Vegan Apricot & Orange Scones with Chocolate Chips

Scone on PlateIn spite of my huge love for yeast bread – the labor involved, the simple ingredients that through kneading and time create complex, rich flavor, the satisfying crunch of a deep brown crust, the smell as it bakes – I adore quick breads, with the humble, homely biscuit being my favorite kind.   I quite possibly could live on biscuits alone (as long as I have a cup of tea or hot chocolate with which to wash it down and perhaps a schmear of jam). I’ve been messing around with biscuits quite a lot lately, with my attention mostly on the savory kind, but a recent cookie post by emmycooks got me thinking about chocolate and dried apricots. Sounds like sweet scone material to me!

Orange and chocolate seem so natural together and apricots add that nice, soft bite that complements the flaky scone. These make a not-too-sweet afternoon snack or a portable breakfast.  With half the fat of “normal” scones, these are nearly guilt-free. Psst: I love Lily’s Sweets stevia-sweetened chocolate chips.  

Vegan Apricot & Orange Scones with Chocolate Chips
Yields 12
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209 calories
36 g
10 g
7 g
4 g
4 g
77 g
113 g
9 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
77g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209
Calories from Fat 57
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
10%
Saturated Fat 4g
20%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 10mg
3%
Sodium 113mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 36g
12%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 9g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
15%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
10%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  2. 4 tsp. baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp. salt
  4. zest from one orange
  5. 1 tbsp. egg replacer + 3 tbsp. water (whisk until frothy, then set aside for a minute or two)
  6. 1/4 cup vegan butter, such as Earth Balance
  7. 4 ounces unsweetened applesauce
  8. 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  9. 1/4-1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I prefer soy)
  10. 1/2 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
  11. 1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
  12. ~2 Tbsp. soy milk, for brushing tops of scones
  13. Demerara sugar, for sprinkling, if desired
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 425-degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and orange zest. Add the butter in chunks and blend until the mixture is the consistency of coarse meal.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg replacer, applesauce, maple syrup and soy milk, then pour into the dry ingredients - adding more soy milk if necessary. Just before the dough is thoroughly combined, stir in the chocolate chips and dried apricots.
  4. Scoop the batter into a ball and place on a floured surface (or directly onto the lined baking pan). Pat dough into a circle that is about 1/2" thick. Move the circle onto the baking sheet and cut into 8-12 pieces. Separate the triangles a little bit, then brush the tops with soy milk and sprinkle with sugar.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tops are a nice, rich brown. Let the scones cool for a minute before putting on wire cooling racks. Eat while still warm!
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209
fat
7g
protein
4g
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33 thoughts on “Vegan Apricot & Orange Scones with Chocolate Chips

  1. keepinitkind

    I just ate a boring bran muffin before heading out to yoga. Now I’m having morning snack remorse because these look soooooo much more inviting! I used to make chocolate-covered dried apricots, so needless to say, I’m a pretty big fan of that combination! Another lovely baked good from Annie! Thank you!

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  2. Averil

    I’ve never made scones before and these look so tempting. I’ve got to try them. Bookmarking it right away. I suppose I can use an egg instead of the egg substitute right?

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  3. Ashlae | oh, ladycakes

    Yet ANOTHER great flavor pairing 🙂 I love apricots, but I can never seem to find the ones that aren’t preserved with sulfur dioxide (the stuff gives me a terrible stomach ache). Your scones look delicious!

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  4. Brittany

    I wish I could hug you right now. I was JUST browsing the grocery store thinking about scones, and what to make/how to make them vegan. Orange and chocolate..perfection.

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  5. vegancharlie

    dear geeze… I have been away from the delicious food pictures for wayyy too long! this looks sooo yummy and I am a sucker for a delicious scone and a nice cup of tea.

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  6. Lou

    GREAT flavour combo, love this idea. Actually anything with chocolate is always going to go down a treat, but I’m particularly found of foods involving apricots 🙂

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      1. tearoomdelights

        I think it’s a great idea and I read your posts about it but what worried me was that my wrist might not be up to it at the right time. I would hate to promise you a food item and then not be able to do it on the day. Perhaps I could just provide some teas or something? That might be an idea.

  7. Shira

    These look really incredible Ann! I have never made scones before (I know, right?) – I am bookmarking this to try 🙂 Love the combo!

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