Gluten-Free Banana Scones
We're finally getting some nice weather here in Ontario. It's so hard to believe that just 3 weeks ago we were buried in snow. As you probably know if you follow me on Instagram, my hubs has been deployed since January, and he came home for a little 2 week break last month. We were expecting to be outside doing yard work and enjoying the sunshine together, but it snowed almost the entire time he was here! As soon as he left again, the temperature spiked up to 28 degrees.
On the bright side, Nate and I are getting out as much as we can to enjoy every minute of it while we can! We've been spending our evenings together playing with sidewalk chalk and bubbles, getting our garden bed prepped, and making plenty of treks to the nearby playgrounds!
Before the warm weather finally showed itself, I was spending most of my time working on a few recipes in the kitchen. You might say that I was searching for a little bite of childhood nostalgia, and in that search I admittedly made and remade this scone recipe 3 times!
First, with blueberries being a staple in a Nova Scotian girl's youth, I started with a grain-free wild blueberry scone:
Next, I decided that blueberry scones are too common and I needed to switch directions and make something completely different. I was inspired by the smell of my mom's homemade banana bread baking away in the oven.
Yes. That's where I needed to go with this!
Now while my hubs (aka my very happy taste tester) would tell me that both scone recipes were just fine as they were, I felt it needed one more tweak. If I was going to make a truly decadent gluten-free dessert, the recipe needed one more thing: An entire layer of bananas on top.
Bananas provide plenty of natural sweetness, and baking them on top of the gluten-free dough makes them soften and caramelize, just like a rich layer of "frosting." I dare say it was JUST what I was looking for when I whipped up this little dessert! (and as you can tell from the photo, Nate didn't quite mind them, either!) :)
This recipe is a touch more dense than your typical fluffier scone, but I kind of prefer it that way. It's kind of like a cross between a scone and a cookie. A scookie, if you will!
It contains absolutely no gluten, and unless you substitute the ghee for butter it will contain no dairy, either. While I wouldn't eat something with this much sweetness every day, it's certainly a much better indulgence than any processed baked good you'll find on a grocery store shelf! Making it at home not only means YOU are in control of the ingredients you put into your desserts, but it also means you get to have fun making a mess of your kitchen! :)
Serve these delicious scones with a hot cup of tea and you've got yourself the perfect little bite to enjoy!
Gluten-free Banana Scones
You will need:
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
2-3 tbsp ghee, melted
1 tsp natural vanilla extract
4 tbsp real maple syrup
1-2 bananas, sliced
Pre-heat oven to 365 degrees fahrenheit. Combine all ingredients except bananas and 1 tbsp of the maple syrup and mix well. Form into a large "puck" shape, and press until 1/2-1/4 inch thick (I find they taste best when prepared thinner than the typical scone because they tend to be more dense). Top with thinly sliced bananas and drizzle the final tbsp over the top. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the bottom of scones is browned.
Slice, serve with a hot drink and enjoy!