Zesty Orange and Dark Chocolate Scones

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Vegan Nutella on Scone

Today has been a mighty happy and perky day despite the sunless day. Perhaps it is because I gave my body a rest from getting up at 6am. Perhaps. I do try to rest after 2 days of 6am workouts by adding an evening working, so tonight I will be going to zumba!

Despite the cloudy and cold day I decided to bring the mood music throughout the house and bake some pretty delicious breakfast or tea fare.

Have you ever listened to Anoushka Shankar and Sting’s Sea Dreamer?

It is a beautiful work and the vocals are so perfect. It transports me across the ocean to a land I have never visited. It fills my imagination with spices and colors and lovely pictures of a beautiful culture. This is probably why I created a lovely smoothie this morning. It will be in my upcoming e-book! Ryan thinks it is this particular smoothie that made me hyper and perky this morning. 😀

Spiced Smoothie

After that I continued my creations with veganizing a great recipe I found through Elana’s Pantry which then lead me to Joy the Baker’s post on Orange and Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Scones. What a way to get to a fantastic recipe! I recently added Joy’s blog to my blogroll so I had missed this wonderful recipe.

The whole reason for me to try it was to finally find a recipe that sounded perfect for veganizing and that would not be like a dry biscotti. Ryan had yet to approve of a vegan scone so I decided to try my hand at it again.


Can I say something for a second? I REALLY REALLY like the orange and chocolate combination! Can anyone else say the same? I made my own buttermilk substitute by adding apple cider vinegar to SO Delicious coconut milk and I used Earth Balance instead of butter. I used very dark chocolate but not in morsels. I used 71% dark chocolate made by Equal Exchange. I chopped up the chocolate bar which caused the chocolate to disperse through the whole scone as opposed to finding the occasional piece of chocolate.

Ryan took a bite of these first and it took him a while to say anything even as he was making sounds as though he were approving of them. He thought these were SUPER delicious and flavorful. He said they were a keeper!

Vegan Nutella from Italy

How about adding some vegan Nutella? Thanks to Kris, @lavegetaliana, she sent me a bottle of vegan Nutella spread from Italy! I was VERY excited to finally try it so I slabbed on a bit on this scone. How about it? You can actually split the scone and add anything to it from more Earth Balance margarine to some delicious orange jam. Heighten the food senses!

Zesty Orange and Dark Chocolate Scones

Zesty Orange and Dark Chocolate Scones
adapted from Joy the Baker
makes 8 scones
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons vegan granulated sugar +1 Tablespoon for sprinkling
1 Tablespoon organic orange zest
2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold Earth Balance margarine, cut in 6 pieces
1 flax seed “egg”
  • {1 Tablespoon flax seed milled meal + 2 Tablespoons water}
1/4 cup plus 4 Tablespoons “buttermilk”
  • {So Delicious Coconut Milk + 2 teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar}
3 ounces Equal Exchange 71% dark chocolate squares, coarsely chopped
     or 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, orange zest, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Using a pastry cutter, cut in margarine until mixture resembles wet sand.  In 2 small and separate bowls, prepare the flax seed “egg” and set aside for 3 minutes. Repeat with “buttermilk” process. Combine both ingredients into the flour mixture all at once, stirring enough to make a soft dough. Use your hands to bring the dough together. Fold in the dark chocolate.
Turn out onto a floured board and knead about 15 times.  Roll or pat out into circle to a 1/2-inch thickness. Cut into 8 small  triangles. Place on prepared baking sheet. Brush some non-dairy milk on top of each scone and sprinkle with some vegan granulated sugar.
 Bake at 425 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until slightly browned on the tops. 
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08349594665584951489 Debbie

    I think I am going through some serious chocolate withdrawals…I wish I could eat that picture, looks so delicious and I love Nutella!

  • http://blogstew.net/foodfrenzy Food Frenzy

    Yumm…love them scones and this look great.

    We invite you to share this on Food Frenzy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09275988480256929843 BakingWithoutaBox

    That scone looks delicious! Love chocolate + orange. Always. Hope zumba is good. Perky days are great.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10953934856050968428 Vegiegail

    I LOVE scones, and these look crazy delicious! I’m scurrying around for all the ingredients right now: flour: check, orange zest: check, So Delicious: double check: vegan Nutella from Italy: I have got to get my hands on some of that!!

    Thank you for posting the beautiful music video. I love both Sting and Anoushka Shankar. Can’t wait for your e-book!!!!

  • http://strawberrypepper.com/ Eva

    yum, these look simply divine! Also, your pictures are great! I might have just gotten an apple fritter, but now I seriously want a scone..

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02265676810951599396 Lauren

    Mmm…I love orange zest in baked goods! And scones…and chocolate…hehe :) These look sinfully divine!

  • http://freshandfoodie.com/ Fresh and Foodie

    Yum! Great combination. I’m not vegan, but I’ve been meaning to give the flax eggs a whirl. Will bookmark your recipe for when I finally do it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01257119248873696055 Wilde in the Kitchen

    Looks delicious, I love the idea of slathering it with Nutella! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02755500784747967932 Jessica

    That is sooooooo yummy looking. I love dark chocolate! And I love the sweetness of orange mixed with the rich dark chocolate. I’m sure that was one delicious scone!

  • http://thewannabechef.net/ Evan Thomas

    Yum! I’m with you: Chocolate and orange is the bomb

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11751332126011127621 Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I’m not a fan of anything orange, but give me a plain scone and a spoonful (no, wait, a jarful) of that vegan Italian Nutella, and I’m in heaven. :)

  • http://comowater.com/ Tiffany

    This scone looks heavenly! Chocolate and orange is my favorite fruit-chocolate combination!

  • http://www.dairyfreebetty.com/ Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

    Oh YES ! these look amazing!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06607623248887570230 HiHoRosie

    Oh I LOVE chocolate and orange together! So good! And your scones look amazing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04498026844891171126 Steph

    These look so good!! I want one right now :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11506367824992805317 Kris

    Way to go with the scones! They sound lovely. I’m so glad that you received the “Nutella” and that you are finding delicious uses for it. My favourite way to have it, to be honest, is on banana or apple slices… but I haven’t had scones in months, so maybe I should try my hand at this recipe. Mmm…

    I’d like to say, on a more general note, that I enjoy your style of writing. It’s direct, flowing, and, strange as it might be to say, soothing. I imagine your singing voice is mirrored in your writing, because I feel relaxed and content after reading your blog. On top of that, I want to say how visually appealing your page is, too! I didn’t know Blogger pages could turn out so fancy (check out mine for an example of a really basic page. Haha).

    Have a great weekend, and I look forward to reading more of your posts! I am now “following” you on my own blog and look forward to your posts appearing in my feed :)



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09234678984137982414 Mary

    These look delicious. Chocolate and orange is an impossible combination to beat. I plan to listen to the music later tonight when I have a little more time. I enjoyed my visit today. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings…Mary

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com/ Monet

    What a great adaptation! I love oranges and chocolate too (I just had some tonight) and I love the thought of those ingredients in a scone. Thank you for sharing, sweetheart. I hope you have a happy Saturday. Hugs and love!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06655781129092195604 Emmy

    Oooo they sound really good. My husband loves anything chocolate orange so I’m surprised I haven’t made these before! Might have to now.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04695690277037332534 kirsten

    Did you say CHOCOLATE…YUM!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08927164838699702741 Brian

    looks great, i love orange and chocolate together too. chocolov has a bar with orange peel and dark chocolate which is awesome. this looks wonderful (big shocker, all of your stuff does) :-)