Strawberry Basil Scones

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These amazing strawberry basil scones are the perfect “grab-n-go” breakfast treat and totally beat those drab ones you buy at the coffee shop!

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When it comes to breakfast pastries, a flaky croissant, a glazed danish or a fruity muffin is my go to. I can’t remember the last time I actually ordered a scone or even requested one when I was traveling. I don’t not like them, but there are about 5 other sweets in line that I’d rather gobble up in its place.

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That was all before I had a bite of these.

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These buttery and flaky scones are a total game changer for me. They are the scone that will make me never want to make another kind of breakfast pastry again. I don’t know if it’s because of the strawberries, the basil or the butter, but I could eat these for every single meal of the day and never get sick of them. And I sort of did the day I made these. One for breakfast, one for lunch and definitely one for dinner. I had to make E take the rest to his colleagues at work so I didn’t do the same thing the following day.

Although I do wish I had one to go with my third cup of coffee this morning. Did I mention it’s barely 9am? It’s going to be one of those days.

Strawberry Basil Scones

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Yields about 8 – 10 scones. Recipe adapted from Port and Fin.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: About 20 minutes


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup raw brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure clove honey
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry preserves
  • 2/3 – 3/4 cup chopped basil
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup light cream
  • Glaze for drizzling (I used this recipe)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease with nonstick cooking spray. In another bowl, toss the strawberries with the brown sugar and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, almond meal and baking powder. Add the butter to the flour mixture and cut it in using a pastry knife until it’s coarse (and resembles sand). Stir in the applesauce, milk, cream, honey, preserves and mix until a soft dough forms. Gently fold in the strawberries and basil and mix just enough to blend (you don’t want the strawberries to bleed or the basil leaves to bruise).
  3. Using a large spoon, scoop out a heaping spoonful of dough. Using your hands, gently roll the dough together (it’ll be a little crumbly still) and drop onto the parchment paper, leaving an inch or so between each scone.
  4. Once all have been scooped, place in the oven and bake for about 20 – 24 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool slightly on the parchment paper and then move to a wire cooling rack.
  5. Once completely cooled, drizzle with glaze and serve with speckles of strawberries.

Nutritional information per scone: 

Calories: 236.5
Fat: 9.7 grams
Carbohydrates: 33.5 grams
Fiber: 1.5 grams
Protein: 4.1 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 6 

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  1. Posted by Ginny McMeans on
    Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
    I love that there are strawberries and strawberry preserves in these yummy looking scones!
  2. Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
    These are some serious scones. I wish I had a plate of them next to me right now.
  3. Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
    I've always enjoyed using fresh herbs in baked goods and especially with fruit. Lovely scones!
  4. Posted by Marjory @ Dinner-Mom on
    Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
    Gorgeous. Love the basil and strawberry combo!
  5. Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
    Scones and I have a deep, deep lover affair, but I've never seen a strawberry basil combo. Love love LOVE it! Almond meal is genius too.
  6. Posted by Susan on
    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
    A really good scone is so satisfying! Too bad there are so many dry ones out there! However yours look incredible! I've never added almond meal to mine but I like the sound of it. This sounds like a must try.
  7. Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
    Looove the flavor combination going on with the strawberry and basil! They look so delicious and perfect for breakfast :)
  8. Posted by Crystal Barrett on
    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
    Love scones! I bet these are perfect!
  9. Posted by Connie | URBAN BAKES on
    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
    I've never had strawberry-basil but heard it's really good. I have to make this some time. Thanks!
  10. Thursday, July 24th, 2014
    I love scones! Strawberry basil is definitely the combination that I need to try next!
  11. Thursday, July 24th, 2014
    Beautiful scones! I wish I had a dozen now.