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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!

First batch, with just oranges. Yum!

My guy's favorite - with the cranberries added.

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


Family Fresh Cooking — Wild Blueberry Muffins
Oh She Glows — Apple Crunch Muffins
Veggie Num Num — Pumpkin Muffin
Multiply Delicious — Chocolate Chunk Muffins


Heather Strang — Orange Scones

Breakfast Sweets

Namely Marly — Caramel Pecan Rolls
Diet Dessert Dogs — Cinnamon Crumb Cake


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.

Happy Eating!
xoHeather :)

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  • Angela (Oh She Glows)

    I think these arethe most beautiful scones Ive ever seen! :) Want to reach through the screen. I’m so jealous you had success with Bobs flour…I had no luck when it came to muffins. I will have to try it with these scones though because I have flour leftover and these look amazing!!

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  • Ricki

    I’m betting this is one my guy will love, too. And adding the mandarins is brilliant! They look perfect for my next breakfast. ;)

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  • Trudy ~ Veggie num num

    These do look good and I agree with Ricki, perfect for breakfast especially with the dried cranberries, yum!

  • Sara P

    I love, love, love the originals from Panera…and Starbucks if we are being honest. My biggest issue isn’t with the gluten, but with the calories and the sugar content in the originals, but I think that your version definitely puts them to shame. I am curious though….would this recipe work with a flax egg?

  • admin

    Thanks Angela & Ricki!

    Sara – yes, you could definitely use a flax egg or any type of 1 egg replacement. If you use a grain based replacement, be sure to add a bit more canola oil or milk (I prefer adding more milk). Happy eating!

    xoHeather :)

  • David Verduzco

    Yummy this is great recipe ,Orange Scones and
    Panera Bread is my favorite, thanks for sharing …

  • Dravid

    Yumm. I tried and the recipe is amazing. I used Natural sweetener Natvia ( that made the recipe much more delicious, just try it out.

  • Michael Michael276

    Yummy. Your pictures itself are making my mouth water. I love to cook. especially deserts. and i love the way my husbands face brightens up every time i bake a chocolate cake. But recently when he was diagnosed with diabetes i was scarred that i will not be able to see that smile again on his face and things will have to change. However than i started using Natvia a natural sweetener and my married life is still the same.

    P.S- I am definitely going to try your recipe tomorrow.

  • amanda

    These sound great! Do you know how many carbs are in each scone?