Simple Cranberry Oatmeal Orange Scones

Yay for cranberry season! That means Cranberry Oatmeal Orange Scone time!

Nothing like a tart cranberry in a scone or a simple cranberry sauce to bring feelings of fall/winter and all things cozy and bright.

This recipe for my Cranberry Oatmeal Orange Scones aside, the only thing not so great about scones in general?

They basically provide 2 meals worth of calories with more fat and sugar than I care to think about.

Boo-urns 🙁

But I LOVE scones and I love cranberries so there had to be another option.

Not being a baker myself, I went on a search for a healthier scone recipe that used the cranberry-orange taste.

Simple Cranberry Oatmeal Orange Scones

My mom makes a mean cranberry bread that seems to come out just perfect every time.

I couldn’t find my well loved recipe card with her recipe on it so I flipped open my also well-loved recipe book from Dietitians of Canada Cook Great Food – cira 2005 🙂

From there, I eventually came up with these Cranberry Oatmeal Orange Scones.

Simple Cranberry Oatmeal Orange Scones

This recipe book always has some yummy recipes that I can tweak and make my own.

It even served as a hobby generator back in 2005 when I moved to Richmond Hill.

I had just moved from Winnipeg and didn’t know anyone in Richmond Hill.

simple cranberry oatmeal orange scones

And I remember one day being like, okaaaaaay, what to do today? (Keep in mind, this was way back in ’05 so smart phones were not ubiquitous. I had no easy way to fill up hours upon hours by simply scrolling through my Instagram feed.)

I was pleased to find it when I was hunting for a healthy cranberry scone-type recipe. (As per the above video, I’m brutal with cookbooks so I just go back to trusted ones and re-make the recipes!)

Simple Cranberry Oatmeal Orange Scones

I tweaked the recipe to really boost the nutrition!

To kick up the nutrition on these Simple Cranberry Oatmeal Orange Scones, I used 1/2 whole wheat flour instead of just white, cut the sugar way back, added cranberries and more orange.

They really turned out great.

Filling, nutritious and delicious.

Simple Cranberry Oatmeal Orange Scones

I hope you enjoy this recipe for Simple Cranberry Oatmeal Orange Scones!


Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Scones
Yields 12
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
45 min
312 calories
26 g
41 g
22 g
4 g
11 g
67 g
108 g
3 g
1 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312
Calories from Fat 194
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g
Saturated Fat 11g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 41mg
Sodium 108mg
Total Carbohydrates 26g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 cup whole wheat flour
  2. 1 cup white flour
  3. 1.5 cups quick or 5 minute oats (just not the
  4. instant stuff)
  5. 2 Tbsp sugar
  6. 1 Tbsp baking powder
  7. 1 Tbsp orange zest
  8. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  9. 1/4 tsp salt
  10. 6 Tbsp non-hydrogenated margarine or soft butter
  11. 3/4 cup cranberries, halved
  12. 1 cup butter milk (to make sour milk, combine 2 tsp of lemon juice or vinegar with 1 cup milk and let stand for 5 minutes)
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 2. In a bowl, combine flours, oats, baking powder, orange zest, baking soda and salt.
  3. 3. Using a fork or 2 knives, cut in the margarine until it looks like coarse crumbs.
  4. 4. Stir in cranberries and add sour or butter milk. Stir until completely combined.
  5. 5. Lightly flour your surface and knead the dough 4 or 5 times. Divide into 3 pieces and shape each into a round about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.
  6. 6. Cut each round into quarters and brush tops with milk (not the sour milk!)
  7. 7. Bake in oven for ~25 minutes or until lightly browned.
Adapted from Cook Great Food, Dietitians of Canada (2005)
Adapted from Cook Great Food, Dietitians of Canada (2005)
April Saunders Nutrition

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