I made these paleo Orange Poppy Seed Scones in honor of Valentine’s day. Truth be told, this holiday is not much of a thing in our house. If it’s convenient, my husband and I will go out to dinner on the night of Valentine’s day to celebrate each other and our relationship. Frankly though, I don’t put much stock in this holiday. Feel free to call me a grinch! However, when it comes to baking I’m a total holiday geek. And these heart-shaped scones really bring out the baking nerd in me. I have tons of healthy Valentine’s recipes in my Paleo Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes post!
How to Make Healthy Scones
If you’re wondering how to make healthy scones you’re totally in luck! These low-carb scones are made with a base of almond flour, a fantastically healthy ingredient and are very lightly sweetened with honey. I serve these scones with scrambled eggs and a small green salad. It’s an easy healthy paleo breakfast that the whole family loves!
Easy Orange Poppy Seed Scones Recipe
This gluten-free, dairy-free scone recipe contains 7 ingredients total. All you need to make it is almond flour, salt, baking soda, honey, egg, orange zest, and poppy seeds.
Valentine’s Day Scones
When I make these Orange Poppy Seed Scones, I use a heart-shaped cookie cutter of a fairly large size. In fact, the cookie cutter measures 2-½ inches wide at its widest point. If you use a smaller cookie cutter you will need to reduce the baking time of the scones or they will overcook. Likewise, if you make larger heart scones you will likely need to bake them for longer.
Orange Poppy Seed Scones
- 2 cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
- ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- In a food processor combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda
- Pulse in honey, eggs, and orange zest
- Very briefly pulse in poppy seeds
- Roll out dough to ½-inch thick between 2 pieces of parchment paper
- Chill dough in freezer for 15 minutes
- Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut hearts out of dough
- Transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet
- Bake at 350°F for 12-17 minutes
- Cool for 30 minutes
For those of you with nut allergies, I have an incredible nut-free scone recipe called Paleo Chocolate Chip Scones. If you’re in need of egg-free dessert recipes I have dozens on my Egg-Free Recipes page, and a killer egg-free Vegan Chocolate Cupcake in my second book, Gluten-Free Cupcakes!
More Paleo Scones Recipes for You!
Here are some of my other grain-free paleo scones recipes:
Are you able to make them in a standalone mixer like kitchenaid? Why are you using food processor?
Hi VG, I haven’t tried that so not sure. I use a food processor because I do not own a stand mixer :-)
I love scones.. they are part and parcel of me every single day.. i will try out this see how it comes out.. Yummy!!
I’ve always liked orange scones but haven’t had them with poppy seeds. I’ll save this recipe for future making. Thank you for sharing.
Angie, you’re welcome!
Looks very yummy!!
Sally Cheung says
Aloha from Hawaii. I made the scones and they were delicious and moist. They are small but filling. Just love your recipes! Thank you so much for hard work and experimentation.
Sally, thanks for letting me know these scones are delicious and that you love my recipes!
I absolutely love these scones – I used lemon zest and they tasted wonderful! The dough was sticky so shaping them was super tricky – but it was worth it in the end!
Holly, if your dough is still sticky return it to the freezer until it’s easier to handle. Thanks for letting me know you love these scones!
Could I substitute cashew flour for the almond? I am allergic to almond?
Louise, I haven’t tried that so not sure. Here’s a link to my Nut-Free Recipes page for you, no almonds in these recipes:
will all purpose flour achieve the same result?
Tabby, I haven’t eaten gluten since 1998 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease so not sure how all purpose flour would work :-)
this looks delicious but is there a substitute for the Celtic ocean salt
Wachiuri, I haven’t tried that so not sure :-)
What flour can I substitute for almond flour? Thanks!
Bevin, for more on that please go here: