A delicious low carb knock off of Starbucks’ Mini Vanilla Bean Scones. Get your cappuccino ready, because breakfast is served!
I’ve made no secret on this blog of my Starbucks addiction. The funny part is, it’s not like I go every day. Or even every week. It’s just that I really love all things Starbucks. I love the way it feels to walk into a Starbucks and order your favourite coffee drink. I love the warm wood panelling and the modern design of the stores. I love the coffee and I love that they let you order it pretty much any way you want, to suit almost any dietary needs. I ordered a cappuccino the other day and asked for it to be made with half and half instead of milk. That has a name, I discovered; it’s called a cafe breva. So now I can order it again with the proper Starbucks terminology. Because yes, friends, I have swallowed the Starbucks lifestyle and all the lingo hook, line, and sinker. And I am okay with that.
I used to also have quite an affection for many of the Starbucks baked goods. Even now, when I stand in line to order my rocket fuel with half and half, I eye them lovingly. But these days, I am not looking at them with any temptation to actually eat them, but more with the idea of gaining some inspiration. Because I love nothing more than making over an old favourite and I have found that Starbucks treats lend themselves very well to makeovers. I’ve already done any number of them, actually, and now here is one more.
Those cute little mini vanilla bean scones are just an ideal subject for low-carbification. I can make a rocking good low carb scones and I can make a rocking good vanilla glaze. It was only a matter of time before I put it all together. And part of the inspiration was the discovery of vanilla powder, which is really just ground up vanilla beans. It sure beats trying to scrape this infinitesimally small seeds out of a vanilla bean pod. Of course, you can do that in this recipe if you choose but I suspect that vanilla powder is going to be very useful. I’ve even sprinkled it on my homemade cafe breva for a real coffee house experience at home! Do be forewarned if you choose to order some yourself. There are “vanilla powders” out there that are actually mixes of ground vanilla beans and sugar. Just get the straight up ground vanilla beans and you will be all set.
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- 1/2 cup powdered Swerve Sweetener
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder OR seeds of 1/2 a vanilla bean OR 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 tbsp water
- Preheat oven to 325F and line a large baking sheet with parchment or a silicone liner.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, sweetener, baking powder, vanilla powder, and salt.
- Stir in eggs, melted butter, cream and vanilla extract until dough comes together.
- Split dough into 3 equal portions and form into disks, each about 1 inch thick and 5 to 6 inches in diameter. Cut each disk into 8 equal pieces.
- Place on prepared baking sheet and bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until just golden and firm to the touch.
- Remove and let cool completely.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together Swerve, vanilla powder, cream and water until well combined. Dip the top of each scone into glaze and place on a baking rack until set.
Serves 12. Each serving has 6.82 g of carbs and 3.09 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 3.73 g.
Food energy: 202kcal
Total fat: 17.34g
Calories from fat: 156
Total dietary fiber: 3.09g
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