I have always been suspicious of ‘healthy baking’. Firstly whether it’s actually healthy; ‘natural’ sugar is still sugar surely and gluten free does not necessarily mean it’s good for you. More importantly I wanted to see if it actually tasted as good as the ‘naughty’ wheat-filled delicious alternatives– and it does. My mum always bakes something when the rugby is on; usually muffins, or scones or occasionally cupcakes. She will also bake something when the tennis is on, the Grand National or the Boat race—it doesn’t take much really. The Rugby World Cup Final on Saturday was no different, except I was baking. These scones are from the Detox Kitchen Bible, they have no butter, no eggs, no milk and unusually for ‘healthy baking’ –NUT FREE. It’s basically porridge baked into a scone. This was my first attempt and it was super easy. Even though I managed to do some of the steps wrong I think the fact that the scones were still delicious is testament to simply a good recipe.
First heat the oven to 200˚C/fan 180˚C/gas mark 6 and cover a baking tray with baking parchment/greaseproof paper.
Add 300g of porridge oats, half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, 100g of RUNNY HONEY (I used sticky honey–don’t do this), a pinch of cinnamon and the flesh of one ripe banana into a big mixing bowl.
Mix it all together in a blender or with a hand-held food processor (the first one is I’m sure easier if you have one) until you have a soft dough.
Add 150g of sultanas mixing together with a wooden spoon.
Then roll out on a lightly floured surface and flatten to about 2.5 cm. Create the scone shapes using a 5cm cutter. You should get 12 out of the dough, gather up trimmings and re-roll if need be,* bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes (fan oven is more like 15) until GOLDEN.
Allow to cool completely.
The Detox Bible advises enjoying these with cashew butter (they love nuts) or jam. We had ours plain (there was no way you could cut into them with the enormous raisins I had used) with a glass of Prosecco; delicious.
* At this stage I realised runny honey and using enormous flame raisins was probably a mistake, my dough was like glue. I ended up balling the ‘glue-dough’ into rough scone shapes. I made 10.