A handful of times throughout the baseball season, Grandma and I buy tickets to see a game. I drive to her house, and then we carpool downtown to the ballpark, pass through our usual left field entrance, and weave our way around the other fans until we reach our favorite seats along the third base side.
Before one particular game we attended, I brought a few slices of this lemon cake as a little gift for Grandma to enjoy during the upcoming week. Yet while I stood on her front porch, sneakily hiding the package behind my back as I rang the bell, she surprised me with a few freshly picked Meyer lemons from her tree!
We both laughed about our unexpected lemon theme. Great minds think alike!
For the next four hours, we watched batting practice and cheered for the Padres when they took the field to start the game. Although they lost, we still loved every minute of the well-played game — and we even appeared on the huge jumbotron in the outfield!
I picked these Healthy Lemon Blueberry Scones instead! The combination of the sweet juicy berries with the bright sunshiny lemon flavor is absolutely irresistible — and so perfect for summer!
Even better? These breakfast scones are supremely tender with a bakery-style texture, thanks to my secret ingredient… And you just need 1 bowl and 30 minutes to make them!
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST LEMON BLUEBERRY SCONES
Let’s go over how to make these healthy lemon blueberry scones! (And I’ll tell you what my secret ingredient is soon!)
To start, you’ll need white whole wheat flour (like this!). Yes, such a thing actually exists… And it’s not a combination of white (aka all-purpose) flour and whole wheat flour!
White whole wheat flour is made by finely grinding a special type of soft white wheat (hence the name!), whereas regular whole wheat flour comes from a heartier variety of red wheat. This gives white whole wheat flour a lighter taste and texture, closer to that of all-purpose flour, which lets the lemon flavor and tender texture of these scones really shine!
You’ll also need both freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest for these healthy lemon blueberry scones. The peel actually has a much stronger citrus flavor than the juice, so it’s one of the most important ingredients in this recipe. Don’t skip it!
Next, you’ll mix in very cold cubes of butter. I highly recommend a pastry cutter (like this!) to do so. It makes the process much easier and faster than using two knives or the back of a fork!
It’s really important that the butter is cold and straight from the fridge. (Freezing isn’t necessary for this recipe!) The butter creates tender little pockets in the dough as it melts in the oven, so you don’t want the butter to soften or melt ahead of time. If it did, you’d lose some of that beautifully soft and tender texture!
Tip: This is why I recommend avoiding coconut oil, if at all possible, because it melts at room temperature… So it’s almost impossible to keep it as a solid while preparing the dough. It often turns into a liquid before you can even get your scones in the oven!
Ready to learn the secret ingredient in these healthy lemon blueberry scones? It’s… Greek yogurt! If you’ve been around my blog for a while, you probably guessed that. I love incorporating it into my healthy baking recipes! Greek yogurt adds the same moisture as extra butter to these scones, and it gives them a protein boost too!
Instead of refined granulated sugar, you’ll sweeten your scones with pure maple syrup (like this!). You want the kind that comes directly from maple trees and just contains one ingredient: maple syrup. It’s generally sold in thin glass bottles or squat plastic jugs (like this!).
Tip: Don’t substitute sugar-free maple syrup! It’s generally water-based, and that makes your scones collapse while cooling and turn out overly dense.
Time for the second fruit component! I used fresh blueberries because (a) they’re in season and constantly on sale at the grocery store and (b) they don’t dye the scone dough a funky gray color like frozen ones do. How pretty do they look?? I just love that deep purple color!
Tip: If you get a craving for these healthy lemon blueberry scones when blueberries aren’t in season, frozen will still work! Just increase the baking time slightly, and remember the dough may be a little grayish in color.
One last trick! Before slicing your healthy lemon blueberry scones into wedges and popping them in the oven, brush the tops and sides with milk. This seals moisture into the dough, which keeps their interiors soft and tender, and it also creates a hint of a crust on the outside. I love that texture contrast!
These just might be my new all-time favorite scones! ♡ 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 lemon blueberry scones!
Healthy Lemon Blueberry Scones
- 1 ½ cups (180g) white whole wheat flour or gluten-free* flour (measured like this)
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp (5g) lemon zest (about 1 medium)
- 2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- ½ cup (120g) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 3 tbsp (45mL) pure maple syrup
- 3 tbsp (45mL) freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice (see Notes!)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup (70g) fresh blueberries
- 2 tsp nonfat milk
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk in the lemon zest. 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. Add in the Greek yogurt, maple syrup, lemon juice, and vanilla. Stir until just incorporated. Gently fold in the blueberries with a spatula.
- Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet. Using a spatula, shape the dough into a ¾” tall circle, and brush with the milk. Slice the dough into 8 triangular segments with a sharp knife. (No need to separate them!) Bake at 425°F for 19-22 minutes, or until the tops and sides are lightly golden. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
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♡ Healthy Lemon Blueberry Muffins
♡ Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread
♡ Healthy Lemon Blueberry Protein Muffins
♡ …and the rest of Amy’s healthy scone recipes!