Friday, 4 February 2011

Coconut Chocolate Chip Scones

Vegan Coconut Chocolate Chip Scones

So I'm still on the 'diet' and it's still going well, just we all need a treat now and again, right?? I absolutely LOVE my regular scone recipe, we have them breakfast probably once a week. However I wanted to try replacing the vegetable fat (shortening) that I use in them with healthier extra virgin coconut oil. When cold it's a solid fat like shortening so should give the same lightness in the scones, but of course, would make the scones taste 'coconutty'. I just decided to embrace that and replaced the rice milk with organic coconut milk and through in some chocolate chips for that 'bounty bar like experience'. Altogether so happy with these, I cannot convey to you how amazing the kitchen smelled while these were cooking! Now, you may notice these don't have any actual coconut in them. That was quite deliberate on my part as I didn't want that texture in these - just a softly infused natural coconut flavour, the type you don't get from extract. However if you like, some dessicated coconut could certainly be added, about 1/3 cup or 30g would suffice at a guess.

Coconut Chocolate Chip Scones: makes 6 large triangles but I've also gotten 14 mini round scones here.

300g plain flour
2 Tbsp cornstarch
50g caster sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
80g extra virgin coconut oil, in the solid state*
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
200ml coconut milk - I used full fat as that was all I had, can use reduced fat
50g chocolate chips
60g dark chocolate, for drizzling on top

* First a note on the coconut oil. It must be in the solid state, mine was naturally firm in the cupboard so that I was able to cut it into the flour using a pastry cutter. Had it been chilled in the fridge I would have used my food processor to cut it into the flour. I once tried using my pastry cutter to cut fridge chilled coconut oil into flour before and it was so hard it dented my pastry cutter. My mom's almost antique pastry cutter. Was.not.happy. So if you are cutting it in by hand, make sure it's firm but not rock hard, otherwise use a processor.*

Preheat the oven to 190C/380F. In a large bowl mix together the flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in the coconut oil using a pastry cutter or by food processor until it is crumbly *see note above on this; stir in the chocolate chips. Mix together the coconut milk and vanilla then stir this into the flour. Mix quickly until it just comes together. Bring together into a ball and place on a floured surface. Shape into a large flat disc, about 1 1/2 " thick. Cut in half, then cut each half into thirds. It's most important you don't handle these very much - don't knead it or your scones will be heavy and tough. Place each triangle onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake for about 20 minutes. You will have to toothpick test these as they don't go very golden, all that white coconut oil and milk I presume. Let cool on a wire rack. When hand cool simply melt your dark chocolate in the microwave, or in a bowl over simmering water, until melted. Use a teaspoon and drizzle back and forth over the scones. You could also just dip the entire tops in chocolate, the amount of chips in these is not excessive so they can take it!

We ate these as they are, without slicing open and spreading with marg and jam as they are sweet and yummy as they are, possibly more big cookie like than scone like, but I can see some raspberry jam mingling with the dark chocolate and coconut flavours there just fine :-)

These have also been linked up to the lovely Lisa's blog Sweet as Sugar Cookies as part of her 'Sweets for a Saturday' - go have a look at all the other yummy treats! :-)

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  1. I love how you iced these with the chocolate, it really makes them stand out. The scones sound delicious, almost like mounds bars. I have a sweet treat linky on my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link your scones up.

  2. Thanks so much Lisa!! I'll pop over and try that - what a great idea :-) Hope I can do all the linky stuff - despite being a blogger, I'm not the most computer literate - haha!

  3. These look so good, and I love that they're vegan. I'm definitely trying them when I get home! :)

  4. Thanks Kara - hope you like them! ♥

  5. These look so good and I really love the idea of using coconut oil. I've been living in the UK for years, but have yet to eat a scone...vegan or otherwise. Must rectify that by making this recipe sometime soon. :)

  6. Thanks Steve and Lynn! You'll have to try the basic scone recipe there too, so good, can take a lot of variations as well! :-)

  7. These scones look wonderfully fluffy. I'm a big fan of coconut oil myself and use the organic refined kind for when I don't want it to impart a coconut flavor.

  8. I just made a batch of these and the scones turned out wonderfully fragrant with a nice even texture. I substituted dried cranberries and forewent the chocolate all together, and they were still very tasty. One thing I noted, though, was that in your recipe above, you don't actually mention when to add the solid-state coconut oil, but I easily figured that out by looking at other scone recipes (post flour mixing, but before adding chocolate / dried fruit etc.). Thanks!

    1. So glad you liked them - great to know they are good without chocolate as well! Thanks so much for the heads up on the error as well - I'll update the post :-)



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