Paleo Chocolate Chip Scones

I really don’t write a lot on my website because:

  1. I’m not a writer.
  2. I figure you all come here for the recipes anyway.
  3. What’s the point? I like short and sweet. Literally.

Every now and then though, I do get the itch to write just a bit. And this recent comment on Facebook tickled my writing fancy:

I absolutely adore your recipes. I’ve been Paleo for over a year and feel/look amazing. I have to ask, though, aren’t treats such as Paleo baked goods supposed to be a very occasional treat? It seems that they’re being posted on a near daily basis.

And this was my response:

You are totally right, however I have a houseful of almost a dozen growing boys here everyday after school and they aren’t Paleo (most aren’t even gluten-free) so they get at least a Paleo treat a day –far better than the standard teenage fare of soda and chips, if you know what I mean!

Why the heck are there so many dessert and bread recipes on here? Well, it’s not that much of a challenge to come up with a Paleo chicken recipe –they’re all over the internet. Just sift through the websites of people like Martha, Ina, and Elise, and you’ll likely find some nice healthy steak and vegetable dishes as well. They’re probably gluten-free and maybe even Paleo. However, when it comes to finding baked goods that are of course treats, well, that’s not as easy, and that it is something I provide on this website –I create classic Neolithic dishes (like these Paleo Chocolate Chip Scones) that use Paleo-friendly ingredients.

Further confirming this hunch is the list of the Top 10 Most Viewed Recipes on my sidebar; just crank your eyes over a few inches to the right and take a gander at that feature. As you can see, folks look at, and I assume therefore want, baked goods. And so I am pretty much always testing something, and thankfully, the hordes of boys that come to my house after school take pleasure in eating the items that I am continuously testing.

And now back to our regular programming:

Paleo Chocolate Chip Scones

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Servings 6 scones



Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
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These gluten-free, dairy-free Chocolate Chip Scones are made from coconut flour. So no, the measurement of 1/2 cup of flour is not a typo (I get this question on just about every recipe on my website that uses coconut flour). Coconut flour is unique in that just a little bit goes a long way.

On another culinary note, I want to point out that coconut flour is quite light and fluffy –great for cakes and muffins. So these quick and easy Paleo Chocolate Chip Scones are rather cakey and fluffy and don’t have a heavy crumb. They’re a bit different than a classic scone. They’re also nut-free which is deliberate as I’ve had more and more requests for nut-free recipes lately.

Finally, yet most importantly, I based this recipe on one from Brian Musial at, although I’ve made a number of modifications. He has a lovely site that you may wish to peruse for other healthy Paleo recipes. Enjoy the scones and thanks for listening.

Peace out,

Thank you so much for making your recipes so simple, yet SOOO tasty!!!


208 responses to “Paleo Chocolate Chip Scones”

  1. I love this recipe and have made it often. However, they always take longer to bake than 10-14 minutes as stated in the recipe. I’m wondering how long others bake them for. I use coconut oil instead of palm shortening so maybe that’s why they take longer? All the other recipes take the suggested time and I use coconut oil in those as well. I’d welcome your input! Thank you!

    • Lori, thanks for your comment! As silly as it seems, one change to the recipe can change everything else. I’m glad to hear you love these scones :-)

  2. Hi
    Loving your recipes. Quick question I live in Australia (western), and I have never seen palm shortening, What can I use instead of please?

    • Hi Rosanna! I am not allergic to dairy and have always used butter instead of palm shortening in Elana’s recipes. They almost always turn out, sometimes I’ve noted that a little less butter then what the recipe calls for works better but I guess it depends on the recipe:) Hope that helps!

    • I use organic coconut oil instead of palm shortening in all of the recipes and I think they turn out great. :)

  3. This looks so yummy! I noticed a lot of comments but no time to read through all of them so I hope I’m not repeating a question here.
    Do you have a suggestion for a choc chip substitute? Maybe lemon zest or frozen raspberries. Want to make these for a high tea I’m hosting but some of the little girls have a sensitivity to chocolate.
    Thanks for any help you can offer! :)

    • Glynis, if you click the green text in the ingredients portion of the recipes that says “palm shortening” you will be given that information :-)

  4. Thank you for the coconut flour recipe! It’s hard finding really good ones, and I can’t wait to try this one.

  5. Love your recipes! Question for you….When your recipes call for palm shortening, do you melt the shortening before adding it in? With your recipes I’m not sure if I’m supposed to melt the shortening or use it solid. Thank you so much for your help with this!

      • Thank you for your response! I love this scone recipe and have had fun trying different variations. My favorite is adding orange extract and using cranberries instead of the chocolate chips. Also, I find that coconut oil works really well, too. Keep up the great work – you are helping so many people!

  6. These look delicious!! My daughter is allergic to many things and eggs are one. She’s allergic to dairy, peanuts & eggs. Sensitivities to soy, fish, tree nuts (almonds are ok) and sesame. Is there an egg substitute for this? I know when eggs are used as a binder or more than 1-2 eggs oil alone doesn’t work for a substitute. I’ve heard chia seeds can work. I’m just not sure exactly the amount. If there’s any other suggestions I’d love for someone to help me. Thank you!

  7. Can the finished baked scone be frozen? I like to plan ahead for the holidays and if I can bake in advance, I would prefer to do that. I have no experience using coconut flour or palm oil.


      • Palm oil manufacturing is threatening the rainforest, so to make these environmentally sound, perhaps use coconut oil or another gmo free oil produced ethically. And thanks for not talking a lot.
        Yep, want recipes, not chat! Thanks for sharing your work!

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