Vegan lemon scones with a lemon glaze is the BEST! Make these for a delicious breakfast or brunch treat. With only a handful of ingredients, it's so easy to whip up this scone recipe. #lemonscone #brunchrecipe #mothersdayrecipe #easterrecipe #lemondessert - mindfulavocado

This vegan lemon scones recipe is so easy to make and tastes DELICIOUS. Paired with a lemon glaze, you can be brunch ready with these baked goods! #lemonscone #brunchrecipe #mothersdayrecipe #easterrecipe #lemondessert - mindfulavocado

Where are all my brunch fans? I have a scone recipe for you and it’s goodddd. These vegan lemon scones are the perfect breakfast pastry because they’re refreshing, flavorful, and so delicious. Not to mention they can be made with a handful of ingredients in less than an hour.

plate of lemon scones on marble counter

This post was originally published in April 2017. Post has been rewritten but the recipe remains the same!

Can you believe scones are naturally vegan?! Yea, me neither. Okay, well not totally vegan because they do use butter. But luckily vegan butter is just as good as the real deal.

Some recipes call for eggs, but according to the internet, that’s not the traditional way to make a scone.

Not sure how accurate the debate is, egg vs no egg, but I’m super excited it’s not hard to veganize a scone recipe. They can easily be gluten-free too; if you swap out the flour for a GF blend.

If you are a big fan of lemon desserts and pastries like me, you are about to be ALL OVER this recipe. So gather your favorite mimosa recipe and get to brunching, stat.

lemon, vanilla extract, butter, flour, sugar on marble counter

Ingredients in lemon scones:

Now we already covered that scones are easy to veganize, so what goes into making these lemon scones?

  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Sugar (I used cane sugar here)
  • Salt
  • Vegan butter (big Earth Balance fan). You can substitute vegan butter for coconut oil; however, make sure it is solid and cold – not liquid!
  • Vanilla
  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Liquid sweetener – like agave, maple syrup, or honey (but note honey is NOT vegan)
  • Almond milk

Fairly straight forward right? I bet you have most of these ingredients on hand anyways!

Now if you want to make a lemon glaze (which I highly recommend), grab some confectioner’s sugar too.

hand cutting butter into flour in glass bowl

How to make lemon scones:

  • Start by whisking together the dry ingredients.
  • Next, we add the butter. I like to incorporate it by slightly mashing it with the back of a fork. Large clumps are desired here.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
  • Transfer to a floured surface and knead. Make into a disc and cut into 8 equal slices.
  • Place on baking sheet and bake!

Tips for zesting a lemon

If you’ve never zested a lemon before, it’s basically grating the rind of a lemon. This helps to really get that lemon flavor into recipes. I like using a mircoplane to get the job done. You can also use a cheese grater and chop the pieces up very finely.

step by step photos making scones

Tips for what makes a good scone:

Like most baking, perfecting a scone is all about science. Here are some key tips for making flaky, buttery, scones:

  • Keep handling of dough to a minimum. You don’t want to over-knead the dough because this will result in tough, chewy scones
  • When cutting butter into flour, the clumps should not be very small. This will also help your scones to be more buttery and flakey
  • It’s best to keep the dough cold. If you are making this recipe in a warmer climate, I suggest placing the dough in the refrigerator before baking!

Another Great Tip: Sprinkle with some cane sugar right before baking. This will give these lemon scones a nice crunch!

hands kneading dough on marble counter

Place the scones on a parchment-paper lined sheet and bake in a 400F oven for 20 minutes.

lemon scones on parchment paper on baking sheet

Vegan Glaze Recipe:

For me, the lemon glaze really takes these scones to the next level.

To make the glaze, simply mix together confectioner’s sugar, lemon zest, and butter. Right before serving, drizzle on top of scones for a subtly sweetened treat!

vegan lemon scones on cooling rack with glaze

Can you Make Scones Ahead of Time?

Scones are best eating them fresh so if you plan on making these in advance, I suggest shaping them and placing them in the fridge until ready to make (no longer than 1 day)

How to Store Scones

To store baked scones, tightly wrap them in foil to prevent drying out. They should keep on the counter for 1-2 days.

Can you Freeze Scones?

Yes! Let cool completely and transfer to a freezer bag. They should keep for about 3 months. When ready to eat, let them thaw out for 2-3 hours (or the fridge overnight) and bake heat in a 350F oven for 10-15 minutes.

If you plan on freezing the scones, I recommend NOT icing them and rather making the glaze to put on the scones right before serving!

 

two plates of vegan lemon scones with pink napkin and lemon slices

What to pair scones with

Scones pair great with coffee or tea and are a great recipe for brunch or a quick breakfast during the week. I love making these lemon scones for Easter or Mother’s Day as they are always a hit!

What I love about scones is they’re lightly sweetened compared to other breakfast pastries. While I have a sweet tooth, overly sweet breakfasts I’m not a fan of. They pair perfectly with coffee and complement a savory breakfast like avocado toast or tofu scramble.

8 lemon scones in a circle on a marble background

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If you like this lemon recipe, you’ll LOVE:
Vegan Lemon Loaf 
Lemon Blueberry Scones

stack of vegan lemon scones on a plate

Vegan Lemon Scones

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It only takes a few ingredients to make these scones for an easy brunch recipe! Buttery and flaky scones with a lemon glaze drizzle are the perfect breakfast treat.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword breakfast recipe with lemon, lemon scones vegan, vegan brunch ideas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 scones
Calories 289kcal
Author Amanda

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
  • 4 Tablespoons honey (substitute with agave if vegan)
  • 2 Tablespoons cane sugar (plus 1 Tablespoon to sprinkle on top)
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For Lemon Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioner sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add flour, baking powder, salt, and cane sugar.
  • Cut in butter until the butter is in tiny clumps, evenly distributed in the dough.
  • Add honey (or agave), lemon juice, lemon zest, almond milk, and vanilla extract. Mix ingredients; If the dough is too dry, add more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough is stiff. You don’t want the dough to be liquidy.
  • Add dough to a floured surface and knead a few times. Roll out into a round disc and divide it into 8 even slices. Using a spatula, transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle cane sugar on top of scones (optional).
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before adding the glaze.
  • To make the glaze: Whisk together until the mixture turns into a thick glaze. Drizzle over the top of the scones and let cool.

Notes

  • Scones are best eating them fresh so if you plan on making these in advance, I suggest shaping them and placing them in the fridge until ready to make (no longer than 1 day)
How to Store Scones:
To store baked scones, tightly wrap them in foil to prevent drying out. They should keep on the counter for 1-2 days.
To Freeze Scones
Let cool completely and transfer to a freezer bag. They should keep for about 3 months. When ready to eat, let them thaw out for 2-3 hours (or the fridge overnight) and bake heat in a 350F oven for 10-15 minutes.
If you plan on freezing the scones, I recommend NOT icing them and rather making the glaze to put on the scones right before serving!
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1scone | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.2g | Protein: 3.8g | Fat: 10.9g | Saturated Fat: 5.5g | Sodium: 501mg | Sugar: 18.6g
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