Easy Vegan Scone Recipe

Make delicious vegan scones in just 30 minutes with this easy-to-follow recipe! These scones have a classic flavor, flaky exterior, and moist interior, and they’re perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a snack. With just a few simple ingredients, you can enjoy fresh, out-of-the-oven vegan scones in no time. So what are you waiting for? Try this recipe today and see how easy and delicious vegan baking can be!

Three scones stacked on top of each other.

I love whipping up a batch of vegan scones on the weekend. They’re so easy to make, and the ingredients are staples in my kitchen. I’m not the best at self-control regarding scones, though. A single batch yields eight tasty scones, usually gone by the end of the day. Even my partner in crime can’t help but gobble them up!

The best part is that vegan scones are just as delicious as traditional scones. They have the same rustic charm and flavor and are perfect for enjoying tea on a rainy day. I like to top mine with butter, but clotted cream and preserves are also delicious options if you have a sweet tooth.

If you’re a beginner baker, don’t be afraid to try this recipe. I’ve included detailed steps and images to help you along the way.

What you’ll love about this recipe


  • It’s easy to make, even for beginner bakers.
  • The ingredients are staples in most kitchens, so you don’t have to go out of your way to find them.
  • The scones are delicious and have a classic flavor that everyone will enjoy.
  • They’re perfect for any occasion, from breakfast to brunch to dessert.
  • They’re vegan and dairy-free, so they’re suitable for people with dietary restrictions.

Ingredients

Ingredients used to make dairy free scones.
  • All-Purpose Flour – Flour forms the base and structure of this recipe. You can use all-purpose flour, but cake flour works well too.
  • Salt – A pinch of salt brings out the flavors.
  • Sugar – I use granulated sugar or coconut sugar.
  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda – Provide the rise and spread.
  • Vegan Butter – Keep the butter cold to create flaky dough layers.
  • Coconut Cream – This key vegan baking ingredient gives the scones a rich flavor.
  • Vanilla Extract – Enhances the overall taste.
  • Plant-Based Milk – Creates a golden brown color on top, similar to an egg wash.

Instructions

Step One: Prep

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. You’ll need a medium to large-sized bowl, a pastry cutter or two forks, and a sharp knife.

Step Two: Mix Dry Ingredients

  1. Whisk the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl until evenly combined.
  2. Add the cubed cold vegan butter and use a pastry cutter, two forks, or your fingertips to work it into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles very loose, coarse crumbs with small pieces of butter remaining.

Step Three: Add Wet Ingredients

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut cream and vanilla extract.
  2. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Step Four: Shape and Bake

  1. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and pat it into an 8-inch disk.
  2. Cut the dough into eight equal wedges.
  3. Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them evenly apart.
  4. Brush the tops of the scones with the leftover coconut milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired.
  5. Refrigerate the scones for 15 minutes before baking.
  6. Bake the scones for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Let the scones cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Scones should be crumbly with lots of loose flour but eventually come together. If they are not coming together, add water in 2 teaspoon increments. I need to make this adjustment because I live at a high altitude. Remember, generally, less is more.

Picture steps of how to make vegan scones.

Pro baking tips

  • Cold butter is key: Cold butter helps to create flaky layers in scones. Be sure to cube your butter and freeze it for at least 30 minutes before mixing the dough.
  • Mix the dough loosely: Overmixing the dough will make your scones tough. Aim for a texture that resembles coarse breadcrumbs with pea-sized pieces of butter remaining.
  • Chill the dough: Chilling the dough before baking helps the butter solidify, which is essential for creating a flaky texture. Refrigerate the scones for at least 15 minutes before baking.
  • Preheat the oven: A preheated oven ensures that your scones cook evenly and rise properly. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) before mixing the dough.
  • Let the scones cool: Scones are best enjoyed fresh, but it’s important to let them cool slightly before serving. This will help to prevent them from crumbling. Allow the scones to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Why bakers insist on cold butter:
Bakers always insist on using cold butter because it creates flaky pastry layers. When cold butter is incorporated into the dough, it forms small pockets of fat. As the scones bake, the butter melts and creates steam, pushing the dough layers apart and resulting in a flaky texture.

Scone halves with jam and clotted cream.

FAQS

How do I make sure my scones are flaky?

The key to flaky vegan scones is to use cold butter and mix the dough lightly. When you overmix the dough, it develops gluten, which makes the scones tough. To keep the butter cold, cube and freeze it for at least 30 minutes before mixing the dough. When mixing the dough, use a pastry blender or two forks to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with pea-sized pieces of butter remaining.

What toppings taste good with scones?

Vegan scones can be enjoyed plain or with a variety of toppings. Some popular options include:
* Vegan butter and jam
* Clotted cream and fresh berries
* Lemon curd and whipped cream
* Chocolate chips and nuts
* Maple syrup and pecans
* Cinnamon sugar

How do I store scones?

Vegan scones can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months. To reheat frozen scones, thaw them at room temperature or bake them at 350°F (175°C) for 10-15 minutes or until heated.

Three dairy free scones stacked on top of each other.

How to Make the Perfect Vegan Scones: Easy Recipe!

Make delicious vegan scones in just 30 minutes with this easy-to-follow recipe! These scones have a classic flavor, flaky exterior, and moist interior, and they're perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a snack.
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Course: Afternoon Tea, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American, English
Servings: 8 wedges
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 pastry blender
  • 1 Medium bowl
  • 1 Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (100g) vegan sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25g) baking soda
  • 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup – 112g) cold vegan butter
  • ¾ cup (180ml) coconut cream*
  • 2 teaspoons (8g) vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup (60g) plant-based milk or extra coconut milk (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons (29g) coarse sugar (optional)

Instructions

Step One: Prep

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Grab a medium to large-sized bowl, a pastry cutter or two forks, and a sharp knife.

Step Two: Mix Dry Ingredients

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda until evenly combined.
  • Add the cubed cold vegan butter and use a pastry cutter, two forks, or your fingertips to work it into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with small pieces of butter remaining.

Step Three: Mix Wet Ingredients

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut cream and vanilla extract.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Step Four: Shape and Bake

  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and pat it into an 8-inch disk.
  • Cut the dough into eight equal wedges.
  • Place the scones on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them evenly apart.
  • Brush the tops of the scones with the leftover coconut milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired.
  • Refrigerate the scones for 15 minutes before baking.
  • Bake the scones for 20-22 minutes or until they are golden brown
  • Let the scones cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • For the best results, use cold vegan butter. This will help to create a flaky texture.
  • Don’t overmix the dough. Overmixing will make the scones tough.
  • If the dough is too sticky to handle, add a little more flour.
  • If the dough is too dry, add two teaspoons of water. This is also a good high-altitude adjustment. 
  • Refrigerating the scones before baking helps them to keep their shape.
  • Serve the scones warm with your favorite toppings, such as vegan butter, jam, or clotted cream.
  • Coconut Cream – Use the thick part of canned coconut milk or coconut cream.  They are the same thing. 
Storage and reheating instructions
  • Refrigerator Instructions – Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to five days. If you prefer a warm scone, place it in the microwave for 20 – 30 seconds.
  • Freezer Instructions – Bring to room temperature. Tightly wrap in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container for up to three months. Allow 1 -2 hours for thawing time.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Make the Perfect Vegan Scones: Easy Recipe!
Serving Size
 
1 wedge
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
61
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
1
g
2
%
Sodium
 
504
mg
22
%
Carbohydrates
 
14
g
5
%
Fiber
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sugar
 
13
g
14
%
Protein
 
0.04
g
0
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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