Thursday, January 7, 2016

Lightened Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Scones

These scones are "lightened" in calories with some healthified ingredients thrown in for good measure but you would never know. They don't taste healthy.
I know..I know... I say that like things tasting healthy is a bad thing. See... the thing is... I am not a huge fan of things tasting healthy that aren't usually healthy.
Vegetables. Sure. They're already healthy so you get what you get. But, scones... well... they are usually full of flour and sugar and butter and chocolate and other such beautiful nonsense. They don't taste "healthy" nor should they.
And thus... this recipe is magic. 
You're welcome.

Lightened Buttermilk Chocolate Chip Scones

3/4 cup 1% buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 cup flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 Tbsp Sugar Twin Brown Sugar
pinch salt
2 tsp ground flax
4 Tbsp butter, chilled
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
2 tsp sugar

Preheat oven to 400. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat.
In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, vanilla, and egg. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flours, sweetener, salt, and flax. Cut in the cold butter using 2 butter knives or a pastry blender (or pulse briefly in a food processor or blender) until mixture resembles course crumbs.
Stir the chocolate chips into the dry ingredients.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just mixed - do not over mix. (If dough is too dry add a bit more buttermilk - too wet, add a bit more flour.)
Knead mixture very briefly to form a ball. Pat into an 8 inch circle and place on prepared cookie tray. Cut into 8 wedges and sprinkle with the 2 tsp of sugar.

Bake at 400 for about 15 or so minutes - until top is golden brown. If you find the top is getting too brown but the middle still seems under cooked, gently pull the wedges apart just a little and lower oven temp to 375. Continue baking until scones are done.

Remove to wire rack to cool completely. 
Or, of course, serve warm!!

You get 8 good sized scones out of this. Each scone (according to Myfitnesspal) is:
210 calories, 28 carbs, 9 fat, 6 protein, and 2.25 fiber.
Pretty good for breakfast with a piece of fruit or for snack time. These also freeze quite well and just need to be popped into the microwave for a little bit to re-heat. 
From start to finish in about half an hour. 

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