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Healthy Oatmeal Rosemary Scones

Rustic and luxurious all in the same bite! Healthy with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, and plain yogurt, these oatmeal rosemary scones shine with rosemary essence and sweet butter tenderness. Magical! Hard to resist!

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Rosemary in pastry treats? Usually we think of rosemary for savory foods like meats or tomato sauce, right? Yet the herb’s distinct floral flavor–pungent, lemony, and lightly piney–infused into biscuit-like scones makes taste sense. After all, rosemary belongs to the mint family and we incorporate mint in desserts all the time.

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chopped fresh rosemary for Oatmeal Rosemary Scones

Fresh rosemary is essential! Dried rosemary is not at all the same flavor–make these scones only when you have fresh rosemary!

Chop your rosemary needles very finely. You want the pieces to be tiny, tiny, tiny minced pieces no bigger than the head of a pin. To impart the most flavor from the fresh rosemary, we stir those tiny bits into hot, almost-simmering whole milk yogurt, and let it steep while the infused yogurt chills down.

For sweet/tart sparkle, we mix in golden sultana raisins. Even folks who say they don’t like dark raisins in their oatmeal cookies will be delighted with the subtler fruity golden raisin flavor in oatmeal rosemary scones. Go for the gold. Find golden raisins in your grocery store alongside dark raisins and other dried fruits.

So good. After enjoying just the one, you’ll be baking oatmeal rosemary scones all the time, for breakfast, brunch, after school snacks, and even dessert!

Make it a fabulous week–get in the kitchen and bake something delicious!

Oatmeal Rosemary Scone dough patted into rectangle on baking sheet

You don’t have to shape them square. Other scone shapes:

  • Using a plastic food wrap-lined 9-inch cake pan as a mold, form the soft dough into a thicker round. Chill the round. When it’s cold, cut into 8 to 10 triangle-shaped wedges. (See recipe notes for more detail.)
  • Another option is to dollop the dough into big cookie-like mounds and bake like they do in some bakeries.
  • Prep ahead: Freeze the 3-inch squares and when you feel like scones, all you do is arrange the frozen squares on a baking sheet and bake!

About culinary and medicinal rosemary:

  • Rosemary’s dark grey-green needles have long been esteemed as both a culinary and medicinal herb. Ancient Greeks and Romans considered it a symbol of fidelity and friendship. Brides to this day wear garlands of rosemary in their hair. Last year in Mexico, walking by a wedding party about to enter the church, I saw rosemary twigs in the men’s boutonnieres!
  • Rosemary is brain food. Greek students tucked rosemary sprigs behind their ears during examinations. Rosemary more than symbolizes remembrance–scientists are now testing the woody herb’s potential benefits in the treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

What other fun sweet things can you make with rosemary?

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Coconut sugar vs. cane sugar? What is coconut sugar?

  • You can use either sugar for oatmeal rosemary scones. Cane sugar makes a slightly sweeter scone.
  • Coconut palm sugar is a healthier alternative to high fructose sweeteners and processed cane sugars. It is vegan, paleo-friendly, and low on the glycemic index.
  • Coconut sugar has a soft caramel flavor, similar to light brown sugar.
  • I usually buy coconut sugar in the bulk bins at natural food stores. You can also buy it online. (Affiliate link.)

*** This recipe for oatmeal rosemary scones is adapted from the one my cookbook, Chocolate Snowball: and Other Fabulous Pastries from Deer Valley Bakery. (Affiliate link.) At Deer Valley, we use half-and-half cream, and of course that’s an option.


***This is an revision with new photos of the rosemary oatmeal scones I posted here on the blog a few years back.

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*** Nutrition information is meant to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Oatmeal Rosemary Scones
Amount Per Serving
Calories 244 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 33mg11%
Sodium 313mg14%
Potassium 257mg7%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 370IU7%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 91mg9%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

6 comments

  • Almost bought one today at Deer Valley, Snow Park Lodge but was distracted by the Hot Cross Buns and got that instead.
    Syd. Reply · 21 March, 2016

    • Thanks Syd. Good idea–Hot Cross Bun today, Rosemary Oatmeal Scone tomorrow. Or next week. Reply · 21 March, 2016

  • Wow, I am a big herb user but I never thought of rosemary for scones, which are one of my favorite foods. Pinning and making these! Reply · 25 March, 2016

    • Thanks Lynne! You will love the flavor of these flaky scones! Reply · 26 March, 2016

  • Sine

    Sounds great thanks for the recipe I’m going to try this one with dates. Reply · 2 April, 2016

    • Thanks Sine! Great idea–dates. You might also like these scones made with bits of diced apricot. Reply · 2 April, 2016

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