Whole wheat flour can be used in place of the all-purpose.
This recipe has unlimited possibilities - you can add spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves. You can add 3/4 cup of any small or cut-up fruit or berry. You can add 3/4 cup of just about any chopped nut. You can add both nuts and fruit, chocolate chips, cinnamon chips - whatever you want!
Replace with the butter with any desired fat, such as margarine, coconut oil, or a combination of fats.
Buttermilk can be replaced with almond milk, cream, or any type of liquid.
You can even leave the sugar at 1 tablespoon and make it savory with garlic and herbs! Plus, you can sprinkle the top with spices, sugar, or any combination - use your imagination!