not the worst for you scones

Over Memorial Day weekend, I trekked it out to LA to visit one of my very best friends, Hannah and her boyfriend, Rowan. LA was awesome – fun, easy access to sand, home to some of my favorite people, and very trendy. Now- living in NYC for half a year (read: expert) I feel like I get trendiness…? LA is slightly different, though. AKA the yoga, green juice, low carb, beach bod trendiness.

One of the biggest revelations of my trip was learning that LA Hannah doesn’t have a sweet tooth – a true shock to our friendship. Rowan, thankfully, still does, but since he has to deal with a lack of sweet tooth girlfriend he asked me a question I get a lot: What pastry is the least bad for you (and is it scones?)

I loved the wording of his question because there is no such thing as a healthy dessert. There is only a spectrum of not-as-bad-for-you to super-really-bad-for-you desserts. And while I am absolutely no expert on nutrition, I will say, on this spectrum, scones can totally be not the worst for you! They can 1) be low in sugar 2) use whole-wheat flour 3) have fruit. I think of that as a win-win-win.

Since that conversation, I hadn’t made scones, so when bloobs hit the farmers markets in droves and Deb Perlman of Smitten Kitchen posted a recipe that hit all three points, I felt like I had to.

I actually already have a favorite lemon blueberry scone recipe courtesy of the Cheese Board Collective but I’m glad I gave this one a chance since it uses ingredients you’re likely to have on hand and/or could use again. (I’m lookin’ at you whole milk and wheat flour.)

Another great thing about these scones is how fast they came together. It took me 10 minutes to get to this point!

Once they were out of the oven and into my mouth I found that I really loved them. They weren’t too sweet ( only 4 tablespoons of sugar, yall) and while they were rich, they tasted fresh because, of course, I added way more than the recommended cup of blueberries.

So here you are, Rowan! Not the worst for you scones. I’ll even venture to say our mutual love, sugar-hater-trendy-LA-Hannah, will like them, too.

For the rest of you, if you have 30 minutes to spare and some extra fruit on hand, definitely make these. I promise you wont feel as guilty for indulging.

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wishing you the best on your food adventures,