to cool before packaging all but one up for the day. Taste-testing the remaining still-warm scone topped with your favorite jam and additional Greek or soy yogurt (to begin your day with a yummy protein base) is highly recommend.
- Optional: While climbing top with your favorite jam for more quick, simple sugar energy, butter for a savory treat, or peanut butter and banana slices for long-lasting fuel.
And now you don’t have to feel bad about enjoying a sunset brew after eating baked goods all day 🙂
Note: For almond-butter lovers and those who just want to mix things up, substituting almond extract for the vanilla extract and topping with almond butter is also delicious.