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What Do You Do When A Recipe Calls For Crisco? Blueberry Lemon Scones

If given the choice between a muffin and a scone, I’ll take the scone every single time. I’ve even been known to eat scones for dessert (instead of breakfast) on more than one occasion. There’s something about that dry, flaky texture that I love. For some reason, however, I haven’t made scones that often until now. Living an organic, non-GMO lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods. You just need to know how to make them with the cleanest ingredients. This recipe for blueberry lemon scones is fantastic and super easy. The scones are perfect for a weekend brunch, a treat or to make ahead and freeze for later. 

Blueberry Lemon Scones

There are two special ingredients in this recipe. The first ingredient is Nutiva’s new organic vegan superfood shortening blend. This shortening replaces the “Crisco” (that’s full of heart clogging trans fat and GMOs) that most scone recipes call for. Nutiva’s shortening is a blend of organic coconut oil and red palm oil (not to be confused with the palm oil that is harvested unsustainably and destroying animals habitats). Nutiva’s commitment to obtaining red palm oil through sustainable practices makes it one of the most unique products available on the market. Whole Foods is now carrying this product, and you’ll find it in the baking supplies section of the store because it doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

The second ingredient is coconut palm sugar. This type of sugar is a perfect 1 to 1 substitute for any recipe that calls for regular old sugar. One of the big pluses of coconut palm sugar – it’s completely unrefined and not bleached like typical refined white sugar, helping to preserve all of its teeming vitamins and minerals. It is naturally high in amino acids – has 10,000 times more potassium, 20 times more magnesium and 20 times more iron than conventional sugar. Converting to this type of sugar could also lower your risk of developing diabetes because its glycemic index is half of that compared to sugar.

Food Babe's Blueberry Lemon Scones
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Serves: 12
  • ½ cup Nutiva shortening or grass-fed butter
  • 3 cups spelt flour
  • ¼ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tablespoon + ¾ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut milk, divided
  • Lemon Glaze:
  • ¼ cup coconut palm nectar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl place the shortening in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  4. Cut in the shortening with the back of a fork or pastry cutter until the size of a pea.
  5. Add the lemon zest and blueberries and mix gently to combine.
  6. In a small bowl mix the egg and the coconut milk together. Add to the dry ingredients and mix only until combined.
  7. Roll the dough out on a floured cutting board until it is 1'' thick. Cut the scones into your desired shape and put on a baking sheet. Brush with the 2 tablespoons of coconut milk and place in the oven.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  9. While baking make the lemon glaze by combining the coconut palm nectar with the lemon juice.
  10. Drizzle on top of each scone when they first come out of the oven.
Please use all organic ingredients if possible


Hope you enjoy the recipe! 



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1,531 responses to “What Do You Do When A Recipe Calls For Crisco? Blueberry Lemon Scones

      1. I would try checking online for a farm that is close by that uses sustainable farming and sells pasture raised products. I’m lucky enough to have a couple close by.

  1. Great info and always interested in ways to make a recipe healthy and clean!

    Thank you!

  2. since subscribing to your post I been have educated on the bad stuff allowed in our food. It’s a shame to do this to humanity for financial gain. You have made me aware and am a label reader… It takes longer to shop but well worth it..thank you. I also would love to be a winner.

  3. Thank you! I finally have all of the ingredients that I need to make a vegan baked goodie!!!

  4. this looks amazing I love scones. Just read your book. I thought I was eating healthy before but wow! Opened my eyes. I have totally changed how I shop for my family, thank you!

  5. Met you this weekend at your book signing. You are such an inspiration. I can’t wait to make this recipe and would love to win some of the ingredients!

  6. This would be awesome! I am trying to “clean” out all the processed food from my home and use better products for myself and my family and it is so costly. Winning this would be one more thing on my way to clean eating.

  7. “Coconut PALM sugar” is listed in the ingredient list, is this a typo? I can only find Nutiva’s “coconut sugar.”

  8. I’m starting a “new” eating plan and just found your site!
    I follow you on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and your YouTube channel, and Food Babe Updates.
    Scone recipe sounds wonderful!

  9. I am like you because I too love scones. I USE Nutiva Coconut Sugar regularly to sweeten my brewed loose-leaf teas! Have not tried Nutiva Shortening.

  10. My kids actually chose a scone for dessert today! I’ve always just used butter in my scones. The thing I have a hard time with is finding recipes that don’t use refined flour. This one sounds great. Can’t wait to try it!

  11. I learned to substitute 1/2 c. applesauce for 1 c. shortening from “In the Kitchen with Rosie: Oprah’s Favorite Recipes” (Rosie Daley) years ago. You can use any pureed fruit like bananas. Or for a savory twist, use pureed pumpkin or sweet potato depending on what flavor you wanted to incorporate into your recipe.

  12. This yummy sounding recipe just inspired me!

    I’m going to invite friends over for a little cooking party and show everyone the Food Babe way!

  13. I love scones. I am looking forward to making this recipe. I follow you on Facebook. Aloha

  14. I already love Nutiva Coconut oil, so I am looking forward to trying the palm oil shortening. I am wondering if u can use the shortening for pan frying foods.

  15. you have turned my life around, thank you. Just received your book can’t wait to read it.

  16. I believe I read on your facebook site about discarding out of date cake mixes and that they could pose serious health risks due to yeast in the mixes. Cake mixes do not contain yeast, but baking powder or baking soda. Breads contain yeast. So I think there must be some other ingredient which decades with time and can cause serious health risks. I would like Clarification. I think I read this on Food Babe, but could have been somewhere else.

  17. I use lard in place of Crisco. Honey and stevia in place of sugar. Grass-fed butter in place of margarine. Altogether, though, the scones look pretty tasty.

  18. I just made these. Bought the ingredients at Whole Foods. I wondered if the recipe called for too much lemon zest but not so. You could even add a little more. These are delicious and a special treat. I prepare food at home a lot but I don’t bake much. I could not find on the container if the Nutiva Shortening should be refrigerated or not. I would like not to because odor from the fridg. could become an issue.

  19. Can’t wait to try these using my favorite GF flours! I will try with 1/2 Namaste All Purpose Blend And 1/2 Coconut Flour and Meyers lemons…. Vani you rock!

  20. we have as a family been eating clean for a week, a huge part is prepping but I am concerned about the cost factor, can anyone tell me how you over come this? does anyone have a suggestion for a protein shake I can use that is clean, I was about to order shakology from beachbodies but under the amino acids I found glutamic acid, aspartic acid phenylalanine, I just hesitate to give this to my kids. would love to win this, I love scones and grew up eating it with strawberry jam and whipped cream ontop as a desert with tea

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