Low Fat Sunshine Citrus Scones

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WW Recipe of the Day: Low Fat Sunshine Citrus Scones
(141 calories | *5 WW SmartPoints)

Scones are a real treat, and I find I prefer them to heavier muffins, pastries or donuts. These low-fat citrus scones make a great addition to any breakfast or brunch table. Or simply enjoy them like I do just plain with a warm cup of tea.

Lemon scones on black plate with lemon slice

Low-Fat Lemon Sunshine Scones

Typically scones are slightly dryer than a biscuit, but you’ll find with this recipe the scones aren’t dry at all.

In the U.K. they are often enjoyed at tea time with a hot beverage and clotted cream, butter, or jam.

Scones taste best warm, when served right out of the oven. If you need to make them ahead, mix and shape the dough and then leave them in the refrigerator overnight and bake just before serving.
 

How Many Calories and WW Points in these Sunshine Citrus Scones?

According to my calculations, each serving has 141 calories, and *5 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.

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How to Make Lemon Sunshine Scones

Step 1: Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Lightly grease baking pan and set aside.

Step 2: Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a mixing bowl. Mix well to combine ingredients.

Flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in mixing bowl

Mixing flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt for sunshine scones

Step 3: Add butter to flour mixture and cut in with two knives or a pastry blender. Mixture should resemble coarse meal.

Using pastry blender to cut butter with flour in mixing bowl

Cutting butter with flour using pastry blender

Step 4: In a separate bowl, whisk together sour cream, buttermilk, lemon juice and grated lemon rind.

Whisking sour cream, buttermilk, lemon juice and zest in mixing bowl

Whisking wet ingredients for Sunshine Scones

Step 5: Slowly add wet mixture to dry flour mixture and gently fold to combine (being careful not to overmix).

Mixing wet ingredients into dry flour mixture for making scones

Mixing wet ingredients into dry ingredients

Step 6: Lightly flour a clean, flat surface and turn dough out onto it. Knead dough 4 to 5 times and cut dough in half.

Cutting scone dough in half on floured baking mat

Cutting sunshine scone dough in half

Step 7: Form dough into two separate 5-inch circles on the baking sheet. Gently cut each circle into 6 wedges, but don’t separate the wedges.

Step 8: Top with a sprinkle of turbinado sugar (if using) and bake for approximately 14 minutes, or until light golden in color.

Lemon scones on black plate with lemon wedge

Lemon Sunshine Scones

What Can I Use as a Substitute for Buttermilk in these Low Fat Scones?

There are a number of substitutes for buttermilk in baking. For each cup of buttermilk substitute:

  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to measure 1 cup. Stir, then let stand for 5 minutes.
  • 1 cup plain yogurt.
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt and 1/2 cup milk.
  • 1 cup milk plus 1-3/4 teaspoons cream of tartar.
  • 3-4 tablespoons of milk plus enough sour cream equal one cup. Whisk well to combine.

Low Fat Lemon Scones Notes

  • If mixture seems dry, add an additional tablespoon of buttermilk.
  • Substitute orange juice and zest for the lemon to make orange scones.
  • Add 1-2 drops of doTERRA lemon essential oil or wild orange essential oil to wet ingredients.
  • Add dried fruit (raisins, cranberries or currants).

Low Fat Sunshine Scones Serving Suggestions

  • Enjoy plain while still warm with a cup of tea.
  • Serve scones with fresh berries, or your favorite fruit cup.
  • Serve with butter, cream, jam or honey.
  • Add scones to any brunch buffet table.
  • Enjoy in place of toast with bacon and eggs.

Ways to Use Sunshine Citrus Scone Leftovers

  • Crumble a scone and use it as a fruit crisp topping.
  • Use in place of shortcake for a low-fat strawberry shortcake.
  • Share extras with family or freeze some for later.

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Low Fat Sunshine Scones

These moist citrus scones will come apart easily after baking. Enjoy one right out of the oven with your favorite warm beverage.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2/3 cup light sour cream
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 teaspoons turbinado sugar (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 400F degrees. Grease a baking sheet with nonstick spray and set aside.

  2. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a mixing bowl. Mix well to combine ingredients.

  3. Add butter to flour mixture and cut in with two knives or a pastry blender. Mixture should look like coarse meal.

  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together sour cream, buttermilk, lemon juice and zest.

  5. Add lemon mixture to dry mixture and gently fold to combine.

  6. Lightly flour a surface and turn dough out onto it. Knead dough 4-5 times.

  7. Cut dough in half. Form dough into 2 separate 5-inch circles on the baking sheet.

  8. Gently cut each circle into 6 wedges, but don’t separate. Top with a sprinkle of turbinado sugar, if using.

  9. Bake for approximately 14 minutes or until light golden in color.

  • If mixture seems dry add an additional tablespoon of buttermilk.
  • For an orange-flavored scone, substitute orange juice and grated orange rind for the lemon.
  • Add 1-2 drops of lemon or wild orange doTERRA essential oil to wet ingredients.
  • Add dried fruit (raisins, cranberries or currants).

 

Serving size: 1 scone

Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *4

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *5

Recipe source: Weight Watchers Annual Recipes for Success 2009

*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.

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Brenda GarrisonBrenda is a licensed esthetician and former small business owner after completing over 15 years of service with the United States military.

She is an essential oil enthusiast and avid home cooking for her husband and their two dogs.

Brenda and her family spend most of their time in the American Southwest, but they also love hitting the road for adventure.

One of her new passions is creating easy, healthy family-friendly freezer meals which can be prepared at home and frozen, and then cooked while traveling the country in their travel trailer.

She looks forward to sharing everything she learns with you here on Simple Nourished Living.

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