Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger: Vegan Lemon Coconut Cream Scones

This post is part of a gluten-free blog event that Sea over at the Book of Yum put together. For this month’s Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger event, I’ve adopted Gina at Gluten Free Gourmand. I was intrigued by her Gluten-Free Vegan Coconut Cream Scones. Like us, Gina lives in Portland, Oregon. She also sells photography on Etsy.

I have to admit that I was more intrigued by this recipe because it used coconut cream than I was by the fact that it’s vegan. The scones are very easy to make. Once you get your flour mix together, it’s just a matter of five other ingredients and getting the moisture content right. Gina’s recipe just specifies that you use your favorite gluten-free flour mix. I emailed her and asked if a bread mix would work. She said that just about any mix would work, but said that it’s better if the flour mix doesn’t have xanthan gum.

We have a bread mix we like, but I decided that it would be interesting to try this with Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour. Here are the ingredients: Garbanzo Bean Flour, Potato Starch, Tapioca Flour, White Sorghum Flour, and Fava Bean Flour. A quarter cup of the mix has 100 calories, 22 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of dietary fiber, and 3 grams of protein. On the plus side, it doesn’t have any xanthan gum. On the minus side, I figured that the Garbanzo and Fava beans were going to impart a lot of flavor into the mix. I debated trying Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pancake and Waffle Mix instead, but decided to stick with the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Mix.

Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Mix

(I bought a beautiful artichoke today.) Gina’s recipe calls for coconut cream. Specifically, you get a can of coconut milk and scoop the fatty cream off the top. By the time you get to the bottom of the cream, you’ll have about as much as the recipe calls for. Mmmmmm. Coconut. Here I’ve added the orange zest.


Did I also mention that I decided to make half of the batch with Gina’s Kumquat Glaze? Here are some kumquats and lemon juice in an orange bowl.


We ran into trouble with the amount of flour needed. The first time I made the dough disk to cut into scones, the disk literally sagged out of shape. I had to fold in a whole cup more flour to get the right consistency, which Gina specifies as “barely holding together.” I was panicking too, because I think with scones you’re supposed to mix as little as possible. I was actually kind of careful measuring the coconut cream out, so I’m thinking that the unexpected wetness of the dough was due to using a different flour mix.

We got it together, though.

Gluten Free Scone Pile

Here they are fresh out of the oven, eight minutes later.

Gluten Free Coconut Creme Scones

Lucky for us, the scones still turned out wonderfully light, flaky, and crumbly. They are really awesome broken into pieces with jam. As I expected, they do have a slight beany aftertaste, which does go OK with jam, but isn’t so hot when you’re eating the scones by themselves. (For the record, Sienna doesn’t notice the bean aftertaste, and between the two of us, she usually has the more discerning palate.) I think that the Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour would be a lot more appropriate for use with savory foods. So something like a dinner biscuit or a crust for a meat pie. Maybe I’ll try them again with the Trader Joe’s mix. As for the recipe, I think it’s very clever to come up with the substitution of coconut cream for butter and cream. We’ll be enjoying these scones all week.

We’ll definitely try more recipes from Gluten Free Gourmand in the future. Gina just posted a pancake recipe. Everybody here should know how much I love gluten free pancakes. I would definitely recommend both her site and Book of Yum to anybody on a gluten free diet. Thanks to Sea at the Book of Yum for putting this blog event together!


  1. says

    Dave- wonderful review and I love your pictures! I’m thinking Trader Joe’s pancake mix wouldn’t be a good fit for this recipe or used as a standard flour mix because doesn’t it contain baking soda or powder? I have to admit I’m not a fan of either mix- Bob’s is too beany and Trader Joe’s- well, it just doesn’t make very good pancakes so I have doubts about it in general. I like to use a self mixed flour blend either based on Bette Hagman’s blend (GF Gourmet) which is a white flour blend or Rebecca Reilly’s blend which is a brown rice flour+ blend. But, I really enjoyed your post and think of the two flour mixes in your pantry, you probably chose the best one for the recipe. I wonder if basting them with margarine, shortening, or even coconut milk- or spraying them with nonstick cooking spray after formation might make the flour less noticeable. You have inspired me to try this recipe, which is really the point of our event. So glad you joined us this week!


  2. Dave says

    Wow! Thanks for the great tips on the flour mixes. We’ll have to try Bette Hagman’s blend. I was supposed to sprinkle sugar on the top and I forgot (doh!) and I think that might have helped with the color.

  3. says

    The color is problematic with this one. I recommend a mix with a lot of tapioca starch for browning. I’ve never done this recipe with the Bob’s Red Mill flour mix – I find the bean flavor of that mix a little disconcerting, too. The original non-vegan recipe calls for basting the tops with butter. I’m sure that would improve their look, but butter isn’t vegan! I never use margarine. Coconut cream simply does not brown at all, which is why the scones come out a little pale. It’s also why I don’t recommend basting with it. I’m really glad they came out! The kumquat glaze looks great – thanks for trying that, too. It’s great to see someone else trying my recipes.

  4. says

    That kumquat glaze looks delicious! I think it would be great on biscuits; I’ll have to follow the link to see what Gina used it for. I too love gf pancakes, so I’ll have to check out her recipe for that also!

  5. Vanessa says

    I made vegan (but not gluten free) scones yesterday. Just so you know, soy milk worked great brushed on top and browned up REAL NICE … x


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