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Yogurt Whole Wheat Scones with Pomegranate

Tender and moist, these yogurt whole wheat scones are busting with ruby red pomegranate are wholesome and healthier twist on a classic breakfast treat. Find more of my pomegranate recipes.

Yogurt Whole Wheat Scones with Pomegranate by FamilySpice.com

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I am definitely a morning person, but certainly not the bright and perky kind. I love waking up with the sun shining through my windows and getting a jump on my day. And breakfast foods are definitely my jam. 

Once of my favorite treats to eat for breakfast are scones. I love that they are rustic and don’t require much fuss. I have made olive oil scones and savory tomato scones and stuffed every possible fruit in a scone. So why not make them healthier with these yogurt whole wheat scones with pomegranate.

Are whole wheat scones healthy?

It seems that everyone is on the gluten-free kick, or low carbing it or even trying the high fat Keto diet. But the rest of us who have no food allergies or sensitivities or health issues, well, we still like our breads and baked goods. Granted, I don’t eat as many as I used to when I was younger, but I do try to eat healthy.

Traditional scones are made with white all purpose flour. White flour has been refined and the outer high fiber husk has been removed. Whole wheat flour is denser and has more fiber than regular white flour. And these whole wheat scones have the added punch of wheat bran.

I have found that adding wheat bran to my baked goods gives it a nuttier flavor. It is also jam packed with fiber, so a little bit goes a very long way. So in the grand scheme of things, yes, these whole wheat scones are more healthy than the traditional white flour scones.

Butter and dry ingredients in a bowl to make yogurt whole wheat scones by FamilySpice.com

Yogurt scones vs buttermilk scones

Traditionally scones are made with butter and buttermilk. But did you know that buttermilk and yogurt have very similar properties? Both are acidic, tangy and made from milk. The acid in both buttermilk and yogurt helps the leavening and create a delicious scone.

But buttermilk is expensive and goes bad quickly in the fridge. Plus, I always have yogurt on hand so I am always baking with yogurt, like this Yogurt Plum Cake and the delicious Pomegranate Yogurt Pancakes. In fact, I stopped baking with buttermilk completely.

If you have a recipe using buttermilk, I have an easy substitution so you can swap it out with Greek yogurt.

For every 1 cup of buttermilk, substitute with 3/4 cup Greek yogurt and 1/4 cup milk.

Wet ingredients added to dry ingredients in a bowl to make yogurt whole wheat scones by FamilySpice.com

Are pomegranates healthy?

Pomegranates are incredibly rich in antioxidants and are also rich in fiber Vitamin C, Vitamin K, folate and potassium. They also have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, too.. Pomegranates are also reported to help treat digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases.

This ancient fruit is revered in the middle east and is becoming very popular here in the US. Once you peel away the tough outer skin, you find that it is filled with the ruby red seeds, or arils. The arils contain the fruit juice and the white seed inside is most definitely edible.

Some seeds may be tougher to chew than others, so not everybody is fond of the pomegranate seed. But it most definitely is edible and full of fiber.

Adding pomegranate arils to yogurt whole wheat scones dough by FamilySpice.com

Can I use other fruits with this whole wheat scone recipe?

Absolutely! Since it is fall and we are overflowing with pomegranates, I automatically gravitate to this delicious fruit. You can also use other fall fruits if you want, like chopped pears, figs, red grapes, even whole wheat pumpkin scones. Got leftover cranberry sauce? I made leftover cranberry sauce scones, too.

These whole wheat scones work well with spring and summer fruits too. Feel free to use your favorite berries like raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and currants. Love stone fruits? Chop up some peaches, nectarines or plums and use them in this scone recipe, too.

Yogurt whole wheat scones with pomegranate cut into wedges and ready to bake by FamilySpice.com

Yield: 8 scones

Yogurt Whole Wheat Scones with Pomegranate

Yogurt Whole Wheat Scones with Pomegranate by FamilySpice.com

Tender and moist, these yogurt whole wheat scones are busting with ruby red pomegranate are wholesome and healthier twist on a classic breakfast treat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat bran
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 TBS baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 3/4 tsp turbinado sugar

Instructions

  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 flour, wheat bran, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.
  4. Using your fingers squeeze in and mix in butter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, milk and egg.
  6. 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.
  7. Turn one-third of the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and shape into a circle or rectangle, about 1/3-inch thick.
  8. Press 1/4 cup pomegranate into the dough.
  9. Press over the pomegranate with another one-third of the dough from the mixing bowl.
  10. Press into the dough with another 1/4 cup pomegranate.
  11. Gently press the remainder of the dough over the pomegranate.
  12. Press the last 1/4 cup pomegranate into the top layer of the dough.
  13. Cut dough into 8-10 even pieces.
  14. Sprinkle turbinado sugar over the scones and place onto the prepared baking sheet and bake until golden, about 12-15 minutes.
  15. Allow scones to cool on the baking sheet for five minutes then transfer to a cooling rack to completely cool. Serve warm or room temperature.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1 scone

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 275mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 6g