Sweet and tender, these keto apple scones are the perfect fall breakfast treat. Drizzle with a little sugar free caramel sauce and enjoy!
Crisp fall mornings deserve keto caramel apple scones with a warm cup of coffee. This is just an undeniable fact, my friends.
I love apples. Or perhaps I should say that I used to love apples. And I used to love taking my kids apple picking too. For me, everything about them signals the start of fall. A hint of coolness in the air, days getting shorter, and leaves starting to change. And all the wonderful coziness that comes with it.
I love working a bit of apple into my keto baked goods more for what they represent than anything else. Just enough to get a bit of flavor and texture, but not enough to spike blood sugar.
The best of both worlds!
Carbs in apples
Now, I am fully aware that apples are not the most keto-friendly choice of fruit. The average medium apple has 25g of carbs, which is a hefty carb count for a single item.
However, I maintain that you can add just a little bit of chopped apple to a multiple serving recipe without blowing your diet. In this case, I added ½ cup of chopped apple to a recipe that serves 8.
According to the USDA, 1 cup of chopped apple is 125g in weight and contains 17g of carbs. A half a cup in this recipe is a total of 8.5g of carbs. So it adds only a single gram of carbs per scone.
But in case you aren’t on board with that but still want to enjoy these delicious scones, I have some suggestions for you! Be sure to check out the Tips section below.
Tips for keto caramel apple scones
This recipe is similar to my Keto Cranberry Orange Scones, but I did a few things differently this time. The results were so fabulous, I might use these tricks for all my scone recipes!
- Use brown sugar replacement. I highly recommend Swerve Brown for this, as it’s the most like real brown sugar. It really brings out the apple pie flavors.
- Add a little cinnamon. Again this helps bring out those delicious fall flavors.
- Grate the butter. This was a new method for me, but I thought it would help distribute the butter more evenly throughout the dough. It worked perfectly! Be sure the butter is extra cold before attempting to grate it. About 30 minutes in the freezer does it.
- Chop the apple finely. You want a small dice, with pieces no bigger than about ¼ inch. If the apple pieces are too large, it make sthe scones more fragile and crumbly. You could even grate the apple to get it super fine.
- Drizzle just before serving. The caramel sauce drizzle adds moisture to the scones and makes them softer. I found that drizzling the sauce on when I was ready to eat allowed the scones to retain that tender, crumbly consistency.
Omitting the apples
Okay so what do you do if you really don’t want to use apples? Well, you have a couple of options:
- Use apple extract. You can skip the apple altogether and use about 1 teaspoon of apple extract instead. I like this all natural one from Olive Nation.
- Use zucchini or chayote squash. These two vegetables have a similar texture to apples when cooked. I would suggest using the extract as well, for the flavor.
- Make caramel scones. If neither of the choices above suit you, then just make caramel scones! They will still be delicious.
Frequently Asked Questions
I really think that the mix of flours gives these scones the best consistency. However, if you insist, you can replace the coconut flour with another ¾ cup of almond flour. The nutritional counts will change.
Sure thing, but keep in mind that anything other than an erythritol based sweetener will make these very soft. Please see my Ultimate Guide to Keto Sweeteners for more information.
You should be able to use coconut oil or other non-dairy oils in place of the butter, but you will need to melt them and stir them in. For the cream, you can use coconut cream.
Keto apple scones can be stored on the counter in a covered container for up to three days, and in the fridge for up to a week.
They can also be frozen for two months, but I highly recommend not adding the caramel sauce until you plan to serve.
More delicious keto apple recipes
- Keto Apple Cheesecake Bars
- Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
- Apple Cider Donut Bites
- Keto Apple Cider Donut Cake
- Gooey Keto Apple Crisp
- Apple Pie Chaffles
Keto Caramel Apple Scones
- Preheat the oven to 325F and line a large baking sheet with a silicone mat. Lightly grease the baking mat.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- Grate the chilled butter using a box grater. Sprinkle over the dry ingredients and toss to combine, making sure the butter is well distributed. Stir in the egg, cream, and vanilla extract until well combined. Gently fold in the diced apples.
- Turn the dough out onto the prepared baking sheet and pat into a 7-inch circle. Use a very sharp knife to cut into 8 wedges, cutting straight down, rather than dragging the knife through the dough.
- Wiggle under each wedge with a knife or offset spatula, and spread the scones around the baking sheet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges are golden brown and the tops are firm to the touch.
- Remove and let cool completely on the pan. Drizzle with caramel sauce just before serving.