Vegan Scones Recipe

By Jessica Hylton -

These Vegan Scones are the perfect scone texture! They are delicious, flaky and moist with a sweet taste. They’re great for all occasions from tea to parties to  brunch and so much more. They’re so easy, and use regular everyday ingredients!

white glaze being drizzled onto a blueberry scone

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The Best Vegan Scones

Oh, the joy of a good scone. That perfect sweet treat with the flaky and moist texture that complimented any tea or coffee I loved so much before going vegan. I knew that I wanted that exact same taste and texture in a vegan version, and got hard at work (I mean, taste testing is hard work, but someone’s gotta do it right?!). I’m so happy to say that I accomplished it in these scones! It uses the easiest ingredients, and I know you’ll just love it!

Notes on the Ingredients

labelled ingredients for making scones

Vegan buttermilk – this combination of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice and a vegan milk creates a nice curdled buttermilk substitute that helps to give these scones a great tang and texture. I prefer soy milk, but any vegan milk works. You want this cold

vanilla extract – adds a great flavour. You can sub other extracts depending on the flavour of scones that you’re aiming for!

Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All Purpose Flour – this is my go to flour for these scones and my baked goods. The texture is spot on (thanks to the combination of unbleached, enriched flour and malted barley) and combines so great with all the other dry and wet ingredients. I love to sift my flour first for a great rise. It also has a 10-12% protein content, so it’s excellent for yeasted breads like my no-knead dutch oven bread too, and even my pizza crust. You’ll definitely be reaching for this flour for all your baked needs!

sugar – unlike biscuits, scones have an added sugar for that sweet flavour. If you prefer an only slightly sweetened scone, you could cut the sugar in half. You can use any kind of granulated (grain) sugar, I prefer cane sugar since it also adds a beautiful golden colour.

baking powder and baking soda – I use a combination here for a great rise but also a beautiful flaky texture. Don’t substitute one for the other.

sea salt – as always, if you’re using table salt, use way less since it’s almost double that you’re adding. I highly recommend sea salt for all my recipes!

very cold vegan butter – it is crucial that your vegan butter is cold (and preferably unsalted) for the best texture! It’s okay if it’s salted, still add the sea salt above.

Blueberries – you can enjoy these plain, with fruit, or with other additions like flavours such as lavender, etc.

Lemon Glaze – the lemon glaze adds a beautiful flavour contrast that is sweet and slightly tangy in the best way. It uses a combination of ingredients above as well as powdered sugar. Always sift your powdered sugar to avoid clumps.

How to Make the Best Vegan Scones (Step by Step Instructions)

In a small bowl or jar, add the apple cider vinegar, milk and vanilla extract together and stir to combine. It will curdle (to make your vegan buttermilk). Set aside.

whisk in a glass bowl of apple cider vinegar and vegan milk mixed together to make buttermilk substitute

In a separate bowl, whisk the Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All Purpose Flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt until thoroughly combined. Add in the cold vegan butter by cutting into chunks, or by grating the butter into the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter, fork or just your hands, mix everything together until it resembles coarse crumbs/sand.

Make a well and add in the buttermilk mixture and the blueberries, folding gently and stirring gently with a wooden spoon. You want a dough that looks shaggy; it should not be dry, and should not be very wet but it might be slightly sticky.

Flour a surface, dust your hands with flour, and turn out the dough onto the surface. Form the dough into an 8 inch flat circle or disc. Using a knife or a bench scraper, cut the circle into 8 even wedges. Place the wedges at least 2 inches apart, evenly spaced out on parchment paper on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with some extra coarse sugar on top if desired.

Preheat the oven to 425°F/220°C. Place the scones in your fridge (still on your lined parchment paper on the baking sheet) while the oven preheats or even longer. You want to ensure that your dough is very cold.

Once preheated, place the scones into the oven. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes until golden and fluffy.

Remove from the oven. Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then move to a wire rack. Mix together glaze ingredients and drizzle the lemon glaze over the warm scones. Allow to cool completely and enjoy, or sneak one still warm (my favourite!). Enjoy!

Tips for Making the Best Scones

  • Cold Butter & Cold Ingredients: like I mentioned above, cold butter is crucial for flaky, perfect texture vegan scones. If you’re making this and you realise you forgot this step, you want to pause and do it; it’s that important. Else you’ll likely get flat, non flaky scones. I prefer to put it in the freezer first cause it won’t freeze, but it’ll add the perfect flaky texture that we want to the dry ingredients. If your other ingredients are also cold, this helps too! 
  • Get the Right Flour/Butter Texture: I call this coarse, sandy crumbs. Another way to say it is that the butter should be broken down into the dry ingredients, but not all the way. Rather than a smooth paste or evenly-textured mix, you should have bits of flour-coated butter from the size of a poppy seed, up to the size of a corn kernel.
  • Get the Right Dough Texture: Don’t overwork the dough. You want to gently stir and fold until it just starts to come together. You want it not too dry, and not too wet either – just like the photo above.
  • Keep Going Back to the Freezer: if you’re making this in a hot kitchen, chances are your dough will keep getting soft. A quick placing of it in the fridge or freezer while the oven preheats will help to combat it!
four stacked blueberry scones with a bag of Bob's Red Mill flour behind it

How Store & Freeze Scones

Leftover scones can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap to keep them as fresh as possible. They are tastiest if you reheat them or toast them before serving!

Place leftovers in freezer bags and push as much air out as possible before sealing. If you can individually wrap the scones in plastic wrap before sealing them in freezer bags, they will keep even better. Store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw completely before serving.

Can I make scones gluten free?

I haven’t tried making these vegan scones gluten free personally, but you definitely can! I would recommend using the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour and swapping it weight for weight.

birds eye view close up of a glaze drizzled scone

Enjoy friends! If you make these Vegan Scones, please snap a photo and tag #jessicainthekitchen on Instagram! We’d also love it if you would leave a comment below, and give the recipe a rating! Thanks so much!

birds eye view close up of a glaze drizzled scone

Vegan Scones Recipe

These Vegan Scones are the perfect scone texture! They are delicious, flaky and moist with a sweet taste. They’re great for all occasions from tea to parties to  brunch and so much more. They’re so easy, and use regular everyday ingredients!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 8 scones
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Universal
Ingredients

Scones Recipe

  • ½ tablespoon vinegar regular or apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup cold thick vegan milk (180mL) – such as full fat coconut milk, full soy milk or cashew
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All Purpose Flour (240g)
  • ½ cup sugar (100g) (I use cane sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup very cold vegan butter (112g)
  • Up to ⅓ cup extra flour for rolling and folding
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries tossed in about a tablespoon of flour
  • Coarse sugar for topping if desired

Lemon Glaze

  • ½ cup powdered sugar sifted
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ tablespoon vegan milk
  • ½ tablespoon lemon juice
Instructions

Instructions

Scones Recipe

  • Place the butter in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  • Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or a well greased parchment paper (highly recommend a silicone mat for this).
  • In a small bowl or jar, add the apple cider vinegar, milk and vanilla extract together and stir to combine. It will curdle (to make your vegan buttermilk). Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All Purpose Flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt until thoroughly combined.
  • Add in the cold vegan butter by cutting into chunks, or by grating the butter into the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter, fork or just your hands, mix everything together until it resembles coarse crumbs/sand.
  • Make a well and add in the buttermilk mixture and the blueberries, folding gently and stirring gently with a wooden spoon. You want a dough that looks shaggy; it should not be dry, and should not be very wet but it might be slightly sticky.
  • Flour a surface, dust your hands with flour, and turn out the dough onto the surface. Form the dough into an 8 inch flat circle or disc. Using a knife or a bench scraper, cut the circle into 8 even wedges. Place the wedges at least 2 inches apart, evenly spaced out on parchment paper on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with some extra coarse sugar on top if desired
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F/220°C. Place the scones in your fridge (still on your lined parchment paper on the baking sheet) while the oven preheats or even longer. You want to ensure that your dough is very cold.
  • Once preheated, place the scones into the oven. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes until golden and fluffy.
  • Remove from the oven. Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then move to a wire rack. Drizzle with the lemon glaze over the warm scones. Allow to cool completely and enjoy, or sneak one still warm (my favourite!). Enjoy!

Lemon Glaze

  • Add all of the ingredients for the lemon glaze – the powdered sugar, salt, vanilla extract, milk and lemon juice in a bowl and stir together until fully combined. Feel free to thicken if desired with more powdered sugar or thin out with more milk or lemon juice depending on which flavour you prefer. You can store this in your fridge for 2 days.
NOTES

Nutrition

Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 477mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 637IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 2mg
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6 comments

  1. Sabrina says:

    5 stars
    thank you for this vegan scone recipe, it’s always tough for me to get the ingredients correctly proportioned in baking when I’m using vegan ingredients or other ingredients than I’m used to in a traditional recipe, glad to know it works!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      You’re so welcome Sabrina! Thank you so much for reading.

  2. Susan Birkey says:

    5 stars
    Just made your great recipe for fresh blueberry scones! Also gluten free and low sugar.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Thats so great Susan! We’re so happy that you enjoyed them!

  3. Izzy says:

    Hi.
    These looks soo good. I have a few questions.
    I have whole mealflour to use up. Would the quantity be the same?

    Would Oatmilk do as thick milk?

    And lastly I have stevia and coconut sugar to make healthier.
    Can you advise how much of either (or maybe both)?

    Thank you,
    Izzy

    • Hi Izzy,

      Thanks! I haven’t tried wholemeal flour but yes you’d use the same quantity, the texture just might be a bit different.

      Yes, oatmilk works!

      I haven’t tried this was a sugar alternative like stevia, but if it’s more granular like coconut sugar, allulose or like monk fruit, you’d swap 1:1, so just use the same amount. I hope that helps, thanks so much!

      Best,
      Jessica

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