Peach Scones with Coconut Glaze
Seriously, I can't get enough of peaches. I have been eating so many of them lately that recently I even caught myself second guessing if I should buy more. Can you have too many peaches? Personally, I don’t think so, so that’s what I’m sticking with.
They are just so incredibly juicy and fresh this time of year, that I’m trying to get my fill of them before peach season is officially gone. (But don’t worry, that signals the beginning of pumpkin season, which is also a favourite of mine!) So, as we only have a few more weeks to take advantage of this delicious, vibrant stone-fruit, I thought I would share a very simple, but super delicious scone recipe with you, so you can get in as many fresh peaches as you can while they are still in season.
Growing up in England, having scones often is truly a ‘thing’. It’s never a fancy affair, like it is when you go to High Tea at some fancy hotel or restaurant, but having tea and scones is part of life in England. Yes, we really like to lean into all the stereotypes. My lovely Mum (or Mom, for the Canadians) makes a mean scone, and has since I can remember. They are super fluffy, delicious and seriously the best when they are fresh out of the oven, and slathered in jam and heavy cream. Hey, I never said they were healthy! These peach scones, while equally as delicious, are a little lighter and healthier than the traditional, sugar-laden, scone. The addition of the peaches really take them up a notch, and make them a perfect addition to a Sunday Brunch or Bridal Shower. With this recipe, I decided to take it one step further and drizzle them in an incredibly delicious glaze that is made from a whopping 3 ingredients: coconut butter, maple syrup and non-dairy milk. I bet if you checked your pantry or fridge, you probably have all of these ingredients already, that’s how simple it is to make!
If your mouth is watering and you can’t wait any longer, feel free to scroll straight to the recipe below. (Don’t worry, I won’t be offended.) But, if you are reading this while enjoying your morning coffee, or procrastinating addressing your inbox, then let’s chat about what makes peaches such a powerful, nutrient-dense fruit.
Peach Season > Everything.
Peaches are a great source of immune-boosting vitamin C and beta-carotene, a rich source of potassium and vitamin A and a good source of vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and folate.
Peaches offer an amazing source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and copper.
Research has also shown that peaches can reduce the risk of cancer, due to their high content of phenolic and carotenoid compounds, which possess both anti-tumour and anti-cancer properties.
Peaches are fantastic for maintaining healthy skin, owing to the presence of a large amount of vitamin C, which provides a defense against harmful free radicals and infections. (I go into more detail about Free Radicals in this post here, so check it out!)
Peaches are a great source of digestive fiber!
Okay, let’s get to the recipe shall we. This scone recipe does include butter, so it can’t be considered vegan. I don’t suggest subbing with coconut oil, as the butter needs to remain in a solid form and coconut oil melts so easily. You could sub-in a vegan butter, but if you don’t follow a strict plant-based lifestyle, I suggest using a high-quality grass-fed butter instead! As for the flour, I found that spelt flour yields a nice, fluffy scone. I don’t bake with white or whole wheat flour, so I rely pretty heavily on this handy ‘Flour Substitution’ guide from Joyous Health. Baking with healthy flour substitutes is a bit of a science, but they are much more nutritious than the regular old baking flours. I purchase all of my healthy flours, and most of my other baking supplies, from Bulk Barn.
I can't wait to hear with you think of the recipe. Don't forget to snap a photo and tag The Wholeistic Way on Instagram. Enjoy!