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Double Sunflower Seed Scones

by Allie on April 9, 2011 · 61 comments

in Oven Lovin' (Baking),Recipes

You all know my love for sunflower seed butter. Well, deep down inside my heart there’s an equally intense love for chocolate covered sunflower seeds. Back in high school, I often bought a small box to snack on (by the handful) while driving home from school. It made sitting in rush hour traffic much more enjoyable.

These little nuggets are the perfect texture and size for eating by the handful, slightly crunchy yet soft at the same time.

Now let’s talk about these scones…

Yeah, let’s!

You know how traditional scones are loaded with butter but then healthy scones taste blah? Well these are the best of both worlds—healthy and rich. All thanks to the sunflower seed butter. Okay, there’s a little bit of butter in there too (duh, it’s a scone), but it’s the silky smooth sunflower seed butter that gives it a nutty flavor and a crumbly texture.

If you still need convincing (I don’t see how!), these scones are 100% whole wheat and high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Mmm hmm!

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Double Sunflower Seed Scones

Adapted from My Recipes Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scones

Combination inspired by Jenna’s Sunflower Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 TBSP cold butter, diced
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1/2 cup milk (of any kind, I used 1% cow’s milk)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chocolate covered sunflower seeds

Directions

Preheat oven to 400*F. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt). Cut butter into small pieces and toss with flour mixture. In a separate bowl, whisk together wet ingredients (sunflower seed butter, milk, egg, vanilla). Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Add chocolate covered sunflower seeds and knead a few times.

Form dough into a thick, circular patty and place on a greased cookie sheet. Cut into the dough (but do not separate) to make 8 triangular scones. Bake at 400* for 15 minutes. Cool and cut into scones.

Notes

  • If you do not have chocolate covered sunflower seeds, you can substitute chocolate chips and/or plain sunflower seeds (but it won’t taste as good!).
  • Chocolate covered sunflower seeds can be found at candy stores, Trader Joe’s, Marshalls (if you’re lucky) and some gift shops.
  • These aren’t very sweet, so if you’re looking for a sweeter scone add a little more brown sugar to the dry ingredients.

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These scones are wholesome. You can go right on ahead and eat them for breakfast!

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Slather some more sunflower seed butter on there and you’re golden!

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More sunflower seed butter?! Yes, more. You won’t regret it.

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1 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Those look absolutely bomb-diggity (<– what?)! Seriously, those pastel colored seeds are making me crave them, despite never eating them before. Lovely.

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2 Allie April 9, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Haha I always type “the bomb diggity” in my posts (because I say it!) but then I delete in before I hit publish :)

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3 Freya April 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Those scones are PRETTY! I thought CCSunflower seeds would be brown..like chocolate..it’s a pleasant surprise :)

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4 Allie April 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Nope, they’re candy coated like M&Ms!

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5 Maryann (The Balanced Bean) April 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Oh girl I think you just won my heart over with that recipe!! Sunflower seed butter and choc covered sunflower seeds each are to die for, but put them together…I cant even imagine how yummy it must taste :)

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6 Emily April 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm

They look very Easter-festive! I’ve never tried chocolate-covered sunflower seeds either, but now I may have to seek some out :)

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7 Lauren April 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm

They are also BEaUTiFUL!!

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8 Kelly April 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm

So I see all your wonderful posts about food (like this one) and my mouth waters! I’m in the beginning stages of my hypoallergenic diet, so I can’t have half these healthy, yummy things you’re making…it’s like torture! Do you have any gluten free baked goods that you make?

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9 Allie April 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm
10 Kelly April 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Thanks for the links! You’re awesome!

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11 ally@girlVfood April 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm

OMG. Those look perfect for Easter with the pastel candy peeking through the tops of the scones. Absolutely delicious and lovely looking. I have everything I need to make those..except the sunflower seeds. Boo. But maybe I can substitute something similar. I gave up chocolate for Lent so maybe it’s a good idea not to have those in the house, cuz if I did make those scones, WATCH OUT!

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12 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I’ve never had chocolate covered sunflower seeds before, but how bad could anything covered in chocolate be, right? They’re so pretty- perfect for Easter!

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13 Felicia ( a taste of health with balance) April 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm

the sunflower seeds kind of look like colored eggs.. which would be so perfect for easter morning breakfast/brunch! i heart SSB and go through it insanely fast. every time. :)

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14 Vivian April 9, 2011 at 6:14 pm

These look like Easter, love. Help me start a petition to get TJ’s to open in Canada, please?

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15 megan @ the oatmeal diaries April 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm

These are beautiful and so perfect for Easter! Makes me happy :)

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16 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Those look like Easter Egg scones!!! I love it!

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17 Caitlin @ TPL April 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I’m having sunflower seed butter right now! These look so good beautiful girl, very nice work!

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18 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 9, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I love the flavour and texture that nut/seed butters give to baked goods! These look amazing. :D

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19 Michelle April 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Yum! I love the pastel colors of the chocolate covered sunflower seeds. They are perfect for the spring and Easter. I seriously need to get to TJ’s pronto!

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20 kate@ahealthypassion April 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I love TJ’s sunflower seed butter and these are amazing! I love the little chocolate covered seeds.

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21 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate April 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Those look good! I think Ia m going to try my hand at a cashew butter version tomorrow ;)

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22 Erica April 9, 2011 at 7:58 pm

These are so gorgeous! I just asked Josh’s Mom to pick me up some chocolate covered sunflower seeds from TJs! I’m totally making this recipe as SOON as I receive them!

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23 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 9, 2011 at 8:54 pm

These are beautiful! The chocolate covered sunflower seeds remind me of eggs – perfect little treat for Easter! :)

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24 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} April 9, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Scones with sunflower seed butter?! I love it!

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25 The Teenage Taste April 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Those chocolate covered sunflower seeds are the best! I love how you added them into the scones – YUM! :-)

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26 what katie's baking April 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm

these look sooo good
and healthy, too… which is always a plus.
those chocolate covered sunflower seeds look delish, too!

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27 BroccoliHut April 9, 2011 at 10:57 pm

As I type this comment I am enjoying a sunflower butter and jam sandwich…but sadly, this was the last of the jar. Now I have an excuse to go to TJ’s to buy another jar:)

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28 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) April 9, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Love the addition of the colored sunflower seeds. This recipe reminds me of Easter :D Yum, I want!

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29 Christina April 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I could see these being perfect for Easter morning! Or any other morning. :)

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30 Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 9, 2011 at 11:05 pm

These look so tasty! I love a good scone. These sunflower seed recipes are popping up all over the internets – did you see Joy the Baker’s Chocolate sunflower seed cookies?!

I am adding these scones to my must-bake list, thank you for sharing:)

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31 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] April 9, 2011 at 11:19 pm

so pretty! perfect for springtime =]

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32 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 10, 2011 at 12:12 am

I love SFSButter! It’s my #1 go to fave nutbutter!

And i love your recipe!

And very cool writing on the pics…I need to figure out how to do that in lightroom! :)

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33 Meri April 10, 2011 at 12:42 am

These are so pretty- I always think those chocolate covered sunflower seeds are so pretty, but I’ve never bought them. These scones would be a good party treat- maybe I’ll be sneaky and send the recipe to my mom, see if she makes them for me haha- I’m an adult like that…

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34 hippierunner April 10, 2011 at 12:53 am

So cute! Don’t ya just want to add CC Sunflower seeds to everything so it can so look pretty and cheery?

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35 Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher April 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Have been seeing these (chocolate covered sunflower seeds) in blogworld lately so maybe it’s a sign?! I am after all going to TJ’s tonight!! Weeeeeeee!

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36 Natalia - a side of simple April 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Chocolate covered sunflower seeds? Pastel colors? Scones? If these don’t scream spring and Easter to me, I don’t know what does :)

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37 Juliette @ Finish Your Broccoli April 10, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Oh. My. God.

That is all.

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38 Ilane April 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Gorgeous! And great instructions!

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39 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Allie these are adorable! I looked for those choc covered sunflower seeds at my TJs but they didn’t have them :(

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40 Allie April 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Really? You looked above the freezer section where all the chocolate is right? Maybe everyone ran out to get them to make scones ;)

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41 Julia April 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm

These look AMAZING. I wish we had Trader Joe’s in Canada :(

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42 Charlie April 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm

These scones look awesome! Note to self: Need to buy sunflower seed butter.

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43 Allie April 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm

YES you do!

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44 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle April 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm

those scones look sooo delish!!!

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45 Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Cutest scones ever! I loveeee sunflower seed butter :)

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46 kaila @ healthy helper! April 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Yum! I love scones and anything with SSB is bound to be delicious! Another LLE recipe bookmarked!

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47 chloe@ 321delish April 11, 2011 at 9:43 am

Oh I LOVE this idea! Its so springy :)

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48 Elizabeth, blogger for SunButter April 11, 2011 at 11:56 am

Hi Allie,
These look so fresh and full of spring flavor and color. Of course since I blog for SunButter, I love the adaptation. I just found pastel-colored sunflower seeds at our neighborhood candy shop, and now, thankfully, I won’t eat them all solo. They’re destined for your great recipe. Thanks for the inspiration!

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49 Krista April 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm

These look awesome, Allie!!!

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50 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner April 12, 2011 at 10:05 am

I have never heard of chocolate-covered sunflower seeds!!! THose are SO awesome! :D

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51 Amanda April 13, 2011 at 10:20 am

Those are wholesome-yet-yummy scones! I’ve always wondered how to strike that balance, and you’ve solved my dilemma! I’m DEFINITELY going to make these. I have some new Almond/Peanut/Cashew butter in my pantry, and I think I’ll try with that! Now to find some chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. I always notice them around Easter time (I suppose the pastel colors make them a “seasonal” item), but I’ve never tried them. Now seems like a great time! Thanks for sharing!

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52 marla August 27, 2011 at 9:20 am

Love these scones! Will be linking back to them on Monday :)

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53 Justeen @ Blissful Baking December 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Finally got around to making these – they are fabulous!

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54 Emelon July 15, 2012 at 7:28 am

I know this is an old post but had to say ‘wow’ ! These turned out wonderfully delicious. I was trying to find other ways to use up my sunflower seed butter and these did the trick. I subbed a mix of oat and white flour for the whole wheat as that was what I had on hand. I used half chocolate chips and half salted sunflower seeds in place of the chocolate-covered sunflower seeds and again so yummy! Thank you. :)

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55 Allie July 15, 2012 at 10:16 am

Great to hear! This is one of my favorite recipes. Thanks for trying it out and telling me about how it went for you.

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