Scones With Cashew Cream & Blueberry Chia Jam

These delicious scones are made with almond flour, which can help to balance out hormone production, as well as fibre-rich coconut flour, both of which also give it great taste. Served with lashings of cashew cream and some fruity chia jam, they make for the perfect afternoon tea snack – perfectly guilt-free!

8 servings (makes 4 scones) 

Ingredients

For the scones

  • 175g (6oz) almond flour
  •  tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 large organic free-range egg
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla paste
  • 1 tbsp almond milk, plus 1 tbsp to glaze
  • 8-g (2.75oz) unsweetened dried apricots (optional)

To serve 

  • chia jam
  • cashew cream

For the blueberry chia jam

  • 400g (14oz) blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1-2 dates, stones
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla paste
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds

For the cashew cream 

  • 140g (5oz) cashews, soaked in water for 3-4 hours, then drained
  • 1 date (optional)
  • 3/5 tbsp coconut milk (or water)
  • juice of 1/4 lemon
  • seeds from 1 vanilla pod, or 1 tbsp sugar-free vanilla extract
  • a pinch of sea salt

Method:

For the blueberry chia jam

1. Put the blueberries into a saucepan (add 1 tbsp of water if using fresh). Gently heat, stirring often, until the skins break down and they form a purée. Remove from the heat. Put into a blender with the dates and vanilla paste and blitz to your desired consistency.

2. Stir in the lemon juice and chia seeds, then allow to cool – the mixture will thicken over time and will be ready for spreading over a couple of hours.

3. Pour into an airtight glass jar and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. You can also freeze the jam in ice-cube trays – perfect for popping straight into smoothies.

For the cashew cream 

1. Add all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the blender when needed. Add a splash more water or coconut milk, if needed, until you reach the desired consistency.

For the scones

1. Preheat the oven to 170◦/325◦F/gas mark 3. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

2. Stir together all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg with the maple syrup/raw honey, vanilla, and 1 tbsp of almond milk until smooth. \3. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined, adding a splash more milk or water if the mixture feels too dry, then stir in the dried apricots (if using).

3. Shape the dough into 4 scones. Brush over the additional tbsp of almond milk and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until golden.

4. Serve the scones with dollops of cream and jam and a good mug of herbal tea.

About This Recipe

We extracted this recipe from the brand new book on nutrition and hormonal health by Angelique Panagos, called The Balance Plan.

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