As soon as fall rolls around, my body starts craving anything and everything made with pumpkin. And when I say everything I really mean it: I’ve made fresh (or canned organic) pumpkin the star of all sorts of recipes from granola to smoothies. Though I don’t eat gluten-free and/or vegan 100% of the time, I really enjoy developing healthy recipes for baked goods that meet these criteria: these pumpkin date scones are my new obsession.
I suggest using a very well drained homemade pumpkin puree here (it needs to be “dry” so the scone batter doesn’t end up with too much moisture) or do as I did and rely on canned organic pumpkin (available in natural food stores). You could also substitute any kind of fresh or canned winter squash puree.
I made these with a combination of almond flour (which I love because it’s nutritious and yields excellent gluten-free baking results) and coconut flour (because it’s low in carbohydrates and high in fiber). I find that the two of these together, along with the organic coconut oil, yields a scone with a very tender, albeit somewhat crumbly, texture (hey - scones are supposed to be crumbly, right?!). These are sweetened with certified vegan, USA-grown Demerara sugar (the coconut flour, pumpkin, plus the dates or raisins all provide some sweetness, as well), but any unrefined granular sugar (like coconut sugar) could be substituted.
When I am baking with gluten-free flours, I like to weigh them out for the most accurate results. If you don’t want to use the flours I’ve chosen, you should still get a good result by substituting the flour(s) of your choice and sticking to the weight measurements (not the cup ones: all flours will measure differently if you use cups) below (ie use a total of 10.5 ounces of flour). I’ve included the cup measurements here for those of you who don’t have a food scale, but again, you may not get as good a result if you measure this way. Note that I have not tested these with organic all-purpose flour, but I believe it should work out just fine should you decide to use it.