Vegan Raspberry Spelt Scones

A couple of years ago, shortly after Matty and I moved into our new house, our friends Stephen and Sarah came over for dinner. Since we were still getting settled in the new kitchen, they brought over all the fixings for a fantastic meal.

For dessert, Sarah whipped up a batch of these Vegan Raspberry Spelt Scones. They were delightful — moist and fluffy, a little chewy, with a sweet/tart punch from the raspberries.

Vegan Raspberry Spelt Scones

They immediately became a favorite recipe of ours. They’re as easy as mixing up a batch of cookies – and just as satisfying – but have the benefit of being low in sugar and 100% whole grain. They’re perfect for bringing to a holiday party… or any party, for that matter.

Sarah passed along the recipe she uses, which I believe originally comes from Erin McKenna, owner of Babycakes NYC. I found it posted on the Fig & Sage blog, who mentioned that she, in turn, pulled it from an issue of Natural Health Magazine. I’ve tweaked it slightly, however: I use maple syrup instead of agave, as it’s unprocessed, and adds a rustic richness you don’t get with generically sweet agave.

You might also want to check out McKenna’s book, BabyCakes: Vegan, (Mostly) Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York’s Most Talked-About Bakery… though this recipe is definitely not gluten-free, as spelt is a type of wheat.

Vegan Raspberry Spelt Scones

Vegan Raspberry Spelt Scones
4.78 from 22 votes

Vegan Raspberry Spelt Scones

These are moist and fluffy, a little chewy, with a sweet/tart punch from the raspberries. Don't worry if you don't have spelt flour handy, as whole wheat flour (preferably white whole wheat) will work just fine, too.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dessert, raspberries, scones, spelt flour, vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Yield 16 scones
Calories 124 kcal
Author Andrew


  • 2 cups whole spelt flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup melted, unrefined coconut oil plus more for brushing
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (I prefer "Grade A Dark Color, Robust Taste Maple Syrup")
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 cup raspberries (or other berries) fresh, or thawed from frozen


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla and stir until you have a thick batter. Add warm water and continue mixing. Gently fold in the raspberries until they're mixed evenly throughout the batter.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and drop a dollop of batter for each scone-to-be. Leave room between each for them to spread, just like when making cookies. Brush the top of each with coconut oil.
  4. Bake for 14 minutes, rotating the sheet half-way through to ensure even cooking. When done, they should be golden and slightly firm. Let the scones stay on the sheet for 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Photos by Kelly Jaggers for Eating Rules.

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September 11, 2014 7:45 pm

oops! Edit! Flour not flower!!!

September 11, 2014 7:42 pm

Can you use All Purpose Gluten Free Flower? I have that, Or oat flower? And how many calories in each. I’m a calorie counter.

March 7, 2014 7:20 am

Haaa! For some reason, my mind registered buckwheat when I read spelt. Nevermind!

March 5, 2014 12:13 pm

These look positively scrumptious! Although I was wondering, seeing as they’re gluten-free, being made with only whole spelt flour, they don’t need anything to add elasticity to the dough? I’ve been gluten free for over a year now and I usually add a bit of xanthan gum to my recipes so that they don’t end up all crumbly and dry. Could xanthan gum be added in this caseor is it simply not necessary?


December 28, 2019 9:59 am
Reply to  Audrey

You dont need xanthum.gum with spelt. Spelt is not gluten free. Spelt has gluten in but a more digestible form

February 7, 2014 7:53 pm

These sound delicious. Maple syrup is the best…that or honey are my go-to sweeteners 🙂

January 26, 2014 12:35 pm

This looks like the kind of recipe that’s right up my alley. Can’t wait to give it a try!

December 29, 2013 11:39 am

5 stars
Thanks for the inspiration! I was out of spelt, so used white whole wheat, and frozen mixed berries. Delicious with a cup tea.

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December 24, 2013 6:37 am

5 stars
Perfect Start to XMAS Morning!!

December 21, 2013 4:13 am

I usually do not use any oil nor do I eat products with oil – so I do not have coconut oil in the house. Is there anything else that I could use in its place when making these? I have seen coconut oil in the marketplace – but usually in bigger containers – and I know that I would not use it other than making these scones ~
Any help would be appreciated ~
Thank you ~

December 20, 2013 10:00 am

5 stars
The perfect holiday treat – and I love the touch of maple syrup. Happy Holidays to you and Matty – X0