Thanks for all of your responses to the Sugar Shocker video that I posted earlier this week. I think the topic of sugar hits close to home for many of us because it can root deeply into our lives and create a stronghold quite quickly. Before we know it, we feel like our lives are being ruled by sugar!
While I suggest limiting your refined sugar intake as much as you can, that message doesn’t quite fly on Halloween, does it?
I’m not a big Halloween fan and never have been. Between the scary houses, the costumed kids running around in the dark, and all of the processed candy involved, Halloween is about as far from my idea of a fun night as you can get. In lieu of Halloween, I love celebrating the harvest season instead.
And these Apple Streusel Scones are the perfect harvest treat to enjoy all throughout the upcoming season. They’re naturally sweetened with just a little bit of coconut sugar and some grated apple. Of course, they’re still a treat and should be treated like one…meaning you’ll enjoy one, share the rest, and be sure eat your vegetables the rest of the day!
The streusel topping makes these scones taste a little more indulgent. They’re great with a smear of coconut oil or warm apple butter. My friend Amy shared some Skinny Orange-Spiced Pumpkin Butter the other day that totally is calling my name. I think it was made for these scones.
Lately I’ve been digging into some great books. Fall is the perfect time to cozy up with a blanket (and a scone!) to do some reading. It’s about time I do another Reading Room post, but for now I just wanted to share quick word about Power Thoughts and Battlefield of the Mind (both by Joyce Meyer). Both are spiritual books (non-fiction) with a huge emphasis on practical steps we can take to reduce the presence of negativity in our thought life, which in turn spills over into what we say and do.
I’ve always thought of myself as a glass-half-empty kind of person, a realist with a pretty black-and-white view of life. As I’ve been reading these books, though, I’m learning that perhaps just thinking of myself as being that glass-half-empty person is what’s setting up the pattern of negativity. A great anonymous quote that Joyce mentions in Power Thoughts really hit home with me:
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
It doesn’t get more real than that. I am learning so many strategies of how to win the battle of the mind…it is blowing my mind! Applying them is another story, but I know with daily effort I will get there.
So this Halloween—instead of thinking about creepy noises in the basement, shifting shadows on the walls, and nightmares haunting me in my sleep—you can rest assured I’ll be sipping a cup of tea, perhaps nibbling a scone, and dwelling on positive thoughts!
Thoughts like how blessed I am to see another change of the seasons, to have this blog as a means of sharing my life and connecting with you, to feel creativity coursing through my veins, and to possess the power to use my thoughts to my advantage.
However you’re spending the day, I hope it’s safe, fun-filled, and not too loaded with sugar.
- 1-1/2 cups blanched almond flour
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 medium Gala, Fuji, or Pink Lady apple, peeled and grated
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut sugar, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and grated apple. Add to the flour mixture and stir to form a dough.
- Pat the dough into a 6 to 7-inch circle on the parchment-lined baking sheet. In a small bowl, mix together all of the ingredients for the streusel until crumbly. Sprinkle the streusel over the disk of dough and press gently to adhere.
- Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 8 wedges. Gently separate the wedges and space them out on the baking sheet.
- Bake for about 15 minutes until just firm to the touch and deeply browned. Cool completely before serving.