Paleo Pumpkin Cranberry Scones with Spiced Maple Glaze + Pumpkin Mental Health Benefits
The past two weekends, I’ve been craving everything fall, from cozy sweater to pumpkin everything, and cooler temperatures. Denver ironically is still holding on to summer making it a bit difficult for me to grasp on to fall. What ended up happening was me cranking the a/c in my living room while infusing my apartment with hints of fall.
Not sure if I’m the only one out there doing this if you too crank the a/c to pretend it’s fall when it clearly isn’t yet, then let’s get together and bake some scones.
I fell for fall years ago while living in Boston, the crisp air, the leaves falling and the light sprinkle of rain that arrives on a cold foggy, fall morning. What I love the most is the cozy baked goods piled high with tons of coffee to enjoy on the side.
Pumpkin is such an amazing ingredient, not only can you make the obvious pumpkin pie which if you are anything like me adore, but it is also amazing in bread, muffins, brownies, and chili which will be hitting screens near you soon. These Paleo Pumpkin Cranberry Scones with Spiced Maple Glaze are the perfect Sunday morning healthy treat or even a let’s get into the spirit of fall on a Wednesday morning.
Not only do these taste like fall in your mouth with hints of tart cranberries and crunchy pumpkin seeds these are nutrient dense, high in vitamins, healthy fats, fiber, protein and mineral rich.
I’ll be honest while I have a love for the colder months, the issue of depression also arises in my mind. It’s common for bipolar patients to experience a drop in mood during the fall and winter so for me it is really important to make sure I am getting enough nutrients in my food.
Pumpkin seeds contain a ton of magnesium which as you babes know is great for helping relieve anxiety, stress and help you feel calmer. Studies show that a lack of magnesium can cause depressive episodes and symptoms. I love the addition of pumpkin seeds not only for their magnesium support but also for the extra crunch they add to these scones.
Dried cranberries add hints of tartness and cut through the rich scone perfectly create a perfect balance of flavor. Trust me, you will be baking these Paleo Pumpkin Cranberry Scones all season long.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THESE PALEO PUMPKIN CRANBERRY SCONES
1 cup of pureed cooked pumpkin- homemade or storebought
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons of ghee
1/2 cup of maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon of each: cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and ginger
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of almond milk or milk of choice
1 1/2 cup of cassava flour
1 cup of almond flour
1/2 cup of tapioca starch
1 teaspoon of baking soda + powder
3/4 cup of pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup of dried cranberries– no sugar added
1/2 cup of watermelon seed butter
2 tablespoons of vanilla ghee
1/2 tsp of cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 cup of maple butter
DIRECTIONS FOR THESE FIRE PALEO PUMPKIN CRANBERRY SCONES
In a large bowl add the pureed pumpkin, almond milk, maple syrup, spices, salt, baking powder and soda along with the ghee. Mix and then slowly mix in the almond flour, tapioca starch, and cassava flour. When it is almost completely mixed add the cranberries and pumpkin seeds. Finish mixing form into a disk cover the bowl with a wet towel and put in the fridge for an hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Remove the dough from fridge, form into triangle-like scones and bake for 35-40 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the glaze by combining everything until creamy.
Let cool slightly before drizzling with the glaze.
Enjoy the hell out of them.