Orange Cranberry Scones

After the raging success of those Cheesy Biscuits (Scones) I offered up to you a while back, I thought you might like a sweeter, more dessert-like option; and since it’s the holidays, cranberries immediately sprang to mind.  I usually have an orange or two floating around the place, so I threw one of those in too.  Then I ate them all.  Well, I can’t be giving you anything that hasn’t been thoroughly taste-tested, now can I.  Now, while we know that the things that make us fat the fastest are all the things that are not in these scrumptious scones, I would not recommend eating an entire batch of these in one day.  I’d spread the love out over a few days.  Or share them with people you adore.  Or both.

Batch #2 got packed up and bandied about to some folks who have no idea I’ve got this whole *SANE thing going on; but here was method in my madness.  My goal here in our protein-and-veggie-powered little corner of the interwebs is to make *SANE food that tastes better than “normal” food.  Because food that is great for our bodies should taste great too.  Right?  How much easier is it to eat healthily when the food tastes better than the regular stuff?

So I snuck into a friend’s office and left one on the desk.

(No this is not a shot of the desk I left it on, just in case you had visions of me doing fancy food-styling in someone’s office.)

Later, this instant message conversation with the recipient caused me to {at least want to} do backflips.

M: That was fantastic!!! thanks :-D

Carrie:  They were an experiment, were they OK?

M: very good :-)  simply sinful!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D

Carrie: ha! Not a bad review given they are wheat-free, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and unhealthy-fat-free ;-)

M: WOW!!!!  woulda never guessed.  amazing.


So really, what are you waiting for?  Orange Cranberry deliciousness is just 20 minutes away.

PS. Fluted cutters make them look prettier, that’s all.

Orange Cranberry Scones
Author: Carrie Brown |
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Serves: 8
  • 9 oz / 250g almond flour (NOT almond meal)
  • 2 TBSP xylitol or equivalent
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2 oz / 55g butter
  • 3 oz / 85g dried cranberries, chopped
  • Rind of one orange
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 TBSP orange juice
  • Beaten egg to glaze
  1. Put almond flour, xylitol, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt and butter in a food processor and pulse until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Turn into bowl, add cranberries and orange rind; mix.
  3. Beat egg with orange juice and add to bowl.
  4. Mix well until a dough forms.
  5. Knead dough lightly on an almond floured surface.
  6. Roll out dough to ½” thick and cut out scones with fluted cutter.
  7. Place on baking sheet and brush with a beaten egg.
  8. Bake at 400F for 10 minutes until golden brown.



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  • Lori - Carrie, I can’t find almond flour. All my stores just carry almond MEAL. Where do you get yours? Also. Does stevia work instead of xyl..ReplyCancel

  • Janknitz - Carrie,

    Not sure if you know this, but can I use guar gum in place of the xanthum gum? Equal amounts?

    (Guar gum was less expensive!)ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Janknitz! Yes you can use Guar Gum instead. Normally you use Guar for cold applications and Xanthan for hot, but I *think* guar would work here. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • lipomachia - OMG I made these yesterday and they turned out FANTASTIC – truly awesome! (I only had some clementines and used those for the rind/juice–plus some drops of Valencia Orange-flavored Stevia).

    Lori – may I recommend for almond flour? I’ve used theirs for a while now and everything turned out ok. They also sell a variety of nut flours, sweeteners (like xylitol) and binding agents (like xanthan gum) and all of that stuff at reasonable prices. If you order today your order shows up tomorrow. True story! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sue Henderson - I’ve been doing SSOS since last April. I had no idea I could have scones that are this great! I haven’t tried any of the SANE baked goods because I thought they’d taste fake. I’m going to start trying everything! I’m making the leek soup tomorrow.
    Thank you Carrie for developing these recipes. They will make the long haul much easier!ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Sue – this makes me so happy! THANK YOU for swinging by and leaving SSoS love here :-)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - Hi Carrie,

    I’ve been following SSoS for about 7-8 weeks now and listening to the podcasts. Last week I made your cheesy scones and today I’ve made these orange cranberry scones. The last time I baked was over 20 years ago as a teenager!! Thank you for creating such delicious recipes.

    And hello from England!ReplyCancel

  • carrie - Hello, England!! Rebecca thanks so much for popping in to say Hi and THANK YOU for your Scone Love. I am thrilled that you are baking again, but this timely SANEly :-)ReplyCancel

  • Joannie - Thanks for the biscuit and scone recipes! I’ve been craving biscuits (even ate a four one on Friday, right before reading the KFC post). This morning, I woke up without cranberries or oranges or white cheddar. So I used lemon rind, lemon juice, a little nonfat Greek yogurt. After baking, I sprinkled them with just a pinch of Xylitol. They came out okay, my craving is satisfied, and my skeptical husband had seconds. Some days, it’s a relief to bake again, and I appreciate your help.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - Carrie,
    I finally got a scale so I could start making more of your recipes and I have to say these are/were delicious! We’ve been SANE about 9 months now without much baking of traditional foods made SANE like scones, muffins, etc. ALL of which really miss and love. I’m so happy to have you creating these types of recipes to help us stay on the SANE wagon.

    Much thanks,

    • carrie - So proud of your scale purchase, Susan! THANK YOU for the recipe love :-)ReplyCancel

  • Meryl Williams - This is a great recipie I,m going to Change it and use the rhubarb from the garden I,ll let you know if it turns out,I don’t like cooking normaly but I,v got to say I have enjoyed doing this,only been on it for 2 weeks but so far so good merylReplyCancel

  • Rhiannon - I can’t find dried cranberries in the store that don’t have sugar added. Do you have any reccomendations?ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Rhiannon – unsweetened dried cranberries are not common. You can either use a small amount of sweetened or if you have a dehydrator you can make your own. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Raen - I really don’t like the taste/texture of almond flour; is there a way to substitute with coconut flour?ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Hi Raen – you would need a whole new recipe. Coconut flour is a strange beast and cannot be swapped out 1:1 for almond flour. Everyone says these scones are indistinguishable in taste and texture from regular scones – worth a try maybe?ReplyCancel

  • catherine - can I use fresh cranberries?ReplyCancel

    • carrie - Catherine – yes! They’ll be tart, but go for it!ReplyCancel

  • Bon - Hi,

    Love your cheesy scones so I tweaked them and made some fresh blueberry scones. These orange and cranberry ones look even better. Can you post the net carb count please?

    Thanks for your blog and site. I’ve not commented before but I’m on a lifetime journey and you’re helping to keep me sane ;)


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