What alchemy gives scones their crumbly, buttery texture? And what wizardry it took to maintain that texture, after a little more than half the fat was cut from the original recipe. These are nutritionally superior to their forebears and offer 81 fewer calories.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 1991


Recipe Summary

35 mins
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat and cook until it begins to turn light brown, about 2 minutes. Skim foam and pour into a small bowl.

  • Stir together oats, flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Stir in raisins and make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Combine the browned butter, egg, yogurt and oil in a small bowl; add to the dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

  • Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead several times to form a ball. Pat the ball into an 8-inch circle and cut into 8 wedges.

  • Place the wedges on the prepared baking sheet and bake until lightly browned and firm to the touch, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool slightly. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

258 calories; protein 6.5g; carbohydrates 40.3g; dietary fiber 3g; sugars 13.2g; fat 8.1g; saturated fat 2.6g; cholesterol 31.2mg; vitamin a iu 123.5IU; vitamin c 0.3mg; folate 39.4mcg; calcium 137.5mg; iron 1.4mg; magnesium 9.2mg; potassium 129.1mg; sodium 396.4mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

Reviews (10)

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  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
delicious a littlw dry--add a titch more liquid if at higher elevation to get the dough to stick together. delicious--not too sweet Pros: healthful Read More
Rating: 4 stars
great scones I've been making these for years! The browned butter is the trick to add flavor without tons of fat and they are just lightly sweetened-perfect with morning latte on a relaxing weekend morning especially for celebrating St Patrick's Day (like today!). I usually use all whole wheat pastry flour and dried cranberries or dried blueberries instead of raisins. Love the orange zest idea; I bet that would combine perfectly with cranberries! Best eaten the same day as they dry out after a couple days. Pros: tasty. lower fat whole grain Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very tasty added orange zest This is a great alternative to higher calorie scones. I added orange zest and replaced about 1/8 cup of the yogurt with orange juice to change it up the second time I made them and it tasted great. Pros: Not much fat Cons: Taste so good I want to eat too many Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I'm puzzled by the low average rating. These are delicious not-too-sweet and easy to make. My whole family is delighted every time I make them. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Bland While the texture is very good I found them a little bland. I would recommend adding a tsp of cinnamon to the batter Pros: Soft moist texture Cons: Needs more flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great taste --add a titch more liquid if you are at higher altitude--just enough to hold the dough together. love the not-too-sweetness. husband says it has a really nice chewiness. Pros: pretty healthful I would say Cons: A little dry Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Guilt free daily breakfast treat I make these scones weekly! Sometimes I add some cranberries and walnuts to the white raisins plus some orange zest. I've made with lemon zest and dried cherries; dried apricots and flaked (unsweetened) coconut; lots of fresh cinnamon chopped apples and pecans; and tomorrow will be fresh grated ginger chopped crystallized ginger and almonds. The possibilities are endless and they always taste great! Pros: easy adaptable Read More
Rating: 2 stars
I thought these were a bit dry and lacking flavor but I've not had that many scones in my lifetime so... Pros: Lower Calorie Cons: Dry Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Lowfat scones that don't taste low fat I've used this delicious scone recipe that looks like any other scone -- and tastes better.-- since I first saw it in the magazine years ago. And I even use all whole wheat for the flour. My guests don't complain. Pros: A favorite family and guest recipe for years. Cons: Are there any? Read More