One of my favourite things to do in the kitchen is to veganize a non-vegan recipe. It can be such a fun challenge, and it’s really easy to do once you start getting used to possible substitutions. Bananas can often be a great substitute for eggs; coconut oil or vegan margarine for butter; nut/hemp/soy mylk in place of dairy milk, and so on. And if you want to take the fat down in a recipe, you can also try subbing applesauce for oil. Just be careful with some substitutes: for example, you might not want to sub banana in a recipe for veggie burgers!
Back to those scones! My boyfriend Dallas and I are trying to cut back on how much we spend on eating out and coffee shops; one of our favourite places to frequent is Starbucks. Though we both love our Americanos, Dallas has a soft spot for the Maple Oat Nut Scones as well (he is not a vegan, though he typically eats with me). Because the scones are not vegan, I’ve obviously never had one from Starbucks. In fact, I’d never tasted a scone before…I saw three exciting opportunities here:
1) Save Dallas from spending about $3 on every scone. I can make a batch for about that much.
2) Actually get to try a scone for the first time.
3) Save some animals
So while Dallas was out, I took to veganizing this recipe.
The substitutions I made? Easy peasy:
1) Instead of cold butter, I used soy-free Earth Balance margarine.
2) Instead of an egg, I used Ener-G egg replacer (there are other possibilities, but I didn’t want to use anything that would affect taste).
3) In place of heavy cream, I used Silk coffee creamer.
I was surprised how easy scones are to make! I was also surprised to learn that they’re low in sugar.
How did mine turn out? Dallas devoured two of them once they were glazed, and the rest were gone within two days: He said they were just as delicious as the ones they make at Starbucks! I found them to be gently sweet, soft with a little density, perfectly flavoured with maple. I love the crunch of the pecans, too. These scones, I’m sure you’ll agree, have just the right amount of sweetness, soft texture, & delicate taste. Now it’s your turn to make them, foodies!
After combining your dry ingredients with the wet…
Fold in the pecans.
Using a bread knife, cut into 8 sections, again like pizza! Pizza can be dessert, too
Place scone sections onto a baking sheet, making sure to leave some space between them. Put the tray into your preheated oven.
Mmmmm tastes even better than it looks!
When the scones are finished baking, set on a wire rack to cool. Once cool, drizzle with maple icing.
Enjoy your Vegan Maple Oat Pecan Scones, foodies! From my kitchen to yours
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup spelt flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp baking powder
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 1/2 tbsp Earth Balance (I used soy-free)
1 1/2 tsp Ener-G egg replacer, mixed with 2 tbsp water
1/2 cup Silk coffee creamer
3/4 tsp maple extract
2/3 cup pecans, chopped
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1/2 tsp maple extract
5 tsps water
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Grind oats into a flour using a food processor; mix ground oats together in a bowl with flours, sugar, sea salt, & baking powder. Stir in maple syrup & Earth Balance, then set aside.
3. In a smal bowl, beat egg replacer with Silk creamer & maple extract until foamy. Pour into dry mixture & stir until well-combined.
4. Fold in pecans and mix well.
5. On a floured surface, pat and knead dough into a circle, roughly 8 to 10 inches in circumference. Cut into 8 wedges (like a pizza!) and place onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
6. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until lightly browned.
7. Meanwhile, using a spatula, stir together the icing sugar, maple extract, & water to make the maple glaze. Set aside.
8. Place scones on wire rack to cool for 3-5 minutes. Spread desired amount of glaze evenly on the top of each scone. You may have some left over.
9. Om nom nom!
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*Char is the author & creator of Char’s Kitchen: A Vegan Friendly Food Blog, a fun website where she posts quick, easy, & deliciously healthy vegan recipes. Her passion is food & her mission is to share it with the world. Follow Char’s Kitchen on Facebook & Twitter for healthy food ideas & blog updates.