Chocolate Almond Meal Scones, GF, DF, SF

These Gluten Free Paleo Scones are the perfect cross between a cookie and a cake.  Crisp on the edges and soft inside.  Deliciously nutty with dark chocolate chunks, they are full of healthy protein and satisfied my cravings without a lot of carbs!

I love having some sort of grain free baked good in the house at all times.  Yes, I admit I'm a Cookieholic and this morning I realized I was all out!  Luckily I had a bag of gluten free roasted almonds and some time on my hands.
So I decided to make up a recipe for a "Paleo" Scone.  Forgive me if I use Paleo casually, I know it's important to many people.  I am not a strict Paleo follower so I hope you will understand if I make a mistake or add an ingredient that doesn't qualify. 

I used roasted almonds this time because I found some gluten free lightly salted ones on sale, but normally I prefer gluten free raw almonds.

Here's how I use raw almonds to make them easier to digest,
I soak 4 cups of them overnight in 1 tablespoon sea salt and enough water to cover.  I change the water twice during the course of the overnight soak, then drain them, pat dry and slow roast/dry the nuts.

I dry the nuts in a single layer, in the oven at 150 degrees for 18-24 hours or until crispy.  I'm thinking about drying the pulp after I make almond milk this way too and grinding it into almond flour.  I'll let you know how that goes.

I  set aside some nuts to grind in my coffee mill  to a fine almond meal for baking.  The rest I use to make Homemade Almond Milk  and my Almond butter.

I don't often bake with store bought Almond Meal flour, it's just too expensive for me, but you are welcome to try substituting if you have it.

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Chocolate Chunk Almond Meal Scones, GF, low glycemic

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/4 cups gluten free almond meal, finely ground, sift and regrind until flour
  • 1 teaspoon psyllium husks- opt, but I like them and they add structure and fiber
  • 1/3 cup gluten free potato starch 
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter or cold coconut oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar substitute of choice.  I use Splenda or Vanilla liquid stevia or try 1/4 cup local honey
  • 2 teaspoons gluten free pure vanilla 
  • 3 ounces of dark chocolate, chopped
Instructions:
Grind your dry almonds to a fine meal and sift.  Regrind any large bits.  I use a coffee mill filled 1/2 full so that it can grind easily.  Don't grind too long or you will make Almond butter!
I didn't make my scones very sweet,  you can increase the sweetness with more Vanilla Liquid Stevia or substitute with your favorite sweetener of choice
  1. In a large bowl combine the almond meal, salt, psyllium husks, potato starch and stir well
  2. Cut your cold butter into cubes and add to the flour.  Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until mealy or combine in the food processor.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, sweetener, vanilla .
  4. Stir the wet into the dry until just incorporated, stir in chocolate chunks
  5. Chill in the fridge for 30-40 minutes. 
  6. Put your dough into the middle of a 9 inch pie plate and pat out evenly.  Cut into 8 pieces but leave the "pie" together in the pan.  You can recut again after baking.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and edges start to brown.

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