Figuring out what and how to cook for my mom, who has a very different set of tastebuds from mine, has been a welcome challenge over the years. But experience has shown me that she’s pretty much guaranteed to love anything with dark chocolate in it, and I also happen to know that she’s partial to something sweet for breakfast. This year, my Mother’s Day offering to her is a batch of rich, crumbly vegan dark chocolate cashew cream scones.
It’s hard to imagine anyone not loving these scones, what with their buttery taste and pockets of bittersweet dark chocolate. I’ve experimented with a lot of whole grain, nutty approaches to morning scones, using rye flour, einkorn flour, spelt flour, and other whole grain varieties. I love those scones; I love how the bold flavor of wheat really shines through.
But that’s not what these scones are about. These scones are light and white and crumbly; every bite is rich and tastes like butter (you can use either solid coconut oil or a vegan butter to make them; they’ll be buttery-tasting either way). They’re traditional, a little decadent, and more dessert than breakfast fare. In other words, they’re a treat—a treat worthy of gifting and sharing.
Many scone recipes call for heavy cream; I’ve always substituted non-dairy milk in the past. This time, I decided to use the sweet version of my all-purpose cashew cream instead. I’m in love with the results. Yes, making the cashew cream is an extra step, but I really do think it makes the scones richer and more tender. And you’ll probably have a few tablespoons of the cashew cream leftover, which will be perfect for drizzling onto your morning oats or a bowl of fresh berries.
My scone making skills have gotten a lot better thanks to inspiration from Liz Larkin (sconeladylarkin on Instagram), whose royal wedding scones are a perfect template for all sorts of creative variations! Posie also has some wonderful scone recipes that can be veganized, and for vegan-as-written recipes, I think nothing beats the scones in Vegan with a Vengeance. If you’re looking to perfect your vegan scone game, Isa’s hazelnut scones are a great place to begin.
I can’t wait to give these to my mom this coming weekend. They’ll be a small but sweet token of my appreciation for all of the love and support she’s given me in the last few months. Until then, it’s back to cramming for final exams. Have a lovely rest of the week, friends.