Gluten Free Sunbutter Scones

Gluten Free Sunbutter & Banana Scones Recipe


I can’t think of a better way to start off a lovely Sunday than with gluten free scones. Scones just make even a normal day seem a little special. Perhaps the only thing better than a gluten free recipe for scones would be scones that are also dairy free, nut free and vegan. Oh, and … super tasty, too!

The inspiration for these particular scones came from a lonely over-ripe banana. I just have a thing about not throwing away bananas. When they start getting too ripe to eat I usually stick them in my freezer to hang out until I get enough to make a loaf of banana nut bread or some muffins. But lately my hubby has been giving me grief about my, shall we call them, idiosyncrasies? To listen to him you would think I am a crazy jar/bottle/frozen banana hoarder-lady. So instead of risking a surprise visit from Peter Walsh I decided to just use the banana up. One lonely banana is not enough for bread or muffins and I wasn’t in a smoothie kind of mood, so scones it was!

To stretch out the banana, I combined it with some Sunbutter (a fabulous nut-free peanut butter substitute) and whipped them up into some pretty healthy scones made with brown rice flour and some ground flax meal for added fiber.

Personally I think that banana was a lot happier being baked into these scones than it would have been hanging out in the freezer. And I didn’t have to hear (for the three thousandth time) about black bananas in the freezer! And we all got to indulge in some freshly baked gluten free treats. That is what I call a win-win-win situation!

Gluten Free Sunbutter And Banana Scones

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Gluten Free Sunbutter Scones
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Gluten Free Sunbutter & Banana Scones Recipe

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Scones
Calories: 287kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More



  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 cup potato starch
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax meal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • 5 tablespoons cold Earth Balance (non-dairy butter)
  • 1 ripe banana , mashed
  • ¼ cup Sunbutter (nut free peanut butter alternative)
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sugar


  • 2 tablespoons Sunbutter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons coconut milk
  • ½ cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the brown rice flour, potato starch, flax, baking powder and salt. Work the Earth Balance into the mixture with your fingers until it resembles coarse crumbs with some larger pieces in it.
  • In another mixing bowl, whisk together the banana, Sunbutter, 1 cup coconut milk, 1 tablespoon vanilla, lemon juice and sugar. Add to the flour mixture and fold together with a spatula.
  • Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, drop 6 mounds of the batter onto each of the prepared pans. Brush the tops of the scones with some coconut milk. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Let the scones cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes. Place a piece of waxed or parchment paper on a work surface then place a cooling rack on top. Let the scones finish cooling on the cooling rack. While they are cooling, prepare the glaze.


  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together the 2 tablespoons of Sunbutter, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and 2 tablespoons of coconut milk. If the Sunbutter does not blend easily, microwave for 10 – 15 seconds. Add the powdered sugar and whisk stir together with a fork until smooth. If the glaze is too thick, add some more coconut milk, a few drops at a time. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled scones.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Sunbutter & Banana Scones Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Sodium 216mg9%
Potassium 304mg9%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 6IU0%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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  3. March 14, 2012

    Our husbands must be related! I have stashes of bananas and berries etc hiding in my freezer too, and it annoys my husband soooooo much! I think I’ll make him this recipe, and maybe he’ll gain a new appreciation for my foresight :)

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 16, 2012

      Haha – I am so showing this comment to my hubby!

  4. March 14, 2012

    nice post ilike

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 21, 2012

      Thank you!

  5. Anita
    March 16, 2012

    Love these – thank you!!!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 16, 2012

      Thanks Anita, enjoy!

  6. Jan
    March 16, 2012

    Thank you so much for including recipe that are not just gluten free but nut free too! I will be trying this very soon.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 19, 2012

      My pleasure Jan, enjoy!

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  8. These are beautiful! I’ll be trying them soon since I have a lonely, very ripe banana on my counter right now. (My husband avoids looking around in the freezer — he grabs the ice cream and runs!)

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 19, 2012

      Haha! Thanks. I think I need to tell my hubby not too look too closely when he opens the freezer as well!

  9. March 19, 2012

    Beautiful scones, Carol! I was completely overrun with bananas in the freezer … until I started drinking green smoothies. Now I never have enough bananas. ;-)


    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 19, 2012

      Thanks Shirley and I am happy to know that I am not the only banana hoarder :)

  10. March 19, 2012

    These look lovely! And I was just wondering what to do with the jar of Sunbutter I just bought. Love Sunbutter.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 25, 2012

      Well there you go Alta – enjoy!

  11. March 20, 2012

    These sound wonderful – question – can I use creamy pnut butter instead of sunbutter? I hoard bananas in the refrigerator and freezer – I will tell my husband I am not the only one that does this. Yes, there is definitely a bunch of us!! Thanks for all the wonderful recipies.

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 20, 2012

      Hi Lynne, sure you can use peanut butter if nuts are not an issue for you. I am glad I am not the only one who is a banana hoarder :) Enjoy!

  12. March 29, 2012

    This is absolutely delicious-looking!! These are guluen-free too, which is why I’m bookmarking the recipe!!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      March 29, 2012

      Thank you and yes, all the recipes on my site are gluten free :)

  13. Faith Malloy
    May 1, 2012

    Is there a reliable substitute for sugar and can I use coconut oil instead of butter without negatively affecting the consistency?

    1. Gluten Free & More
      May 2, 2012

      I would use coconut palm sugar in place of the sugar and I believe you can use coconut oil instead of the dairy free butter no problem. I haven’t tried it but see no reason why it should not work.

  14. carly
    May 6, 2012

    Can you recommend a substitute for the coconut milk? I can’t have dairy, but I really dislike coconut. Would almond or soy milk work? Cheers

    1. Gluten Free & More
      May 6, 2012

      Sure, any kind of dairy free milk will work!

  15. January 20, 2013

    How beautiful are these?! I love them. I have to try them too!!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      January 23, 2013

      Thanks Bella, enjoy!

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  17. Ellina
    October 1, 2017

    Hello, there, I just found this recipe and would love to try, the scones look delicious. A question, however. I try to avoid rice flour and do not stock it at home. I am trying to be more on the paleo side of the life style, although I cannot claim that I am fully there. So, what can i substitute the rice flour with? I have arrarot (tapioca), arrowroot, coconut, amarranth, almond, and water chestnut flours readily available in my kitchen. Any insights? Thanks in advance!!!

    1. Gluten Free & More
      October 6, 2017

      Hi Ellina,
      Good question, and honestly, I’m not 100% sure on the answer. But, I do suggest that you try substituting the rice flour with almond flour and the potato starch with tapioca starch or arrowroot starch. Give it a try and let me know how it goes.

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