Double-Glazed Vegan Pumpkin Scones

Better-For-You Vegan Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Scones // #vegan
Happy Halloween! BoOoOoOo.

I used to love Halloween. My friend Anna and I would start talking mid-summer about what our costumes would be. My favorite costume was a garden gnome, for which I wore green tights, an oversized blue shirt (that I rubbed with bronzer so it would look dirty), a doctored santa hat (took out the white sections), and a beard. A couple years ago I went as an emoticon; I wore all black and stuck tape to myself into a :P face. The whole “sexy” halloween costume was never really my thing.

Better-For-You Vegan Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Scones // #vegan
Better-For-You Vegan Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Scones // #vegan
Better-For-You Vegan Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Scones // #vegan

For the past few years I haven’t done much for Halloween. The drive to be costume clever doesn’t seem to be there anymore, and I suppose the interest in partying at a bar isn’t really there either. Last year Ryan and I stayed home and dressed up our dog (Teia the Lion – rawr!), and I thought that was kind of perfect.

I was planning on sharing this recipe next week, but sharing a pumpkin recipe on Halloween just felt RIGHT. Also, since it’s Friday, now you can make them this weekend! Kick the last month of pumpkin-flavors off with a bang!

Better-For-You Vegan Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Scones // #vegan

Ha, just kidding, I eat pumpkin things all year, but apparently it’s socially acceptable to eat pumpkin between September-Thanksgiving. It’s also socially acceptable to listen to Christmas music AFTER Thanksgiving, but that never happens. I’m apparently not very socially acceptable.

Better-For-You Vegan Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Scones // #vegan

I also don’t subscribe to the idea that scones need to be dry. I know you’re supposed to dunk them in your coffee, but why start with something that’s hard and dry? These scones have a softer texture than most, but still have that crumb that makes a scone a scone. They’re based off of the Starbucks pumpkin scone, which I love, but is full of white flour, loads of sugar, and preservatives that I try to avoid.

In my version, I used all whole wheat flour, a touch of maple syrup for sweetness, and coconut oil in place of butter. I have also made these with butter and they turned out the same, so if that’s what you have on hand I’ve included a note about that below.

I used 2 glazes so the scones would have that Starbucks look, but because of that there’s a good amount of sugar going on here. If you want to reduce the sugar, just go with one glaze, and/or instead of covering the scone just drizzle it on – bam, less sugar and all the flavor!

Better-For-You Vegan Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Scones // #vegan

I love the combination of the sweet glaze with the thick, pumpkin-infused scone. It’s fall morning comfort at it’s finest!

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not one to name something “Skinny,” because I don’t feel comfortable with the connotation, and I use the word “Healthy” sparingly in recipe titles, but these are DEFINITELY a better-for-you alternative to the coffee-shop version!

Better-For-You Vegan Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Scones // #vegan

If you make these, or any of my recipes, please take a pic and tag me on Instagram (@veggiebeastblog). It really truly makes my day!

Double-Glazed Vegan Pumpkin Scones

Soft, flaky whole wheat pumpkin scones drizzled with two glazes! A better-for-you (and vegan!) version of the Starbucks pumpkin scone!

Yield: 8 scones

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


Vegan Pumpkin Scones

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (solid, not melted) or 5 tablespoons butter/vegan butter, cold and cubed
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk, divided
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons warm water)
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup

Simple White Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk

Pumpkin Maple Glaze

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons powdered cane sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 400.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Add the coconut oil to the dry ingredients, mixing until you have pea-sized pieces. I used a pastry blender and my hands to do this. You definitely want to have pieces of oil visible in the dough, so don't incorporate it fully!
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, 2 tablespoons of the almond milk, flax egg, vanilla, and maple syrup.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and mix until just combined. You can do this with your mixer on medium speed, or just with a wooden spoon. You do NOT want to overmix the dough, so stop right after everything comes together.
  5. Use your hands to form the dough into a ball, and then set it on a WELL-FLOURED surface (the dough is sticky, so the floured surface is key). Pat down slightly, sprinkle with a little more flour, then use a rolling pin to roll the dough out to ½-inch thickness. I wanted to have 8 triangle scones, so I used a pizza cutter to cut my scones into triangles. If you want smaller scones, use a biscuit-cutter, or really whatever you want/have on hand.
  6. Gently move the scones to a parchment-lined baking sheet (I used a floured spatula to move them). Brush with remaining almond milk. Bake for 15-17 minutes, until the tops are golden.
  7. After removing the scones from the oven, make the glazes while they cool slightly. For the simple white glaze, just whisk together the powdered sugar and milk. Set aside.
  8. For the pumpkin maple glaze, whisk together the pumpkin and maple syrup, and then add the powdered sugar.
  9. Use a spoon to coat the slightly-cooled scones with the simple white glaze. Wait 10 minutes for the glaze to set, and then use a spoon to drizzle on the pumpkin glaze.
  10. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Store in an airtight container on the counter for up-to 4 days. If it's hot in your place the icing may melt a little.

I topped mine with some sparking sugar for the photos (because PRETTY!), but it's definitely not necessary.

Nutrition Information: Serving Size: 1 scone with both glazes, Calories: 339, Sugar: 8.9g, Sodium: 157mg, Fat: 9.8g, Saturated Fat: 7.9g, Carbs: 59.5g, Fiber: 3.8g, Protein: 3.3g


9 Responses to “Double-Glazed Vegan Pumpkin Scones”

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 31, 2014 @ 8:01 am (#)

    Oh my! These look awesome. Love that they’re vegan!! That glaze is calling to me.

    • Katie — October 31, 2014 @ 12:49 pm (#)

      Thanks, Katrina! Happy Halloween!

  2. Cheryl — October 31, 2014 @ 10:18 am (#)

    Oh dear LORD. I usually think all other dogs are not even remotely cute, compared to my little pup, but that little lion.. I am dying. Our dog *hates* Halloween, because we insist on dressing her up and putting things on her head, which she categorically despises. She just freezes and won’t look at us, because she knows we just want to take a picture! That being said.. it’s time to bust out the mini sombrero. She’s part chihuahua after all, (we think..)!

    Anyway… I’m not good at “sexy” costumes, either. Last year I did go as a super feminine (I had an urge! It was rare) fairy, because I opted to be Titania, because a regular fairy would not do, clearly. This year, Lady Macbeth. I’ve got a thing for Shakespeare, apparently! Hubs and I aren’t doing anything for Halloween either, so I’ve queued up several recipes to dive into, amidst our sparse trick-or-treaters. If we weren’t going out of town tomorrow, I’d made a quadruple batch of these, since they seem, um, absolutely perfect to go with a long drawn-out cup of coffee. mmmmm.

    • Katie — October 31, 2014 @ 12:49 pm (#)

      haha, she made a very fierce lion! She stood in that same position for SUCH a long time. We had just gotten her, so I was afraid we traumatized her. She just needed a rawhide to feel better. Dogs are so simple :) Have a happy halloween!

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  4. Robin — November 2, 2014 @ 9:24 pm (#)

    Wow, I just found you through Gena’s (Choosing Raw) weekend roundup and I’m so glad I did! These scones look perfect and yes, definitely a better choice than the offerings at Starbucks! I appreciate the use of whole wheat flour and coconut oil. I’m sure that balances out the glaze, right? ;) Sounds good to me!
    Also, I appreciate that the provided nutrition facts don’t try to boast that the recipe makes like 14 scones (thereby reducing the calorie count) like some blogs try to do. If I’m going to have a scone, it is going to be a properly sized one, calories be damned. Haha
    Cheers, Robin

    • Katie — November 2, 2014 @ 9:33 pm (#)

      Hi there! Thank you so much for the comment! I actually just started adding nutrition facts to my recipes, so I’m glad you appreciate it! And yes, a big honking scone is the only scone I’m interested in :)

  5. arraine — October 17, 2016 @ 9:40 pm (#)

    I tried this with Bob’s Red Mill 1 for 1 gluten free flour mix instead of whole wheat flour and it was AMAZING. Great recipe, and fyi the substitution works fantastic :)

    • Katie — October 18, 2016 @ 9:22 am (#)

      Nice! That’s great to hear – thank you for the comment!