Guilt-Free Banana and Date Spelt Scones

Banana and Date Scones

 Storm Desmond

The mayhem caused by the Storm Desmond last week hasn’t stopped, now it is the North County Dublin that’s flooding. I spent a whole day gloomily studying in my room. Yes, I said gloomily. It’s cold and dark, and the mood gets a bit grey. I am not born for this weather.

I’m more suited to the sun’s heat on my skin and sweat dripping down my back. But it is all grey here (the weather).

Find Positivity Even In A Storm

On the positive side though, if there’s one thing I like when the weather’s so dreadful outside with the rain pouring down, it’s the fact that everybody is at home. By everybody of course I mean my husband and kids with all of us in our fluffy pyjamas. The house is warm, and we can all sit and watch a good movie together. Throw in a cup of hot tea with home made guilt-free scones, and you’re knocking on the door of heaven.

Work toward Success

Before all that happiness talk could become a reality, I actually have to go into the kitchen again, this time with the intention of making a little something special, but quick and easy. I was trying to replicate my banana loaf, but as usual I wanted to add a little twist.  Now, remember this is supposed to be a very quick baking session.

So I kick-started by breaking 2 eggs into the food processor, I then added 2 mashed the bananas, two tablespoons of coconut oil and pulsed them till they were all mixed. I then added a few chopped dates, 2 cups of spelt flour and 1 tea spoon of instant yeast in warm water. Pulsed the whole lot again ’till a sticky dough was formed.

Don’t Quit Easily

At that stage the practical mother in me took control and decided to try some scones with the same dough instead of a loaf. I figured if I make the right amount everybody will get there fair share and there won’t be any ‘liberal’ slicing (husband).

‘But I only had one slice honey’, neglecting to mention his one slice was half the loaf.

Be Creative

 I formed one small ball and placed it in the oven and let it cook for about 10 minutes, just as a trial run. 10 minutes later I pulled it out, and I was delighted to find it was a complete success.

Be proud of your achievements

Naturally, I ate the trial run in one mouthful. I then formed six more balls and stuck them in the oven. My sweet sister in law (who was visiting) and I sat down with a hot cup of tea and these delightful rustic scones. I wasn’t sure what to call them at first as they’re something between a mini bun and a scone. Sarah suggested I call them scones. It was sweet, coconutty, bready, and just mouth-watering.

Guilt-Free Banana and Date Spelt Scones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 hours

Yield: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • pinch of baking soda
  • 2 table spoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tea spoon of instant yeast
  • 4 table spoon of warm water
  • 8 pitted dates
  • 2 cups of spelt flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 180C
  2. Mix the instant yeast with the warm water and let it sit for about 5 minutes
  3. Break the egg into a food processor.
  4. Add 2 mashed bananas
  5. Add 2 table spoons of coconut oil
  6. Pulse till all are combined
  7. Add the the spelt flour, a pinch of baking soda and the instant yeast.
  8. Pulse again till a sticky dough is formed.
  9. Form 6-7 balls
  10. Bake in the oven for about 12-15 minutes.
  11. The tester knife should come out clean
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