Monday, August 10, 2009

Chocolate Chip Scones with Almond Flour

One thing that makes cooking infinitely enjoyable is simple experimentation. When I hear about a new ingredient or method that I haven't tried before, I do a little research, often buy a cookbook (any excuse, am I right?), and then I try it out. And you people get to benefit by reaping the results without any of the hard work. Sounds fair, right?

Well this one can hardly be called hard work, other than having to seek out a relatively expensive and hard-to-find ingredient. That ingredient is almond flour. Most people don't bother with almond flour unless they are gluten intolerant or diabetic, but the bottom line is, it is tasty and good for you. And any ingredient that I can put into a baked good and call healthy, well, I'm a fan.

So yes, almond flour is a bit pricey. But if you're lucky enough to be able to use it as an extra curricular ingredient, as I am doing here, rather than a dietary requirement, then you can splurge once in a while, right? Almond flour is loaded with protein and nutrition without all the carbohydrates of wheat flour. You can make it yourself by grinding up blanched almonds, but realistically it's not going to save you much money, if any. Sadly, almonds are not cheap. But they are a superfood, and they are delicious. So we are slaves to them just the same.

Another rather pricey ingredient featured in this recipe is agave nectar, which has a much lower glycemic index than regular sugar, honey, or maple syrup. So again, it's good for diabetics. But if you don't feel like splurging twice in this recipe, you can substitute honey or maple syrup. Just know that your scones are slightly more sinful than mine!

These scones taste fantastic. Gluten-free (not to mention dairy-free and without any refined sugar) can be a beautiful thing, people. I am all about healthier recipes that don't use anything artificial or chemical. And this recipe rewards you with flavors reminiscent of macaroons and toasted almond goodies, with melty chocolate chips and a hint of cinnamon. Fantastic.

Chocolate Chip Scones with Almond Flour
adapted from Elana Amsterdam's The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook
makes 16 scones


2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour

1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup canola oil

1/4 cup agave nectar

2 large eggs
3/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with silpat liners or parchment.

2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients (almond flour through cinnamon). In a small bowl, whisk wet ingredients (oil, agave, and eggs). Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until well combined.

3. Fold in the chocolate chips. Scoop scant 1/4 cup blobs of batter onto the cookie sheets, leaving about 2 inches between blobs. Bake for 12 to 17 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 30 minutes on the baking sheets.



  1. Thanks for the great recipe! But it's not true that the glycemic index of agave is much lower than regular sugar.

    Table sugar itself doesn't have that high of a glycemic index either.

  2. really? according to this site: it is true.

  3. Do you have the calories content? These look so yummy!

  4. I love this recipe and so does everyone else I know! Thank you!!

  5. I did a post on my blog using an adapted version of your recipe! Check it out if you'd like:

    All of your recipes look absolutely mouth-watering. Thanks for posting this one :)