Vegan Caramel Apple Scones

Vegan Caramel Apple Scones
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Caramel Apple Scones are made with plant-based ingredients for a deliciously spiced comfort food recipe perfect for fall! Pair them with a warm cup of tea for an afternoon treat 

The Apple of My Eye

Hi guys! I’m back with another scone recipe. It’s shocking, I know, but I can’t help it! To say I’m obsessed might be an understatement. I mean, name a better baked good, I’ll wait. If you’ve been around a while, you’ll already know I’m a scone-baking fiend. In fact, I’ve got a scone recipe for every season and occasion, and I’m always making more! So, when fall rolled around, I knew it was time to get in the kitchen for a new vegan scone recipe. However, when browsing through my recipes, I quickly realized I’ve apparently neglected one of the top fall flavors…apple! How rude of me. 

I mean sure, I’ve got apple recipes like my Flourless Apple Pie Sugar Cookies, Apple Pecan Cinnamon Rolls, and Vegan Baked Apple Fritters, but they aren’t scones, are they? Clearly, that was unacceptable! Yet, I knew I could do better than regular apple scones. Instead, I got creative and made caramel apple scones! Seriously, they’re insanely good. They’ve got all the flavor of traditional caramel apples with, like, half the mess. That’s a huge win in my book, especially if you have littles! Not to mention, they’re crazy easy to make and perfect to prep ahead of time for easy treats all week long. You’ll have to find out for yourself, though. Take a look below to find everything you’ll need to make this Vegan Caramel Apple Scones recipe! 

Ingredients for Caramel Apple Scones

I’ll admit, these scones have a few more ingredients than my typical recipes. However, the list is still fairly short, and  if you use your kitchen at all, you probably already have most of the ingredients you’ll need! 

For the Apple Scones

  • Milk – I like soy milk, but you can use any milk you have on hand! 
  • Maple Syrup – Maple syrup adds a hint of sweetness without the need to load these apple scones up with added sugars and chemicals. 
  • Yogurt – To keep this recipe vegan, I used a plant-based yogurt. However, extra maple syrup can be used if you don’t have yogurt or want a sweeter apple scone.
  • Flour – For a gluten free apple scone recipe, I opted to use oat flour. If you use an alternative flour, be sure to adjust the moisture levels as needed!
  • Protein – As always, I used Nuzest protein powder in the Smooth Vanilla flavor (Use code: thekellykathleen for a discount), but any neutral flavored protein you have on hand can be used. Just keep in mind that the flavor and texture might be layered based on the type of protein powder used.
     
  • Butter – Both vegan and regular butter can be used for these scones.
  • Apples – Make sure to dice your apples into pea-sized pieces, but both red and green varieties work for this recipe! Red apples will yield a slightly sweeter scone while green apples will be a bit more tart.
  • Kitchen Staples – You’ll also need a few baking staples including vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

For the Glaze

Of course, I also provided a delicious glaze to put on top! To create it, you’ll need maple syrup, cashew butter, coconut oil, and salt

Optional Toppings

If you don’t want to create your own glaze, you can opt for premade caramel sauce, cream cheese frosting, or even nut butter instead! 

Tools You’ll Need

In all honesty, you can probably make this apple scones recipe with nothing but your hands. However, I’ve found that there are a few tools that make the process a bit easier including a baking sheet, a paring knife, and an apple corer

How to Make the Best Apple Scones

You’re not going to believe how quickly this recipe comes together! Just follow the steps below, and you’ll be on your way to the best apple scones of your life. 

  1. Preheat. To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Whisk. Then, in a large bowl, whisk together the soy milk, maple syrup, yogurt, and vanilla until they are well-combined. 
  3. Stir. Add the dry ingredients (oat flour, protein powder, baking powder, and spices) to the wet ingredient mixture, and stir them until smooth. Once combined, the mixture will be crumbly but should still resemble dough. 
  4. Cut and Fold. Once the dough forms, use a fork to cut in the cubed butter until it resembles pea-sized pieces, and fold in the diced apples. 
  5. Knead. Use your hands to knead the dough together until it is just formed. You don’t want to overwork your dough here or it will become tough! 
  6. Form the Dough. Next, shape the dough into a circular shape, making sure it is 1 ½ inches thick, and cut it into 6 equal parts. 
  7. Bake. Place the formed scones in the oven for 14-15 minutes, and let them cool completely on the baking sheet once pulled from the oven. 
  8. Prepare the Caramel. In the meantime, prepare the caramel sauce by adding all of the ingredients to a microwave-safe bowl, and heat them for intervals of 30 seconds until they are melted and the maple syrup begins to bubble. 
  9. Stir. Quickly stir the ingredients making sure they are combined, and drizzle the caramel sauce over the finished apple scones!  

Storage Tips

In my opinion, these apple scones are best served fresh. However, if you want to prepare them ahead of time they can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Or, place them in the freezer for 2-3 months

More Scones You’ll Love

These apple scones are the embodiment of fall in my opinion, but I know I’ll be making them all year long! Do you have a favorite scone flavor? If so, let me know in the comments below! 

Vegan Caramel Apple Scones

Caramel Apple Scones are made with plant-based ingredients for a deliciously spiced comfort food recipe perfect for fall! Pair them with a warm cup of tea for an afternoon treat 

Course Breakfast
Keyword 30 minutes or less, gluten free, High Protein, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Servings 6 scones

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp plant-based yogurt alternatively use more maple syrup for a sweeter scone
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 1/2 servings (37g) vanilla protein
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg * optional
  • 1/4 cup butter chilled and cubed
  • 1/2 cup apples diced (pea sized)

"Caramel"

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cashew butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the soy milk, maple syrup, yogurt and vanilla.
  3. To the wet ingredients, stir in the oat flour, protein powder, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. It will be crumbly but should still resemble dough.
  4. Next, you’ll use a fork to “cut”in the cubed butter until the dough comes together and the butter resembles pea sized pieces.
  5. Fold in the diced apples.
  6. Using your hands, “knead’ the dough together until just formed – do not over work! The butter will melt and your scones will fall flat.
  7. Once the mixture has come together fully, you’ll form the dough into a circle shape on the parchment lined baking sheet making sure that the dough is about 1 1/2 inches thick.
  8. Cut the dough into 6 equal parts and separate the scones just slightly.
  9. Bake for 14-15 minutes and let the scones cool completely on the baking sheet.

While the scones are cooling, make the “caramel”:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, add all the ingredients. Place the bowl into the microwave and heat for about 30 seconds or until the maple syrup starts to bubble.
  2. Quickly whisk together the ingredients, tasting to make sure it’s salty enough.
  3. Drizzle the caramel over the cooled scones and enjoy!

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