Around the time I was born, my grandparents began traveling to Kauai nearly every year for a vacation. Shortly before I turned six, they invited our family to join them, so my parents bravely purchased plane tickets and packed suitcases for themselves, my two-year-old brother, and me.
My grandparents met us at the Lihue airport, draping delicate plumeria leis around our necks, and helped us snag our luggage from the carousel just outside of the air-conditioned gates. After picking up a rental car, we drove south to Poipu, where Mom had booked a condo, complete with a kitchen and washer and dryer, for our weeklong stay.
As soon as we pulled open the condo door, my brother and I slipped into swimsuits and begged to head down to the pool. We easily spent half of our time slathered in sunscreen splashing in the blue-tiled pool and the ocean at Poipu beach, located just a short walk from the condo complex.
One morning towards the end of our vacation, Grandma and Grandpa treated us to breakfast at one of the nicer restaurants on the island. We wore our new Hawaiian clothes, a pink and green dress for me and a blue shirt and shorts set for my brother, and once the waiter seated us at a large table covered in a white linen tablecloth, I eagerly listened as Mom read us the menu options.
As a kid with a slightly picky palate, I chose the classic dish of Belgian waffles (and covered it with plenty of maple syrup!), but the adults took more time to consider their options. Macadamia nut pancakes topped with fresh pineapple, toasted coconut French toast, made-to-order omelets with toast and guava jelly… So many fun and creative treats!
When I came across that pink and green dress last week while pawing through my childhood closet at my parents’ house, I started to miss our Kauai vacations… We ended up going at least every other year for 15 years! So I baked these Healthy Pineapple Coconut Scones to tide me over until our next Hawaii trip. They’re supremely tender and full of sweet tropical flavors—just like many of my favorite Hawaiian treats!
And with my first bite, they instantly transported me back to paradise and those warm sandy beaches! ☀️
In addition to their flavors, the thing I love about these scones is how easy they are to make! You just need one bowl and about 30 minutes. That’s it!
You’ll start by adding white whole wheat flour into the bowl. Yes, it sounds like an oxymoron, but white whole wheat flour does exist! It comes from a softer variety of white wheat, and it has all of the same health benefits as regular whole wheat flour. However, it has a lighter, less “wheat-y” flavor, making it perfect for baking breakfast pastries like these scones!
Next, you’ll mix in a small amount of very cold butter. Just 2 tablespoons—which is so much better than the full stick or two that traditional scone recipes use! It’s really important that the butter is very cold, straight from the fridge (freezing isn’t necessary!), because it creates tender pockets in the dough when it melts in the oven. And we don’t want the butter to soften or melt early while in the mixing bowl—we want our scones to be as tender as possible!
You’ll skip the heavy cream of traditional recipes and mix in Greek yogurt for the rest of these scones’ tender texture. If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you know how much I use it! Muffins, pound cakes, brownies, even frosting! Then you’ll sweeten your scones with pure maple syrup (like this!).
To bring a taste of paradise straight to your kitchen, you’ll mix in finely diced pineapple, shredded unsweetened coconut (like this!), and coconut extract (like this!). Ohhh my goodness… Such a happy, sunshiny, oh-so-summery flavor combination! I had forgotten just how much I love the taste of Hawaii… Should I post more tropical-inspired recipes? What do you think?
Just before popping your scones in the oven, you’ll brush the tops with a bit of milk to seal in moisture and keep the insides supremely tender, while also creating a hint of a crust on the outsides. Then slice the dough into triangles with a sharp knife, slide your baking sheet into the oven, set a timer…
And enjoy your Hawaiian-flavored breakfast treat! 😉 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 I’ll see your picture! 🙂 ) I’d love to see your healthy pineapple coconut scones!
Healthy Pineapple Coconut Scones
- 1 ½ cups (180g) white whole wheat flour or gluten free* flour (measured like this)
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- ½ cup (120g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 3 tbsp (45mL) pure maple syrup
- 3 tbsp + 2 tsp (55mL) nonfat milk, divided
- ½ tsp coconut extract
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup (70g) diced pineapple
- 2 ½ tbsp (12g) shredded unsweetened coconut
- 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. Stir in the Greek yogurt, maple syrup, 3 tablespoons of milk, coconut extract, and vanilla extract. Gently fold in the pineapple and shredded coconut.
- Using a spatula, shape the dough into a ¾” tall circle on the prepared baking sheet, and brush with the remaining milk. Slice the circle into 8 triangular segments with a sharp knife. (Don't separate them!) Bake at 425°F for 18-21 minutes, or until the tops are lightly golden. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
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