I'm curious. How many of you challenged yourself to Veganuary? How many of you stayed vegan? How many of you help the planet without being vegan? That's me. I personally am not vegan but I do dedicate days of the week to plant based meals. I love trying out vegan versions of foods like scones or brownies because if you can't taste the difference, make a difference!
Veganuary (a challenge to be vegan in January) really exposed the amazing alternatives to classic foods and the complexity of this diet choice. I would argue that those who lead this lifestyle eat a lot more nutrients as they rely more heavily on wholefoods, seeds, nuts, vegetables and legumes. However, this is the case only for those who eat consciously or plan their meals. Do not be fooled, it is still possible to eat unhealthily on a vegan diet. Fast food chains, such as Subway, Mc Donald's, Dominos, Ben & Jerry's are now expanding their market by creating vegan options of their most popular foods.
Another upside to eating a plant based diet is that you can avoid eating processed meats of poorly treated animals that is proven to directly link to multiple cancers. Although having a balanced diet is what I live by, this doesn't mean that you can load up on Oreos and not expect any consequences from this overly processed treat. If you want to read more about the advantages and disadvantages of eating a vegan diet then click here to be redirected.
Anyways whether you are vegan or not, these raisin scones are delicious and it is impossible to tell that they are plant based.
350g self-raising flour , extra for dusting
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp caster sugar
95g vegan vegetable spread
150ml soy milk , plus extra to glaze
jam , to serve
vegan cream alternative, e.g. oat-based crème fraîche, to serve
STEP 1Mix the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Rub in the vegetable spread until you have fine breadcrumbs. You can also gradually pulse it in a food processor until it resembles breadcrumbs.
STEP 2Gradually stir the milk into the flour mixture until you have a smooth dough.
STEP 3Lightly dust your surface with flour and gently roll out the scone dough until 2cm thick. Transfer onto a baking tray lined with parchment and put it in the fridge for 30 mins to firm up.
STEP 4Remove the dough from the fridge and using a 7cm cutter, cut out the scones. Put them, top side down, onto another baking sheet lined with paper, leaving a 2cm gap between each one. This gives the scones an even top. Brush with the extra milk, making sure that it doesn’t drip onto the sides (otherwise they will rise unevenly). Put the scones in the freezer for 15 mins. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Remove from the freezer and bake for 15-20 mins until golden brown. Serve with jam and vegan cream, if you like.
See all the nutritional information on the original recipe's link
If you want another fun version of healthy scones then check out this berry scones recipe!
The video shows how to make cheap and tasty mixed berry scones that you can easily fit into your weight loss habits as long as you stick to eating 1 scone! This healthier version of scones recipe cost me €0.30cents a scone to make! It's a great activity for the weekend too!
A healthy lifestyle must include indulging yourself into a sweet treat or "cheat meal" once a week and I hope this will be yours! It's not all that bad when you use healthier or products/ingredients lower in fat. Our bodies need something as irresistible as these scones so we can continue healthy living and healthy eating for the rest of the week! Or just go for a walk afterwards!
When you recreate this recipe make sure to tag my Instagram account linked on this channel @TheRussianTwist and check out the extra recipes I post on there too! Give it a follow if you haven't already done so and you won't regret it!
Here's a list of ingredients to get you started: 450g of self-raising flour
2 tablespoons of baking powder
50g of caster sugar (40g in dough and 10g for sprinkling on top)
100g room temperature butter
Milk (watch the video to see measurement)
a big handful of frozen berries of your choice
Happy baking everyone!