Persimmon almond scones {dairy-free + vegan}

Persimmon almond scones, dairy-free and vegan |

I love persimmons; I can’t get enough of them, growing up we had a tree in our backyard, and I would pick them and eat them while they were still warm from the sun. If you have never tried one, I highly recommend that you seek some out.  When I redesigned the yard last year, my first request was for a persimmon tree.  Well, I got my tree, but I only managed to grow one lone, solitary persimmon this season.  But it was beautiful, and it made me dream of the best way to consume it.  To be honest, I decided to eat it unadorned and just enjoy it for what it was, a great piece of fruit.  I have posted a lot of recipes for persimmons here.  I’ve roasted them, popped them into salads and enjoyed them for breakfast, but I’m always on the lookout for new ways to prepare them.

Persimmon almond scones, dairy-free and vegan |

Persimmon almond scones, dairy-free and vegan |

One thing that my son really can’t eat when we go out is baked goods.  It’s difficult to find pastries and cookies without butter and milk products, so I spend a lot of time developing dairy-free versions at home.  These almond persimmon scones turned out beautifully, crunchy on the outside from the turbinado sugar and wonderfully tender on the inside.  The addition of cardamom highlights the perfumed sweetness of the persimmons.  I have to say that the more experience I have working without dairy, the easier it has become.  You don’t have to sacrifice taste and texture by eliminating milk and butter.

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These almond persimmon scones are dairy-free, but you can easily substitute the coconut oil with butter if you don’t have an objection to dairy.  There are two varieties that you will find at the market so be sure to use Fuyu persimmons for these scones.  They are short and squat and can be you can eat them while still firm like an apple or when they are ripe as a peach.  If you’ve never tasted one, they remind me of honey and spices and pair well with cardamom and cinnamon.  The other variety you will come across frequently, the Hachiya persimmon needs to ripen to the point of being mushy before it is ready to eat. Otherwise, the flesh is quite bitter and astringent, so they aren’t suitable to use for the scones.  The scones aren’t overly sweet so to take them up a notch drizzle them with a bit of honey.

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What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy persimmons?  I’d love to hear how you use them in the kitchen and If you make these almond persimmon scones I’d love to hear what you think of them.  Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a picture #scalingback on Instagram so I can see what you came up with!

Persimmon almond scones, dairy-free and vegan |

Persimmon almond scones, dairy-free and vegan |

Persimmon almond scones, dairy-free and vegan |

4.9 from 8 reviews
Persimmon almond scones {dairy-free + vegan}
Serves: 8
These dairy-free scones can be prepped and ready for the oven in 15 minutes or less. Lightly sweetened with fresh persimmons and cardamom they are crunchy on the outside and delightfully tender on the inside. Perfect!
  • 1 1 /2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup natural cane sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, cold
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup Fuyu persimmons, peeled and chopped (about 2)
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons turbanido sugar
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the whole wheat pastry flour, almond flour, sugar, cardamom, baking powder, and salt and whisk to combine.
  3. Cut the coconut oil into the bowl and with a pastry cutter or your fingers work the coconut oil into the dry ingredients until evenly distributed and the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Add the persimmon, coconut milk, and almond extract and stir just to combine. The less you handle and knead the dough the more tender your scones will be. Dust the parchment with a little pastry flour and turn the dough out onto the baking sheet. Gently form the dough into a circle about 1-inch thick and flatten the top. Using a dough scraper or sharp knife cut the dough into eight equal triangles. If you want the sides to be crunchy separate the slices about 1-inch apart otherwise leave them touching. Sprinkle the almonds over the top, followed by the turbinado sugar. Bake the scones for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. Remove the scones from the oven and immediately slide the parchment onto a cooling rack. The scones are best the first day but freeze well. To re-heat pop them in the microwave for 30 seconds. For even better texture thaw them overnight in the refrigerator and then reheat them in the oven at 350 for 7-8 minutes.


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    26 thoughts on “Persimmon almond scones {dairy-free + vegan}

    1. Victoria Molloy

      I would like to make these for a friend who is allergic to coconut. She is not vegan so, would it be possible to make these with butter and milk? If so, how much of each?

      1. Tina | Scaling Back Blog Post author

        Hi Molly,

        You can definitely replace the coconut milk and oil. Substitute 3 tablespoons of cold butter and 3/4 cups of heavy cream for the coconut products. I hope you like them if you give them a try. Thanks for checking out the recipe!

    2. Jade

      which coconut milk, canned or refrigerated? I only have organic whole wheat flour, can I use that in place of whole wheat pastry flour?

      1. Tina | Scaling Back Blog Post author

        Hi Jade,

        Since there is very little fat in the recipe you want to use full-fat canned coconut milk for the scones. Also, you can sub heavy cream and butter for the coconut milk if you regularly use dairy. Whole wheat flour will work but the color will be affected and you won’t have as delicate a crumb. I would suggest using equal parts whole wheat and white flour for the best results but if you don’t mind them being a little denser all whole wheat will work.

    3. Andrea Neumann

      Just made these with very very ripe persimmon 🙂
      These are like little bites of heaven. Absolutely delish. I’ll be making these again for sure.

    4. Ana

      Just made these and they are sooo good, even by themselves. They’re super easy to make and perfect for fall. I don’t really eat persimmons so this was a great way to take advantage of them being in season.

    5. Beverly

      I have to be gluten free. And love scones. Do you know what I can substitute for the Wheat Pastery flour? This would be a good way to try persimmons. I have never had them. Thank you.

    6. Shana Shefa

      What are other fruits that I can use instead of persimmons? not sure if I can find them in January in my local grocery stores?

      1. Lindsay

        Hi Shana

        You could use any winter fruit you like. Apples or pears would work great and if you want to use citrus Meyer lemon, blood orange or grapefruit would all work. I’d zest about a tablespoon of zest and add 2-3 tablespoons of juice. It will make the mixture wetter so you’ll probably need to add a touch more flour. Hope that gives you some ideas!

    7. Beth Green

      Do you have a persimmon cookie recipe that bakes and cools the pulp before mixing up the batter. Does not have to be vegan. Finally after 5 years I got a “crop” from the tree I planted. So good!Beth

    8. Suan

      Excellent photography of persimmons. Deserves to be hung up on the wall. I will try those scones asap.

    9. Kim Byrne

      Is it possible to substitute a gluten free flour for the whole wheat pastry flour.. Daughter is vegan & gluten issues.. I made them last year before we discovered gluten was not her friend.. would love to sub out if possible.. thx

    10. Haleh

      I have several bags of Hachiya persimmons, whose pulp is more sticky and wet than the fujis you used in this recipe–how should I modify the recipe for hachiya? Thanks!

    11. Deborah Cortez

      I followed recipe to the T, but it was challenging mixing it all together. It was crumbling and falling apart. I did double recipe, so maybe that made it difficult to mix the batter.
      The taste was excellent.
      Next time, I will only make 1 batch at a time.

    12. Jana

      I made these with a cup to cup substitute for the pastry flour and used cranberries in lieu of persimmons (what I had on hand). They are delicious and beautiful!

    13. Lupe Soto

      I made these scones they came out delicious. I used gluten free 1 to 1 baking flour with almond flour. Added coconut cream instead of milk. Scones came out so soft and yummy.


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