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Pimped Out Low-Fat Fluffy Scones


Have you ever had an Emergency Chocolate Situation? I usually keep a bag of Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips on hand for these moments. I eat at least three or four a day. I honestly can’t remember having gone an entire day without chocolate. Ever. So when I was craving something sweet, chocolatey and frankly buttery and fattening for our weekend breakfast, I immediately glanced over at “THE BAG”.

BUT I am in a Biggest Losers challenge AND I truly hate to weigh in and know that nothing’s happening there so instead of going for the immediate knee jerk reaction to bake up some Bad Boy scones or muffins, my brain reached for a favorite go-to light scone recipe.

See how LITTLE butter is used?

This recipe makes a very fluffy scone, perhaps not traditional, but absolutely YUM. I may have added a bit of bling to them with some mini chocolate chips, BUT at least they are packed with yogurt and a teensy bit of butter instead of the usual slab as most scones are infamous for. The one carton of vanilla yogurt can be switched out for whatever’s in the fridge to make these a little different every time. I had peach yogurt at the ready and it was an excellent addition.

Too much chocolate? NEVER!

These babies were literally INHALED at breakfast along side some scrambled eggs and Applewood Smoked bacon.  And before I had a chance to photograph these gems, I had a guest stop by. A guest who happened to ask if I had anything “just baked” .

Temporary amnesia took over, and I innocently answered, “No” because I hadn’t snapped a shot yet, but then my very sweet and honest daughter piped in with, “You made scones this morning!” as my guest’s eyes gave away his SHOCK and utter dismay that I may have kept these from him. I cut him a teensy sliver, saving a nice hunk for the photo. I am so bad.

—If you would like a cranberry and jam version of this fluffy low-fat scone, go here.

I was also “tagged” by Kristy from Eat, Play, Love a few weeks back with the “Bloggers Unplugged” quiz. So here it is.

1. What or Who inspired you to blog?  Elisa, from Seventeen and Baking inspired me to blog. Her blog is witty and heartfelt and she bakes like nobody’s business and she was ONLY SEVENTEEN when she started! I was amazed and still am by her. I guess I kind of wanted to give it a go after following her blog.

2.Who is your foodie inspiration? My foodie inspiration, hands-down, without a shred of doubt, is my mother. She can make EVERYTHING perfectly. From home style dishes like Chicken and Dumplings to from scratch breads like her famous Brioche Rolls for family birthday dinners. She also happens to be known for her gorgeous, towering apple pie. The list could literally go on forever because my favorites, my dad’s favorites and my brother’s favorites are all memorable and worthy of being at any five star restaurant.

3. Your greasiest batter-splattered cookbook is? The All-American Cookie Book written by Nancy Bagett. It has my favorite cookie recipes. So many that I started to realize most of my cookie recipes for the blog were coming from there, and then I decided to put a stop to that. I wanted you all to buy the book which deserves a purchase rather than getting each and every recipe from this blog. Honestly, there are at least 20 recipe which are my favorites (Black and Whites, her peanut butter chocolate chips, apple softies…)

4. Tell us about the best thing that you have eaten in another country, where was it, what was it?  In a hole-in-the-wall family shop on Kauai. No, I am not an idiot and yes, I do know that Hawaii is a state but I have only traveled out of the country as a teenager and didn’t feel like my palate was quite up to this question.  So, in Hanele on the  island of Kauai, the Village Snack Shop made a glorious Chocolate Haupia Pie with Macadamia shortbread crust. Holy Heck!  I replicated it here if you need some.

5. Another food blogger’s table that I’d like to eat at? Take a look at my blog roll; I would be more than happy to eat anywhere on that list. But if I had to pick one, it would be Linda’s at Savoring Every Bite. She combines her Italian heritage with a modern flair for healthy dining, and there is no questioning that this girl has real cooking chops. She is also a ton of fun—I can tell. I have told her many times that I would like to be her neighbor.

6. What is the one kitchen gadget that you would ask for this year? These days I am staying away from more gadgets since space is starting to become an issue, BUT I sure did like my mother’s new popover pans that she got for Christmas.

7. Who taught you how to cook? Easy peasy. My mom. See item two.

8. I’m coming for dinner, what is your signature dish? I believe you would be coming for dessert and coffee my friends so…I would offer up my Chocolate Malt Cake, my Three Musketeer’s Cupcakes (a family fave) OR my orange and rosemary infused chocolate chip cookies because they are my own creation and a big hit on my holiday cookie trays.

9. What is your guilty food pleasure? Chuao Chocolate, specifically the dark chocolate covered marzipan truffle.  I am very much in love with artisanal chocolate and Chuao definitely introduced me to its very happy world of chocolates with spice, chocolates with herbs and really good quality chocolate that can make you a crazy person.

10. Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn? I am the worst dog trainer known to man, and I would totally be a crazy dog lady if I didn’t get married and have kids. I would have 13 dogs (all adopted) running around and chaos would run rampant (as-if chaos is not already running amok around here)

At least Sadie has ME well trained (note new floors! Finally a pic!)

Now for my five tags (no pressure folks):

Courtney from Misadventures in Cooking
Cali from Offally Tasty
Aimee from Clever Muffin
Lisa of Smart Food and Fit
Jeanne of Simple Math Bakery

Low-Fat Fluffy Scones (Pimped out version)

Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine
Makes about 8 good size scones.
2 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
3 T. butter,chilled and cut into small pieces
1 6 oz. carton vanilla low-fat yogurt (or any other yogurt you have)
2 oz buttermilk
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl and whisk to equally disperse ingredients. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or your hands until mixture resembles course meal. Add yogurt, and buttermilk just until dry ingredients are moistened (dough will be sticky). Add chocolate chips. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; with floured hands, knead 4 to 5 times. Pat dough into an 8-inch circle on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray or  lined with a Silpat mat. Cut dough into 12 wedges, cutting to but not through the dough; make a small slit in the center of each wedge.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden and slightly firm when touched. Do the old toothpick test as well to make sure it is cooked through the center!

42 thoughts on “Pimped Out Low-Fat Fluffy Scones

  1. And all these years I thought we were the worst dog trainers known to man. Great post. I love that you’re still finding ways to indulge, while being healthier. Also, this isn’t widely know, but I’m Linda’s long-lost cousin. And Hawaii’s practically a foreign country. I mean the obsession with Spam….

  2. Dear Geni, yes, your recipe is beautiful, and seems so delicious too. But the most beautiful one is your lovely Sadie! I loved so much… Blessing and Happiness for you all, Thank you, with my love, nia

  3. These scones along with eggs and Applewood Smoked bacon….I’m drooling right now. 🙂

    The pic of Sadie is priceless.

  4. I’ve been rolling the idea of scones over in my head for a couple weeks now… and this is not helping. I’m thinking as soon as I can get to a grocery store. 🙂 As for the Ghiradelli chips – my extra bag is slowly but surely being depleted as I’m stuck here in the house, for days and days, with two boys. Chocolate Emergency for sure! And thanks for the tag – I’m gonna have to think about this…

  5. Oh – and I LOVE your new floors (and adorably untrained dog – does she like to make friends with smaller dogs?? My adorably untrained mini-schnauzer is always looking for a friend.)

  6. I love these – low fat = absolutely fabulous and it still tastes delicious!

  7. Bag of Chocolate is #1 secret craving killer in my house too:)) These look absolutely amazing Geni! Love those Q&A..very well done!!!

  8. They look so good. And sinful. But glad they are heavenly and low fat instead. Love the pup 🙂

  9. I am actually laughing as I write this. You eat just 2-3 chips a day?! You are the queen of willpower. I keep that same bag of chips in my own house and I’m lucky to keep it to a small handful a day! Emergency chocolate? Yeah, I’m all over that. These scones look wonderful.

  10. Nia’s right, that Sadie is quite a dish! Apparently she already licked the apples right off this plate . . . .

    Peach yogurt and choc chips sound like Chock Full of Greatness to me!

  11. What a fun post, I love reading everyone’s response! I’d love to comeover for some coffee and desserts. you have the BEST desserts and I’m learning from you, like not to put 2 baking sheets of cookies in the same oven at the same time. I knew that already from my food science class in college but pretend it doesn’t count at home since I’m not getting graded on my final product!

    I too add yogurt to my baked goods, so creative that you used a flavored one! I tought from the photo at first it was chopped candied orange peels.

    Thanks for tagging me, we shall see what answers I come up with!

  12. Great post, Geni. Love the chocolate-filled recipe — as I always do — and your dog trainer reply made me chuckle. It seems the dog is always better trained on the other side of the fence — or maybe I’m just surrounded by some really well-trained dogs. 🙂

  13. A fun read and I’m lovin’ the sound of these low-fat fluffy pimped-out scones…with chocolate, yum!

  14. Hot scones- even better!! Very funny you have the same issues about being able to get things photographed before my family inhales it. Take Care, BAM

  15. Okay…I will admit to having one type of chocolate emergency. There it’s out…but only one. Every now and then I need a fix of my dad’s no bake cookies laden with cocoa. It is the one chocolate thing I will eat. 😉

    We’re heading to Kauai in a few weeks…I’m going to have to check this place out!! Any other good spots to hit?

  16. Awww just look at cute Sadie. I am very similar to you.. I can’t train a dog for nothing lol. And I definitely have to stop myself from adopting every dog I see when I go to the pound. Loved your round of questions 🙂

  17. Chocolate chips are my kind of bling! And I ALWAYS have a bag of Ghirardelli 60% chocolate chips in the cabinet for those chocolate emergencies. Thanks for tagging me, I’ll try to be a good blogger and answer the questions! 🙂

  18. I always enjoy new scone recipes AND I have chocolate chips and yoghurt on hand – perfect.
    Very cute pic of your pup, she has an adorable face and lovely to learn more about you – these questions games are great fun.
    🙂 Mandy

  19. Ha! I also listed Linda’s table as where I’d want to eat dinner! Great minds think alike!

  20. Wow Geni!! I just posted a biscuit/scone recipe and now saw yours posted a day before mine!! And our ingredients are similar! Too funny and also so telling as we would be great neighbors!! Double surprise to see you mentioned me and I thank you so much! You’d be so welcomed at my table. You make me laugh reading your posts and all your antics. That training the dog at the end is the best!! And so are you!!

  21. The scones look so good!! Yummy –what would happen if I put some honey and butter on them:)

  22. Yummy and low-fat, that’s got to be a winner!

  23. I love scones but I’ve always avoided baking them specifically because I don’t want to know how much butter goes into them. These on the other hand, I could handle. 🙂

    Sadie is so freaking cute. I LOVE that she holds the plate up like that. It may be the best thing ever.

  24. Actually cracking up right now because I’ve been in that same situation–didn’t tell a guest about food I had just made because I didn’t have a chance to snap photos yet. I didn’t get caught though. 😉 haha oh, the life of food bloggers. Sadie is ridiculously adorable in that photo…maybe it’s the floors that make her look so darn cute. How old is she? Our Golden is getting so ooold. She’s 11 now.

  25. They sound delicious. Unfortunately I cannot eat yoghurt 😦

  26. This is a wonderful idea! I love being able to know some behind-the-scenes fun facts about blogs I read regularly!

  27. How nice to have a “healthy” treat filled with bites of chocolate. Using the peach yogurt gave it some unexpected fun color, too. I imagine using a berry flavor would be pretty tasty, too.

  28. And now…you’ve got me in a baked-good-for-breakfast kind of mood! These look so fluffy delicious! Such a nice counterpart to the traditional buttery scone!

  29. only every other day (chocolate emergencies)! goodnesssakesalive woman! these scones look amazing! gonna make ’em with gluten-free flour and see how they turn out….will provide photographic evidence on the blog when i do! =) blessings….

  30. Your new floors look beautiful!

    Umm, don’t tell anyone, but I also keep a bag of Ghirardelli chocolate chips…and the other day I ate a few straight out of the bag as a snack. Well, maybe more than a few…

  31. The scones look delicious and bravo for making them instead of reaching for the junk! Thank you for sharing a slice of your life with those questions!

  32. That scones looks so good and the picture of your dog is so cute

  33. the new floors look wonderful Geni but the part I loved the most is knowing a little more about you
    I have been on a scone high lately so a low fat version is more than welcome

  34. Oh! I missed this post – head in the clouds. Glad I tend to back track through your blog while having my afternoon cup of tea 🙂

    I’m so glad you’re cooking more with yogurt, I love swapping out butter for yogurt. But it doesn’t always work, so I’m glad I have this recipe which is already road tested! Thanks for the tag, I better get baking/writing!

  35. Buying the ingredients on my grocery trip today. Yep. Yep, I am. These will be in my belly by tomorrow AM!

  36. Pingback: Chocolate Chip Scones {Low Fat} « Misadventures in Cooking

  37. Yep, m’dear. I made these. SOOOOO good – I’m making them again today. Another amazing recipe that the whole family adored. Thanks for being my chocolate and baking guru!! http://cookingmisadventures.com/2012/04/06/chocolate-chip-scones-low-fat/
    Hugs! Courtney

  38. This is something good for breakfast!

  39. Lovely scones! I could reach for the second piece without the feeling guilty as when I do with butter enriched goodies! I’m so glad that you’ve shared with Bake-Along! Thank you for joining us and hope that we’ll see you again in Bake-Along! Have a nice day!

  40. so irresistable! love the fact that very little butter is used 🙂

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