Cranberry Orange Scones with Sweet Orange Glaze (gf/paleo)

What is it about the cranberry + orange flavor combo that is SO irresistible?! I was excited to put together a yummy paleo and gluten-free cranberry orange scone recipe to share and these hit the nail right on the head. 👌

Cranberry Orange Scones with Sweet Orange Glaze by PaintedFork.com

Like my Blueberry Walnut Scones, these are made with almond flour so they’ve got a nice and crumbly texture — absolutely necessary for scones, in my opinion.

Cranberry Orange Scones with Sweet Orange Glaze by PaintedFork.com

A lot of dried cranberries are actually sweetened like… a LOT. For most average-weight adults, the recommended sugar intake limit per day is 25 grams. A single recommended serving (1/4 cup) of those Ocean Spray Craisins? 29 grams of sugar. 😱 I don’t mind having a little sugar in my life (usually in the form of honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar) but it’s just crazy to think how many people assume that typical cranberries are a “healthy” snack. Not quite. You can purchase low-sugar cranberries or even cranberries that are sweetened with apple juice. I highly recommend seeking out those options! You should have no problem finding healthier dried cranberries at your local health food store or co-op.

Anyway, off my soapbox now…

Hope you enjoy!
Heather


Cranberry Orange Scones with Sweet Orange Glaze by PaintedFork.com

Cranberry Orange Scone Ingredients: 
1 1/3 cups almond flour
1/4 cup arrowroot or tapioca powder
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup dried cranberries (naturally sweetened or low-sugar)
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg

Sweet Orange Glaze Ingredients: (makes about 1/4 cup of glaze)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
2 tablespoons paleo-friendly powdered sugar (grind together coconut or maple sugar + arrowroot or tapioca powder)
2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line cast-iron skillet with parchment paper.
2. Combine scone ingredients (dry first, then add liquids) and mix until a somewhat firm dough ball forms. Turn out dough into lined baking pan and spread out evenly to about 1-inch thickness
3. Bake for 20-25 mins or until lightly golden around the edges and firm to the touch in the middle. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
4. Prepare glaze by whisking together ingredients, set aside. If glaze cools and thickens before scones are cooled, you can simply pop in the microwave for just a few seconds til it becomes spreadable again.
5. Once scones are completely cooled, slice into desired portions and drizzle or paint glaze on top. These scones are plenty tasty without the glaze too if you’re not in the mood to be fancy. Enjoy!


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Paleo and gluten-free Cranberry Orange Scones with Sweet Orange Glaze by PaintedFork.com

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