Simple Cranberry Oatmeal Orange Scones

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Yay for cranberry season!

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.

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 🙂

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

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 delish.

Simple Cranberry Oatmeal Orange Scones

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


Simple Cranberry Oatmeal Orange Scones

Yield: 12

Serving Size: 1 scone

Calories per serving: 180

Fat per serving: 7

Carbs per serving: 25

Protein per serving: 5

Fiber per serving: 3

Sugar per serving: 4

Sodium per serving: 110


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

  • 1 cup white flour

  • 1.5 cups quick or 5 minute oats (just not the instant stuff)

  • 2 Tbsp sugar

  • 1 Tbsp baking powder

  • 1 Tbsp orange zest

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 6 Tbsp non-hydrogenated margarine

  • 3/4 cup cranberries, halved

  • 1 cup sour milk or 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. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. In a bowl, combine flours, oats, baking powder, orange zest, baking soda and salt.

  3. Using a fork, cut in the margarine until it looks like coarse crumbs.

  4. Stir in cranberries and add sour or butter milk. Stir until completely combined.

  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 baking sheet lightly greased (see pic).

  6. Cut each round into quarters and brush tops with milk (not the sour milk!)

  7. Bake in oven for ~25 minutes or until lightly browned.
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