Thursday, October 12, 2017

Pumpkin Spice Scones

Pumpkin everything. Pumpkin all day. I told you the pumpkin shenanigans were about to unfold. When you got fresh pumpkin ready to use, it's hard to not want to put it in just about everything. Today it ended up in my baking. I was baking for a friend and remembered a pumpkin scone I used to make back in my good ol' bakery days. Now this one is ALOT more moist and so I beg to ask you to give it a taste. 
Covered in pumpkin pie spice and a crispy top and soft and moist middle. Much like a muffin top... it has all the best qualities of a muffin but then it is spread out to get more of the pieces you love most about a muffin anyways. I have to say this recipe is VERY similar to my Pumpkin Date Muffins I made last year around this time. And maybe you are just a muffin kind of gal... but if it's the tops you love- these might just be the recipe for you.
These little treats have you thinking you're eating a cookie? Or is it a muffin? A scone may be so confusing for us on the other side of the pond...BUT their biscuit quality and their ability to hold their own and be covered in jam, ghee, honey, or whatever you might cover your toast with is truly a feat of amazement. I must say- I'm not sure why I don't make these more often?!?
 Pumpkin Spice Muffin Top Scones Recipe
{gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, seeds, eggs, refined-sugar-free}

1/3 cup of coconut flour
1/3 cup of potato starch
1/3 cup tapioca flour
1/3 cup of rice flour
1 cup of gluten free oat flour (I grind my own out of GF rolled oats)
2 ts. of baking powder (Hain brand-corn free)
1 ts. of baking soda
1 ts. of sea salt
2 ts. of pumpkin pie spice (or mix up cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves)
1/2 cup of coconut palm sugar

1/2 cup of date puree
1/3 cup of pure maple syrup
1/3 cup of coconut milk beverage with 1 TB apple cider vinegar
2/3 cup of pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)
1/2 cup of melted coconut oil
optional addition: 1 ts. of pure vanilla extract

Mix all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Then add in the wet and whisk together well. Let the batter sit and stiffen up while the baking powder ignites. Then use a 1/3 cup greased with extra coconut oil and scoop out the batter onto a parchment papered 11x15 baking sheet. You should get 12 scones scoops on the baking sheet. Then use some melted coconut oil to brush over the tops before baking. Lastly sprinkle with a hearty pinch of pumpkin pie spice blend. Cover it as much or as little as you like. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes depending on your oven. Check the middles to make sure they are baked through and then let cool for 30-60 minutes before serving with a cup of tea. 
Tis' the season for pumpkin everything and I am fully enjoying it. I love eating with the seasons and when something is in season I over-do it so that when the season is over I'm ready to move on. And all that pumpkin and squash you can find at the farmer's market and roadside stands are just what our bodies need as we nestle into the fall and winter season. Full of carotenoids which give it that rich color of yellow and orange. Pumpkin is easy on the digestion and help aid in keeping you nourished by stabilizing blood sugar. Also many antioxidants to fight inflammation, vitamins to nourish the immune system, and the warming and rooting qualities to keep you grounded in the shifting season. Pumpkins truly are a gift to the fall. 

I hope you ENJOY and much love!


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