Have extra pumpkin purée? Enjoy a fall-inspired breakfast with these Whole Wheat Pumpkin Scones with Cranberries and Pistachios.
The pumpkin train is still going on strong in my house! Between the many pumpkin dishes and fun Halloween goodies we are baking, my kids are really enjoying mommy’s fun creations out of the kitchen!
I personally adore scones. Maybe it is because I love all things rustic. And after many scones turning into leaded weights, I was thrilled with how these whole wheat pumpkin scones turned out.
Homemade pumpkin purée versus canned
Did you know that many popular brands of canned pumpkin purée do not contain pumpkin, but other varieties of squash? In all honesty, squash and pumpkins are basically the same. But we all know that they differ in flavor.
I love a good butternut squash, but I want my pumpkin creations to have real pumpkin flavor. I like to use homemade pumpkin purée but do use canned if I’m pressed for time.
You can make homemade pumpkin purée with most any pumpkin variety. The typical jack-o-lantern pumpkins aren’t super sweet, so I don’t recommend using those.
The smaller sugar pie pumpkins are the most popular pumpkins for roasting and make pumpkin purée. But I also like to use any variety of the Cinderella pumpkins.
For this recipe of whole scones with pumpkin, I used my homemade pumpkin purée and it was delicious despite my laziness and not mashing it up into a completely smooth consistency!
I divided the unused pumpkin purée and split them into freezable resealable bags containing 1 or 2 cups of pumpkin. Fresh pumpkin puree will last about 1 week in the fridge and up to 6-8 months in the freezer.
Tips on making whole wheat scones
I remember the first time I made scones. I honestly didn’t know what I was doing. The temptation to over mix your dough is great. I mean, when you make pizza dough, you are told to beat the heck out of your dough, right?
But like biscuits, scones don’t like to man-handled too much. Which makes these imperfect looking baked treats even more delicious in my book! The same rule applies to whole wheat scones.
You can not simply substitute all purpose flour in a regular scone recipe with whole wheat flour and expect it to turn out. I have had good success with substituting half of amount of all purpose flour in a recipe with whole wheat flour.
Whole wheat flour can make your baked goods denser and a lot heavier than those made with just all purpose flour. And since scones are on the dense side, they worked beautifully in these pumpkin scones.
Even with my lumpy homemade pumpkin purée! I enjoyed bits of dried cranberries and pistachios, along with small bites of pumpkin. I loved how it all turned out.
How long do whole wheat pumpkin scones keep?
I topped these pumpkin scones with some turbinado sugar and a little orange zest before baking them. You could also whip up a little icing sugar and drizzle it over the scones after it has baked and cooled.
If stored in a resealable container, these pumpkin scones will keep for about 1 to 2 days at room temperature and up to 1 week in the fridge. But I suspect that they will all be eaten up way before then! Enjoy!
- 2 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 TBS granulated sugar
- 1 TBS baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped pistachios
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup + 2 TBS pumpkin purée
- 2 TBS agave nectar
- 2 tsp turbinado sugar
- 2 tsp grated orange zest (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium-sized bowl whisk together whole wheat flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
- Using your fingers mix in butter and squeeze butter into flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- Stir in dried cranberries and pistachios.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together yogurt, pumpkin purée and agave nectar.
- Pour yogurt mixture into flour mixture and mix with your hands until a rough dough is formed.
- Turn dough onto a lightly floured work surface and shape into a circle or rectangle, about 1-inch thick.
- Do not over mix the dough.
- Cut into small squares or wedges.
- Sprinkle turbinado sugar and orange zest (optional) over the wedges.
- Place scones onto prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in the hot oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Allow scones to cool on the baking sheet for five minutes.
- Serve warm or place on a cooling rack to completely cool.
Serving Suggestions: You can substitute pumpkin purée with sweet potato. The scones pictured above was made with oven-roasted pumpkin that was a little lumpy, and produced small chunks of pumpkin within the scone. You can also substitute honey or maple syrup for the agave nectar.
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Serving Size:1 scone
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 16mg Sodium: 382mg Carbohydrates: 42g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 5g Sugar: 16g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 7g