Cinnamon Raisin Mini Scones Recipe

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These cinnamon raisin mini scones are a delicious, whole grain replacement for store-bought!

I don’t use much butter. In fact, I only have a handful of recipes on this site that use it. The main reason is that once I start eating it, I want butter on everything. And I think we all know where that leads. But occasionally, it’s definitely called for in a recipe for structure and consistency. Scones are one of those recipes.

Clean Eating Cinnamon Raisin Mini Scones Recipe

This is the first scone recipe I’ve done here and I have to say that the process was an interesting one. Particularly because I’ve never actually had a scone myself. ~Gasp!~ And since I’m not eating any grains at the moment, I had to rely on others for taste testing. The general consensus was that they were very good, and definitely scone material. In fact, a friend liked them so much that in the end, I finally took a bite, chewed and spit it back out. No, it’s wasn’t that bad, I just wanted to take a taste without eating the grains. So there you have it. The down and dirty process of tasting food I’m not eating. Sorry I had to expose you to that…

This recipe was adapted from The Country Cooking of Ireland cookbook by Coleman Andrews. It’s one of those coffee table style cookbooks that tends to impress people when left laying around. You really can’t help but pick it up and mill through it, imagining how the foods in all those amazing pictures must actually taste. Simply put, this book makes you want to cook (and eat!).

NOTE: I used a mini scone pan. But if you don’t have one, you can also use a parchment lined cookie sheet and simply form these into slightly flattened balls.


Today we spent the majority of the day in town. My Mama hadn’t been to the downtown shops here in Cobh yet, so we enjoyed the day and the occasional downpour here as we went from shop to shop. The green Centra sign on the right above the red car is where we did our grocery shopping. The food seems to spoil here a lot faster (fewer pesticides?), so our trips to the Centra store are frequent.

Clean Eating Cinnamon Raisin Mini Scones

We also took a train tour through town which was very informative on the history of this town. So much so, that it’s nearly impossible to remember it all. I do remember that we passed the house of the doctor who was Napoleon’s personal physician. And we got to stop at St. Coleman’s Cathedral. An impressive church which can be seen from nearly all of the downtown area.

Clean Eating Cinnamon Raisin Mini Scones

Clean Eating Cinnamon Raisin Mini Scones

We also learned a lot about the Titanic. In fact, we were so inspired by what we learned that we decided to also visit what’s called, the Titanic Experience.

Clean Eating Cinnamon Raisin Mini Scones

The broken down pier you see above is the actual pier that third class passengers walked along to board the smaller boat that took them to their own, separate entrance on the Titanic which was docked not too far away.

The black and white photo is the building I was standing in when I took that photo. If you can read the sign, we were standing in the same spot that man on the balcony is standing in (just to the left of the window). Kind of a strange feeling…

We got to see replicas of the rooms in the Titanic. Pretty impressive, even by today’s standards!

On the way back, we got caught in a downpour again. But around here, it seems the rain only lasts for a minute or two. Long enough to hide in a doorway, and then be on your way.


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Clean Eating Cinnamon Raisin Mini Scones Recipe

Cinnamon Raisin Mini Scones Recipe

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Course: Breads, Dessert
Cuisine: American, English
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 13 mini scones
Calories: 220kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ cup sucanat (coconut sugar works too)
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 large egg


  • Preheat to 400.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sucanat, baking soda and cinnamon.
  • Add the butter to your flour and using your hands, really work it into the flour. Take your time with this as it does make a different. You have to rub the butter in. Pretend you're giving the flour a good massage with a bottle of massage oil. Okay, now come back to reality.
  • Once the flour is ready, mix in the raisins, egg and milk. You can stir this with a wooden spoon, but I quickly gave up on that idea and just used my hands. This should be like a sticky, soft cookie dough when it's done.
  • Divide the dough into 13 equal pieces and either press them into your scone pan, or form them into balls and flatten them just slightly on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown and until a knife inserted into one of them pulls out clean.
  • NOTE: The original recipe called for brushing the scones with egg wash just prior to baking. I omitted this step and they seemed to be fine. But for die-hard scone enthusiasts, you may want to use the egg wash.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1scone | Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 262IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I agree 100% that scones demand butter in the recipe. However, 1/2 cup ( or a whole stick) negates the “clean eating” title. Just my opinion.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kerragh – Depends on your definition of clean eating. Besides, this makes 13 scones. I certainly hope you wouldn’t be eating all 13 in one sitting. That would definitely negate clean eating. 🙂

  2. This looks really good! I can’t wait to give them a try. I think that clean eating also needs to be realistic, and using butter to cook real foods is totally realistic. Organic if you can….

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – Exactly! 🙂

  3. These look awesome, I can’t wait to try them! I have made (unclean) scones in the past, and to get the shape without a pan, I would make a giant ball out of the dough, flatten it, and then cut it like a pizza, and then you end up with the slightly awkward triangle-ish shape. Just an idea for anyone without a scone pan!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Courtney – Great idea! 🙂

  4. What is wrong with butter? Clean eating does NOT mean NO FAT! I would be more concerned with the PROCESSED FLOUR if I were you. If butter is not ok then why are you using milk? That is what butter is anyway.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kristal – I don’t have any processed flour in this recipe. (?)

  5. Butter, in my opinion, is a pretty natural food. Watch your ingredient list just like you would anything else. You are not going to sit down and eat the whole batch and you’re not going to eat them everyday. Everything in moderation! 😉

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Annette – Precisely. 🙂

  6. I wonder if these can be made with almond flour and almond or coconut milk. I love scones and reeeeeaaaly miss them. Your pictures and travels are very very interesting. Thank you for sharing!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Celia – I’m not sure that would work with these. But I’ll try to come up with a grain-free scone.

  7. I find if you freeze the butter and then grate it on a grater youget tye perfect sides pieces thru out. I make scones a lot. Almost like my recipe!!! Ill have to try the cinnamon and raisins. We love cinnamon raisin bread, but my daughter can digest the yeast… Thanks

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Christie – Nice tip! Thanks!

  8. Sinead Howard says:

    Hi. Welcome to Ireland. Have you tried Mary’s country kitchen on east beach? It’s a gluten free bakery, but the food is sooo delicious that everyone in my house will demolish anything I bring home!!!! Definitely worth a visit… Have been to Fota wildlife park? It’s a lovely day out and you could bring a picnic!
    Ps. The weather shd be a bit warmer by now here by the rain does not let up (:-(

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sinead – Thanks! We’ve been to the Fota park as well as the house. Both were amazing! The rain has been interesting, but I’ll take that over the 35 C. heat we left back home any day. 🙂

  9. Laurie Kramer says:

    Lovely trip photos, glad you’re having a great time. This recipe sounds delish!!
    By the way, I found a spelling error. You wrote “fried” instead of “friend” in you opening paragraphs.
    Sorry, but I do proofreading. Maybe I should read your stuff before you put it online!! LOL

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Laurie – Maybe! Ha! All fixed…

  10. Hi Tiffany! So what do you typically sub for butter then? I am getting ready to try to make chocolate chip cookies (a la Tollhouse!) and clean them up a bit and was going to try to use coconut oil in place of butter.
    Thanks! 🙂
    ps- your pics are wonderful!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Keri O – Thanks! You could definitely try coconut oil or butter. Cookies can be pretty forgiving, so you could also try doing 1/2 coconut oil and 1/2 apple sauce and see how that turns out.

  11. Marilyn R says:

    I have got to try this recipe soon! I love scones and also cinnamon and raisins. I am learning so much from your website! And I feel so much better too! And Thank You for sharing your vacation pictures. Ireland is on my bucket list of places I’d like to visit, and your pics and narratives have just been awesome!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Marilyn – Thanks! I’m glad you liked the photos. 🙂 Enjoy the scones!

  12. spumoneee says:

    Substitute avocado for butter and it’s still clean eating (just better without the butter) and won’t change the flavor.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      spumoneee – Interesting! Not sure I’d have the courage to try that, but maybe…

  13. willl defintely try this soon! i love scones and these look perfect! thanks!! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Mikala – I hope you enjoy them. 🙂

  14. These were fantastic! Very moist and so easy to make, definitely a keeper! I’d never had “Sucanat” before, but bought it just for these (I got mine from iherb)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Maya – I’m so happy you enjoyed them! 😀

  15. Perhaps I missed it in the comments, but read and reread the instructions several times and I cannot seem to find any instructions about the actual raisins outside of the ingredient list. ☺️

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