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Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

​No one's saying you have to go meatless just because it's Monday -- but as incentive to join the growing movement, every week we're offering an animal-free recipe.

If you've tried our banana walnut muffins or peanut-butter cookies, then you know vegan baking isn't nearly as difficult as it's made out to be -- and the results are awesome. These scones are a bit more challenging, but they're perfect for a tasty and filling breakfast.

Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

You will need:

1 tablespoon egg replacer (or equivalent of 1 egg)

3 tablespoons water (or follow egg-replacer instructions)

3 cups flour

1/3 cup sugar, plus some for sprinkling on top

4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup non-hydrogenated, non-dairy butter (Earth Balance is best)

1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

3/4 cup non-dairy milk

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

1. Whisk the egg replacer and water together until fully blended and fluffy.

Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

2. Thoroughly mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

3. Add the butter (which should be cold) to the dry ingredients.

Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

Use a pastry blender or two knives criss-crossing to cut the butter into small pieces the size of bread crumbs, which should create a crumbly batter. If you'd like your scones flakier, keep some butter pieces about the size of peas.

Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

There we go!

Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

4. Mix in the chocolate chips. (If you like, you can use this recipe with other additions -- try 1/2 cup dried cranberries with the zest from an orange.)

Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

5. Add the egg replacer and 1/2 cup of the non-dairy milk and mix just until the dry ingredients are moistened, then form the dough into a ball. (You might need to add a sprinkle or two more of milk.)

Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

6. Lightly flour a cutting board and flatten the dough out, forming a 3/4-inch thick circle.

Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

7. Slice the dough into eight triangular pieces.

Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

8. Arrange the scones on your baking sheet.

Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

9. Brush the tops with the rest of the milk and sprinkle the scones with sugar.

Chocolate-chip vegan scones for a breakfast treat on Meatless Monday

10. Bake for fifteen minutes or so, until the tops are golden brown.