Gluten-Free Vegan Blueberry Scones made with 5 basic ingredients! This easy scone recipe requires hardly any time to prepare and no baking experience!

Gluten-Free Vegan Blueberry Scone Recipe made with 5 basic ingredients. This easy recipe requires zero baking experience!

This scone recipe…

It’s the lowest maintenance homemade scone recipe you’ll ever make!

Gluten-free vegan scones are quite possibly my proudest invention in the history of this blog.

It all began with my Vegan Raspberry Scones six years ago.

One afternoon, I took it upon myself to create a butter-free scone using full-fat coconut milk and gluten-free flour. I wasn’t sure whether or not it would work, but alas, an amazing scone recipe was born!

I’ve posted numerous renditions and have even made grain-free Paleo scones as well! Just take a gander at my Paleo Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed SconesVegan Strawberry Scones, or Paleo Pecan Chocolate Chip Scones.

Gluten-Free Vegan Blueberry Scones made with 5 ingredients - no advance prep or baking experience needed!

What I love about this approach to homemade scones is how stinking simple the scone dough is to prepare.

With regular scones, you must use chilled butter, and cut said pieces of cold butter into the flour with a pastry cutter. The dough also needs to be refrigerated for hour or so before baking.

This recipe? Dump all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, stir, make scone shapes, bake!

The best part is the texture of these gluten-free butter-less scones is remarkably similar to regular scones. They don’t have that iconic butter flavor but they have that amazing crisp on the outside and soft flaky inside.

The most complicated part about this recipe is forming the dough into a disc to cut the triangular scone shapes. If you don’t feel scones must be triangular, you can easily go free-form and make drop scones, you rebel, you.

This is a great recipe if this is your first time baking scones because we don’t need any fancy equipment like a stand mixer or pastry blender.

You don’t need any baking experience to have great success with these tender scones. 

Easy Gluten-Free Vegan Scones - a quick and simple scone recipe made with only 5 ingredients.

Ingredients for Vegan Blueberry Scones:

Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour: I use a gluten-free flour blend (specifically, Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free 1-to-1 baking flour) to make these scones. Do note that different brands of gluten-free flour have different absorbencies. 

The good news is, this recipe is incredibly versatile. If your dough is too dry you can simply add a small amount of additional coconut milk until the consistency is right.

If your dough is sticky or too wet (doesn’t come together in a ball easily), you can simply add more flour until a workable dough forms. It is normal for the dough to stick to your hands a bit bit it shouldn’t be overly sticky.

Full Fat Canned Coconut Milk: Canned coconut milk takes the place of butter in these scones. It’s fat content ensures the scones are moist and fluffy and bold together perfectly. Be sure you use full-fat canned coconut milk (not light or coconut milk from a carton), or else the fat content will not be high enough.

If you don’t follow a dairy-free diet, you can replace the canned coconut milk with heavy cream.

Baking Powder: This ingredient is crucial in giving the scones that iconic crispy outside and keeps them held together. Don’t skip it, even if your flour blend contains xanthan gum and/or baking powder.

Raw Cane Sugar or Coconut Sugar: The sweetener portion of the recipe. You can use raw cane sugar, regular cane sugar, brown sugar, maple sugar, coconut sugar or a sugar-free sweetener.

One of the amazing parts about these easy blueberry scones is you can play with the sweetness according to your palate. 

For only lightly sweet scones, use 3 tablespoons of your sweetener of choice. For sweet scones, go up to ½ cup.

I’ve made scones using anything from 3 tablespoons to ½ cup and find they all turn out amazing! I like mine less sweet so that I can warm them up with butter and a bit of pure maple syrup or jam.

Sea salt: That magical flavor enhancer! Be sure you don’t skip it!

Fresh Blueberries: The star of the show is juicy blueberries! Use either fresh or frozen blueberries for these scones. I buy fresh blueberries then freeze them before adding them to the dough.

I find this makes incorporating them into the dough easier, because there is less breakage of the berries.

Optional Additions:

  • Vanilla Extract: While it is not necessary, adding 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract brings warmth and complex flavor to the scones.
  • Ground Cinnamon: If you love warmly-spiced treats, consider adding 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • Lemon Zest: Looking for a lemon blueberry adventure? Add 1 tablespoon of lemon zest and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to add lemon flavor to the scones.
  • Chocolate Chips: The combination of chocolate chips and blueberries is always a win! Consider adding ½ to ⅔ cup of chocolate chips.

Now that we’re familiar with the basic ingredients, let’s make the best blueberry scones!

Gluten-Free Blueberry Vegan Scones - an easy dairy-free scone recipe that only requires 5 ingredients.

How to Make Vegan Blueberry Scones:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add the gluten-free all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and sea salt to a large bowl and stir well to combine.

Pour in the coconut milk and stir well until a thick dough forms. If the dough is overly sticky and doesn’t come together in a ball easily, add more flour (3 tablespoons at a time), until a thick dough forms. On the other hand, if the dough is too dry, add more coconut milk, 2 tablespoons at a time, until the dough absorbs all of the flour and forms a ball easily.

Add in the blueberries and use your hands to gently incorporate them into the dough. It’s normal for them to break open and make the dough more moist…just go with the flow 😉

Form a round disc out of the dough and place it on a floured cutting board or a lightly floured surface. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 8 equal-sized triangles. If any blueberries pop out of the dough, you can gently poke them back in.

Place the triangles on the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until the scones are golden brown and the blueberries are bubbly.

Remove scones from the oven and allow them to cool before serving.

If desired, make a glaze using powdered sugar and water. Make a lemon glaze using lemon juice instead of water and a little lemon zest. Make a sugar-free glaze by melting ⅓ cup of coconut butter in the microwave for 20 to 60 seconds.

And that’s it! A marvelous blueberry scones recipe reminiscent of your favorite coffee shop.

Bake them the next time you’re craving a tasty baked treat or are serving guests for a special occasion.

Vegan Blueberry Scones - an easy gluten-free, dairy-free scone recipe with 5 basic ingredients for the most amazing scones!

How to Store Scones:

Store scones at room temperature in an airtight container or zip lock bag for up to 2 days. Beyond a couple of days, transfer the blueberry scones to the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Scone freeze very well! Simply freeze them in a large ziplock bag or a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

To reheat the scones, microwave for 10 to 30 seconds or until warm. You can also use a toaster oven to reheat scones.

How to Make an Egg Wash:

If you like the glossy finish that comes with an egg wash, feel free to use one here. Simply whisk one egg with 1 tablespoon of water to create an egg wash. Brush the tops of the scones with the egg wash.

If desired, sprinkle coarse sugar over the top of the scones too. As an alternative, you can brush the scones with melted butter (or vegan butter like Earth Balance butter) a few minutes before they are finished baking. 

This step is entirely optional and I never do it with scones. It adds a crispy nuance to the outsides of the scones and makes them golden brown. 

I find these scones taste best when they are fresh out of the oven. This is one those easy recipes that instantly becomes a household staple for weekend breakfast, brunch, or special occasions.

You can use this as your master scone recipe for all your gluten-free scones. Simply change it up with various add ins like fresh produce, nuts, chocolate, or extracts and different glazes to make a variety of flavors.

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Vegan Blueberry Scones (Gluten-Free)

4.42 from 125 votes
The easiest scone recipe you'll ever make!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings: 8 scones

Ingredients

Optional Add Ins:

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add the gluten-free all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and sea salt to a mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
  • Pour in the coconut milk and stir well until a thick dough forms. Note: If the dough is overly sticky and doesn’t come together in a ball easily, add more flour (3 tablespoons at a time), until a thick dough forms. On the other hand, if the dough is too dry, add more coconut milk, 2 tablespoons at a time, until the dough absorbs all of the flour and forms a ball easily.
  • Add in the blueberries and use your hands to gently incorporate them into the dough. It’s normal for them to break open and make the dough more moist…just go with the flow 😉
  • Form a round disc out of the dough and place it on a cutting board. Use a knife to cut the dough into 8 equal-sized triangles. If any blueberries pop out of the dough, you can gently poke them back in.
  • Place the triangles on the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until the scones are golden brown and the blueberries are bubbly.
  • Remove scones from the oven and allow them to cool before serving.

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Notes

*If dough is sticky or doesn’t come together easily, add ¼ to ½ cup additional flour.
**For scones that are less sweet, use 3 to 5 tablespoons of sweetener.
***I freeze fresh blueberries 😉

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 8 · Calories: 287kcal · Carbohydrates: 53g · Protein: 3g · Fat: 8g · Fiber: 2g · Sugar: 14g
Author: Julia
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blueberry scones, dairy free scones, gluten free scones, vegan scones
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Gluten-Free Vegan Blueberry Scones made with 5 basic ingredients! This easy scone recipe requires hardly any time to prepare and no baking experience!
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Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living, Brit.co, etc.

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Questions and Reviews

  1. This is amazing! I have been on a diet where I am not allowed sugar, gluten, red meat or dairy. And when I found this recipe I got so excited and bought the ingredients straight away 😊

    1. Hi CJ!

      They last up to 10 days in the refrigerator or you can leave them on the counter for 3 days. We simply reheat them in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds before eating them. You can also freeze them!

    2. @Julia, I made them today and they were absolutely delicious!! Thank you so much for a simple and delicious recipe!

  2. I used date syrup. Didn’t rise. I added some lemon juice from a lemon, cut it thicker, baked it on 385 and scones came out beautiful.

  3. I was so excited to make these because I’m not much of a baker and these seemed simple. Mine definitely did not come out right. They are flat and not golden brown. They are still pale in color and you can see the bits of raw cane sugar in them so they look speckled. I haven’t tasted them yet though. Any baking advice at what I could have done wrong? Maybe the dough wasn’t right. Should I work it more?

    1. Hi Jillian,

      The dough doesn’t need to be worked much at all since it’s gluten-free. Once the dough comes together you should be good to go. Did you make any substitutions to the recipe? What brand of gluten-free flour and coconut milk did you use?

  4. I just made these! I substituted maple sugar for the coconut sugar since I didn’t have any on hand, and they baked up beautifully and taste even better! I have a sensitivity to eggs, dairy and gluten, so THANK YOU for coming up with this amazing recipe. I am trying it with lemon next. And I have great plans for a blackberry and lime version this summer! The possibilities are endless!

    1. OOOH, I love the idea of blackberry and lime scones! So happy the recipe has worked out for you so well, and thanks so much for the sweet note! xoxox

  5. Just baked these. Followed the recipe and used same brand of flour and full fat coconut milk. They didn’t rise. They look more like a flat cookie than a scone. And they taste like raw batter with a dry crust.
    Didn’t work for me at all.

    1. Hi Lily!

      I’m sorry the scones didn’t work out for you! Did you use one full tablespoon of baking powder and check to be sure the baking powder wasn’t expired? It makes a difference for sure. Let me know!

  6. Made these over the weekend. So good! And then made them as chocolate chip scones this morning with almond extract. Also yum! Thank you for the perfect base recipe for many fun flavors. I could see make carrot cake scones out of this. 🤔🥰

    1. My pleasure! I’m so thrilled you and you enjoy it! Glad you’re planning on making some of my other scone recipes as well…I’m truly addicted! xo

  7. Hello! These scones are in the oven right now and we can’t wait to try them! Do you have a recipe somewhere for the icing you used? Thanks!

    1. Hi Kristen!

      I do a simple combination of powdered sugar and water – 1 cup of powdered sugar + 2 tablespoons of water. You can also add a small amount of vanilla extract (1/4 tsp) or use lemon juice instead of water to make it a lemon glaze. Hope you enjoy! xo

    1. Hi Angela! I haven’t tried it myself, but I think coconut cream would work great! Sounds delicious! Let me know how the scones turn out! xoxo

    1. Hi Lisa! Yes, you can make the scones two days in advance. I would store them in an airtight container on the counter (unless you live in a very hot or humid area, in which case I would keep them in the frdige). When you go to serve them, you can heat them individually in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds 🙂 Hope you enjoy! xoxoxo

  8. Just made for a bridal shower!!! Turned out amazing!!! I had to add about 5 tblsp extra flour but they are delicious!

    1. I’m so happy you enjoy them, Lisa! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe change you made – it’s always so helpful to other readers to get other people’s experiences. There is so much variation between different brands of gluten-free flour, so it’s good for others to know they may need to play with the ingredient amounts a bit from recipe to recipe depending on the flour they use. Many thanks again for circling back! xoxoxox 🙂

  9. Overall, turned out well considering. The coloring on mine was darker than the recipe shows but think it was due to my type of gluten free flour. They rose well but pretty crumbly.

    Additions:
    -I did add vanilla to the mix
    -Preferred lemon juice over water for the glaze (1 cup powdered sugar w/ 2 tbsp lemon juice or water)
    -Needed more flour for the mix to not be too sticky
    -Added a handful more of blueberries and could have added even more

    Next time I’ll add lemon zest to the dough and see if it kicks it up another notch, change the flour, and add even more blueberries.

    1. Thanks so much for reporting back with your changes, Juliette! Adding more blueberries will definitely necessitate more flour, (as a heads up for next time) as they leach a decent amount of liquid during the baking process. Love the idea of adding lemon zest to the scones! xoxo

  10. I absolutely hate anything coconut. Are there substitutions I can make for the coconut milk and sugar? And yes, I can totally taste the coconut in anything. I’ve tried coconut milk in other dishes and cannot stomach it. Otherwise, the scones sound amazing! Except I would use raspberries for the same reason.

    1. Hi Leigh Anne! I would recommend using a different recipe to be sure they turn out well, as this recipe is truly geared for a granulated sweetener and full-fat canned coconut milk. You could try making your own combination of oil (avocado oil or olive oil would work) and a non-dairy milk, but I haven’t tested the recipe this way so I’m not sure how much of each you would use. The goal is to get enough fat and enough liquid to make them turn out deliciously. Hope this helps! xoxo

  11. I love this recipe! It’s so easy and adaptable. I made them with raspberries and white chocolate chips and they were a hit!

  12. Can I substitute 1/2 c coconut or almond flour to complete the 2 1/2 cups of Bob Red Mill Baking Flour for this recipe?

    1. Hi Sandra! Without having tested the recipe using either substitution, I can’t be sure how they would turn out. Coconut flour absorbs a great deal of liquid so if you went that route, you would need to add much more coconut milk. The almond flour may work though! xo

  13. Tried these today and my family and guests loved them! I added some almond extract and a little cinnamon, which was delicious! Was wondering if these would work with vegan butter or how much butter I would use if I’m not worried about dairy free?

    1. Hi Carol! Using either vegan butter or regular butter sounds delicious to me! I would try it with 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter and 3/4 cup full-fat canned coconut milk and see how that turns out. If the dough looks too greasy, you can always add more flour. Hope you enjoy! xoxo

    1. It sounds like they needed to bake longer if they weren’t cooked all the way through. What brand of gluten-free flour did you use? Sometimes the flour makes an impact because varying brands have varying absorbencies. Let me know and we can troubleshoot from there! xo

    1. Hi Marta! I haven’t tried regular all-purpose flour myself, but I have had a couple people report back that they did and the recipe worked out. If the dough seems too crumbly, you can always add more coconut milk, and if it seems too wet, you can always add more flour. Let me know if you try them! xo

  14. This was so easy and yummy. I sent some home with a gluten eating friend! I cut sugar back by a tablespoon or two because I ran out but they were sweet enough for me because I made a frosting with powder sugar and fresh squeezed lime juice. The lime (or lemon) makes that icing pop! I would never use water for that. I didn’t have blueberries but I did have blackberries so I cut them up, grated some lime and added those to the batter. I had also added maybe a 1/4 tsp vanilla to this recipe. I used 1+1/8 c of coconut milk and didn’t need to add more flour. They were so good and so easy. I did experience a bit of a coconut aftertaste when I was all finished with the scone. So next time I may try doing a vegan butter and cutting coconut milk back as you suggested in another review.
    I enjoyed these a lot. Thank you!

    1. Oooh, the citrusy glaze sounds amazing and I love that you used blackberries! I’ll have to try that next time! I’m so happy you enjoy them, Theresa! xo

  15. I have never made scones before and then throw in GF on top of that! However, these turned out amazing! I didn’t taste any of the grittiness that is often noted in GF baking. I will definitely make these again and again. Thank you for the recipe! 🤗

  16. Before trying to make this recipe, I had never eaten/made a scone. When asked to bring dairy/gluten free blueberry scones to a bridal shower, I wasn’t too confident that I could but said I would try. I’ve made a few GF desserts but nothing DF. Used the canned unsweetened full fat coconut milk and heated it up a bit in a saucepan on low/medium heat to get it back to an even consistency. (Didn’t realize it’s normal for it to separate; I thought it had gone bad. Lol 😅) I used the same GF flour but added 7 to 8 tbsp. more flour, 1/2 cup regular cane sugar, 3/4 cup frozen blueberries, the 2 tsp. vanilla extract suggested, and followed the rest of the measurements. Baked them for 28 min., turned off the oven and left them in for 2 min. I also used your glaze recipe but added less water for a bit thicker glaze. All this to say thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this recipe!!! They turned out great and went over well at the bridal shower! 😃 I have shared your recipe with a couple of friends so far and will continue to! Also, the chocolate scones look amazing too! 🤤 Definitely want to make those next!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing all of this, Michaela! I’m so happy to hear the recipe worked out so well for you! Sounds like you nailed it in spite of being new to scones, so huge kudos to you! Thanks so much for sharing your experience! xo

  17. Love these. This is been booked Mark since I first found it and he’s my go to pretty much every other week.

  18. Ready to try these. One question though. For the optional add-ins, do you recommend both vanilla and lemon zest or just one or the other? Thank you.

    1. Hi Claudia! I love the idea of adding both vanilla extract and lemon zest, but either/or works great too 🙂 Depends on the flavor you’re going for!

  19. I made these last night and they were delicious!! I put lemon mixed with powdered sugar on top for a drizzled frosting. Thank you for sharing!

  20. Even a non baker can make these! I used King Arthur bread flour (not gluten free) was all I had. I also used granulated white sugar…. these turned out great! I plan on using these scones for berry shortcake. Thanks for an easy vegan recipe.

    1. My pleasure, Kristine! I’m thrilled to hear you enjoy the scones and that you agree they’re super easy to make! I was always intimidated by traditional scone recipes with the process of cutting in the butter and refrigerating the dough, etc. I appreciate the sweet words! xo

    1. Hi Kelly! What brand of gluten-free flour did you use? I use Bob’s Red Mill’s gluten-free 1-to-1 baking flour for the scones and they have just the right texture. Aside from the brand of flour, it could be there wasn’t enough flour in the scones (was the dough very sticky?), or they may have needed more time in the oven.

  21. These are pretty good. I wasn’t exact with my measurements as I halved the recipe. And they were on the sticky side so I used a drop biscuit style instead of shaped like in the photos. Pros. Didn’t taste coconut. I used a combination of full fat and half fat coconut milk. Pretty darn fluffy for gluten free. Good flavour. Extremely easy to make as didn’t need to cut in any butter. All in one bowl, mix and drop on cookie sheet. Cons. Didn’t brown up at all so didn’t look done but were. A little tiny bit gritty with the gluten free flour, but it was very subtle and to be expected!

    On the whole this is a keeper. I went more sweet and I imagine a lemon glaze would be amazing. Raspberry white chocolate would also be very very good. I’ll try that too!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing all of that, Justine! This is super helpful to others who want to try the same changes. I agree – raspberry white chocolate would be amazing! xo

  22. Very easy to make. I think a little more salt would be perfect, and the brand of gluten free flour makes a difference. We use Pamela’s and it is great.

  23. Hi! These look delicious and I’m super excited to try them. Could I use cranberries instead of blueberries? Could I add nuts? Thank you!

    1. Hi Mia! You can definitely use cranberries instead of blueberries! Because cranberries are very tart, I would definitely drizzle the scones with the powdered sugar glaze to offset some of the sour flavor. Nuts are a great addition too! I would add 2/3 cup of chopped raw nuts like walnuts or pecans. Hope you enjoy! xo

  24. This was my first ever attempt at making scones. My hopes weren’t high. Gluten free baking is so finicky and never works out for me unless it’s a box mix. Let me just say this was the best scone I’ve ever had. I made a lemon glaze with lemon zest. The only hiccup was it was definitely not done in the estimated bake time. It actually took twice as long. Thank you so much for this recipe!!!

    1. Aww My pleasure, Roseanna! I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe and that it exceeded your expectations – this is always such great news to hear! Many thanks for sharing your experience! xo