Apple Scones {gluten-free}

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These gluten-free Apple Scones are slightly spiced and sweetened with a drizzle of honey. They are delicate fluffy little scones and the perfect match for lashings of this season’s homemade jam.

apple scones piled on a china plate in front of a tea set and a pot of jam

These Apple Scones taste incredibly homely. Imagine waking up to the scent of these scones baking in your kitchen? A fine start to the day indeed.

They are the essence of British baking and are incredibly versatile. Since they are not overly sweetened you can eat them as a sweet treat with clotted cream or jam or even just a dab of butter or bacon.

overhead image of apple scones on a china plate next to a tea set and a pot of jam

Why these Apple Scones are brilliant:

  • Spiked with warming cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
  • Studded with freshly diced juicy apple
  • Softly sweetened with honey
  • Baked with wholegrain gluten-free flours

How to make gluten-free scones

Gluten-free scones work best when you choose the right alternative flours to pair with your flavourings. There are no weird or wacky gums, just honest whole ingredients.

The starches

The wholegrains

  • Oat flour – a light fluffy flour with lovely toasty flavour. Make sure it’s a gluten-free oat flour.
  • Sorghum flour – a deep earthy taste.

Baker’s Tip – If you are intolerant to oat flour then you can use just the sorghum. It can be slightly grainy depending on the brand and will have deeper flavour but still delicious.

If you need more recipes for gluten-free scones they why not try:

close up image of apple scone halved

How to make Apple Scones

  1. Sift the flours with the spices, baking powder and salt.
  2. Rub the butter in with your fingertips to form shaggy breadcrumbs.
  3. In a jug whisk the eggs into the milk with the honey and pour into the flour mixture.
  4. Bring together with your hands to form a dough. Sprinkle in the diced apple.
  5. Press the dough into an even 1 inch round.
  6. Cut out the scones and place on a baking tray.

7.Brush with egg wash and bake for 10 minutes.

What to serve with Apple Scones?

These scones are only slightly sweetened with honey so they pair excellently with a homemade jam.

Why not try?

Damson Orange Cinnamon Jam
Blackberry Lime Jam
Pear Cobnut Jam
Strawberry Redcurrant Jam

And hey, can I just put Bacon Jam out there on your list.

However, they are equally delicious with a slather of salted butter or perhaps some smoked streaky bacon.

apple scone halved with jam spread on top

Can you freeze Apple Scones?

Yes. As soon as the scones have cooled then pop into a freezer bag. They will keep for about 6 weeks in the freezer. To defrost, remove from the freezer the day before you want to eat it. You can warm for 10 minutes in the oven just before serving.

How long do Apple Scones keep for?

It’s best to eat these Apple Scones on the same day they are baked as they grow quickly stale.

If you make these Apple Scones then please leave a comment below and/or give the recipe a rating. If you then go on to use this recipe as a launch pad for your own baking creation then I’d also love it if you’d share it and tag me on Instagram. It is so lovely for me to see your versions and variations of my recipes.

apple scones piled on a china plate in front of a tea set and a pot of jam

Honey Apple Spice Scones {gluten-free}

These gluten-free Honey Apple Spice Scones are not very sweet, making them the perfect match for lashings of homemade jam.
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Course: Afternoon Tea
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 scones
Calories: 149kcal


  • 100 g sweet rice flour
  • 70 g oat flour
  • 55 g sorghum flour
  • 25 g tapioca flour
  • teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 50 g cold unsalted butter sliced thinly
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 egg +1 for the egg wash
  • 100 ml whole milk
  • 1 dessert apple peeled, cored and cubed


  • Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
  • Sift the flours with the spices, baking powder and salt, then drop in the butter, rubbing together to form a breadcrumb texture.
  • In a jug whisk the eggs into the milk with the honey and pour into the flour mixture.
  • Stir together with a wooden spoon to bring together then turn out onto a clean work surface dusted with oat flour and using your hands gently turn the mixture round and round. As it is coming together sprinkle in the apple pieces bit by bit so they are evenly distributed. Carry on turning the dough a little longer until it forms a smooth dough which is no longer sticky.
  • Press the dough out into an even round 1 inch thick and cut out the scones using 5cm round cutter.
  • Place the scones on a large baking tray and brush the top of each scone lightly with whisked egg.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until the top of the scones are beautifully golden.


If you can't tolerate oat flour then remove and increase the quantity of sorghum flour to compensate.
These scones are only slightly sweetened with a drizzle of honey. It means they work beautifully with either sweet or savoury toppings.
How to serve apple scones
  • jam
  • butter
  • bacon
  • cheese
Best eaten the day the scones are baked.
You can freeze the scones for up to 6 weeks.


Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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Update Notes: This recipe was originally posted in September 2017, but was updated in August 2019 with clearer content, nutritional information and expert tips.


  1. Is there a way to change these to blueberry lemon?

    • Of course. Just remove the apple and spices and add blueberries and lemon zest. These scones are not very sweet though, for a lemon blueberry scone you might be better adapting these ones by just adding lemon zest and blueberries.

  2. Thank so much will let you know how they turn out ! xx

  3. If I take the Apple and spice out will these work? Really keen to try a sorghum blend neutral scone!!

    • Yes, but if you remove the apple then you might like to add a bit more sugar to the scone dough if you want your scones sweeter. Maybe just 3-4 tablespoons caster sugar. Or if you are happy with a more neutral taste then leave the recipe as is and omit the apple and spice as you suggest.

  4. I love a good scone recipe! Apple and honey seem perfect as a pair, so I can’t wait to try these!

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