Satisfy your sweet tooth with these festive scones!
Gingerbread and scones are two of those things that really get overlooked. I mean, I’ll be the first person to admit that I’ve never been a scone person. I know they make a great on-the-go breakfast for busy days, but I always thought they would taste a little bit dry and boring. Then, I made these Gingerbread Scones for a holiday-themed brunch and I was blown away. I couldn’t have been more wrong! These delightful breakfast pastries are light, soft, and tender. Not to mention that they’re full of festive flavor, thanks to the molasses and gingerbread spices.
You can also feel pretty good about eating these tasty treats. We were able to make them without adding any processed sugar, but they taste sweet and satisfying just like your favorite coffee shop treats. Even with swapping in some healthy ingredients (like Greek yogurt, skim milk, and coconut sugar) these pastries bake up with a crisp exterior and a moist, tender crumb inside. And they’re perfectly portion-sized, too. That’s always a good thing for me around the holidays when I need to control my sweet-tooth cravings.
What is Gingerbread Anyway?
Like I said, gingerbread often gets overlooked this time of year, thanks to the more-popular flavors of Pumpkin Spice Lattes and pecan pie. People still make gingerbread houses for Christmas, but I don’t think a lot of people are baking up the flavors of gingerbread – which is a shame! It’s time for us to change that by making these Gingerbread Scones for our friends and family. They’ll be hooked after the first bite, just like me.
Originally, people made gingerbread as a way to preserve ginger during Medieval European times. To make the cakes sweeter and more edible, people started heavily flavoring the cakes with molasses. This dark, sticky substance gives a rich and slightly smoky flavor to the cake, along with a punch of nutrition. Blackstrap molasses is full of vitamins and minerals, too, like iron, vitamin B6, selenium, and magnesium. These days, it’s also a popular sweetener for those with diabetes because it helps stabilize blood sugar!
Eventually, gingerbread cakes turned into cookies, muffins, pies, and more. They’re most commonly found as crackers to build gingerbread houses during the holidays, but a recent surge in gingerbread-flavored products is making the spicy cake trendy again. We’re pretty happy about that, especially after eating these Gingerbread Scones.
A Healthier Glaze
Almost all good scones are topped with a sugary glaze. It’s usually sinfully sweet because it’s little more than powdered sugar and milk. We wanted to capture the spirit of the glaze without putting anyone into a diabetic shock. Luckily, Greek yogurt makes a perfect substitute!
By the time you whip the tangy yogurt together with the maple syrup and vanilla extract, it will be completely transformed. No one will know it used to be yogurt. If you have a hard time finding plain Greek yogurt, feel free to swap-in one of the flavored varieties. Try to find neutral flavors that will go well with the Gingerbread Scone, though, like vanilla, honey, or coconut flavors.
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