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The BEST Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Scones Recipe

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This recipe for gluten-free lemon blueberry scones is a classic flaky scone recipe made from scratch.  It’s not as hard as you might think and so worth the effort and the scones are ah-mazing!

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Why you’ll love this gluten free blueberry scones recipe

  • Pairing the all purpose gluten-free flour with almond flour gives these scones a perfect texture—just like your coffee shop favorite!
  • Making your own gluten-free scones is so much more affordable than trying to special order them.
  • The lemon adds a tartness to the natural sweetness of the scone resulting in a beautiful bright flavor!
lemon blueberry scones cut and on plate side view

What should I serve with scones?

These gluten free blueberry scones will pair perfectly with either tea or coffee.

They already have a buttery flavor and are topped with a sweet glaze, but if you want to add more butter—I won’t tell you no!

Whipped cream is also a delicious option that would pair really well with these scones.  Whip some up from scratch for a perfectly fluffy scone topping.

If you’re eating these scones for breakfast, pair it with some fresh fruit—I think some cut strawberries would be perfect!

Equipment for homemade gluten-free blueberry scones

To make these scones, you only need a few essential pieces of equipment:

  • A large bowl. For mixing of course!
  • A wooden spoon. If you bake with gluten in your house, you want a wooden spoon that’s dedicated specifically to gluten-free cooking! Gluten isn’t a contaminant you can wash out, it likes to hang out in porous surfaces—such as wood. 
    Learn more about avoiding cross-contact with gluten in this post.
  • A rubber spatula. For mixing.  😊
  • A whisk. A whisk will really improve your batter by helping it be more airy—resulting in a flakier scone.
  • A grater. I personally recommend instead of just dicing your butter, you freeze your butter and grate it with a cheese grater.  This really makes mixing everything together super simply.  If you do NOT want to grate your butter, dice it very finely and perhaps mix it with your hands to ensure you coat every little piece in the dry mixture.
  • Parchment lined Baking Sheets. I looove parchment because it helps your gluten-free baked goods not stick!
  • Silicone basting brush. Using a basting brush helps you get an even coat of egg wash on your scones to help them brown beautifully!

Ingredients for gluten-free lemon blueberry scones

Blueberry Scones Ingredients

I know this list is longer than many of my typical recipes.  BUT it honestly makes something SO delicious.

And the recipe itself IS NOT overwhelming.  Just get everything out and bake it baby!

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  • Frozen butter. Freeze your butter for easy dicing or grating.  As mentioned I HIGHLY recommend grating your butter, but you can dice it in little pieces if you wish.
  • Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour. This may also be called cup for cup or measure for measure flour.  There are quite a few good gluten-free all purpose flours, but my favorite is King Arthur brand.  You can find this on Amazon for a REALLY great price here.
  • Almond Flour. Yes, this recipe uses all purpose flour and almond flour.  Honestly, this contributes to the great texture of these scones! 
    A note on almond flours—almond flour for baking is different than almond meal.  Almond meal is grainier and coarser.  I love Anthony’s brand super fine blanched almond flour as it has an excellent fine consistency for uniform baking.  You can find Anthony’s on Amazon here or order it from the company’s site here.  
  • Granulated Sugar. Just the classic sugar!
  • Baking powder. NOT baking soda.
  • Salt.
  • Egg.
  • Fresh blueberries.  This recipe uses fresh blueberries, see notes below on making scones with frozen berries or raspberries. 
  • Lemon zest + lemon juice. Zesting and juicing 1 lemon will result in about 1 tablespoon of lemon zest and 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice.
  • Vanilla Extract. I use Watkins because they are labeled gluten-free.
  • Buttermilk. Don’t have buttermilk?  See the notes below for how to easily make your own.
  • Egg Wash. Egg wash is simply 1 egg + 1 tbsp water mixed well.

Ingredients for perfectly sweet lemon glaze

To make this deliciously sweet lemon glaze, you only need 3 ingredients:

  • Powdered sugar.
  • Lemon juice.
  • Vanilla Extract. I use Watkins because they are labeled gluten-free.

Can you make blueberry scones with frozen blueberries?

In these scones, fresh is best!  However, you can sub frozen.  Here are some tips!

Frozen blueberries are likely to bleed color into your scone dough causing purply streaks.  To avoid this, thaw your blueberries and rinse them in a strainer before adding them to your dough!

How do you make your own buttermilk?

Make your own buttermilk at home by adding 1 ½ tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Can you make raspberry lemon scones with this recipe?

Ummmm yes. That would be delicious. 

Use fresh raspberries, just be SO gentle when folding them in!

How to make lemon blueberry scones: Step by Step with pictures tips!

To make these fluffy and airy lemon blueberry scones with lemon glaze, whisk together all the dry ingredients.

To this, add your grated or frozen butter and coat the butter thoroughly with the dry mixture. 

The mixture should still have chunks of butter—this is what makes the final scone flaky!

mixing grated butter into scone mixture

Create a well in your dry mixture, and add your liquid ingredients.

adding wet ingredients in well

Stir until almost incorporated.

Add the berries, and mix gently.

folding in blueberries

Spray your parchment paper lined cookie sheet with gluten-free cooking spray and add your scone mixture to the center.

Use your hands to form the mixture into a circle.

Using a knife, cut the scone into 8 wedges, but don’t slice ALL the way through.

brushing scone round with egg wash

Brush the circle with eggwash and bake 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

Let the baked scones rest for 5-10 minutes.

While resting, make your lemon glaze by whisking all the glaze ingredient sin a bowl until smooth.

drizzling glaze on lemon blueberry scones

Drizzle the glaze over your scones, and serve!

lemon blueberry scones cooling on cooling rack

Troubleshooting: Help! What went wrong with my scones?

scone batter too wet

If your scones did not brown correctly or become flaky (it’s cakey like the image above)—your batter was likely too wet.  This could either be the result of using a sweetener substitute OR your flours may not be as dense.

Remedy this the next time you bake by adding a bit more flour (a tablespoon at a time) until your dough is firmer.

Note: sweetener substitutes just will not brown as nicely—even with egg wash.  Sugar causes the beautiful caramelization.

If your scones are too dense and dry, it’s likely because you added too much flour.  This can happen if you scoop flour right out of the bag and it becomes packed down. 

Instead, you spoon the flour into your measuring cup and then level it.

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Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Scones

This recipe for gluten-free lemon blueberry scones is a classic flaky scone recipe made from scratch.  It’s not as hard as you might think and so worth the effort and the scones are ah-mazing!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Resting Time 10 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine British
Servings 8 scones

Equipment

  • Grater
  • Large Bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • Rubber Spatula
  • whisk
  • parchment lined baking sheet
  • Silicone basting brush

Ingredients
  

Scone Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter frozen (grated or diced)
  • 2 cups all purpose gluten free flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg large
  • 1 cup blueberries fresh
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg large
  • 1 tsp water

Lemon Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
  • Whisk all purpose flour, almond flour, granulated sugar, lemon zest, salt, and baking powder in the large bowl.
  • Add diced or grated frozen butter and coat with dry mixture.
  • Create a well in the dry ingredients and add buttermilk, lemon juice, an egg and vanilla to center.
  • Mix into almost incorporated. Add blueberries. Mix gently until incorporated.
  • Spray a parchment lined baking sheet with non stick baking spray.
  • Add mixture to the center of parchment and form into a circle.
  • Using a knife, cut 8 slices, but not all the way through.
  • Mix the egg and water for the egg wash. Brush the scone with egg wash using a silicone basting brush.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown
  • Remove from oven and let rest for 5-10 mins.
  • While resting, make lemon glaze by adding all the glaze ingredients to a bowl and mixing until smooth.
  • Drizzle over scones

Notes

See blog post above for:
  • Step by step preparation images
  • specific brand equipment and ingredient suggestions
  • baking and troubleshooting tips
  • and more!
Keyword almond flour, blueberry, glaze, gluten-free, lemon, scone, steak

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J.L.

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

This is an incomplete recipe. Besides the omission of almond flour in the ingredients list, the lemon juice is not listed in the method. I decided to wing it, and the result was ok, but not quite what I was looking for in terms of texture and intense lemon flavor. Too bad.

Sharon McCaskill

Sunday 11th of July 2021

oh goodness, I just saw these comments (we've been traveling since the 25th and I'm just getting back into the swing of things). It is 1 cup almond flour and add the lemon juice with the liquid ingredients. So sorry. Everything is updated now.

J.L.

Monday 28th of June 2021

How much almond flour? The amount is left out of the ingredients list.

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