In my college town, a combination pizzeria and bakery sat on the very edge of downtown, right next to the railroad tracks in a tiny faded yellow storefront no larger than an airport coffee stand. While tourists and incoming freshmen generally overlooked it due to its quaint size and location, all of the locals considered it one of the best pizza places in town.
With their main bakery production facility on the other side of the city, the owners opted to drive over a fresh batch of pastries every morning and install a few brick ovens in the back of the storefront, which took up much less space than traditional bakery ovens, to prepare just the pizzas on site. They offered all of the classic flavors, like Margherita and meat lovers’, to more interesting ones, like eggplant with feta and roasted bell peppers with goat cheese, all on a thin crispy crust with barely a hint of char from those brick ovens.
Throughout the day, they baked fresh pizzas to cut into jumbo slices (bigger than my face!) and placed those in a glass display case next to the cash register. Rotating between four classic styles — cheese, pepperoni, Hawaiian, and vegetarian — they quickly sold those individual slices because the majority of college patrons loved stopping by for an easy lunch or dinner after class.
While most of my friends stood in line for a slice or two, I occasionally opted for a fresh salad from their refrigerated display along with a leftover pastry. They discounted their breakfast treats to $1 or less after 4 pm, and I always looked forward to those tender muffins or buttery scones! While I loved the flavors of their blueberry scones the most, those treats sometimes turned a little dry and crumbly as they sat, so I swore that when I finally baked my own at home, I’d make them the exact opposite and incredibly tender.
So that’s what I did with these Ultimate Healthy Blueberry Scones! They’re perfectly tender, with just a hint of sweetness, and positively bursting with juicy berries. Unlike those bakery’s scones, these are much made with no cream, refined flour or sugar — and have nearly 5g of protein!
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST BLUEBERRY SCONES
Let’s talk about how to make the best healthy blueberry scones! This recipe is quick and easy to make. You only need one bowl and 30 minutes!
To start, you’ll use white whole wheat flour. White whole wheat flour is made by finely grinding a special type of white wheat, whereas regular whole wheat flour comes from a heartier strain of red wheat. This gives white whole wheat flour a lighter taste and texture, similar to that of all-purpose flour (and perfect for these scones!), but it still has the same health benefits as regular whole wheat flour.
Note: Whole wheat pastry flour would be a great substitute, and I’ve included my recommended gluten-free option in the Notes section as well, if you’d like to make your healthy blueberry scones gluten-free!
Unlike traditional scones that depend on a full stick (or two!) of butter and heavy cream for a tender texture, this healthy blueberry scones recipe requires just 2 tablespoons of butter. Yes, that’s it! It’s extremely important that the butter is cold, straight from the fridge. With very cold butter, it won’t heat up until you put the scones in the extremely hot oven, and it will create little air pockets and a very tender crumb when it melts.
Note: This is why I recommend against using coconut oil, if at all possible, because coconut oil has a much lower melting point than butter. It will quickly turn to liquid once you begin mixing it into the dough, so you’ll miss out on some of that beautifully soft and tender texture. If you can’t have butter, then see the Notes section for my recommendation on what to substitute instead!
With just 2 tablespoons of butter, the rest of these scones’ tender texture comes from my favorite ingredient in healthier baking. Do you know what it is? I’m sure you do… It’s Greek yogurt! Greek yogurt provides the same moisture as extra butter for a fraction of the calories, and it gives your scones a protein boost too!
And now for the best part… Fresh blueberries! Sweet, juicy, fruity pockets of bliss folded into that buttery, tender scone dough. Seriously, does life get any better than biting into one of those purpley gems?? Especially warm and fresh from the oven… Mmmmmmmmmm.
Pure perfection! And when you make your own, remember to snap a picture and share it on Instagram using #amyshealthybaking and tagging @amyshealthybaking IN the photo itself! (That guarantees that I’ll see the notification from you! 🙂 ) I’d love to see your healthy blueberry scones!
The Ultimate Healthy Blueberry Scones
- 1 ½ cups (180g) white whole wheat flour or gluten-free* flour (measured like this)
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed (see Notes!)
- ½ cup (120g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 3 tbsp (45mL) pure maple syrup
- 3 tbsp + 2 tsp (55mL) nonfat milk, divided
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup (80g) fresh blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 425°F, and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter (highly recommended!) or the back of a fork until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Make a well in the center, and add in the Greek yogurt, maple syrup, 3 tablespoons of milk, and vanilla. Stir until just incorporated. Gently fold in the blueberries.
- Using a spatula, shape the dough into a ¾” tall circle on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with the remaining milk. Slice the circle into 8 triangular segments with a sharp knife (but don’t separate them!). Bake at 425°F for 18-22 minutes, or until the tops are golden. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
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♡ Healthy Cinnamon Scones
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♡ …and the rest of Amy’s healthy scone recipes!
Thank you for the recipe… could I use dried cherries? If you think they would work. Should I add same the same quantity? Should I add them dried? Sorry for so many questions… Really appreciate the metric weights in your recipes… stay well and safe.
No need to apologize for the questions — it really means a lot that you’d like to try making these scones, Nina! 🙂
Yes, you can use dried cherries! I’d recommend using ⅓ cup instead, and I’d also recommend hydrating them first. It’s what I do almost every time I bake with dried fruit, and I think it makes a big difference! To do so, add them to a microwave-safe bowl, and pour water on top until they’re completely covered. Seal plastic wrap over the top (or place a lid or plate on top), and microwave the bowl on high for 1 minute. Then let the bowl sit while mixing together the scone dough (or for 10-15 minutes), still with the plastic wrap or lid on top, before thoroughly draining any remaining liquid and adding the hydrated cherries to the dough. I love how this little trick makes dried fruit really soft and juicy!
I’d love to hear what you think of these scones if you end up making them!
Gail Renfroe says...
I loved the blueberries scones
Stacey @ Amy's Healthy Baking says...
I’m so happy you loved these scones, Gail! Thanks for taking the time to let us know! 🙂