whole wheat chocolate chip banana scones
I’m snacking on mango slices, baking a cake and writing about these whole wheat chocolate chip banana scones all at once — in other words, I’m living out the thesis of my food life.
It’s a bit of a metaphor for how my brain has felt lately, too — a little all over the place, a little chaotic, a little nonsensical. This week was crazier than expected and so, apologies for leaving you hanging last Thursday (but I hope you were cool with a few extra days to ogle over this gnocchi situation). Hopefully things in my life and on this blog will be back on track.
Now before we get to these scones — the reader survey results! In the Week of Crazy, I realized that I accidentally converged last year’s survey with this year’s survey, so the graphs I was planning to show of each response were all askew. D’oh. Thankfully, I was able to scroll through individual answers from this year, and you guys — thank you. So much. You all are incredibly thoughtful and insightful and downright kind. Overall, it seems like this space is just as enjoyable for you as it is for me, and I’m going to take that into account along with a few of your suggestions and constructive criticisms. (Also, if you want to know more specifics about the results this year, feel free to e-mail me!)
Aaaaaand now, these scones. Whole wheat chocolate chip banana scones, also known as “cookies” to the tot (her words, not mine), which I’m OK with because these are some of the healthiest “cookies” she’ll ever enjoy for breakfast.
These scones have been quickly disappearing, generally in the morning hours, after the pitter-patter of feet make their way into the kitchen — the husband’s to the coffeemaker, mine to the toaster and the tot’s to the container on the counter that currently houses the “cookies.” She knows one is about to make its way from the container to her melamine Minions-themed plate, and so she waits — sometimes patiently, quietly sipping on her milk, other times not so patiently, with chubby fingers reaching just over the counter’s lip in undeterred determination to snag one of those scones before Mom does it for her.
Thankfully they are just far enough out of her reach that we haven’t had a disastrous avalanche of the banana scone variety (that’s not to say it hasn’t happened with other foods stored on the edges of our counters). Soon, we all settle in with our breakfasts — the husband with a banana scone and a heap of cheesy eggs, me with a slice of peanut butter toast and a more modest heap of eggs, and the tot with compartments of eggs, clementines, blueberries and that beloved “cookie” covering the faces of Kevin, Stuart and Bob. She picks out and eats each chocolate chip first, naturally, and then proceeds to munch away at the rest. It’s crumbly but softer than most scones, thanks to the banana and brown sugar. The flavor is mildly sweet and cinnamon-y, the texture light and slightly chewy from the rolled oats, and the heartiness of the whole wheat flour is hardly detectable in any other way apart from its nutritious value. The chocolate chips offer little pockets of indulgence — as the tot has already come to discover.
Suddenly, the scone has disappeared and all that’s left is a smile — one on her face because she thinks she just got dessert for breakfast, and one on my face because she just ate something homemade and wholesome and actually enjoyed it, for once. There’s also a smear of chocolate on her cheek that I can’t help but smile at, too.
Whether you bake these for the little ones or big ones — or both — in your family, I hope you enjoy them as much as we have been.Print
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Scones
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 12 mins
- Total Time: 27 mins
- Yield: 8 scones 1x
- 1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour, plus more for shaping
- 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 1/2 bananas)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper; sprinkle lightly with flour.
- In large bowl, whisk flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar until combined. Use pastry blender or fingers to cut in cold butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make well in center of mixture and add mashed banana and milk. Stir with wooden spoon or spatula just until dough forms. Stir in chocolate chips.*
- Transfer dough to floured parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle a little flour on top of dough. Carefully shape dough into 7 to 8-inch circle. Use sharp knife to cut dough into 8 equal wedges. Separate wedges slightly on parchment paper.*
- Bake 12 to 15 minutes until scones are baked through and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool slightly before serving.
- *NOTE: If the dough seems too warm or soft at this point, you can transfer it to the fridge to chill for about 10 minutes before proceeding with the recipe. The key is to keep the butter as cold as possible at all times, so this might be necessary after handling the dough.
These sound delicious, I’ve never thought to put banana in scones before but it must help to keep them lovely and soft as well as tasting good (especially with the chocolate!).
Such a delicious way to begin the day! Yum!
These sound delicious. I love whole wheat.
Definitely could use a “cookie” for breakfast! 😉
Ooh I love eating and making a good scone–especially if they are secretly healthy 🙂 looks delicious!
These scones sound incredible! I absolutely love banana flavored baked goods!!
These look delicious! I know Casper would love these because anything with a little bit of chocolate is his favorite. He also has that minion plate and loves it, too.
My week and weekend were nuts too! Hoping this week things can settle down a bit. I plan on doing NOTHING this weekend. Except for a little baking. 😉 Hope you are doing well and SO very excited to see you in a few weeks! <3 XOXO
Hello breakfast perfection! Love these scones and all the chocolate chips, of course!
Your storytelling is so beautiful! And the scones look phenomenal <3 <3
I love scones, but I would’ve never thought to add banana! Yum!
yum! I’ve been looking for a good whole wheat scone recipe. Those two things just usually don’t go together… oh, but I so want them to! My tummy wants a scone, but my waistline wants whole wheat. These look divine. thank you for sharing!
I saw these on Instagram yesterday and, no lie, dreamt about them last night. If that’s not a sign that I need to make these, I don’t know what is! I’m thinking go trying them with coconut oil in place of butter because (gasp!) I’m out of butter and don’t feel like running to the store. I’ll report back! 🙂
Hope this week goes a lot smoother for you! I just pinned these and can’t wait to make them! I love chocolate chip anything! Have a great rest of the week!
I can’t resist a good scone! I wish I had one now to go with my coffee!
Taylor — Oooooh, yes, let me know how they turn out pls!
These scones are what my dreams are made up! I love nothing more than bananas, chocolate and scones! I added about 1 tsp of this chai spice blend to the recipe and it put these scones over the top!
For some reason, my earlier comment that these were really wet and required an extra cup of flour (and extra tsp of baking powder) to be handle-able isn’t showing up.
They had good flavor and good texture, but weren’t very scone-like to me. I think next time I’d try turning them into mini muffins or something instead.
Mmmmmm these look incredible, I adore scones!
Am — Sorry to hear the dough didn’t work out well for you! It is pretty wet on account of the bananas, but I had some luck with sprinkling flour on top when shaping it, and letting them chill for a few minutes after handling.
Made these with whole wheat pastry flour and peanut butter chips instead of chocolate. Frozen my butter for a little while so that I could grate it into my dry ingredients (I find this works wonders with scones and biscuits). Turned out very tasty! Always on the lookout for new ideas to use my extra ripe bananas. Thanks for a quick, easy and tasty recipe to start our day off!
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I’m dying over the fact that your lil cutie pie calls these cookies and loves eating them for breakfast!! These scones do look super delish and I’m sure they’d put a smile on my face too 😛
Looks wonderful! And by the way for some reason on Google Chrome the amount of oats doesn’t display correctly and is just a box, but when I switched overt to another browser I could see it was supposed to be 1/3 cup. Just thought I’d let you know.
Rosemary — Thank you for the heads up on the display error!
I made these this morning and did not end up with a scone-like texture. More like a muffin shaped like a scone…. I did refrigerate the dough for a while because it was clearly too soft (not at all formable, more like muffin batter). Even after baking and letting cool, they are soft like muffins. Thoughts?? It seemed like too much moisture for the amount of flour?? Regardless of the shape though, they were DELICIOUS and the kids were thrilled to have CHOCOLATE CHIPS with breakfast! What a treat!
Sharron — Thanks for your comment! Because of the added moisture from the banana, these scones are more soft and “muffiny” as opposed to crumbly and dense. They are a bit more finicky to shape because of the added moisture, but if you add in just enough flour and give them time to chill, they should hold their shape. Glad you enjoyed them! 🙂
I just made them and don’t want to stop eating them! Can’t write anymore since I’m going to go split one in half and toast it and smear it with peanut butter and jam!!!!!
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these turned out really delicious, but i wish i would have read the comments first! i had the same thoughts as ‘am’ below.
i used spelt flour, which i’m sure is part of my problem but it’s all i had… & i had exactly enough for this recipe.
my dough was incredibly wet but since i didn’t have extra flour, i added a couple big handfuls of oats. the scones didn’t hold their shape at all & came out with a muffin-like texture. when i try making these again, i’m going to cut the milk in half but keep the extra oats (because i love their texture) & see how it turns out.
but again, they were delicious, so i’m glad i tried them! i just wouldn’t call this dough mix ‘scones’.