Monday, May 2, 2011

Sweet Potato Raisin Scones

This recipe is sugar free for the visitors that are watching their sugar intake. It is helpful to your body to cut back on sugar to prevent obesity and diabetes. To much sugar raises your glycemic index which can increase unhealthy blood levels of fat and cholesterol and high blood pressure. I have come up with a delicious scone recipe that you can make without sugar.
The sweetness in this recipe comes from the sweet potato and the spices which gives an amazing flavor to the scones and by adding your favorite spread like low-fat cream cheese or peanut butter it will help enhance the taste. The scones can be a quick breakfast and it will give you an energy boost  to get you through the morning.


2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons unsalted cold butter cut in small cubes
3/4 cup mashed sweet potato
1/2 cup raisins
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce *
1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt


Preheat oven to 425 Degrees and prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a large food processor combine the flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Pulse to mix. Add the cubed butter and pulse 5 times to break up the butter. Add the sweet potato, and raisins. Pulse to mix. Then pour in the vanilla, applesauce, and yogurt. Pulse 4 times just until the dough is wet.

Put some pastry flour on a work surface and turn the dough out on the surface, again the dough will be wet. Put some flour on top of the dough and shape into a thick rectangle. Use a 3 inch wide coffee cup or biscuit cutter to cut out 6 scones.

Place scones on cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes until lightly brown. Remove from oven and cool about 10 minutes and transfer scones to a rack. Enjoy!

* Measure applesauce in a liquid measuring cup.

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