Coconut Oil, Pear & Oat Scones {gluten-free, vegan option}

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Saturday mornings in my childhood home had a distinct pattern: the dual sounds of my Dad grinding coffee in his hand-powered mill while blasting Dixieland jazz; my Mom at the dining room table, hidden behind mountains of cookbooks, making her weekly menu and shopping lists; the Bugs Bunny & Roadrunner show; and big breakfasts.

The big breakfasts were almost always one of the following options: pancakes, homemade honey-nut waffles, crepes (always with sugar and lemons from our Meyer lemon tree out back), crumb coffeecake (recipe from the back of the Bisquick box), or currant scones. Scrambled eggs and bacon (regular or Canadian) made occasional appearances, but it was mostly carbohydrate heaven. My brother, sister and I all swam for the local swim team, and the hearty breakfast typically fueled us well beyond lunchtime.

All of this reminiscing brings me to one point: whether you are an endurance athlete, a casual exerciser, or anywhere in between, forget the bunk and embrace your carbs! You need them.

Protein is important, absolutely, but healthy carbs are every bit as essential to avoid pooping out, especially if you are doing any sort of endurance training. Sports nutritionists recommend if you are engaged in any intense cardio activity (running, swimming, biking, or just hard cardio gym workouts in general) that 60 percent of your daily calories should come from carbohydrates to maximize workout performance.

Oats are always a great option in my book because they are cheap, convenient and versatile. They provide a whopping 27 grams of carbohydrate per 1/2-cup serving, but are also super high in fiber and low on the glycemic index food, meaning that the energy they provide is long-lasting.

And while I’m guessing you love oats as much as I do, there’s no reason to stick with porridge and granola. You can fancy things up on weekend mornings, like I did with these delectable coconut oil, pear and oat scones.

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I used the oats in two form: whole and ground into flour. You can buy oat flour, but I prefer to throw my oats in the food processor and whiz for a few seconds: voila! Instant flour. Coconut oil (in place of traditional butter), fresh pears and cardamom sent these straight over the top. And while these take a bit more time to prepare than a bowl of oatmeal, the bonus is that you have several additional breakfasts for the week ahead.

(Disclaimer: the author of this post was Powered by Scones :))

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Coconut Oil, Pear & Oat Scones {gluten-free, vegan option}
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Recipe type: Scone, Breakfast, Quick Bread
Serves: 12
  • 1 cup oat flour (purchased, or grind oats in food processor)--GF, if needed
  • 1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats--GF, if needed
  • ⅓ cup natural cane sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2-1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt
  • ⅓ cup solid coconut oil, cut into chunks
  • 1 large egg (see vegan option below)
  • 2 tbsp milk (dairy or nondairy)
  • 1-1/4 cups chopped fresh pears (peeled or unpeeled--not too fine!)
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together oat flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, cardamom and salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in coconut oil until crumbly.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the egg and milk. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just blended; fold in pears.
  4. Turn dough out onto a surface lightly dusted with oat flour. Gently pat into two 6-inch circles, about ½ inch thick. Cut each circle into 6 wedges and place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 17 to 22 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Transfer scones to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm or let cool completely.
Vegan Option: Use nondairy milk (e.g., almond, coconut, etc.). For the egg, use a flax egg: Mix 1-1/2 tbsp flaxseed meal (ground flax seeds) with 3 tbsp warm water, let stand 5 minutes to thicken, then use in place of the egg.

Storage Tip: Store the cooled scones in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let thaw at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours before serving.


  1. Christine says

    My favorite ingredients, cardamom pear oats, this is next on my list to make! Thanks!

  2. Lesa says

    Hello, I apologize if I’m missing it, but I was wondering what you recommend as a substitute for the egg (since the recipe is labeled vegan). I love the variety of your recipes. Thank you!

    • Camilla says

      Lesa, thanks for spotting my oversight! The apologies are all mine; I meant to put the vegan option in the notes below the recipe. Added! I am so glad you are enjoying the recipes–thanks agin for letting me know about the vegan absence!

  3. John says

    Hello Camilla,

    My scones are cooling as I type! Thanks for the post. A few things; I used applesauce as an egg replacer and GF flour blend as opposed to oat flour. They seem like they haven’t risen enough, why do you think this is? Also, my “dough” was more cookie-like than bread-like, being wet and super sticky. Maybe I should add more flour ? Thanks again, they smell amazing! Can’t wait to try them :)

  4. says

    We absolutely LOVED this recipe! I’ve made it twice this week. I was unsure how my kids would feel about the cardamom, so I only used 1/2 t and added 1/2 t of cinnamon as well. They devoured them! Thank you for the simple and delicious recipe!

  5. Donna says

    Thank you so much for your wonderful recipe!
    I substituted dates for the pears and was truly decadent!
    I recently purchased a Scone gluten free product from Whole Foods..which was a huge and expensive disappointment..I would certainly purchase any thing you created!
    Best wishes and keep baking/cooking!

    • Camilla says

      Donna–thank you so much for posting such a kind, heartfelt message. I am so happy to know that you enjoyed the scone recipe! Stop by anytime! :)

  6. says

    Ohh! These scones sound wonderful. I may have to make a batch this weekend for valentines day! I can never get enough scone/muffin + hot tea/coffee action in the colder months!!

  7. says

    They look amazing but I am not sure where to get coconut oil. I live in Australia and the whole coconut thing is a bit new here – we just have coconut water in the supermarkets recently. I guess I will try the health food shop. do you think I can just add butter… how much?

    • Camilla says

      Hi! Absolutely–unsalted butter would be perfect in these! Add the same amount as the coconut oil. :)


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