Avocado Scones – Vegan and Gluten Free

by Marla on May 4, 2011 · 100 comments

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Healthy Avocado scones for tea parties, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day Here is a fun twist on scones for Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo or tea parties. I came up with a slightly sweet, crumbly scone to celebrate life and gluten free vegan baking. Avocados take center stage here and they add a delightful texture to baked goods. This creamy green fruit is awesome all year round in recipes, but they get a lot of attention as the weather warms up. I love to make them the star in salads, souptostadas, tacos, chili, guacamole and now…….scones.

Craft basket with sticks, twigs, leaves and ribbons

I came home the other day and found my husband making this beautiful homemade bird’s nest basket. Stay tuned, it will become the star prop in many blog posts. I am smitten by it.

Healthy Avocado scones for tea parties, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day

In my last post for Almond Chickpea Cookies, garbanzo flour was the star. The chickpea flavor shines in those cookies. That is what makes them special. Exploring flavor twists is fun. Don’t let the idea of avocado in sweets scare you. It replaces other fats and you don’t really taste it. Though I wish you did. Next time I will keep some chunky pieces in the batter. In these scones I also use brown rice flour. Since I like stronger flavor this works for me. If you want something a bit less pronounced you can also go with larger ratios of oat or corn flour. For those of you who are not on a gluten free diet, you can also have great results with whole wheat pastry flour.

Healthy Avocado scones for tea parties, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day I pressed dried blueberries into the top of the scones before I baked them. You could put any dried fruit, raisins, sunflower seeds, or nuts in these scones. A combo of fruit, nuts and chocolate would be fabulous. Next time.

Healthy Avocado scones for tea parties, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day

This recipe is part of the Gluten Free Ratio Rally. Our theme this month is scones. Last month we did quick breads. If you have not seen my Sweet Strawberry Snack Cakes please check ‘em out. Those little cakes are delish!

Healthy Avocado scones for tea parties, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day

The premise of the rally is to create recipes using weight versus cup measures. The idea is that you can adapt recipes easier with weight measures. Weight instead of volume should yield good results every time. A list of all the other creations by fabulous recipe bloggers can be found at the bottom of this post. Feel free to link up your scone recipes too. I am not sure what the theme is for June, but you can join us if you wish. You can contact Erin at The Sensitive Epicure if you want more details.

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Enjoy with a piping cup of coffee, a chilled glass of milk and a smile.

Avocado Scones – Vegan and Gluten Free

Makes 8 Scones

NOTES:

  • If you cannot find brown rice flour you can try equal ratios of gluten free oat or corn flour. Whole wheat pastry flour could work too if you are not gluten sensitive.
  • Honey or agave could be used instead of the maple syrup. You might want to taste the dough to see if it is sweetened to your liking.
  • These scones are great served with lightly sweetened whipped cream, almond butter, peanut butter, whipped cream cheese, butter or thick Greek yogurt.
  • All of the ounce measurements in this recipe are weighed on a kitchen scale.

INGREDIENTS

  • 155 grams (about 1 cup) Brown Rice Flour
  • 115 grams (about 1 cup) Oat Flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 4 ounces fresh Avocado
  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) low fat, unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) pure Maple Syrup (I like grade B maple)
  • 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) Dried Blueberries (any dried fruit, nuts, seeds or chocolate chips would be great too)
  • optional: powdered Stevia or Sucanat sprinkled on top after baking

METHOD

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat liner. Sprinkle a work surface with some oat or rice flour. Preheat oven to 350˚ F with the rack in the middle. In a medium bowl whisk together dry ingredients. Put avocado, coconut milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract in a blender or food processor. Purée until well combined. Add avocado purée to flour mixture. Combine with a spoon and then fold together with your hands. Dough will be sticky at first but then it comes together to create a semi-firm ball.

Move dough to the floured work surface, flatten dough into a 1/2 inch thick disk. Press dried blueberries into the top. Cut disk into 8 pieces with a pizza cutter. Gently transfer to cookie sheet and keep about 1/4 inch or more in between slices. Bake for about 10-12 minutes until lightly browned on the bottom.

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{ 87 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria May 4, 2011 at 6:34 am

Love these scones!! Great photos too!

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2 Jenny Flake May 4, 2011 at 6:39 am

Healthy and gorgeous! That basket!! I love it :) Have a great day girl, see you in a couple days :)

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3 Jeanette May 4, 2011 at 6:44 am

Marla,
Love your scones! So creative, would never think to use avocado in a scone recipe. The dried blueberries on top are so cute too. Can’t wait to see that bird nest as a prop in your future posts. Loving all the creative scones in this Gluten-Free Ratio Rally!

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4 Jessica @ How Sweet May 4, 2011 at 7:03 am

avocado in scones?! love!

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5 Heather @ Heather's Dish May 4, 2011 at 7:12 am

I am drooling…this sounds amazing and I love the usage of avocado as the fat component!

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6 Molly Chester May 4, 2011 at 7:13 am

Wow! Since we are moving to an avocado farm, I am going to have to keep these in mind!

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7 Marla May 4, 2011 at 9:44 am

Molly, I did not realize it is an avocado farm you are moving to. How far are you going to be from me? I might need to hop over and pick some.

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8 Allison [Haute Box] May 4, 2011 at 7:34 am

i’m intrigued. i’ll have to try these!

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9 Heather @ Multiply Delicious May 4, 2011 at 7:45 am

I’m loving all your gluten-free and vegan cooking and baking lately! These scones sound delicious and I would never think to add avocado but I’m so excited to try these.
Love the basket too! So pretty!

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10 Rosa May 4, 2011 at 7:59 am

Very original! The addition of avocado is interesting. I’d love to taste one.

Cheers,

Rosa

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11 the urban baker May 4, 2011 at 8:11 am

wow, Marla, what a super, creative recipe. i love that you are using avocados as your fat. I also am so loving the new you. miss you!

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12 Mimi from California Avocados Direct May 4, 2011 at 8:38 am

Such a creative recipe! I’m taking care of my mother at this time, and she needs foods high in potassium. I’m sure these scones will be an appealing addition to her Mother’s Day brunch, even while recovering from surgery. Thank you for an inspired way to bake with avocado!

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13 Marla May 4, 2011 at 9:28 am

Hi Mimi! I am sure your mom is so very grateful that you are taking such good care of her. Baking with avocados is going to become a regular thing around here :) Have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

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14 Sea May 4, 2011 at 8:42 am

Beautiful! I love your photos and concept. Big thumbs up to your hubby for that awesome basket. I need to get my DH into crafts, clearly. ;) Funny, he requested blueberry scones but we didn’t have any blueberries so I used the traditional currants. Anyway, I’d love to try this yummy-sounding avocado blueberry scone.

-sea

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15 Marla May 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

Sea: Those little, tiny dried blueberries actually taste like currants. I had not thought of that until you mentioned it. Hope your hubs was pleased with his scones, mine was digging these. Thanks for the kudos on that basket – I am in love with it!

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16 Marci May 4, 2011 at 9:22 am

wow i’d rather just eat these from your kitchen than buy the ingredients and a food scale, which i’ve been thinking about since I read the Ratio book. And that heart shaped coffee cup is so cute!

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17 Marla May 4, 2011 at 9:43 am

Marci, I am so glad you mention that heart shaped tea cup – I love that thing. Have a set of I think 5, each in a different color. They are so festive & fun. Here is the deal, you need to get the food scale and I need Ruhlman’s ratio book! xo

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18 Winnie May 4, 2011 at 10:09 am

These are so awesome and right up my alley…I think we are sort of cooking/baking soul sisters! I have yet to bake with avocado…I must try it. ps Are you going to BlogHer Food? I need to meet you!

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19 VeggieGirl May 4, 2011 at 10:12 am

ENTICING scone variety!

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20 Marla May 4, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Ohhhh, ENTICING in capitals. I likey. Makes me excited to enjoy some more with my large americano later this afternoon.

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21 Lauren (Diary of a Vegan Girl) May 4, 2011 at 11:36 am

These sound so yummy ! I love the idea of avocado in scones :)

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22 naomi May 4, 2011 at 11:51 am

What a creative way to use avocados! I love it.

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23 Heavenly Housewife May 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I am really intrigued by this recipe, I’ve never seen a scone like it, it sounds yummy.
*kisses* HH

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24 Katrina May 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm

These scones are right up my alley. Love this recipe!

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25 Ross May 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I think I need to clarify that the basket started out as a bird house project for my kiddos. After pruning the trees the kids thought the trimmings would be great for a bird nest/house. An hour or so later, voila! It appears Momma bird has taken possession. :)

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26 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm

these look great! Will have to try them for sure. Happy Cinco De Mayo

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27 My Man's Belly May 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm

What a cute basket! I love sneaking avocados into my baking.

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28 Erica May 4, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I’ve got them in the oven as we speak!

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29 Marla May 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Yay Erica!! I cannot wait to hear how your avocado scones turn out. Did you use any dried fruit, nuts or chocolate?

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30 Erica May 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I used fresh blueberries.. just had one, and they are absolutely delicious! And I love that all of the fat comes from avocado.. so healthy! I made a few alterations- I used all sprouted flour for mine; 1/2 brown rice and 1/2 corn flour, subbed millet flour for the oat flour. I used 2 oz of coconut sugar and 1 oz of maple syrup, and added 2 T extra coconut milk to make up for less liquid sweetener. Also, added cinnamon to the batter. I cut mine into four scones instead of eight. Perfection! Thank you so much for such a great recipe.. next time, I’m going to added a chopped organic dark chocolate bar to them!

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31 Marla May 4, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Erica, can I tell you how much you made my night so happy! Not only am I thrilled that you baked up a batch of these asap, but also how insightful you were with the adaptations. Love the idea of all sprouted flours. Extra healthy. I have never used millet flour, but need to. Does it have any specific flavor to it? The coconut sugar sounds wonderful too. I have been reading a lot about that. Smart to add the extra coconut milk. Bravo you! Can’t wait to hear about that chocolate in your next batch.

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32 carolinaheartstrings May 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

What a wonderful post with fantastic pictures. Always a pleasure visiting this blog.

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33 Kat @ Cupcake Kat May 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm

This is such a great scone recipe. It is very creative.
Beautiful photos by the way!

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34 Marla May 4, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Thanks Kat! I had loads of fun with this recipe. When the idea came to me I ran with it!

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35 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Marla, truly amazing work! Both the recipe (who ARE you anyway…vegan AND Gf…haha!..I love it!!) and the photography…just soooo creative.

The nest. Omg that is the best prop use I have seen in ages. LOVE IT

And the meticulous placement of each and every bloob. omg. Only a blogger knows what WORK went into making these. And making them for the camera, too :)

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36 Marla May 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Averie, I knew YOU would get a kick out of this one. If only I had gone raw too ;) Yes, I spent way to much time placing each bloob! You know me too well & I know you would do the same. It was actually fun & meditative. The crazy part is when they kept falling off during the shoot and I was talking them into staying in place.
The nest is neat huh! I will need to refresh the leaves from time to time, but it is a keeper. I claimed it away from the birds.

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37 Maris (In Good Taste) May 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Avocado is one of the healthiest vegetables. This is such a creative and delicious
recipe.Great photos!

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38 Jenn May 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm

This is SO creative!! And they look fab – congrats on an awesome scone recipe!

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39 Deepa May 4, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Avocado scones look simply heavenly. Click make me crave for such a nice preparation. Glad to follow you .

Deepa

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40 Kristen May 4, 2011 at 8:38 pm

What a great idea for a scone!

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41 Cookin' Canuck May 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm

What an original idea, Marla. Chickpea flour is one of my favorites to use and I can only imagine how good that flavor must be with avocados. Tell you husband that he earned major points with that beautiful basket.

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42 Marla May 4, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Dara, it was brown rice flour in this one & chickpea flour in the last cookie post. I know it is confusing as I talk it up here too. I am all about flours with strong flavor. I’ll tell my hubs you dig the basket :)

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43 Angie's Recipes May 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm

What a brilliant idea! Those scones look heavenly and I love them!

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44 Lisa {With Style and Grace} May 4, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I never thought to use Avocado in scones, by oh my goodness I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing & love our ratio group – so much fun!

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45 Betty @ scrambled hen fruit May 4, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I do love avocados in any way, shape or form. I haven’t done much gluten free baking, but I’m just starting to experiment with some different flours as I have a good friend who eats gluten free. These scones sound perfect!

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46 Alice May 4, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Nice scones! Love your photography, very eye-catching! Thanks for dropping by my site!

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47 kimberlycun May 5, 2011 at 1:40 am

the scones look delicious! and love the idea of ratio rally, i almost always fail with recipes that use volumes instead of weight :(

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48 Marla May 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Kimberly, I bet you would be pleasantly surprised with how simple the scale is to use for baking. In some ways it is freeing. I know it is annoying to have too many gadgets around, but this one is inexpensive and so worth it. I actually have less things to clean when I weigh everything. That is always a great thing.

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49 pigpigscorner May 5, 2011 at 2:02 am

Love the cup, love the bird’s nest, love the scones! I should show the nest to my hubs too :P

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50 Caneel May 5, 2011 at 5:53 am

Avocado is one of my favorite foods – and I never would have thought to use it to replace the fat in scones. Genius! I would love to try one of these. :)

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51 Caneel May 5, 2011 at 5:53 am

I meant to also add that I LOVE the nest. How sweet of your husband to make it!

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52 Marla May 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Caneel, glad you are loving the nest. My hubs is pretty proud ;) Now he doesn’t need to get me a Mother’s Day gift….he’ll probably just make another nest! lol

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53 Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook May 5, 2011 at 6:25 am

New to me, using avocado, but they look fantastic. Beautiful photography!

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54 Clinton May 5, 2011 at 6:44 am

These looks amazing – beautiful photos Marla!

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55 HeatherChristo May 5, 2011 at 7:25 am

these are over the top creative! I just sent the recipe to my mom for my recently gluten- allergic dad. thanks!!

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56 Marla May 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Heather: Thanks for passing this recipe along to your mom. I hope your dad love’s ‘em :)

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57 Nicole, RD May 5, 2011 at 10:45 am

How creative! I can’t wait to make these! They look amazing!!!

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58 Shaina May 5, 2011 at 11:26 am

This would be perfect with the cup of coffee I’m drinking right now.

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59 Juliana May 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Marla, these scones look wonderful, like the idea of using avocado and the dry blueberries…what a great treat with a cup of coffee. The picture is just very inviting. Hope you have a great weekend :-)

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60 Liz May 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I love avocados and I adore scones, so I am intrigued with this combination. Dried blueberries sound wonderful, too!!!

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61 gretchen May 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

ooo… fun idea! i’ve never used avocados in a sweet recipe, much less a baked good. yay for the rally, bringing us together, and seeing everyone’s fun ideas! thanks for sharing!!

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62 Claire May 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm

What a fantastic idea for scones – avocados would never have occurred to me, but I bet it’s delicious! Can’t wait to try these out for myself :) Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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63 Marla May 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Claire, not sure how these things come to me sometimes. The element of surprise thrills me when it comes to ingredient combinations. Avocado will be featured a lot more in my baking from here on out. You gotta try :)

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64 Delicioasa May 5, 2011 at 11:33 pm

You definitely show us that healthy food can be delicious and good looking. Never a dull moment :) Love your recipe

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65 Joanne May 6, 2011 at 5:11 am

I love using avocados in new fun and exciting ways! I’ve made buttercream with them before and am definitely ready to jump on the avocado scone bandwagon!

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66 Amanda May 6, 2011 at 6:01 am

I really would love to try these… you come up with the best recipes!

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67 Morri May 6, 2011 at 6:14 am

G’morning Marla!

I want to thank you for your words of awesome love for my scones. I want to try them again (same concept, maybe a different ratio), but I think putting them in the fridge with coconut oil wasn’t my best idea lol.

And thank you for adding my link to your post. That made my day and today brightened my morning.

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68 Faith May 6, 2011 at 10:38 am

I absolutely love your creativity when it comes to recipe development, Marla…what a great use for avocado! These sound delicious and they’re so pretty with the dried blueberries studded on top!

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69 Maria @ Scandifoodie May 6, 2011 at 10:55 am

Love your recipes Marla, I can’t wait to make these – they sound just perfect!

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70 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather May 6, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Your have so much fun with that cute nest! These sound delicious and so much fun.

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71 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets May 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Wow a healthy scone indeed! Would never have thought to use avocado. Love the idea!

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72 grace May 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm

you have the dubious distinction of showing me my first avocado scone–congrats! these look wonderful, marla, well done!

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73 Marla May 8, 2011 at 5:42 am

Grace, can I tell you how happy I am to provide you with a glimpse into avocado scones. The things are addictive I tell ya! Not quite sure how my mind came up with them though.

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74 Ragnhild May 9, 2011 at 7:59 am

Hi :)
This scones looks really really good! I think I have to make them soon.
And Im so glad to had a guest post at Oh She Glows, thats how I found you. And Im so happy I have, you recipies looks soo good!

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75 Damaris @KitchenCorners May 9, 2011 at 11:15 am

Hey Marla,
I don’t know if you saw the comment I left a Oh She Glows about your guest post, but anyway I haven’t had sugar for over a week and I feel really good. Mainly, I was having crazy mood swings and now my mood is balanced. I seriously feel like a new person. Using honey or maple syrup won’t affect my mood like sugar does will it? I want to try these scones but I don’t want a sugar crash.

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76 Marla May 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Damaris, great question. I am so happy to hear (and not surprised) that your reduction in sugar has helped even out your moods. I don’t miss sugars at all for many reasons that being one of them. For me, the stevia thing always works. In this recipe wanted to mix it up a bit and experiment with alternative natural sweeteners simply to diversify. In my world I really don’t need anything but the stevia. I know that everyone is not as strict. This recipe only has 6 tablespoons of maple syrup, it did not affect me at all and I am very sugar intolerant. I eat one scone with a tablespoon of nut butter as a mini meal. Fat makes everything better and more satisfying.
Just made a new (slightly different scone for another blog post) with 2 droppers full of liquid stevia drops instead. You could try that. If you need a bit more moisture for the dough add a smidge more coconut milk. Hope that helps and keep up the great work and happy moods :) xo

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77 jaime navarro May 15, 2011 at 1:52 am

I made these on friday morning, they were so quick and easy! Most importantly, they are absolutely delicious!! It makes me so happy to eat something so yummy that is so good for me too. I put a couple of dark choclate chips on top of each one. I am so happy that you were on ohsheglows, i cant wait to try more of your recipes.

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78 Marla May 15, 2011 at 5:30 am

Jaime, yours is such a sweet comment to wake up to. I am so glad you had great success with my avocado scones recipe. I am addicted to them! Must add chocolate chips to mine next time :) So glad to have you as a new reader over here.

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79 Grace September 24, 2011 at 1:03 pm

i just made these and they are DELICIOUS! instead of maple syrup i did 3 parts agave 1 part honey! i couldn’t resist having one piping hot out of the oven! i tried them with almond butter and fresh made blueberry jam–both were delicious, however, these scones can stand alone and were awesome. thanks for the recipe! Next time I am going to try chocolate chips!

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80 Isobelle October 6, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Beautiful recipe! I love that they aren’t too complicated, unlike a lot of gluten-free recipes.

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81 Chelsie January 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm

The recipe looks delicious! I don’t have a scale at home though so I was wondering if using a whole avocado would work if it’s too much?? Thanks!

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82 Marla January 6, 2012 at 5:35 am

Chelsie, that should work. My avocados are usually small-medium sized. No too big :) Let me know how it turns out.

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83 Chelsie January 7, 2012 at 10:21 am

Thanks, I made them this morning and my son loved them! He has dairy and egg allergies so they were a great treat for him! :)

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84 Marla January 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Hi Chelsie! That is such awesome news! I am glad that you found these scones for your son. We love them here too :)

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85 Sofia January 6, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Looks so yummy! Never had vegan scones, can’t wait to try these.

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86 Diana April 25, 2014 at 6:14 am

I just made these with a few changes. I did use raw milk, added a Tablespoon of coconut oil, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, raisins, and a few drops of stevia. These were WONDERFUL! Thanks for posting I love the combination of oat flour and brown rice flour I have to use that combo more often they truely tasted like wheat flour scones.

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87 Marla April 25, 2014 at 8:19 am

Hi Diana! So happy you were able to try these scones. Your adaptations sound wonderful!

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