Gluten Free Maple Pecan Scones Recipe for Low-Carb Eaters


Make no mistake, living la vida low-carb ain’t a cake walk (pun very much intended). But every so often, you stumble upon a low-carb version of a favorite treat that is just as delicious as its high carb counterpart. Thank you, Universe, for those moments. Here’s a recipe that I think fits the bill -- low-carb maple pecan scones that are gluten-free, grain-free, and have no added sugar. Made with almond flour, coconut flour, and a hint of maple extract for that beloved syrup flavor sans the carbs, these moist-yet-crumbly scones may actually be better than the real deal! I kid you not. And at around 4 net carbs per scone, they’re truly the stuff a low-carber’s dreams are made of.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sweetener (I prefer Swerve brand erythritol)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream, plus 2 ½ tablespoons for the frosting
  • 2 teaspoons maple extract (one for the scones, one for the frosting)
  • Sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sweetener (I prefer Swerve)
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Step 1: Mix the Dry Ingredients

Preheat your oven to 350° Fahrenheit, then using a whisk mix the flours, granulated sweetener (I prefer Swerve brand erythritol) baking powder, pecans, and a pinch of salt until well combined.

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Step 2: Add the Wet Ingredients

Add butter, cream, and one teaspoon of the maple extract, and then mix to form a soft dough and pat into a ball.

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Step 3: Shape the Dough

Before shaping your dough into wedges, cover your baking surface with coconut flour to prevent sticking. I use a cast iron skillet, but you can use a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Place your ball of dough on your baking surface and pat down to form a round, approximately 7 inches in diameter.

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Using a knife, cut 8 wedges as if slicing a pizza.

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Step 4: Separate the Wedges

Move your scones apart from each other on your baking surface. Don’t skip this step, as it will ensure that a lovely crust forms all around your scones.

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Step 5: Bake

Bake your scones at 350° Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. While they're baking, make your maple frosting.


  • If you prefer your scones glazed rather than frosted, use 3 tablespoons of cream and pipe/spread onto your scones while they’re warm (but not hot). The glaze will melt, then set when the scones cool.

Step 6: Make Maple Frosting

In a small bowl, combine powdered/confectioner’s sweetener (I prefer Swerve), 2 ½ tablespoons of cream, and 1 teaspoon of maple extract.

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Spoon frosting into a pastry bag and pipe onto scones once they've cooled. If you're not into piping, you can simply spread the frosting atop your scones.

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Your scones are now ready to enjoy with a fresh pot of tea, a good friend, and some great conversation.

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