Low Fat Lemon Blueberry Scones
Breads, Breakfast, Desserts, Fruit

Reduced Fat Lemon Blueberry Scones

Reduced Fat Lemon and Blueberry Scones - thatrecipe.comI bought some beautiful fresh blueberries at the store yesterday and my mind began to race with all of the things I could make with them. For some reason, the thought of scones kept pushing its way to the forefront. And one of my favorite flavor combinations is lemon and blueberry so Lemon Blueberry Scones it was. Now, I just needed a recipe.

I was taking a bit of an electronics break yesterday so I went “old school” and started flipping through my cookbooks. Cooks Country had a magnificent looking recipe with heavy cream and 16 tablespoons of butter… for 8 servings… 2 tablespoons of butter each?! plus heavy cream!! Okay, I know scones are supposed to be creamy and buttery, but that was just too much for me.

Then I found a Lemon Rosemary Scone recipe in a Bisquik cookbook that only had 2 tablespoons of butter in the whole recipe plus the fat in the baking mix. It was a runner-up in a Betty Crocker Bake Off some years ago, so I figured I’d give it a go.

I know butter is good now and sugar is bad per the latest food hype, but I still like to go lower fat when possible.  In addition to the less fat, I used half and half instead of heavy whipping cream because it was what I had on hand. I also made a few other changes:

  • my Homemade Baking Mix instead of Bisquik
  • omitted the rosemary
  • added blueberries
  • instead of lemon yogurt, I used plain yogurt (fat-free), lemon juice and a pinch more sugar, again because that’s what I had in the fridge.

I thought they were fabulous! The almost six-year-old ate part of one for breakfast and then asked if he could take the rest of his piece to school for snack. I hung out with him for snack today and the kids sitting with us all thought it looked pretty good. He didn’t share, and I don’t blame him… this time.

Reduced Fat Lemon Blueberry Scones

Prep time10 minutes
Cook time20 minutes
Total time30 minutes
Meal type Bread, Breakfast, Dessert
Website Betty Crocker
Easy Lemon Blueberry Scones with less fat than the original recipe.



    • 2 1/2 cups all purpose baking mix with leavening (aka Bisquick)
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 tablespoons cold butter
    • 1 egg
    • 1 can 6 ounce, lemon yogurt (or plain yogurt plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon sugar)
    • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (or half and half for less fat)
    • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel (use more if using plain yogurt/lemon juice combo)
    • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
    • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream (or half and half)
    • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar


    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel (optional)


    You can use a store-bought All-Purpose Baking Mix or use our Homemade Baking Mix.


    Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with baking spray.
    In a large bowl whisk together baking mix and 1/3 cup sugar. Cut in cold butter with a pastry blender or fork until crumbly (bits of butter are good!)
    In a small bowl whisk together egg, yogurt, 1/4 cup whipping cream and lemon peel. Add to the baking mix mixture until just combined. GENTLY, fold in blueberries without breaking them if at all possible (they look better this way!)
    Place dough on the prepared cookie sheet and shape into an 8 inch circle. Brush dough with 1 tablespoon whipping cream, then sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar. Dip a sharp knife into additional baking mix (or flour) and cut circle into 8 wedges, but do not separate.
    Bake until golden brown, approximately 15-20 minutes. Recut wedges along the lines you made before baking and gently move to a rack to cool for 5 minutes.
    In a small bowl combine powdered sugar, lemon juice and additional lemon peel, if using. Drizzle over the scones and serve warm.

    Update 5/19 – So excited that this recipe was chosen as a Featured Recipe on Foodie Friends Friday! There were so many awesome recipes, thanks for choosing me Michelle at Daily Dish Magazine .

    Daily Dish Magazine

    Until next time, happy eating.

    This post is not sponsored by Betty Crocker, but I like to give credit where credit is due and this recipe was heavily influenced by theirs.

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    12 thoughts on “Reduced Fat Lemon Blueberry Scones”

      1. I’d never made them before this attempt and only had them once before. They sound so fancy but are actually very easy.

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