Gather Recipe: Orange Scones and Cranberry Scones

Gather (our NEW cookbook) is just about to go to print (YAY FINALLY!!) So we wanted to get the “teaser” recipes going so that you will of course want to buy the book đŸ™‚ This recipe is one of my favorites in the book. We made these scones for our Tea Party themed menu, because scones go so perfectly with tea of course! This menu was also one of the easiest to organize and photograph, as well as one of the most fun. As a child, I always wanted to go to a fancy tea party, dressed up in a party dress with jewels and white gloves. I never really got to live out my tea party fantasy as a little girl, so it was really special that we were able to really have fun for this shoot with two of my cousins and their two friends.

paleo girls tea party

Paleo tea party

The little girls had a blast, and were cheesing it up for the camera as we had hoped. They were the perfect little models we needed for the day. They were patient, and kind (no diva attitudes whatsoever) and ultimately were very grateful that we wanted to include them in this special project. They sipped their gingersnap tea with pinkies high, smiled and giggled as they passed scones and zucchini bread, and they made an effort to taste everything we made.

little girls tea party 2

little girls tea party

We made two different types of scones for Gather, both using the same base, but different flavorings. This is great information for you to know, because if you love scones but are dying to try say a chocolate chip flavor for example, then you can use our recipe and omit one or two flavorings and add in any others you may desire. I must say though that ours are fantastic and you should absolutely make the recipe as is! Only sweetened with two tablespoons of maple syrup, they are not very sweet, so we really loved enjoying them with some apple butter.

Paleo Scones Process

Paleo Scones with Apple Butter

You don’t need to have a tea party to enjoy these scones, but we highly recommend that you do!

paleo scones

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Orange Scones and Cranberry Scones

Scones are a traditional Scottish bread which are slightly sweet, and are served with tea widely around the world. For these scones, it is easy to make delicious variations by adding fruit to the batter. Scones are wonderful served with apple butter and a hot cup of tea.

Serves: 8

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Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine almond flour, a quarter cup of arrowroot flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. In a smaller mixing bowl, combine maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and one egg. Blend with a hand mixer until smooth.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry, and blend until all ingredients are evenly combined.
  5. To make the orange scones, add the orange zest. To make the cranberry scones, add 1 cup of dried cranberries in place of the orange zest.
  6. Add two tablespoons of arrowroot flour to the batter to thicken the dough.
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form dough into a ball. Place the ball of dough on the parchment lined baking sheet and flatten slightly.
  8. Carefully cut the dough into eight equal wedges, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.


If making Cranberry scones, add 1 cup dried cranberries in place of the orange zest.

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    1. eajones
      January 30, 2013

      These look delicious. Can you use coconut flour or something else for arrowroot flour? I can’t have arrowroot and wondered if there is something else that would help thicken the dough.


    2. KateO
      January 30, 2013

      How about orange zest AND dried cranberries at the same time? yum!

    3. January 30, 2013

      @eajones- you can try the coconut flour, but I’d suggest tapioca flour if you can’t use arrowroot.

    4. smanley71
      May 5, 2013

      Can you suggest a substitution for the almond flour (maybe coconut flour)? Due to a tree nut allergy I can’t use almond flour, but would love to make these. Thanks!

    5. nancye
      September 17, 2015

      I’ve been around the world a few times but fairly new to Paleo. I’ve been doing the Paleo Restarts for 3 months. Today I made the scones for breakfast and I thought I’d died and gone to Heaven. A lot of recipes look good but when the time comes to sample they are a disappointment. But these are just delicious and I will make them again very soon. Thanks! Nancy N

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