Happy Valentine’s Day!

We had a really busy weekend preparing for our upcoming ski trip (my kids have a school vacation next week). I didn’t have a chance to cook anything spectacular (to be honest, we ordered pizza last night), but I did make these indulgent (but still fairly healthy) Oat Cherry Scones with Dark Chocolate.

oat scones

These scones don’t contain any traditional or gluten-free flours: they are made exclusively with organic thick rolled oats (which make an appearance whole, as well as whirred in the blender to make oat “flour”). Oats impart a naturally sweet flavor as well as many nutrients and fiber: I love how the scones have a dense and chewy texture without being too heavy. These contain a minimal amount of added sweetener (I used light muscovado sugar) and derive their appealing flavor mostly from the oats themselves, the dried cherries and the dark chocolate.

dried cherriesdark chocolate chopped

I used one bar of organic 70% dark chocolate in this recipe because I adore it, and because of its beneficial anti-oxidant content. I like Green and Blacks brand, but feel free to use your favorite bar (or substitute dark chocolate chips). I was planning to make these with butter, but once got started with the recipe, I realized I was out and decided to give olive oil a go instead. I generally bake with butter (because I enjoy the taste and because I stay away from most vegetable oil), but I have been trying baked goods with olive oil quite a bit lately and really like the results. If you desire your scones to be vegan, skip the half and half and use rice milk or perhaps coconut milk instead.

It’s important to press the scone mixture firmly in the pan before baking to ensure that the scones stay together when you slice them.

oat scones

They are still a little crumbly, but I believe this is pretty much “par for the course” if using all oats. If you’re looking for a light and more cake-like scone, I wouldn’t make this recipe.

The chocolate glaze is completely optional, but completely delicious.

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dark chocolate oat scones

More scone recipes to check out:
Chocolate Cherry Drop Scones from Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free
Fifteen Minute Oatmeal Scones from Eat, Live, Run
Maple Pecan Oat Scones from Ezra Pound Cake
Whole Wheat Chocolate Cherry Scones from Eat A Beet


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    Katrina — February 14, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    These look and sound great! I will have to make these soon! Really.

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    Steph@stephsbitebybite — February 14, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

    I really wish I had one of these right now!! They sound so amazing!!

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    brandi@BranAppetit — February 14, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

    these look incredible. I love muscovado sugar and hoard the little I have, but these look like they’re worth using it.

    What service/option do you use for your “print recipe”? I love the look of yours and am hoping to get mine set up soon. Thanks so much!

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    Gardener — February 14, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    Wow, those look amazing! I think I’ll try that tonight!

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    Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen — February 14, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    These look delicious, like a big oatmeal cookie! I’ve been in a scone mood recently, and these are so different. Love it.

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    Barbara VinoLuciStyle — February 14, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    These look fabulous Winnie and a favorite flavor combination of mine. I just LOVE chocolate and cherries…even those horrible goopy candies. Sorry, it’s true. I’m imagining I will LOVE your scones even more!

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    Becky at VintageMixer — February 14, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    These look amazing. I’m always looking for good Vegan recipes for a dear friend of mine who is vegan. Thanks for this.

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    Kelly — February 14, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

    Oh man chocolate and cherries… a to die for combination. This looks amazing!

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    Karen @ My Pantry Shelf — February 14, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

    These scones look incredible.

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    Brie — February 14, 2011 @ 4:10 pm

    mmmm, best combo ever. delicious!

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    heather — February 14, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

    You have me intrigued! I’ve never seen scones baked in such a way. They appear quite frequently in my kitchen, so I’ll have to try this method some time soon. I really like, also, that you’ve used oat flour and whole oats in the same recipe. Such a great addition to so many different types of scones.



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    Shelby — February 14, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    Looks delicious – I love how healthy and tasty food like this satisfies!

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    Simply Life — February 14, 2011 @ 8:03 pm

    Oh wow, what an incredible combination of flavors! I love it!

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    Sara Morris — February 14, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    so lovely! I love a scone that doesnt weigh you down all day – this looks great, winnie!

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    MrsWheelbarrow — February 14, 2011 @ 8:14 pm

    You have made my husband very happy. Dennis has been asking me to make a whole grain scone and here you have one. Thank you! I’m making these for breakfast tomorrow. xoCathy

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    deeba — February 14, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    Love these Winnie. Healthy yet ever so delicious. Got to try them with olive oil. Whole grains make a huge difference; add chocolate & cherries to them …and you got a winner!

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    Belinda @zomppa — February 14, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

    Dark chocolate and cherry make such a great marriage. Healthy too!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — February 15, 2011 @ 6:10 am

    What an unusual scone, no flour! I like the idea of making these with olive oil too, this is a great alternative to traditional scones that are heavy on the butter and cream.

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    Rochelle (Acquired Taste) — February 15, 2011 @ 8:09 am

    I love these healthy scones! I think I would forget the chocolate on top and just go with whats already mixed in :)

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    EA-The Spicy RD — February 17, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    These look delicious, and I think I have all the ingredients on hand! I usually bake with butter too. I use olive oil a lot but not in my baking. Do you use EVOO, or do you find that is that too strong of a taste for baked goods?

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    Elizabeth — February 22, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    Would love to know either the brand of, or where you purchase your oats and cherries.

    I can never find dried cherries that are not sweetened and that don’t have some sort of oil applied to keep them from sticking together. And I’d prefer them to be bare, naked and wonderfully tart as nature intended!

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    Aggie — March 9, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

    I have yet to make scones…these look so delicious!! Love that there is oatmeal in them!

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    Luna — June 12, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    I just made these scones, and to everyone who might read this: this recipe is kick ass. I will most definitely make them again!!

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    Gulsah — October 6, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    This dessert is so yum! Just baked it and it came out so great! While my husband and I are enjoying this healthy dessert on our bed, we wanna say thank you so much!!!!