Healthy Chocolate Chip Scones


These Healthy Chocolate Chip Scones are a lightened up treat made with allergy-friendly ingredients to accommodate all your dietary needs. Serve them with tea or coffee for a sweet breakfast or tasty afternoon pick-me-up! 

Your New Favorite Sweet Treat

I know. I know. Another scone recipe. Sorry, not sorry. I mean, at this rate, are you even surprised? You definitely shouldn’t be. Just when you thought I’ve covered every scone recipe possible, here I am with another one! You’re welcome. 

These vegan scones have a special place in my heart, because they’re a fun twist on everyone’s favorite classic recipe. Of course, I love chocolate chip cookies as much as the next person. In fact, I love them so much I’ve used them as inspiration for quite a few recipes such as my Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, these White Chocolate Chip Chocolate Cookies, and even Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread. So, I figured why not continue the theme in the form of my favorite baked good? 

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with this recipe. I’ve gone through several batches already and have no plans to stop anytime soon. They’re the perfect amount of sweet achieved with high-quality ingredients that are not only Vegan but also gluten-free, low-sugar, and high-protein (I used Nuzest, of course. Feel free to do the same and save a few bucks with code: thekellykathleen).  

That’s enough talking, though. I’m ready to eat! 

Ingredients and Alternatives for Chocolate Chip Scones

Similar to all my other recipes, the ingredient list for these vegan scones is fairly simple. However, in order to keep things all-inclusive, I have made a few swaps to traditional scone recipes. Also, to help you out, I’ve included even more alternatives. I know, I’m too kind. Take a look below to find the bulk of what you’ll need to get started! 

Flour – Any flour you have on hand will work for this chocolate chip scone recipe. However, I recommend using oat or gluten-free flour. 

Protein – To be completely transparent, I prefer this recipe with Nuzest. I have not tested other protein brands, but I have tested it with a flour substitute. If you prefer to remove the protein powder, substitute it with 4 more tablespoons of flour. However, be aware that the conversion is iffy. In fact, I had to use a food scale to get the perfect measurement. 

Sugar – Any granulated sugar you have on hand will work with these vegan scones. I used monk fruit. Just be sure not to use a liquid sweetener as it will not spread throughout the dough. 

Milk – To keep this recipe vegan and dairy-free, I opted for plant-based milk, but you can use any kind you prefer! 

Butter – Regular dairy butter can be used in place of the vegan butter this recipe calls for, but don’t try to swap it out for anything else! Trust me, I’ve tried it. Coconut oil doesn’t work. Applesauce can’t be substituted. Just use butter. K, thanks. Bye. 

Chocolate Chips – I used sugar-free chocolate chips, but you can use any kind you want. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, even white chocolate would work! You do you. 

The Baking Process for Vegan Scones Made Easy

Scones sound daunting, but they are truly one of the easiest baked goods you can make! All you need to do is grab your ingredients, make sure the butter is chilled, and gently incorporate them together. Be careful not to overmix! 

Once you’ve done this, let the dough rest in the fridge for just enough time to let your oven preheat. Usually this takes about 15 minutes. 

Then, all you need to do is form the scones, and bake! 

Tools You’ll Need to Make Perfect Vegan Scones

Don’t get me wrong, these chocolate chip scones are super easy to make, but there are a few tools you’ll need to make your life easier and ensure they come out perfect every time. So, before you get baking make sure you have the following items ready to go. 

  • One big bowl
  • A fork or pastry cutter
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper or a silicone baking mat
  • Food scale (if you’re replacing the protein powder with flour)

The Best Storage Tips and Tricks

I know scones can be a bit tricky to store. The biggest complaint I hear is that people’s scones quickly become too dry and crumbly, especially in the summer heat. Lucky for you, I’m a scone pro at this point, and I’ve cracked the code to keep them fresh and delicious for as  long as possible. 

The best way to keep your chocolate chips scones fresh is to place them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the freezer. There they will stay fresh for 2-3 months.

However, if you’re like me and plan to eat them a bit more quickly, you can also keep your vegan scones in the fridge for up to a week. 

Then, when you’re ready to eat, pop them in the oven on the lowest temperature setting for 10-15 minutes or until they reach your desired temperature. This way they won’t become sorry or crumble to pieces. 

Why Don’t My Chocolate Chip Scones Rise? 

Often labeled a difficult recipe to bake, a common problem with scones is that people can’t get them to rise in the oven, but the solution to all your problems is really pretty simple! 

Firstly, to prevent flat scones, make sure you follow the recipe to a T. No winging it here, okay? Baking is a science after all. 

Then, make sure the oven is preheated to the correct temperature. Before you place your baking rack in the oven, make sure the scones are placed fairly closely together. Unlike cookies, they won’t spread into each other. Instead, their proximity will force them upward. 

Then, make sure to keep the oven closed while the scones bake! The constant influx of air will deflate your scones if you keep checking on them. I know it’s hard, but trust me, they’ll bake. I’ve already tested this recipe for you just to make sure. 

More great scone recipes: 

That’s it, you guys! I would love to know what your favorite scone recipe is! Let me know in the comments below.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Scones

These Healthy Chocolate Chip Scones are a lightened up treat made with allergy-friendly ingredients to accommodate all your dietary needs. Serve them with tea or coffee for a sweet breakfast or tasty afternoon pick-me-up!

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword gluten free, High Protein, vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings 6 scones


  • 1 1/2 cup flour such as oat (best option!) or 1:1 gluten-free flour
  • 1 1/2 (37g) servings Nuzest protein, about 1/2 cup
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar I used monkfruit
  • 1/2 cup plant-based milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter cold and cubed
  • 1/4-12 cup chocolate chips I used sugar-free chips


  1. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients except for the butter and chocolate chips
  2. Once combined, cut in the cubed butter with a fork until it resembles coarse chunks (should be slightly bigger than pea-sized). Add in the chocolate chips and work the dough with you hand until it forms a ball.
  3. Pop the bowl into your fridge and preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  4. While the oven is preheating, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and do a few minutes of self-care.
  5. Once the oven has reached baking temperature, place the chilled dough on your baking sheet.
  6. Using your hands, pat the dough out into a circle that’s about 1 1/2 inches thick.
  7. Cut the circle into 6 mini triangles. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 12 minutes
  8. Let them cool for about 10 minutes before enjoying with a cup of coffee or your favorite tea!

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