Last updated on February 10th, 2023 at 07:42 am
Treat yourself to light, fluffy vegan scones with just 4-ingredients! Put on a pot of tea and let's make dairy-free scones in under 30-minutes. I serve mine with strawberry jam with chillies and whipped vegan cream. These vegan lemonade scones are simple, quick and oh, so tasty.
This recipe was originally posted on January 22, 2021 and updated on June 25, 2021 with new images, instructions and recipe tips.
The idea for this recipe came from my lovely neighbour Margaret. This recipe is based on her award-winning lemonade scone recipe - the one that knocked the seven-year scone champion from her throne. So, thank you Margaret for inspiring this vegan version.
Things to Love About These Dairy-Free Scones
Recipe review: "Such a simple recipe for great results that I will use again and again for entertaining. We loved these with jam and coconut yoghurt and a pot of tea! Thank you." (Michael) ★★★★★
If you love a good scone with jam and cream, I think you'll love these vegan lemonade scones. This vegan recipe delivers scones that are:
- Deliciously light and fluffy
- Ready in under 30-minutes
- So simple, with only 4-ingredients
- Made without butter and
- Perfect for kids and adults alike.
What are Scones?
Scones are a fluffy, biscuit-like baked good thought to have originated in Scotland. Originally made with oats on the griddle, today's version is made with flour and baked in a hot oven.
Scones - pronounced "skon" or "skoan" - are related to the griddle-baked flatbread called a bannock and are similar to American biscuits. Some believe the word scone comes from the gaelic word 'sgonn,' a shapeless mass — or large mouthful. This pretty much sums up how I eat my scones so we'll go with that.
OK, enough history. Let's get to the kitchen.
Ingredients and Substitutions
The trick to Margaret's original award-winning recipe is to use cream that is just beginning to sour. So for this recipe we are adding a touch of apple cider vinegar.
Lemonade. By lemonade, I am talking about "Sprite" style lemonade not American lemonade made with lemons, water and sugar. You can make this recipe with soda water too, although they will be less sweet.
Coconut Cream. Because we are making dairy free scones, we're using full-fat coconut cream. Don't use lite. The scones are less fluffy if they don't have enough fat in them. You can also use other vegan creams such as Oatly. If you are using canned coconut cream, make sure to shake the can well.
Apple Cider Vinegar. To re-create Margaret's slightly sour cream, we are adding a little apple cider vinegar. ACV also helps to make these vegan scones deliciously light and fluffy.
Self-Raising (rising) Flour. Using self-raising flour is common here in Australia but you can make your own if you don't keep any in the cupboard. Sift 1 cup of flour and 2 teaspoons of baking powder together for 1 cup of homemade self-raising flour.
How To Make Vegan Scones
You'll find full instructions and measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
Step 1: First sift the flour in to a mixing bowl and create a well. Add the lemonade, coconut cream (or vegan cream) and apple cider vinegar.
Step 2: Using a butter knife, bring the mixture together to a rough dough. Random factoid, this texture is called a "shaggy mass".
Step 3: Tip the dough out on to a floured surface and bring it together in to a rectangle at least an inch thick. The dough is super sticky but it's supposed to be. Go with it and have fun with the happy mess.
Step 4: Using a round cookie cutter, cut the dough in to rounds and transfer them to a lined baking tray. Place them so they are just touching. Reform the dough in to a rectangle when you run out of space and continue until all the dough is used.
Step 5: Brush the scones with coconut milk or any dairy-free milk and bake in a hot oven for around 20-minutes or until golden.
Tips to Making the Perfect Dairy-Free Scone
Sift your flour for deliciously fluffy and light scones.
Use cold lemonade. This will make the scones rise up beautifully when they hit the hot oven.
Use a butter knife to bring the batter together in a bowl not a spoon.
Don't knead the dough. As soon as your vegan scone dough comes together, tip it out on to a floured surface and, with lightly floured hands, bring it together in to a rectangle about an inch tall. No need to knead!
The less you touch your scone batter the lighter and fluffier your scones will be. The dough is super sticky but that's OK. Don't be tempted to add flour or work it too much.
Dip your cookie cutter in plain flour before cutting each scone to avoid it sticking to your mix.
Separate each scone using the cutter with a push motion not a twist - twisting will give you wonky scones. Having said that, my scones are often wonky and I love them anyway!
Place the cut rounds on the baking tray so they are just touching. This will help them rise up and keep each other from drying out on the sides.
This recipe for vegan scones is so simple with only 4-ingredients. Ready in under 30-minutes, they are perfect for a quick afternoon treat.
You can't go past raspberry jam and whipped coconut cream on vegan scones, but here are a few other topping ideas to inspire your next afternoon tea.
- Maple butter - whip butter with a little maple syrup
- Lemon curd - I love this vegan lemon curd recipe from Jessica in the Kitchen
- Fresh fruit and whipped coconut cream
- Powered sugar
- Vegan Nutella and fresh berries
- Yoghurt and fruit
I use Schweppes or Kirks. 7Up and Solo also work - anything fizzy and sweet! I've even read recipes where they used ginger beer.
Nope. You can use sugar-free lemonade, bubbly water, kombucha...one reader used elderflower cordial and her soda stream.
In a sealed container, the scones will keep for 3 days. You will need to gently heat them to serve. They will also keep in a sealed, freezer-proof container for 3 months in the freezer. Wait until they are completely cooled before popping them in the freezer.
Traditionally, these lemonade scones are made with heavy cream. For a vegan version we are using wither full-fat coconut cream (shaken well) or a vegan cream such as Oatly cream.
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Vegan Lemonade Scones (Dairy-Free Scones)
- Round cookie cutter
- 3½ cups / 525g self-raising flour self-rising
- 1 cup / 250ml / 230g coconut cream full-fat or Oatly vegan cream
- ½ tbsp / 10ml apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup / 250ml / 240g lemonade Sprite, cold
- Preheat oven to 210°C/410°F conventional or 190°C/374°F fan. Line tray with baking/parchment paper.
- Sift the flour in to a large mixing bowl and, using a butter knife, create a well in the centre.
- Add the coconut cream or vegan cream (shake the can well if you are using canned cream), apple cider vinegar and lemonade. Bring the mixture together using the butter knife.
- When it is loosely combined, tip the mixture out on to a floured surface. Touch the dough only enough to bring it together in to a rectangle.
- Dip a round cookie cutter in to flour and cut the dough in to rounds. Dip the cutter in to the flour after each round.
- Place the rounds so they are just touching on the prepared baking tray and brush them with a little milk.
- Bake them in the oven for 17-20 minutes or until risen and golden.
- Remove from the oven and separate to serve with jam and dairy-free whipped cream.
Could you please tell me what the quantities are in grams and ml? I tried using conversions from online but the recipe turned out way to wet and the mix was very hard to work with.
Hi Cecelia, thanks for the question. I have weighed and measured the ingredients (I used Oatly cream because that's what I have in the fridge today) and I have put the metric measurements in the recipe card. Having said that, the dough is super sticky and wet. I sometimes flour my hands to work with it - just a touch but also you flour your cutting ring each time - have a look at the recipe notes for some helpful tips. I hope that helps.:-) Good luck!
ps: the weights may seem heftier if you are not in Australia. I use Aussie cups and spoons but I have tested this recipe with US cups too. If the dough is too, too wet (the flour brand and humidity can affect that), add a tiny touch more flour - a spoon at a time. You want it sticky and wet but able to hold its shape. x
Thank you so much Amanda for your super quick reply Looking forward to trying out the recipe again.
Looking at your flour amounts I definitely used too little flour! I am in Ireland and we don't usually use cup measurements here.
Thanks so much for all the tips
My pleasure! Have fun with it. x
Anne Cassimatis says
I prefer to use fresh sweet strawberries and a small amount of vegan margarine on top of the scones. Far more nutritious than jam and extremely tasty.
Would give more than 5 stars! These were so fluffy and delicious. Thanks Amanda
Oh, you're awesome. Thanks Jasmine - I am so happy you enjoyed them 🙂
These did not work ,the coconut cream was too hard to incorporate because it was chilled.it just melted in the oven leaving holes in the scones
Hi Michelle, I am sorry the scones didn't work for you. I can only guess that perhaps the coconut cream needs a really good shake before going in. I have used different brands of coconut cream and not had this issue - and given that other readers haven't either and they would use different brands to me - it doesn't seem to be a brand issue. Having said that, maybe trying a brand from the Asian section of your supermarket - here in Australia it would be one like Ayam - might be better than organic brands that tend to separate more. I hope that helps but I can also direct you to a more traditional scone recipe made with vegan butter over at The Wallflower Kitchen. Take care.
Do they taste of coconut?
Nope. My family is non-vegan and they don't really notice a different between these and regular scones. 🙂
YUM! Just made these using some homemade elderflower cordial and my soda stream because I didn't have any lemonade on hand. Added a splash of vanilla extract and a teeny bit of icing sugar to the mix as I wanted them to be on the sweeter side. They turned out perfectly, such an easy recipe and SO TASTY!
Also didn't have a cookie cutter so just sliced the rectangle into smaller pieces with a knife and then very gently shaped the pieces with my hands. Definitely more on the rustic side but it worked really well.
What is the apple cider for? I’ve never seen this in a scone recipe before.
Hi Wendy, the recipe is based on my neighbour's award winning scone recipe and she used cream that was almost sour. The apple cider vinegar is used to thicken our mixture and give the slightest of tang without using turned milk or cream. Odd, I know. But it works. 🙂
Nikki Glover` says
Can you use this recipe for pumpkin scones - we have so many pumpkins
Hi Nikki, I am jealous! I want more pumpkins. I haven't tried making this recipe with pumpkin but if I was going to, I might try: 3 and 1/2 cups of self-raising (rising) flour, three-quarters of a cup well mashed pumpkin, half a cup coconut cream, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar and half a cup lemonade. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. In a separate bowl whisk the pumpkin, milk and apple cider vinegar until smooth. Add it to the flour with the lemonade. Use a flat-bladed knife to stir until a sticky dough forms.
Good luck! I'd love to hear if you give it a go. 🙂
Thanks for the temperatures. I guessed fan forced at 200 and they worked well for me. Such a simple recipe for great results that I will use again and again for entertaining. We loved these with jam and coconut yoghurt and a pot of tea! Thank you.
Perfect! Scones need a good hot oven - I've seen recipes with 220 degrees - but every oven is different. I guess 200 is your oven's sweet spot for scones. Nice. I am so glad you enjoyed them and thanks so much for taking the time to let me know, Michael. 🙂
Hi, trying these today. Is your oven fan forced?
Hi Michael, I use a fan-forced oven but I have added the temps for both fan-forced and conventional ovens now. 🙂
Just wondering: Why does it say to use cold milk when there's no milk in the recipe?
Because I am a goose! Sorry, Raj. I wrote milk instead of cream - thanks for pointing it out. I've fixed that now. 🙂
I've made regular lemonade scones before but never knew you could make a vegan version. This would be perfect for my friends with dairy free kids, thanks for the recipe!
Me too! I used to make them before I went vegan. I am so happy I can still have them. Thanks Sarah 🙂
Love how quick and easy these are to make - who would have thought you could make scones with lemonade!?
It's amazing, right? They are super quick 🙂