This time of year is the BEST! Yes, I will probably start every blog post from now until Thanksgiving this same exact way. But it really is, the crisp air, leaves changing, cozying up with blankets and hot chocolate. My favorite! And not to mention my birthday is in ONE MONTH, I kind of like my birthday, I usually celebrate for a week or more. I will share more about that later.
But I digress, fall. Fall = pumpkins + leaves + hot chocolate + a few extra pounds to stay warm! Hahahaha! I haven't really lost the pounds that I was supposed to for summer. Oh well! But what if I gave you a scone recipe that is delicious but yet hearty and filled with slightly less guilt than a traditional scone? A scone that will not only taste good but have so much yummy goodness for you and will keep you full. A scone filled with pumpkin + oats? Would you like that? Okay! Poof! Done!
Probiotics ~ What are they good for?
Traditionally scones are made with gobs of butter or a load of heavy cream (my favorite kind!) but I thought and thought and realized that Whole Kefir Milk is loaded with so many vitamins + probiotics. What is a probiotic you ask? Probiotics are good bacteria, the good stuff that keeps your gut healthy. I think we could all benefit from some good gut health? Am I right? I love Nancy's Organic Probiotic Whole Milk Kefir which is what I used in this recipe. It has 64 BILLION CFUs (Colony Forming Units) in every 8oz serving! I'm not a scientist but that sure does sound good to me! Lots of good bacteria aimed to help my gut and general well being? Sign me up! Since Kefir is lactose free and butter contains only traces of lactose, these scones 98% lactose free (I made that percentage up, but really, probably close to that)!
How do I test my recipes to make sure a healthy scone is tasty? I have 3 children and many neighbors. When I'm unsure or trying something new, they are my audience and they are good at it. My kids will flat out tell me the truth if something is awful, they're great judges. They'd be fantastic on Chopped! And neighbors, I don't often give them awful stuff but when it's on the verge I share and get their opinions. The first batch of these guys were a little too dense (too much oat) but round 2 was perfect! My neighbors liked them both, hahaha! So the Kefir Pumpkin Oat Scone came to be but what really makes perfect is the pumpkin glaze, it really is the winner of the recipe, I know it's sweet and loaded with sugar but it really turns these guys into a perfect pumpkin scone worthy of a weekend breakfast, a brunch or holiday gathering.
I hope you give this recipe a try. It makes for a great morning breakfast for kiddos, especially if they don't consume a lot of yogurt or dairy, easy way to hide it! So many health benefits all wrapped in a nummy scone. I will warn they are a little bit denser than a traditional scone but I think they are amazing and reheat well. Enjoy and as always, I'd love to see your creations, tag me on Instagram @CosettesKitchen or post on my Facebook Page.