Gluten-Free Dream Day: We Take On Panera Bread with Gluten-Free, Vegan, Sugar-free Orange Scones
Panera Bread is known for delish baked goods, but unfortunately they don’t offer any gluten-free vegan options. A group of bloggers and I decided to see just how easy it would be to transform their goodies into excellent gluten-free, vegan options. And today is our Gluten-Free Dream Day for Panera Bread.
I was assigned to transform the Orange Scones into a gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-free dream. And it worked!
Orange Scone Recipe
2 cups Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free all purpose baking mix
3 tablespoons of Erythritol (natural sweetener)
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons grated organic orange peel
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan sea salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
Egg replacer for one egg (recommend Ener-g brand – no soy)
1/2 cup chopped organic mandarin oranges, well drained
*Optional: 1/2 c dried cranberries
1-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2-In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar substitute, baking powder, orange peel and salt. Stir in canola oil, almond milk and egg replacer.
3-Stir in oranges (and cranberries, optional).
4-Mixture will be pretty dry – this is perfect. Do not add more liquid. In fact, if it’s too runny (especially if you use another gluten-free flour blend), add flour so that it is fairly dry, yet moistened.
5-Take ball of dough and kneed on a floured surface, roughly 10 times.
6-Pat into a circle with roughly a half inch to 1 inch of thickness.
7-Optional: sprinkle with additional Erythritol.
8-Cut into triangles/wedges.
9-Place individual triangles on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
10-Serve while warm, dip or drizzle with agave or orange marmalade.
Join us on our Gluten-Free Dream Day by visiting these friends who have created gluten-free versions of Panera Bread Bar goodies. Maybe one day, bakeries around the planet will offer more gluten-free goodies for this growing demographic!
Allyson Kramer — Jalapeno Cheddar Bagel
Heather Strang — Orange Scones
Clean Green Simple — Spinach & Artichoke Souffle
Right now the only way to try all these gluten-free goodies is to make them yourself. But who knows, maybe someday you’ll be able to pop into a place like Panera and enjoy one right from their menu.