Sing it with me now... These scones are bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S.
(Sorry, couldn't resist. Where's the nearest Punaholics Anonymous meeting? I think it might be time for an intervention.)
But seriously, these scones are pretty freaking good.
They're tender and rich and flaky, just like a proper scone ought to be, but with all of the sweet, homey goodness of my favourite banana bread. It's literally the best of both worlds.
I initially meant to top these scones off with a brown sugar glaze, but then I decided they were perfectly good just as they are, especially when they're still a little warm from the oven.
They're just the right amount of sweet, with loads of banana flavour and a hint of cinnamon, plus that rich buttery flavour that all proper scones should have.
If you find these aren't quite sweet enough for your tastes, you can always add sweetness with a dollop of homemade strawberry jam or a drizzle of honey, if you absolutely must.
(Or, if you really want to go over the top? Add a spoonful of Nutella, and kiss your diet goodbye.)
You can also throw in a handful of mini chocolate chips or chopped walnuts into the dough before it's baked, but again, I'm kind of a purist when it comes to these.
I wonder if they like treats at Punaholics Anonymous meetings?
I have a few extras still kicking around, so I may as well kill two birds with one scone. (Sorry. Not sorry.)
Banana Bread Scones
- Total Time: 45 mins
- Yield: 8 1x
All the deliciousness of your favourite banana bread, except it comes in the form of a rich, buttery scone. Serve with strawberry jam or honey for a tasty tea-time treat.
- 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 2 very ripe bananas, mashed (~1 cup)
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 400F, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Pulse a few times to combine. Drop in the cubes of butter, and pulse 8-10 times to cut in the butter, or until the mixture is coarse and crumbly.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the bananas, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Add to the dry ingredients, and stir until just barely incorporated.
- Turn out the dough onto a clean working surface that's lightly dusted with flour, and shape into a rough circle about 1" thick. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 8 wedges. Arrange the wedges on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the scones are golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling off completely.
I like these scones plain, but feel free to gussy them up by folding in ½ cup of chopped walnuts or mini chocolate chips when combining the wet and dry mixtures.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
- Category: Dessert
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Isabelle Boucher says
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Please give me calorie count per serving.
Isabelle Boucher says
Hi Kathy, I don't currently provide calorie counts for my recipes. If this is something you're interested in, there are quite a few free tools online that will allow you to calculate calories and other nutritional information - MyFitnessPal and Sparkpeople are both easy to use and quite popular.
Elizabeth Vlug says
Just made these scones and ate one almost immediately. So good. I am not a purist and did add walnuts to mine. lol. Definitely a keeper. I was afraid of overworking my butter in so I put my butter in the freezer until really firm and then grated it in. Seemed to work, the scones were lovely and tender. Thank you for sharing your recipes.
Taylor from OnTheGas.org says
My jaw dropped while I was reading this recipe as a lot of things going on in my mind with banana bread scones - the nutella, chocolate chip, strawberry jam, pineapple jam - any sweet things I could add. Maybe, peanut butter will work as well. I am excited to let my nieces and nephews try this.
Maresa | Breakfast for Dinner says
Banana bread crossed with a scone?! I'm in!
You've combined two of my favourite breakfast items into one! I probably would add chocolate chips to mine, but Nutella is a good idea too... mmmm. I love the light in your photos here btw - very pretty :)
Denise @UrbnSpice says
I will definitely be trying these scones, Isabel. I have a collection of scone recipes from my pastry chef days and this is the first banana scone recipe. I can't wait to try them. Thank you for sharing with all of us.
Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs says
These pictures are so pretty! I always think it's nice to have a basic recipe like this and then people can add things if they want to, but they look perfect as is. Ooh, maybe with blueberries?! I always have a bunch of ripe bananas for weekly snacks, and I think my boyfriend would go nuts for these!
Diane Galambos says
Ohmigod - got buttermilk and two bananas - I think I have to make these right now (or this aft). Need cheering up after basement flooding from last nights' insane downpour. (PS- got Nutella!)
Two of my favorite things in one? I'm sold!
Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) says
I LOVE the idea of these scones (especially with chocolate chips!). Bookmarked. Because I always have very ripe bananas hanging around...
Nicoletta @sugarlovespices says
Yum! I am always on the lookout for scones recipes. I absolutely adore them! Never had a banana bread scone, maybe it's time! :-) Love it plain and then I can add some jam. P.s. You're too funny! ;-)