Whole Wheat Orange Scones with Chia Seeds

These whole orange scones are not only studded with sweet Valencia oranges, but also protein packed chia seeds.
Whole Wheat Orange Scones with Chia Seeds by FamilySpice.com

Keeping up with the trends in the foodie world can be like keeping up with the latest fashion. Things come and go just as quickly. We had the cake ball phenomenon, then everywhere you looked you found Nutella recipes. It’s the same on the healthy-eating side, too. Going gluten-free became the thing-to-do, even if you weren’t allergic. Then there’s the paleo movement. Quinoa, which has been used since the ancient times, is all the rage again. It’s enough to make your head spin!

Have no fear, I have found ANOTHER fabulous trend in the foodie world: Chia Seeds.

(now is the time for you to oooh & aaah!)

My good friend, Jennie, was the first to tell me about chia seeds about a year ago. But, I didn’t immediately find them in my local natural food stores.

I’ve seen them used here and there online and I started reading up on them.

Like most seeds, chia seeds are a great protein source. They are rich in fiber and antioxidants and are a good source of calcium. Chia seeds are also a wonderful source of the plant version of the omega 3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid) ALA that you can find in walnuts and flax. Although they are naturally low in saturated fat, their calories are more dense, like most seeds and nuts. So just a sprinkle is all you need to enjoy their benefits.

You can add them to a smoothie. Your kids won’t notice them – they are smaller than the seeds you find on strawberries or raspberries. Sprinkle a dabble on your oatmeal or granola parfait.

Whole Wheat Orange Scones with Chia Seeds by FamilySpice.com

You can even bake with them. I added them to my whole wheat orange scones for an extra dose of fab-u-lous!

And speaking of my scones, these are crunchy and flakey on the outside, perfectly moist on the inside. They are full orange juice, orange fruit and orange zest.

I dabbled a little homemade orange sugar on some of them and added a bit of orange glaze on the others. Both, were inhaled.

Orange Sugar by FamilySpice.com

And who says real men don’t eat scones? I served a plate at my husband’s cub scout leader meeting and was left with an empty plate.

“Mmmm… Laura, these are crum(b)-y scones!”

That’s a pun provided by our favorite den leader/comedian.

Yeah, they get a lot of work done at these meetings…

Whole Wheat Orange Scones with Chia Seeds

Crumbly scones on the outside, moist and orangey on the inside - and plus you get all the fiber, antioxidant and protein goodness from the chia seeds. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, light
  • 1 TBS baking powder
  • 2 TBS chia seeds
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted, cold & cut into small pieces
  • 2 Valencia oranges, grated zest only, reserve fruit for step 9
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, plain Greek
  • 3/4 TBS turbinado sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together:
    • 2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar, light
    • 1 TBS baking powder
    • 2 TBS chia seeds
    • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  4. Using your fingers squeeze in and mix:
    • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted , cold & cut into small pieces
    • 2 Valencia oranges , grated zest only, reserve fruit for step 9
  5. Continue squeezing butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk together:
    • 1/3 cup orange juice
    • 1 egg, large
    • 1/2 cup yogurt, plain Greek
  7. Pour yogurt mixture into flour mixture and mix with a spoon or a fork until a rough dough is formed. Do not over mix the dough.
  8. Turn dough onto a lightly floured work surface and shape into a circle or rectangle, about 1/2-inch thick.
  9. Peel and coarsely chop oranges used for zest in step 4.
  10. Press half of the oranges onto half of your scone dough.
  11. Gently fold empty half of the scone dough over the side with the orange pieces to cover oranges.
  12. Using your finger tips, gently press top of dough into the oranges and reshape into a rectangle or circle.
  13. Press remaining oranges onto the top of the scone dough.
  14. Cut dough into 8-10 even pieces.
  15. Sprinkle over the scones:
    • 3/4 TBS turbinado sugar
  16. Place scones onto the prepared baking sheet and bake until golden, about 15 minutes.
  17. Allow scones to cool on the baking sheet for five minutes.
  18. Serve warm or place on a cooling rack to completely cool.


Serving Suggestions: If you prefer an orange glaze on your scones (pictured above), whisk together 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1 TBS of orange juice and then drizzle over the cooled scones. You can also garnish with sugared orange peel: stir together 2 TBS of grated orange zest with 1 TBS sugar.

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Yield: 10 servings

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Whole Wheat Orange Scones with Chia Seeds Detail

source: Dr. Melina Jampolis, a physician nutrition specialist

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6 Responses to Whole Wheat Orange Scones with Chia Seeds

  1. LOVE these scones! Chia seeds are so wonderful, I love that you incorporate them into a crumbly scone. Well done.

  2. Oooohhh…these are so pretty. I love the combination of whole wheat and orange. And chia seeds…since they've entered our lives, my kids actually eat them, which is a good thing. I think you might remember these chia crunch cookies I made before Christmas.

  3. Jeanne, yes! Your chia crunch cookies were delish! Thanks for reminding me!

  4. I am always looking for new ways to use Chia Seeds – thank you for sharing!

    Your photos are beautiful!

  5. Oh I love scones!! I have my favorite scones in Santa Cruz and I don't even mind driving there to grab one. I need to make scones on my own one day. These orange scones look so delicious!!! Never heard of Chia seeds before. Learned something new today. =)

  6. Margaret at #

    I’m going to bookmark your site! Great info.
    For more information about chia seeds, and some recipe ideas, check out my website: http://www.chiativity.org

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