Vanilla Bean Scones- Gluten Free and Vegan

Vanilla Bean Scones- GF/ Vegan Not So Perfect life

A big thank you to everyone for the well wishes on my 1st blog anniversary. To celebrate my anniversary I decided to re-do some old favorites and challenge myself to work on some new recipes that I’ve been scared to try. Today I’ve got a gem of a recipe for you. Vanilla bean scones that are both gluten free and vegan. I’m really not sure why I was so scared to try to make these because they are so easy. No rise time, hardly any kneading and less than 20 minutes bake time.

For my first try I chose to go with vanilla flavored ones.

Vanilla beans are so underappreciated. The smell is intoxicating and the flavor is out of this world. Why does vanilla always seem to get the rap for being plain? It certainty is not plain in this scone recipe.  When we were vacationing in Maui I found this pure vanilla bean powder, made of ground whole vanilla beans. Just opening the jar and smelling it makes me smile. Maui grows most of the vanilla made in the United States, I highly recommend this investment for your kitchen cupboard, it’s so much easier and cheaper in the long run than scraping out individual beans!

Vanilla Bean Scones- GF/ Vegan Not So Perfect life

Vanilla Bean Scones- GF/ Vegan Not So Perfect life

Literally smells like heaven…

If you’re not following a gluten free diet you can use regular white flour. I would not sue whole wheat as it might make the bread rather dense and not rise as much. When I’m baking gluten free I always bake with Cup 4 Cup which is sold as William Sonoma. I prefer it because it is mainly brown rice flour which I like the taste of. Bob’s Red Mill has an all-purpose flour that is garbanzo bean based and for some reason the flavor taste like cigarette butts to me. Whatever all-purpose flour you use just make sure it contains xanthan gum. If your GF all-purpose flour doesn’t have it add 1/2 – 1 teaspoon xanthan gum per cup.

I chose to not use any sugar at all in this recipe because of personal dietary preference. I’d imagine adding 1/4 to 1/2 cup of sugar would taste awesome but I am trying to avoid sugar when I can. besides you will find that the vanilla bean gives the scones enough flavor and sweetness on its own.

Vanilla Bean Scones- Gluten Free and Vegan

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: PT17-19M

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 Scones


  • 1 3/4 Cup All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Bean Powder or 1 Scraped Vanilla Bean
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Table Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons Chilled and Cubed Vegan Butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 3/4 Cup Almond Milk


  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Sift dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Chop in the chilled butter with a fork and knife, dough should be a little chunky and textured.
  3. Add in the vanilla and milk, stir with a spoon to incorporate. Use your hands to really mix everything together well. If it is really dry add a tablespoon or more of milk.
  4. In a well floured cast iron skillet or lined baking pan shape bread into a flat circle.
  5. Using a sharp knives slice the dough into 6 triangles. bake the triangles about 2 inches apart for 17-19 minutes.
  6. Let cool before eating

Vanilla Bean Scones- GF/ Vegan Not So Perfect life

Vanilla Bean Scones- GF/ Vegan Not So Perfect life

They bake up nice and crisp just like a scone should.

Vanilla Bean Scones- GF/ Vegan Not So Perfect life

Vanilla Bean Scones- GF/ Vegan Not So Perfect life

I love seeing vanilla bean “caviar”.

Now that I know how easy scones are I will be all over new versions. It’s hard to believe that bread when simplified can be so easy, healthy and fun to make.

Have you tried to make scones before? What is your favorite flavor?

Download PDF

About rebacox

Pseudo athlete and vegan, learning to love all the imperfections in life. Follow me in my journey, training for races (a half marathon in all 50 states to be exact) and my adventures in the kitchen!
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

24 Responses to Vanilla Bean Scones- Gluten Free and Vegan

  1. I am TOTALLY a VANILLA girl!!! I would dive right into that Vanilla Bean Powder – LOL!
    GiGi Eats Celebrities recently posted…Tricked Out With CoolioMy Profile

  2. These look perfect!! So light and fluffy, I can almost taste them! :)
    I currently have some cinnamon scones in the oven – my first scone experience! Wish me luck. 😉
    I think vanilla is underrated too. I happen to love vanilla, especially vanilla bean. I’m glad you’re giving it the recognition it deserves! :)
    Alex@Veggin’ Out recently posted…Random RamblingsMy Profile

  3. These look DELICIOUS! i’ve never attempted to make scones at home before just because I assume its a rather long and involved process, but these look pretty straight forward! and i agree, i love vanilla!
    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness recently posted…These Modern Conveniences Are Rather Inconvenient: A Play in 3 ActsMy Profile

  4. I’ve only made scones once. These look delicious…. I need to give it another shot!

  5. Could these look anymore delicious?! Omg they look SO GOOD! I’ve had a cinnamon streusel scone that was fantastic and blueberry as well. Man with a cup of coffee, this vanilla one looks way better than those though.
    Em @ Love A Latte recently posted…Five Things TuesdayMy Profile

  6. Those look awesome! The only scones I’ve made have been the “just add water” kind, haha.
    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food recently posted…Rainy TuesdayMy Profile

  7. I’ve never made scones at home. Not sure why since I love them so much! These look DELISH.
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes recently posted…Taco Stuffed ShellsMy Profile

  8. Don’t you love how you discover unique products elsewhere and being able to bring them back to make something yummy?! And as for the pure vanilla bean powder, I can’t seem to find it anywhere, but that is definitely a perfect product to bring back! Anyway, your vanilla bean scones look and sound divine… miam miam miam! I just followed you on a feeder, and look forward to reading more of your posts! recently posted…Watermelon Gazpacho with Finger LimesMy Profile

  9. Pingback: Speed Work on the Track | Not So Perfect Life

  10. Theses look delicious!
    Matt @ The Athlete’s Plate recently posted…Paleo Banana-Walnut BreadMy Profile

  11. Hey Reba! I love that vanilla bean powder. I’ve never seen that before, but I will take a look the next time I’m at a grocery store. I’m too lazy to scrape the vanilla off the bean, so that powder will change my life! You did a great job on those scones and they look like they’re baked to perfection. I’ve made scones before, but I wasn’t impressed with the result. I need to give it a try again I think. I think I might just cook them up in the cast iron skillet like you. xoxo, jackie
    jackie @ Marin mama cooks recently posted…citrus-marinated chickenMy Profile

    • rebacox says:

      You would love having it in your kitchen. Its so handy. Sometimes I open it just to smell it. I wish my whole kitchen could smell like vanilla bean powder all the time. I love baking in my cast iron skillet, I don’t think it changes the flavor but it just seems so rustic. :)

  12. If I bake with vanilla, it has to be vanilla bean!! The flavor is just unbeatable! Also, on another note – it’s so cool that you’re running a half marathon in all 50 states! I love running too, and I feel like I should sign up for more races, it’s just such fun events (and good motivation) :)
    Yvonne @ bitter baker recently posted…Cranberry seed breadMy Profile

  13. Tahnycooks says:

    I need some of that vanilla powder!!!! These scones look fab!

    I had back surgery a little over one year ago, (due to running) I’m ready to run my next 1/2 marathon coming this Fall! Run strong girl!
    Tahnycooks recently posted…The Best Praline Blondies Ever!My Profile

  14. Siobhan says:

    Is the scraped vanilla bean/powder necessary or would if be okay to leave it out? These scones look delish, the best I’ve seen so far but I can’t get hold of vanilla beans/powder!

  15. Ana says:

    These look perfect! I plan on making them this week. Do you think coconut or vegetable oil could replace the vegan butter?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge