Grain-Free Banana Scones

Are you looking for something delicious to make on Super Bowl Sunday? Too bad. You will find no such recipe here today.

In the past I’ve pretended to like watching football because that seemed to be the best way to stay in someone’s favor. Then I realized that if someone thinks you like football, they actually expect you to know something about football! Who would have thought?

So needless to say, football is not going to be a featured topic on the blog anytime soon.

But wait! I still come bearing food so don’t leave yet!

Grain-Free Banana Scones

These scones were made because I wanted to photograph something non-circular in shape. No joke. Most of my recipes are round (*cough cough* pancakes *cough cough*), which are a ton of fun to take pictures of… But, sometimes you just want to mix it up and explore other geometric figure possibilities.

That left me with squares, rectangles, or triangles. I guess I could have gone for figures with 5 or 6 sides, but that would just be ridiculous. Who wants to deal with cutting all of those edges?

Better yet, who even cares whether their food is round or triangular? Um, that would be me. 😯

And guess what I just realized?! These are both round (before cutting) AND triangular (after cutting) so they’re twice as good. They’re doing a double team! (Yes, I did have to look up that football reference. Like I said, NO football knowledge here 😉 ).

Oh, and in case you were curious, these triangles are entirely grain-free, sweetened naturally with honey and banana, and have one of the easiest “icings” in the world made from just three ingredients. They do contain eggs, nuts and starch (from baking powder and tapioca), but if you can’t have any (or all) of those ingredients, I have formed one of my longest substitution lists to date. Having limited food choices myself, I hate thinking that someone would have to miss out on these scones  just because of one measly ingredient.

Let’s dive in…

Grain-Free Banana Scones

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut/Starch/Sugar-Free Options, Paleo-Friendly, GAPS Option

Makes 8 scones

Grain-Free Banana Scones

Scone ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Icing ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp almond butter (I used salted)
  • 2 tbsp softened coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. To make this quick and easy, add the wet ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth. Then add the dry ingredients and mix until they are fully incorporated. Another alternative would be to mash the wet ingredients together in a bowl and then add the dry ingredients until completely mixed.
  3. Whatever method you choose, let it sit for a few minutes to let the coconut flour soak up in the dough. It should be thick but still somewhat wet.
  4. Next take the dough and roughly form it into a ball, placing it in the center of the parchment paper (Now, it’s going to be somewhat sticky but it’s all in the name of delicious food, right?!). Wet your hands with water and form the dough into a circle about 8-10 inches in diameter.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes and then score into eight slices (normally you would do this before baking, but the dough is too wet). Put the baking sheet back into the oven again and bake for another 8-12 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden brown.
  6. Remove the scones and let them cool for five minutes. Meanwhile combine all of the icing ingredients and once the scones are cool use a spoon to drizzle. If needed use a knife to further separate the scones and then enjoy!

*Substitution notes:

  • To make these nut-free replace the almond flour/butter with a seed alternative like sunflower or pumpkin.
  • To make these vegan you can use maple syrup instead of the honey, and a flax egg would probably work in place of the egg, although I cannot guarantee the results.
  • If you absolutely cannot get a hold/eat coconut flour, my suggestion would be to replace it with 1 cup of almond flour, and remove one of the bananas (and possibly even the egg- check the batter first for consistency and see how it holds together).
  • To make this sugar-free, replace the honey with 4 tablespoons of date puree or mashed banana, and add stevia to taste if desired.
  • If you cannot handle starch you can replace the tapioca flour with a few additional tablespoons of coconut flour and use 1 teaspoon of baking soda instead of the baking powder (this will result in a less fluffy scone though).

Grain-Free Banana Scones

Just in case you really do desperately need a dish for game day, I do happen to have one very scrumptious gluten-free and dairy-free recipe for Chili, Chips, and Cheeze. If those three words don’t scream sports food I must know even less about the sport than I had previously thought.

My opinion is that you should make up a plate of the Chili, Chips and Cheeze for dinner. Then make these scones and go to town. No one would be the wiser that either are healthy and you could easily sit down to large plates of both not feeling deprived in the slightest. So go, make haste to the grocery store and pick up everything you need to make these two marvelous dishes!

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I’m linking this post up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons today. Make sure to check it out for even more WIAW posts!

P.S. Don’t forget about the giveaway going on now!

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Questions for you:

  • Do you like watching football? Who do you want to win?
  • What is your favorite thing to make on game day?
  • Think back to some of your most recent posts… What is the shape of most of your recipes?
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34 thoughts on “Grain-Free Banana Scones

  1. Mmm now it’s been ages since I made scones! Love having one for an afternoon snack…and I have some bananas to use up, so this just might work! I don’t particularly like watching football (I get annoyed when they run into big groups of people with the ball and get immediately crushed….why don’t you run around the big group of people?? Duh.), but I don’t mind having it on in the background on Sundays when I’m doing stuff around the house. And I do like the Super Bowl for the commercials and food 😀 This year I’m routing for the Broncos since that’s my brother’s favorite team, and most of my stuff is circular or square/rectangular. Thank you pancakes and baked goods 😉

    • I feel the same way when watching football. I guess it’s easy to judge when we’re looking up above, but I would think it would be pretty obvious to NOT run into the big group of 20 grown men. Go around!

      The commercials are my favorite part! I will be watching the recaps the day after. Haha.

      I should probably ask my brother who he is routing for. I bet he has a favorite team. 🙂

  2. I want to eat these off my screen! Sigh, I need to make breakfast before I start slobbering over my laptop, but that sauce may be happening all over my eggs!

  3. I was waiting for this recipe for the entire last week! These are going to happen today! Can’t wait! Luckily I have all the ingredients at home besides the tapioca but I have another starch to replace it with! Can’t wait for it! I will post you a picture later 🙂

  4. These look delicious! I always love it when you make your grain free creations!

    I don’t follow the football but even though my boyfriend is Australia he watches NFL and is a huge Minnesota Vikings fan (Go Vikes) hehe. I have no idea who is going to be in the superbowl though, oops.

    My recipes are probably mainly round as I have a lot of breakfast recipes and breakfast = bowls = round 😉

  5. I wish I could fly to your home RIGHT NOW, sneak inside (since I’m sure your sleeping), and eat the whole batch. You could even reference me to wanting to be Santa Clause. So yeah, leave some milk out too, will ya? 🙂

    LOVE football – still sad my Packers didn’t win – Rooting for the Broncos. They better win because I have bets going on.

  6. It’s so funny you mention about the shape of these because in the UK scones are round. I was confused when I first saw scone recipes from bloggers from the US because I was like “err, why are they in wedges?” But these look so tasty.
    Also, football…no idea. Well, ‘soccer’ is probably the equivalent over here. I only watch it if it’s the World Cup and then you feel all involved and excited. When it’s just local teams I support Ben’s team but let him enjoy watching it while I do something else haha.

  7. I love scones but have not actually made them before!
    No worries about the football thing…my dad was a coach so people think I know tons about football but that is not the case. I find it to be extremely boring and long. I usually go to football parties just so I can make football themed treats 🙂

  8. I love scones and these look awesome!! I’m always looking for new ways to use bananas. I also really love football BECAUSE of the football food. Though my husband has made me enjoy it a bit more than I used to. I love making a nice dip or big bowl of chili for game day. Thinking back, most things I make lately are served in a big bowl! Chilies, soups, and pastas. Yum!

  9. so I meant to let you know that I made your microwave coconut flour recipe (sans coconut oil or coconut butter) and it was so good. LIke I make it once a week now for the week ahead. I sometimes even bake them into donuts in my little mini donut maker

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  11. I love your introduction today. You nailed it with the first three sentences. Made me laugh.
    I myself could care less about the big game. In fact, I don’t even know who’s playing in it. Ignorance is bliss, although I’ll likely be watching it at my buddy’s house. We used to host a Super Bowl party every year (and I still never knew who was playing), but with the Hubby’s school and the fact we’re going to Buffalo this weekend means the party is off the table and actually at someone else’s house. I think I’ll enjoy the year off.

  12. Who needs football when you’ve got circular AND triangular scones?!?!? Seriously…I hate football…or really any kind of sports…except for hockey…but only if I AT the rink…it’s weird, but just the energy gets me going! And that was a lot of dot-dot-dot’s! Here…have some more! 😉

    PS, I have two bananas that are ripening on the counter as we “speak”…and they are TOTALLY being made into circular triangular scones…well, unless I decide I want to form them into hexagons! Ha!

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  15. Madison…my dear, sweet, GENIUS baker, Madison…I just made these before work and brought them with me to the hospital. I just got a minute to sit down and actually taste one…ahh, still warm from the oven…and ab-so-lute-ly AMAZING! I didn’t have any almond butter, so I used peanut butter for the glaze and seriously…I’m in love! They taste like banana bread and the sweetness is PERFECT! And my coworkers love them too! Ok, gotta go…the other half of my scone and a cup of coffee awaits! 😉

    • Oh gosh that makes me so happy to hear that you liked them Heather! 🙂 And that you left this amazing comment. Peanut butter sounds like it would great in these. I may have to try that next time. Your coworkers are like the ultimate taste testers it seems. If you ever write your own cookbook, you’ll definitely have a willing (and experienced) audience 😉

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