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Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Coffee Glaze (Two Ways!)

Sweet, cinnamony vegan pumpkin scones made with coconut oil in place of butter. These gluten-free treats are refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and are a healthful alternative to regular scones.

Stay tuned for two ways of preparing this recipe – a gluten-free version, and a grain-free, paleo version.

This post is sponsored by San Francisco Bay Coffee.
Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Coffee Glaze - gluten-free and refined sugar-free | #glutenfree #vegan #healthy #breakfast

It’s that season, friends!

The season for baking, sharing, giving, carbs and sugar and starches, oh my!, hot beverages, slippers, and fleece. You guys, ’tis the season for scones. The season for cozying up, getting lost in a stack of good books, going to bed earlier, putting a dash of cinnamon on everything under the sun, apple-scented candles, and working on your hibernation layer – bikinis be gone.

And did somebody say, “scones??”

Ohhhh momma, have I got a scone for you!

Pumpkin spice scones to be exact…made vegan and gluten-free! 

It’s not your run-of-the-mill standard issue flour-butter-sugar situation, either. It’s a lightened up, yet equally delicious, you’d-never-know-it’s-vegan-sugar-free-and-gluten-free type of shindig.

If you’re into fall flavors and treats to go alongside your morning Joe, if you dig a well-placed glaze, and/or if you’re not allergic to fun, you’re going to get a kick out of these coffee-glazed lumps of pumpkin sconeage.

Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Coffee Glaze - gluten-free and refined sugar-free | #glutenfree #vegan #healthy #breakfast

Let’s talk scone formulation.

When it comes to preparing scones, I’m a huge fan of this vegan recipe I’ve devised. Basically, you replace the butter with a different fat – I’ve found coconut oil and/or coconut milk works best. You can reference the Vegan Raspberry Scones and Maple Walnut Scones I showed you in posts past for example.

How to Make Vegan Pumpkin Scones:

In the case of these scones, we’re using coconut oil and canned pumpkin puree. While I’m not vegan and not necessarily dairy-averse, I find this formula to be easier to put together than the butter-filled counterpart, as the only thing you need to do is mix all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl rather than cutting in the chilled butter.

In addition, you don’t need to refrigerate the scone dough prior to baking – you can simply bake off your scones right then and there. So essentially, you’re lowering your fat intake plus whipping out a batch of scones in 30 minutes flat. 

While the scones are baking, we make up a coconut milk-based coffee glaze, sweetened by pure maple syrup (or honey if you’re not vegan). The glaze only requires a small amount of coffee, so I brewed a single (strong) cup to prepare the glaze and used the rest of the coffee for scone dunking and sipping once they were out of the oven.

What Type of Flour to Use:

You can approach these scones in a few ways. I’ve tested the recipe using gluten-free all-purpose flour and also this Paleo Baking Flour blend from Bob’s Red Mill.

If you’re fine with a grain-filled scone, the gluten-free all-purpose flour method works great, and if you follow a grain-free diet, the paleo baking flour works marvelously. It’s a blend of coconut flour, almond flour, and tapioca flour.

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can try coming up with your own flour blend. In addition, you can always use regular all-purpose flour – if you go this route, use 2 cups of flour.

Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Coffee Glaze - gluten-free and refined sugar-free | #glutenfree #vegan #healthy #breakfast

 Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Coffee Glaze - gluten-free and refined sugar-free | #glutenfree #vegan #healthy #breakfast

The main features of these scones are as follows:

  • Gluten-free (with a paleo option)
  • Vegan (using coconut oil and pureed pumpkin to replace the butter)
  • Refined sugar-free (using pure maple syrup to replace cane sugar)
  • Blasted with fall flavor (pumpkin and warm spices, baby!)
  • Perfect for coffee dipping, gift giving, and sharing (spread the love)

Not to mention, they’re most excellent for breakfast, dessert, impulse eat, Netflix snack, etc., etc.

Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Coffee Glaze - gluten-free and refined sugar-free | #glutenfree #vegan #healthy #breakfast


Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Coffee Glaze - gluten-free and refined sugar-free | #glutenfree #vegan #healthy #breakfast

Crispy outside, buttery flaky inside with all sorts of fall pumpkin spice flavor.

Don’t skip that coffee glaze, meow…it really brings the whole scone full circle.

More Healthy Scone Recipes:

And remember: sharing is caring. I’m done.

Vegan Pumpkin Scones with Coffee Glaze - gluten-free and refined sugar-free | #glutenfree #vegan #healthy #breakfast
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Vegan Pumpkin Scones

Vegan Pumpkin Scones made gluten-free and refined sugar-free for a healthy breakfast or snack.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
Total Time28 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 scones
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Julia


Coffee Glaze


Prepare the Scones:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and sea salt.
  • Whisk together the coconut oil, pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl (wet ingredients).
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir or mash together with your hands until a thick dough forms (Note: if the dough is sticky or wet, add a small amount of flour until it is no longer sticky).
  • Form the dough into a disc about 1 to 1-1/2 inches thick. Place dough disc on a cutting board or floured surface and cut into equal triangles. Arrange the triangles on the parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until scones are golden-brown and cooked through. Allow scones to cool 10 minutes before drizzling with coffee glaze (instructions below) and serving.

Prepare the Coffee Glaze:

  • While the scones are baking in the oven, stir together all of the ingredients for the coffee glaze in a small bowl. Taste for sweetness and add more pure maple syrup or honey to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.


*or 2-½ cups Paleo Baking Flour  to make grain-free and paleo friendly.
**You can source coconut cream by purchasing a can of it online or at your local grocery store. Or, you can refrigerate a can of full-fat coconut milk overnight and scoop the thick white cream that settles at the top of the can.


Serving: 1Scone | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g
Vegan Pumpkin Scones - gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and delicious! A marvelous healthy scone recipe
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Stacey Patterson

Sunday 6th of September 2020

Hello, Going to try these and then send to Vegan daughter in Los Angeles (I live in GA). How long will these stay fresh for? Do they need to be refrigerated if the glaze is on them? Thanks!


Sunday 6th of September 2020

Hi Stacey!

I always store the scones in the refrigerator (or freezer) and they stay fresh for 7 days (if they last that long ;) in the refer. Hope you and your daughter enjoy!! xox


Thursday 12th of October 2017

Could I use regular flour? A little less or equal to the recipe? Thanks!


Monday 11th of September 2017

Black coffee with a splash of nutpods creamer

Megan Campagna

Monday 11th of September 2017

These scones look delicious! Love the idea of a coffee glaze ???? When I'm home I just use a bit of unsweetened almond milk in my coffee but if I'm out I indulge with half and half and a little sugar or vanilla syrup ????

Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness

Monday 11th of September 2017

I'm with you, I'm looking forward to fall too! I'm on the east coast right now and it's lovely out... in the 70s, breezy & sunny. I'm loving it! Would you believe I've never made scones before? These sound delicious, and I love that they're vegan!

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