100% Whole Grain Chocolate Orange Scones

When I ask Mr. Texanerin what he would like me to make, I only ever get two answers.

1. chocolate orange scones

2. sour cream coffee cake

We’re going to brunch on Sunday and we’re supposed to bring something. His input? Sour cream coffee cake.

100% Whole Grain Chocolate Orange Scones from texanerin.com

“I’d like to make something more Christmas like. How about ginger scones?!” To which he responded that people (yes, people in general, and he was very serious about this) don’t like ginger and that nobody would eat them. So of course he said I needed to make chocolate orange scones. Will there be chocolate orange scones? No! There will be ginger scones. My point is just that he’s obsessed with these things.

These aren’t really Christmas-y, but you could throw in some dried cranberries instead of chocolate chips. Or replace the chocolate chips with white chocolate chips AND add cranberries. Orange cranberry white chocolate scones sound good to me. Whatever you do, don’t get rid of the orange flavor. You need it to drown out the whole grain flavor. :)

Chocolate Orange Scones made healthier with whole grains from texanerin.com

These scones are not muffin like. They’re like scones should be or at least how I imagine scones should be, which is kind of dry.

These pictures were taken in the summer. I’ve been holiday baking since July, knowing that come November, the sun would be gone for the next five months (four if we’re lucky!). And not only is the sun gone, but it’s so insanely overcast here that it’s really impossible to get any decent photos.

Enjoy the scones and let me know if you try any of the variations! :)

100% Whole Wheat Chocolate Orange Scones

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  • Yield: 8 scones


  • 1 3/4 cups (210 grams) whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) unrefined sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • zest of 4 oranges
  • 6 tablespoons (85 grams) cold butter
  • 1/2 cup (90 grams) chocolate chips or chunks
  • 3 – 6 tablespoons (60ml – 90ml) orange juice
  • Optional – sugar for sprinkling on top


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F / 205°C. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and orange zest. Cut in the butter with two knives or a pastry cutter or however you like until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Add the chocolate chips and then tablespoon by tablespoon, mix in the orange juice. Some days I need as little as three tablespoons, but some days I need six. Don’t over mix! You want to add just enough so that the dough holds together, but if you add too much, the dough will be muffin like and that’s not what we want. And there’s no need to knead it.
  3. You can either transfer the dough to your Silpat or parchment paper and form a circle and then cut 8 triangles, or from the bowl, form 8 circular scones with your hands (again careful not to over mix!), but press them down a little bit. I mine to be about 3/4 inch thick. Sprinkle on some unrefined or granulated sugar if you like.
  4. Transfer the scones to a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake until slightly brown, about 12 – 15 minutes (it’ll depend on how big they are).
  5. Like most scones, these are much better on the first day!

Recipe by  | www.texanerin.com

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13 comments on “100% Whole Grain Chocolate Orange Scones” — Add one!

  • Karen says
    January 7, 2014 @ 1:15 am

    I’m so glad I found you! I love to bake, but I’m getting tired of always seeing recipes for unhealthy yummy treats. I have a daughter in her third year of university, minoring in German. She may come there to teach English also.

    • Erin replies to Karen
      January 8, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

      I’m glad you found me, too! I hope you’ll enjoy the healthier desserts. :) And my minor was also German! I hope that your daughter finds something good over here. English teaching jobs aren’t the easiest to find and usually pretty badly paid. Just a heads up. :)

  • Erin says
    December 11, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

    Thanks! I had never even heard of these chocolate orange things so I checked it out and found this. It's kind of amusing. :)


  • Becca says
    December 10, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

    Chocolate and orange is a very festive flavor combination. Have you ever had those chocolate oranges? They are soooo good, and I think they're sold only during the holidays. Anyways, nice looking scones :)

  • Erin says
    December 10, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

    Miryam – I have the Rebel T1i. And the 50 mm – F/1.8 – Canon EF lens and although it's way better than the lens the camera came with, it still doesn't work when it's soooo dark. Or maybe it's just me that doesn't work. :(

    Sonia – I hate that these use butter too, but scones without butter? Good luck. :) And you can't tell that your pictures use artificial lights! I did the DIY Lowel Ego Lights thing but they were useless for me. I guess I did something incorrectly.

    Iamonewithmuchope – I hope you enjoy them! Let me know how they turn out.

  • Iamonewithmuchope says
    December 10, 2011 @ 8:02 pm

    These look delicious!!! :) Totally making this! :)

    check out my giveaway if you get the chance..


  • Sonia The Healthy Foodie says
    December 10, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

    Aww, precious summer light how I miss thee. I absolutely hate working with artificial lights. Now you just made me long for those beautiful days of summer even more.

    Your scones look absolutely scrumptious. I really love me a good scone and would love to find a way to make them without using any butter OR butter substitute. Unfortunately, like you said, I think that it's an absolute necessity to get the right texture. But you know me… nothing is impossible! ;)

  • eatgood4life.blogspot.com says
    December 10, 2011 @ 2:56 am

    I got it probably about a year ago, maybe a little less…..it was worth the investment bc now I can take pictures on cloudy days :-)

    I got a canon rebel t2 with an extra lense for dark days :-)

  • Erin says
    December 9, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

    Averie – Neat! I'll definitely be making those. And your baked cinnamon bun donuts. Those just went to the top of my donut list.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says
    December 9, 2011 @ 10:42 pm

    these look wonderful and too ironic you just wrote to me about the eggnog donuts b/c I have a few recipes in my arsenal I have blogged about yet and one involves…oranges & donuts. I think you'll be happy :)

    Merry Xmas!

  • Erin says
    December 9, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

    warmvanillasugar – I don't really know what a chocolate orange is but it sounds interesting. :)

    Miryam – Yay! I really hope you try these. They use butter but I think it's impossible to have the right texture without butter.

    Sun is expected for tomorrow at 7am and so I just baked 5 things. It's kind of ridiculous. And I'm pretty sure that there won't end up being any sun! It's really annoying. Did you get another camera in the last few months?

  • eatgood4life.blogspot.com says
    December 9, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

    I think this is my favorite thing you posted so far….I love scones and I haven't had much luck with them lately :-( and orange flavor sounds really really good!!

    I hear you about not being able to take decent pictures without any sun around…….that is why I had to change the camera. It was an invested because this gadgets are nothing but economical..

    Anyhow, I am putting this on my list to make very soon :-)

  • warmvanillasugar says
    December 8, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    Yum! I just bought one of those chocolate oranges today! Lovely recipe.


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