Scones are a quintessential British bake found in every tearoom throughout the country. They're such a delightful treat that we believe everyone should be able to enjoy them. So, we rounded up a gluten-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free scones recipe for you. And to keep things exciting, we flavoured it with green tea matcha powder — a must-try!
Classic scones are not vegan or gluten-free as they consist of a dough of wheat flour, buttermilk, butter, and eggs. They're lightly sweetened with white sugar, while baking powder is used to leaven the dough, giving you those super cute, tall scones you see in bakeries and tearooms. To make our scones flourless and 100% plant-based, we made a few tweaks to the classic recipe, but they're just as tasty.
We replaced wheat flour with a gluten-free blend of rice flour, potato starch, maize and buckwheat flour. It's a store-bought blend, and you should be able to find a similar mix in the free-from section at your supermarket. Gluten-free bakes are usually drier and crumblier than their wheat-based counterparts: so we increased the amount of plant-based oat milk and used maple syrup instead of refined white sugar.
Moreover, we added a bit of xantham gum to help to bind the ingredients, but if your flour blend already contains it, you can skip it. As for the fats, we replaced dairy butter with coconut oil. If you keep the oil jar at room temperature, it will be nice and pliable, just like butter, perfect for moulding the dough. It will also give a lovely coconut flavour to the scones.
And finally, our beloved matcha! We have made many tasty recipes with matcha powder, yet we can't seem to get enough of it. We love it! Matcha is basically the whole green tea leaves pulverised into a fine powder. You can use it to make tea and lattes, but it's great for sweet bakes too. If you like it as much as we do, check out our gluten-free sponge cake, avocado sorbet, or energy bars for inspiration.
Using matcha in scones is super easy, as you can mix it in with the dry ingredients like flour. We used two tablespoons for a deep green look and a distinct bittersweet note, but you can also use less if you prefer a more toned down flavour. Once baked, we recommend pairing these gluten-free matcha scones with creamy custard, like our passion fruit curd or lemon curd, or one of our sugar-free jam recipes. Then, put on your kettle, and get ready for the ultimate teatime treat, British-style!