Goldilocks Scones

Happy Thursday everybody! What do you have planned today?

On my to do list this morning: shoveling the driveway.

Am I going to do it? Nah… I’m in denial over the snow we’ve been graciously given, so I think I’ll just ignore it and head to the gym instead.

It’s great to hear that all of you are interested in cleansing safely! I can’t wait to begin spring eating, just as soon as this snow goes away.

In keeping with the spring theme, here’s a recipe that’s light on your tummy but still has a bit of a kick to it to carry us through these last couple days of cold weather.

[couple? Am I being too optimistic?]

Goldilocks Scones

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free

These scones are not too big, not too small, not too sweet and not too filling. They’re juuuuust right.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 flax egg [1 tablespoon freshly ground flax + 3 tablespoon water]
  • 3 tablespoon almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavor
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground stevia leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ginger
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  2. Prepare flax egg by combining flax and water in a small bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, cinnamon, baking powder, stevia, nutmeg, ginger and salt. Whisk to combine.
  4. In a small bowl, combined flax egg, almond milk, maple flavor, and vanilla. Add wet mixture to flour mixture and stir until fully incorporated. Fold in raisins and pecans. You should be able to knead the dough with your hands with no problems.
  5. Separate the dough into 2 balls, flattening each to discs 1/2 inch in thickness. With a sharp knife cut each disc into 6 triangles [like you would pizza] and place each triangle on prepared cookie sheet at least 1/2 inch apart.
  6. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden.
  7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before digging in!

Makes 12 scones.

Nutrition stats [1 scone]: calories 166; fat 12g; carbohydrates 10g; dietary fiber 3g; sugars 4g; protein 4.7g

 

I have exciting news to share.

Bulk Barn just opened up down the street from my office.

For those of you who have no idea what a Bulk Barn is check it out.

I’ve been so absolutely pumped for this place to open that I sent out a meeting invite to everyone at the office inviting them to come with me today at lunch.

Share the love right?

In exactly 5 hours I’ll step foot into a bulk store bigger than anything you or I have ever imagined and I’ll have precisely $30 in my wallet to buy whatever I want.

Why just $30?

Because like Jess, I can’t just stop at buying a couple of items. I’m the type of person that if I did go into Bulk Barn with my credit card, I would end up coming out with 25lb of quinoa and a lifetime supply of almond flour because it was on sale.

Grocery shopping with cash is the only way I’ve been able to control my spending and stay on budget week in and week out. In fact, Kevin and I operate primarily on cash. Once you run out, you’re done until the following paycheck. Pretty simple [but very hard to get used to]!

What do I plan to buy with my 30 hard earned dollars?

  • carob powder. Double carob rice pudding. That’s all I’m sayin’
  • almond flour. I would love to be able to find a less expensive almond flour!
  • unsweetened carob chips. I’m obsessed with carob right now, alright?
  • a new gluten free flour of some sort.
  • camu camu. It could be wishful thinking, but it’s worth a shot!

Do you try to stick to a budget when you grocery shop?

Do you have any tricks on how to save money at the grocery store?

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  1. Hey! I have all the ingredients for these, too! I just made some scone type things with almond flour, too…it works really well!

    And OMG I want a bulk barn! Seriously you are so darn lucky! I love looking through that site! Is it only in Canada??? I have been loving carob, too! Wish I could get it in bulk!!!!

    • They are exclusively in Canada (this doesn’t happen very often!) I don’t know if I’m being hopeful with thinking I can get carob there, but we shall see. Only a couple more hours before I go!

  2. I use cash all the time!! It helps me realize exactly how much I am spending! When I go to the grocery store I always bring a list, and I only buy what I have on it. Sometimes I catch myself wandering around looking at random stuff, but when my boyfriend comes with me he rushes me… so its a great way to save money! But, it can also be frustrating.. he just doesn’t get how hard it is to find that perfect apple!! haha

    • omg my boyfriend does the SAME thing. It’s go-go-go with him. I like to take my time grocery shopping. You’re right, picking the right apple is really, really important!

  3. The scones look so good!
    Yes I try to budget myself at the grocery store but I’m not super strict with it, like if something big is on sale I’ll buy it even if it makes me go over budget because I know it will save me in the long run. The only things I really use to try to save money are having a list when I go to the store, and trying my best not to waste anything at home.

  4. I absolutely try to stay on a budget when I shop! I set a goal in my head and try to stick to it. There are some trips where I’m okay with a few “extra” things, and other weeks where it’s more “go in, get what you need, and get out.” lol.
    I have been dying to try baking with carob. Unfortunately, the only size my co-op sells of it is quite big and costs $11. Since I don’t know that I like it I’ve been hesitant! Maybe I’ll try to find an online source.
    The scones look awesome! I’m excited to have another almond flour scone recipe from you to try, too. The blueberry ones were a HUGE hit!

  5. Love the name for the scones! I use credit cards but I pay mine off in full every month. I like being able to collect points and to trade them in for a plane ticket at the end of the year. I make a list and stick to it 90% of the time. If I have no list and go somewhere like Whole Foods or Bulk Barn, I tend to go crazy. To save money, I try to wait for sales or buy fruits and veggies when they’re in season but I know it’s not always possible.

    Have fun at the Bulk Barn! It’s awesome!!!

    • Thanks :) Ah I just have 2 hours until I go! I like the idea of using your credit card for groceries and getting extra points for a flight. We’ll have to try that, if I can promise to stick to the grocery list.

    • Sorry to get your hopes up Faith. There must be something like that where you live, there must!

    • Thanks Meagan :) they make for a perfect on the go breakfast!

  6. I am SO jealous that you are getting a bulkbarn! They sound amazing!! I wonder if we have anything similar in the states?

    I would absolutely need to limit myself to cash in that store–I’d probably go crazy and buy everything! :)

    • They must have something similar. You guys have EVERYTHING down there. I did go crazy, but I’m proud to say I only spent $9 over my budget which for me, is a miracle.

  7. We try to stick to a budget, but apparently, with the slow rise of grocery costs, our budget seems to slowly rise as well!

    We found that joining a CSA last year really helped (we always had new and fresh vegetables to eat) and we were glad to support local farmers!

    • I think so too! But my boyfriend definitely wouldn’t share our enthusiasm.

  8. I’m loving all the natural/low-sugar recipes! Do you think this would work with whole wheat flour too?

    When it comes to grocery shopping, I am the world’s worst. I try making a list, but I get too excited at new produce/products/etc. One thing that save a bit its the coupon mag at Whole Foods. They keep them at the customer service desk, FYI. :)

    • Thanks Laura! Hmm, you may have to add a bit extra liquid but I don’t see why it couldn’t work! If you give it a shot, let me know!
      I know I should love coupons but I just always forget to check. Thanks for the reminder :)

  9. I am jealous you have a bulk bin I love buying in bulk. I tried sticking to a grocery budget but I am TERRIBLE at it, cash is a great idea I would just be nervous to run out haha!

    • If you run out… you put stuff back! I felt horrible the first time I did it until the cashier told me that SO many people do the same thing!

  10. Bulk barn is my favourite store ever. After living in Sydney for a year I told my husband that the first thing we do when we get home is get a coffee at Tim’s, do a huge shop at Costco and then find a Bulk barn quickly. These scones look great

    • haha oh to be Canadian! Tim’s is a favorite in our house too. The first thing my boyfriend does when he gets home from his monthly business trips is head to a Tim’s for a coffee.

  11. Do you know if its possible to substitute the flax egg for a regular egg? Looking to beef up the protein a little in this. Thanks!

    • You bet it’s possible. I’ve done it a couple of times with no issues at all. Enjoy, Kim!

  12. Leanne, please please please say which Bulk Burn has almond flour! I presume from the date of this post that you were in Montreal at the time. I just moved here from Ontario & I can’t NOT have my BulkBurn. And every bulk burn is off the island! I don’t want to pay for an extra ticket to get back on the island. Grrr STM! I still haven’t been, but checking the website it says they only have coconut flour. I am dying to go to get the almond flour, nuts & flax seeds! Oh my flax seeds! I totally hear ya about the 25 lbs of quinoa. It makes me want to just wheel out the barrel & not bother scooping. LOL I am trying to go Paleo here so it would help tremendously if BulkBurn had an affordable almond flour. I am still searching where can I find some here…. Somewhere where 500 gr won’t cost as much as a baby lamb. I am totally saving this recipe for when I do find the flour…. Thank you!

    • Hi Dina – yes, it’s from Bulk Barn and I used to get in in Dorval. That was the closest Bulk Barn to me. You can also find it at Loblaws!

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