Delicious Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe

In a world full of processed foods, it can be hard to find healthy and nutritious options. As a nutritionist and food blogger, I am committed to sharing recipes that are not only delicious but also good for your body. And that’s why I’m excited to share this gluten-free cranberry orange scones recipe with you.

Scones are an all-time classic, but they can be problematic if you are sensitive to gluten or dairy. Not anymore. This recipe is a perfect combination of juicy cranberries and tart orange, making it a scrumptious treat for any season.

Whether you’re craving something sweet for breakfast, an afternoon treat or a late-night snack, these scones hit the spot. And with just the right amount of sweetness, these gluten-free cranberry orange scones are also an excellent choice for those who want to manage their sugar intake without giving up on taste.

So let’s get started and discover how easy it is to make delicious and healthy scones using gluten-free flour and other wholesome ingredients.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Scones
Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Scones

Are you in search of a delicious and nutritious gluten-free breakfast option? Look no further than these delectable Cranberry Orange Scones! This recipe will have your taste buds dancing with joy while not compromising your health with unwanted additives.

Firstly, the combination of sweet orange zest and tangy dried cranberries make for a flavor-packed treat that is sure to satisfy any craving. Each bite of these stunning scones is filled with bursts of juicy fruit and hints of vanilla extract, which add to their irresistibly achromatic flavor.

What’s more, this recipe is made using gluten-free flour and dairy-free butter, making it an excellent choice for individuals with dietary restrictions. There’s also an option to go vegan-friendly by using almond milk instead of cow’s milk and vegan butter instead of regular butter. The use of healthy almond flour instead of all-purpose flour provides a rich and slightly nutty taste that unites perfectly with the other ingredients used.

Finally, baking these scones is simple and quick, allowing you to enjoy freshly baked scones without spending too much time in the kitchen. You’ll love how easy it is to make soft and fluffy scones that are cooked to perfection each time you bake them!

In conclusion, this recipe is an excellent option for anyone who wants a simple yet flavorful gluten-free breakfast or snack. So why not try out this Cranberry Orange Scone recipe today? With its amazing taste and benefits, it’s impossible not to love it!

Ingredient List

 A warm hearty way to start your day with the perfect tangy combination of cranberries and oranges.
A warm hearty way to start your day with the perfect tangy combination of cranberries and oranges.

Here are all the ingredients you will need to make these delicious gluten-free cranberry orange scones.

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup almond milk (dairy-free milk)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cubed

You can use fresh cranberries instead of dried ones if you prefer. If you are vegan, you can replace the egg with a flax egg, and the butter with vegan butter spread.

The Recipe How-To

 Don't break up with gluten-free baking, these scones will prove that there is hope.
Don’t break up with gluten-free baking, these scones will prove that there is hope.

Now that you are familiar with the ingredient list, let’s dive right into the recipe. Here’s how to make delicious Gluten-Free Cranberry Orange Scones:

Prepping the Ingredients

Before you begin, preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C). Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In a mixing bowl, mix 2 cups of gluten-free all-purpose flour blend, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, 2 and 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and a pinch of salt (optional).
  • Add in 1/2 cup of cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces. Use a pastry cutter or fork to mix until mixture looks like coarse meal.
  • Fold in 1 cup of dried cranberries and the zest from one large orange.

Making the Dough

In a separate bowl, whisk together until combined:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup of milk (dairy or non-dairy)

Pour liquid over the dry ingredients and mix until dough forms. The dough should be only slightly sticky, but not too crumbly or too wet.

Cutting and Baking

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. With floured hands, gently pat the dough down and shape it into a circle that’s about 1-inch thick. Use a sharp knife or bench scraper to cut it into eight triangles.

Transfer each triangle onto your prepared baking sheet making sure they are about an inch apart. At this point you can brush with some extra milk and sprinkle optional coarse sugar on top.

Bake for about 15-17 minutes or until golden brown on top. Be careful not to over-bake them as they will turn out dry.


Once ready, remove from the oven and let the scones rest for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.

These gluten-free cranberry orange scones are best served warm with a cup of tea, coffee or your favorite beverage. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

 These scones will tickle your taste buds with the amazing texture and flavor.
These scones will tickle your taste buds with the amazing texture and flavor.

When it comes to making substitutions and variations to this gluten-free cranberry orange scones recipe, the options are endless! Here are a few ideas to consider:

– Flour: If you don’t have gluten-free flour on hand, you can use all-purpose flour instead. You can also use almond flour or coconut flour for a nuttier flavor and healthier option.

– Cranberries: Fresh cranberries work just as well as dried cranberries. You can also try using dried cherries, raisins, or apricots for a twist.

– Orange: If you’re not a fan of orange flavors, try swapping it out with lemon or lime zest instead.

– Vegan: If you’re looking for a vegan option, you can replace the egg with ¼ cup of unsweetened applesauce or ¼ cup of mashed bananas. You can also use plant-based milk instead of regular milk.

– Dairy-Free: Use dairy-free butter in place of regular butter to make this recipe dairy-free. Use plant-based milk instead of regular milk as well.

Regardless of the substitutions or variations you make, be sure to adjust measurements accordingly and keep an eye on your dough consistency. With these simple swaps, you can easily tailor these cranberry orange scones to your tastes and dietary preferences.

Serving and Pairing

 Gluten-free or not, you'll fall in love with these scones at first bite.
Gluten-free or not, you’ll fall in love with these scones at first bite.

The gluten-free cranberry orange scones are a delightful treat that can be enjoyed any time of the day. Their subtle sweetness and tangy cranberry taste pair perfectly with a cup of freshly brewed coffee, tea or hot cocoa.

For a special brunch or afternoon tea party, serve the scones with whipped cream or vanilla yogurt and some fresh berries. The vibrant colors of the fruits make for an attractive presentation that is sure to impress your guests.

If you prefer a savory option, spread some butter or honey on top of the scones before taking a bite. This simple twist adds a new dimension of flavor to the already delicious pastry.

No matter how you choose to serve them up, these gluten-free cranberry orange scones are perfect for just about any occasion or mood. So go ahead and indulge – they’re worth it!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A picture-perfect plate of golden brown scones, with a lovely texture that makes them irresistible.
A picture-perfect plate of golden brown scones, with a lovely texture that makes them irresistible.

Once your gluten-free cranberry orange scones are baked and cooled, the best way to keep them fresh and delicious is by storing them in an airtight container. These scones can be made ahead of time to save on prep time, so you can have a quick and easy snack or breakfast whenever you need it.

These scones store well for up to three days at room temperature, and you can also freeze them for up to one month. To freeze them, wrap the scones tightly in plastic wrap, place them in a freezer-safe bag, and store them until needed. When ready to eat, let the scones thaw for 30 minutes on the counter before reheating.

To reheat the scones, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), place the scones on a baking sheet, and bake for 5-10 minutes until heated through. You can also reheat them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds; however, this may result in a less crispy texture.

If you don’t plan on serving all of your scones at once, simply reheat the portion you would like to enjoy while keeping the others stored away properly. This will maintain their freshness and flavor.

Remember that these gluten-free cranberry orange scones are best served warm straight from the oven with a hot cup of coffee or tea. With their sweet and tangy flavors and soft and crumbly texture, these scones are sure to be a hit with anyone who tries them.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A cold winter morning is complete with freshly baked cranberry orange scones and a hot cup of coffee
A cold winter morning is complete with freshly baked cranberry orange scones and a hot cup of coffee

Baking gluten-free and dairy-free scones can be a little tricky but fear not! I’ve got some tips to ensure that your Cranberry Orange Scones turn out perfect.

Tip 1: Measure Ingredients Carefully

Measuring ingredients correctly is one of the most important steps in baking. When making gluten-free scones, it’s essential to measure the flour blend carefully. Too much flour will result in dry, crumbly scones, while too little flour will produce dense scones. I recommend using a kitchen scale to weigh your ingredients and following the recipe measurements accurately.

Tip 2: Don’t Overwork the Dough

When adding liquid ingredients to the flour mix, make sure you don’t overwork the dough. The more you handle the dough, the more it will activate the xanthan gum, which can make it sticky and challenging to work with. Mix until the dough just comes together and form into a flat disk before cutting them into wedges or circles.

Tip 3: Use Cold Ingredients

Using cold ingredients for this recipe is crucial for ensuring flakey, tender scones. I suggest chilling your butter in advance, and using cold milk and eggs straight from the fridge. You can also pop your prepared dough into the fridge for at least 15 minutes before baking to help prevent spreading.

Tip 4: Add Moisture with Fresh Orange Zest

Fresh orange zest is a great ingredient to add moisture and flavor to gluten-free scones without making them too dense or heavy. Use a microplane grater or zester to remove just the outermost layer of an orange’s peel before adding it to your dough mixture.

With these tips on hand, you’ll be able to crank out these delicious cranberry orange scones like a pro even if you’re new to gluten-free or dairy-free baking!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this gluten-free cranberry orange scones recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients that you may already have in your pantry. It is not only healthy but also delicious and perfect for breakfast, brunch or as an afternoon snack. These scones are dairy-free and can be easily made vegan by swapping the egg with a flax egg. Additionally, the scones can be stored and reheated making them a great option to make ahead of time.

I hope that this recipe inspires you to try something new in the kitchen and helps you realize that eating gluten-free or dairy-free doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor or texture. The cranberry orange combination is one of my favorite flavor combinations and I believe everyone will enjoy it too.

Feel free to experiment with different variations such as substituting dried cranberries for fresh ones, adding nuts such as almonds or adding a dash of cinnamon or cardamom for additional flavor. Don’t forget to share your experiences with me and leave a comment below on how you enjoyed this recipe.

Thank you for reading and happy baking!

Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Scones

Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe

This recipe is inpired by and dedicated to fellow Zaar chef LARavenscroft. These scones are very light and are the best warm right out of the oven.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Course Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine Gluten-free
Servings 10 scones
Calories 199.8 kcal


  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 1/3 cups pamela's ultimate baking and pancake mix
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • zest of one orange


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Add the dried cranberries to the orange juice and set aside. (This allows the cranberries to get plump and juicy).
  • Combine the dry ingredients.
  • Cut in the butter using two knives.
  • Add the beaten egg, milk, orange juice/cranberry mixture, vanilla, and orange zest. Mix together with a fork. The batter will be thick and lumpy.
  • Drop large, tall dollops onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. About a 1/4 cup of batter will make for even scones.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes until lightly browned.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 109gCalories: 199.8kcalCarbohydrates: 30.3gProtein: 4.1gFat: 6.9gSaturated Fat: 3.6gCholesterol: 40.9mgSodium: 448.7mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 7.6g
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