Buttermilk Drop Scones


A moist and warm breakfast treat that goes great with a cup of hot herbal tea. You don't have to go to the coffee shop anymore to get a great-tasting drop scone.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
20 scones


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour

  • 1 ¼ cups rolled oats

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 ½ cups low-fat buttermilk

  • cup unsweetened applesauce

  • 1 egg

  • ½ cup dried cranberries

  • ¼ cup sliced almonds


  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease a baking sheet.

  2. Stir all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a mixing bowl until all ingredients are evenly dispersed.

  3. Stir buttermilk, applesauce, and egg together in a separate bowl. Add to flour mixture and stir until dough is sticky. Fold in cranberries and almonds.

  4. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl for the topping. Drop 1/4 cup-size dollops of batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until tops are golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can substitute white sugar for a sugar substitute, if you'd like. I use Splenda(R) for my sugar substitute, because you can bake with it and it doesn't change the taste.

I live in Colorado so the elevation is higher. I sometimes bake them a little longer than what the recipe calls for. Look for the golden brown!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

124 Calories
2g Fat
24g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 124
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 195mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 87mg 7%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 109mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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