Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Scones

Exam season is creeping up fast again and I'm slowly starting to feel the pressure. I have 3 exams in May to mark the end of my first year; Biochemistry, Human Anatomy and Physiology and Nutrition. As you can imagine, there's quite a lot to get through but when the stress comes creeping, take it out on the dough. Baking has always been rather therapeutic for me, I'm not just creating a delicious batch of comfort food, I'm calming myself down. One of the best things about baking is the smell of the finished product and of course sharing my creations. My little brother presents quite the challenge when it comes to increasing his dietary fibre intake; the boy doesn't like brown bread, he doesn't like oats, heck he rarely ever touches his vegetables. And so I've been forced to come up with a few creative ways to help my mom tackle this problem. Bake it, Spiralise it or Blend it, these are my three go to methods! That's exactly how these cute little numbers came about. Each scone provides 10.8g fibre, that's half of his recommended intake of fibre/day, success! At just 200 calories per scone, they are way more impressive as those choc chip muffins he loves so much. 
Prep: 5 mins                                                                                   Cooking: 15-20 mins
Yields: 7 



**Please note, there is no added refined sugar in these scones. This is because scones are usually served with cream, jam or syrup. There's enough sugar in those to balance it out. 


What you need:

2 and half cups self raising wholemeal flour
2 small eggs
1 large mashed banana
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk (whole or semi-skimmed, soya or almond)
1 tsp cinnamon

Extras:
You can add in nuts, raisins or even chocolate chunks.



Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius. 
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine all dry ingredients then add melted butter.
  3. Add milk and egg to mixture then using an electric hand mixer, whisk until combined.
  4. Tip dough onto a baking sheet and roll into a ball. If too sticky, add more flour and knead for about 2 mins.
  5. Roll out dough and cut into desired shapes.
  6.  Bake for 15-20 mins.
  7. Serve with clotted cream and strawberries. 

Enjoy the rest of your week!
Nokhuthula xo 


References:

British Nutrition Foundation (2018) Dietary Fibre. Available at: https://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/basics/fibre.html  (Accessed 21/02/2018)
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