“Butterless” Peanut Butter Scones with Chocolate Drizzle

Wow, what a busy weekend.  My sister was in from Seattle for a wedding shower, so I’ve been visiting with family and eating everything in sight.  I have had pizza THREE times this weekend.  Three! If you follow me on Twitter, then you might’ve noticed that I went to a Tigers game in Detroit this weekend.  Josh had never been to a professional baseball game, and I’m pretty certain he had never been to any major league sporting event.  Baseball games lead to veggie hot dogs (yes! They had them. So excited) and then after the game we went to Greektown for a pile of tasty Greek food.  Needless to say, I need a little better eating in my life this week.

Un-iced scones

Enter these tasty, tasty scones.  The recipe will look shockingly familiar if you’ve seen my low-fat cinnamon chip scones.  They’re 99% identical.  In my weekend of miserable for me eating, I had a scone from Starbucks so now I’d like to think I’m qualified to say that these are JUST as good as Starbucks, a fraction of the calories, and made with whole grains.  Peanut butter chips may not be the best or most wholesome ingredient, but regular peanut butter just wasn’t working.  If you have the time, making homemade ones like these from Chocolate Covered Katie can turn a processed ingredient a little better for you (and ensure that they’re vegan. I’m sure not many commercial PB chips can get the vegan stamp of approval).


I hope everyone else had a slightly more better-for-you weekend and is having a fabulous Monday.  Starting Tuesday we are going to *try* for a GF week.  If anyone has some great vegetarian and gluten free recipes, please link me to them in the comments.  Clearly these tasty scones are not going to make the cut with their whole wheat flour, but maybe I’ll venture into a GF scone (or just make one of my many other delicious muffins that I know adapt to GF nicely).


“Butterless” Peanut Butter Scones with Chocolate Drizzle
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Serves: 6

  • 1 c white whole wheat flour
  • ⅓ c oat flour
  • ⅓ c brown sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ⅓ c unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp fat free Greek yogurt (regular/vegan yogurt, sour cream or silken tofu will work)
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice with 1 tsp of vanilla extract)
  • 1 tsp butter flavor
  • ¼ c peanut butter chips, finely chopped (using regular peanut butter will change the texture significantly)
  • ⅓ c semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients. Add applesauce, yogurt, milk, and butter flavor and stir until almost combined. Add peanut butter chips and stir gently to incorporate. Dough will be sticky!
  3. Turn the dough out onto the parchment paper and shape into a circle, about 6 – 8 cm in diameter. Using a sharp knife (I spritzed mine with nonstick spray), cut into 6 pieces – do not pull apart!
  4. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. After the ten or fifteen minute mark, you might want to pull your scones out and re-cut to ensure they cook properly.
  5. Allow to cool completely before serving (at least one hour, I found they tasted better the next day)
  6. Combine peanut butter and chocolate chips in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave an additional 30 seconds, if necessary, until smooth. Drizzle over scones and serve.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 scone Calories: 200 Fat: 5 Carbohydrates: 37 Fiber: 3 Protein: 5



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    Kristy Jan 11, 2014

    What is the texture like when replacing the peanut butter chips with more peanut butter? Thanks, they look great!

      Kelly Jan 12, 2014

      You wont get a scone-like texture if you sub in more peanut butter. It will be much more dense.

      Reply Aug 05, 2013

    I’m diggin’ them! Your scones look so good…esp with peanut butter! How nice! Seattle is awesome! I can imagine eating so many pizzas! They are so good!

    Reeni Aug 04, 2013

    What scrumptious scones! They have great texture for not having any butter. Hope your week went well!

    The Domestic Rebel Jul 31, 2013

    I’m not really sure how you managed to work your voodoo magic and make a scone look so delicious and buttery without ANY butter, but whatever magic it is, it worked. DUUUUDE.

      Kelly Aug 01, 2013

      Thanks! I’m probably secretly a wizard or something 😉

    Sarah | The Sugar Hit Jul 30, 2013

    I love peanut butter, I love chocolate, I love scones, and if they’re healthy it’s a total bonus! These look gorgeous!

      Kelly Jul 31, 2013

      Thanks, Sarah! These sound like a match made in heaven for you :)

    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust Jul 30, 2013

    I have been dying to try a scone recipe without butter. When you eat the entire batch like I do, that’s a lot of calories! Love these, pinned!

      Kelly Jul 31, 2013

      Thanks, Dorothy! I usually eat at least half a batch… it’s hard not to when they’re so good!

      Kelly Jul 30, 2013

      Even if it’s over just 2 days? Hope so :)

    Sara {Home is Where The Cookies Are} Jul 30, 2013

    I have a weakness for PB and chocolate. I’m sure it’s not good for me. . . but I will feel a little less guilty if I make the scones BUTTERLESS! Hello, Sneaky Food!!

    Christine @ 24 Carrot Kitchen Jul 30, 2013

    These look delicious. I have to try this. I love peanut butter and chocolate together. How long would you say these last? Did they taste good the next day?


    emilywhou Jul 29, 2013

    Wow I never imagined I would find a butterless scone recipe! Thanks so much for sharing, my breakfast will be very exciting one day this week!

      Kelly Jul 29, 2013

      Let me know if you try it out!

    Irina @ wandercrush Jul 29, 2013

    This is the best collision of USA and UK trademark munchies! I absolutely love the healthier ingredients list, because scones have always been one of those baked goods that I’ve been too afraid to attempt and healthify.

      Kelly Jul 29, 2013

      These are seriously so so easy! Without the butter, there’s none of the difficult steps left. Just mix, cut and bake :)

    ashley Jul 29, 2013

    I think I had pizza 3 times this weekend, too. UGH! Back to having some discipline this week :) I LOVE baseball and I’m jealous you went to a game :) These scones are awesome looking!

    Becky @ Olives n Wine Jul 29, 2013

    YES. Ugh, great, now my stomach is grumbling and dinner isn’t going to happen for at least 4 more hours! Seriously, these look amazing!

    Em @ Love A Latte Jul 29, 2013

    YUM! Sounds like a fun and delicious weekend! I had a lot of ice cream and carby delicious food haha. Trying for more veggies today!!!

    rebacox Jul 29, 2013

    Love your scones recipes. It is a great base for many different flavors. I know what you mean about needing to detox after a weekend of overeating!

    cookingactress Jul 29, 2013

    I cannot believe ho incredible these look and how they’re butterless, and pretty darn ok for you! woot!!

      Kelly Jul 29, 2013

      I was pretty excitecd the first time I made scones without using butter! Saves a lot of calories and a TON of work (which is great, because I’m lazy!)

    Joanne Jul 29, 2013

    I am AMAZED that these scones are butterless!! And so happy that they’re chock full of PB and chocolate…my two favorites.

      Kelly Jul 29, 2013

      Who doesn’t love the PB/Chocolate combo, right? Classic and perfect.

    shashi Jul 29, 2013

    Oh my! Thanks so very much for sharing this recipe! Peanut butter scones! YUM!!!!!

      Kelly Jul 29, 2013

      Thanks! Let me know if you try it out :)

    Katherine Jul 29, 2013

    Sounds like gluten-free week means you need to have cauliflower pizza finally! Mmmmmm.


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