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vegan banana scones on a marble surface, one sliced in half.

Vegan Banana Scones

Vegan banana scones – these easy vegan scones with banana and chocolate chips are a great alternative to banana bread to use up brown bananas. They are moist, fluffy, just sweet enough and make a great snack.
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword scones
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 scones
Author Domestic Gothess


  • 375 g (3 cups) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 60 g (⅓ cup) light brown soft sugar
  • 120 g (4 ⅓ oz / ½ cup) vegan block butter/margarine (I use Naturli Vegan Block or Stork block) cold and diced
  • 125 g (heaped ½ cup) chocolate chips (vegan friendly; can use chopped chocolate instead)
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, about 200g peeled weight
  • 1 tsp cider or white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • approx 100 ml (⅓ cup + 1 Tbsp) non-dairy milk (soy is best) cold
  • milk for brushing
  • demarera sugar for sprinkling


  • Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°Cfan/425°F/gas mark 7. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. (You will need two baking sheets if you are making 12 smaller scones rather than 8 big ones).
  • Place the flour in a large bowl along with the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and sugar and mix to combine.
  • Add the cold, cubed butter/margarine and rub in using your fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs and no lumps of fat remain.
  • Stir through the chocolate chips.
  • Mash the bananas well with the vinegar and vanilla extract and add them to the bowl with about half of the milk.
  • Stir to moistent the flour and gradually add more milk as needed to form a soft, slightly sticky dough. Be careful not to add too much milk, the dough should be sticky but not wet.
  • Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface and bring it together into a rough ball. Don't knead it, just work it enough to bring it together. Dust with more flour and use your hands to pat it out into a round about 5cm/2in thick.
  • Use a well floured knife to slice the round into 8 wedges. Dip the knife in flour again between each cut to help prevent it from sticking.
  • If you want to make 12 smaller scones rather than 8 big ones then divide the dough in half, shape each half into a ball and pat out into a 5cm/2in round. Use a sharp, floured knife to cut each round into 6 wedges.
  • Gently place the wedges well spaced apart on the baking sheet(s). They will probably be a bit soft and delicate so it is a good idea to use a floured spatula or fish slice to help move them. If they get a bit squished out of shape you can gently pat them back into shape using floured hands once they are on the baking sheet.
  • Gently brush the tops of the scones with milk and sprinkle with demarera sugar. Bake for about 12-16 minutes until well risen, golden and firm to the touch.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool a little before serving.


  • For the best results make sure that you follow the recipe closely. As always, I highly recommend using the gram measurements (with a digital scale), rather than the cup conversions. Cup measurements are simply not accurate enough for baking and I cannot guarantee the best results if you use them.
  • Using a block butter/margarine rather than the spreadable kind in a tub will give you a much better texture as it has a higher fat content. I use Naturli Vegan Block, but Stork or Vitalite block, Tormor or Earth Balance Buttery Sticks will all work. It is also important that the butter is fridge cold, not room temperature.
  • The amount of milk that you need to add will vary depending on the size of your bananas and the absorbency level of your flour. You want to add enough to form a soft, slightly sticky dough, but not so much that it is wet.
  • You can omit the chocolate chips if you want, or swap them for chopped dark chocolate if you don’t have chips. You can also swap them for raisins or chopped nuts.