I know I was MIA again on Monday. I promise I’m not being flaky on purpose! After being sick all of last week, I went to Chicago for the weekend. I definitely wasn’t 100% ready for that adventure, but I’d agreed over a month ago to go to this Chive meet up with Josh, so away I went. We rented someone’s apartment for the weekend so we could feel a little less like tourists and went one some tasty food adventures in our free time. If you’re ever in Chicago, I highly recommend The Chicago Diner or The Peasantry. The first is all vegetarian and vegan! The second also had meaty options but had a huge selection of vegetarian options. Plus, triple truffle fries that are crazy amazing.
Thursday night, I needed to throw together some healthy car snacks for the 5 hour drive. I’ve always been a sucker for a scone. They’re not only tasty, they’re also so freaking cute. I always thought scones would be really hard to make until I saw them popping up on blogs left and right. My confidence was building, but they all involved cutting butter into the dough. That’s way more work than I want to do, plus then my homemade scone is now full of butter and fat. I knew there had to be a better way to get a butter flavor and a light scone texture – and I knew I could be the one to do it! Even better: these use ONE bowl and come together in just a five minutes.
My favorite, favorite scones are cinnamon chip. I bought cinnamon chips a long time ago thinking about those scones, not knowing what I’d do with them. They’re not the healthiest chip, but I cut down on the amount I used by chopping them really fine. If you’re not down with store bought cinnamon chips (the brand I bought isn’t vegan), I bet you could find a recipe to make them yourself. Another idea would be pulverizing Red Hots into tiny pieces, but they might get a little chewy. Worst case? Swap out for chocolate chips or butterscotch and you still have a tasty scone!