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Gluten Free Date Bacon Scones

In the mood for something that’s smoky, salty and sweet? Then you’ve gotta try these Gluten-Free Date and Bacon Scones. With a side of honey and a shot of coffee – they are sure to get you off to an energizing start!

Gluten Free, Sweet and Salty, Date and Bacon Scones

Apparently, there are more than 200 million blogs out there and somehow we happened to have bumped into each other out here on the interwebs ~ and for that I am so grateful! To all of y‘all that come by and read or comment or share your lives with me – thank you! These past 2.5 years of blogging have been such an unexpectedly joyous ride because of y’all.

Gluten Free Date and Bacon Scones

Another joyous aspect of blogging has been those recipe challenges that happen to come my way. These “Date and Bacon Scones” are the result of one of those challenges – conducted by The Recipe Redux. Every month The Recipe Redux offers its members a challenge. And this month, the 54th birthday month of The Recipe Redux, all members were challenged to adapt a recipe from the 54th or 154th page of a cookbook.


I’d been thumbing through America’s Test Kitchen’s “The How Can It Be Gluten-Free Cookbook [Vol 2]” and on the 54th page of it were some currant scones. Well, I didn’t have any currants on hand – but I had dates. And, well, I was in the mood for something sweet and salty and smoky – so, I decided to replicate these scones with dates and bacon. I also subbed in coconut oil for butter and ricotta for sour cream – because well I love baking with coconut oil and ricotta is a new favorite of mine and the resulting scones were truly delectable. I enjoyed mine with a generous drizzle of honey, but my daughter preferred her’s straight up with a light smear of butter.

Love scones? Make sure to check out these lemon poppyseed ones too!

Gluten Free Date and Bacon Scones

I sure hope y’all get to make these and enjoy them over the next few days – and I sure hope each and every one of y’all have a wonderfully joyous Christmas!


Gluten Free Date and Bacon Scones

Gluten Free Date and Bacon Scones

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 24 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Shashi
In the mood for something that's smoky, salty and sweet? Then you've gotta try these Gluten-Free Date and Bacon Scones. With a side of honey and a shot of coffee - they are sure to get you off to an energizing start!


  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar - or brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon xantham gum
  • 4 tablespoons solid coconut oil cold
  • 1/2 cup ricotta
  • 1 egg
  • 1 - 2 strips bacon crumbled
  • 5-6 dates chopped


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Using a fork (or food processor) mix flour, sugar, baking powder, xantham gum, together
  • Then add in the coconut oil and mix it in till mixture resembles breadcrumbs
  • Add in the ricotta and the egg and dates and bacon and roll dough into a ball
  • Then roll out dough into a circle and cut it into 6 pieces or scones
  • Then bake scones on a parchment lined baking tray for 12 to 14 minutes


Serving: 1g | Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 212mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g
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  1. Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness says:

    What a delicious sounding scone recipe!! I am bookmarking this to make later!!

  2. I am SO happy we have become friends! I am truly very grateful to have “met” you through this community, Shashi! I LOVE scones, and these look FABULOUS! Loving the sweet, salty and savory combination here! I want to stay in my jammies and devour these babies! Hope the holidays have been treating you well! Cheers and warm wishes for a beautiful New Year, girlfriend! <3

    • Shashi says:

      Cheyanne I am so incredibly glad to have stumbled by your space – I simply adore your voice and I have to stop myself from driving over to get a nibble at your table! <3 you sweet friend and thanks so much!

  3. hipfoodiemom says:

    You seriously come up with the best flavor combos!!! I love these scones! the dates are such a great idea!!!!

  4. Ally @OmNomAlly says:

    Dates and bacon in a scone! This is something I would have never thought of, but now it seems like the most perfect ingredient pairing in the world 😀 Looking forward to making these, have pinned for later

  5. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays Shashi! The scones sound fantastic!

  6. I love these ATK cookbooks! I have a small collection of them! These scones look great!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Aggie – I’ve gotta start collecting them – this is my first one and I have been enjoying it – learned so much from it!

  7. kitchenriffs says:

    Glad I bumped into you, too. Super recipe — thanks. Happy Holidays, and see you next year.

  8. cottercrunch says:

    i’m so glad i bumped into you!!! love your voice, recipes, and umm…. bacon!

  9. Catherine says:

    Dear Shasi, what a creative and clever idea. I am so intrigued by these scones…I would love to try one! Have a beautiful and blessed Christmas and New Year. xoxo, Catherine

  10. I love recipe challenges where you are given a page number in a book to use 🙂

  11. What a great adaptation you made! Love the combination of dates and bacon, sweet and salty, sounds delish! Merry Christmas to you Shashi!

  12. Love sweet, salty and smoky! These look wonderful.
    Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, Shashi, thank you for your friendship and support! Here’s to many, many more 🙂


  13. I would never have thought of this type of scone! Genius! Any thoughts on a dairy free sub for the ricotta?

    • Shashi says:

      Hey Nicole thanks so much! As for a dairy free option, have you tried dairy free cream cheese? It seems to work pretty well for me. Happy New Year 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      Hey Nicole thanks so much! As for a dairy free option, have you tried dairy free cream cheese? It seems to work pretty well for me. Happy New Year!

  14. Oh my goodness! The combination of dates and bacon sounds so good. I love a fresh baked scone!

  15. asha Shiv says:

    Sashi, I was just thinking about how long we’ve known each other. REally, it’s amazing and I cherish your friendship a lot.
    Your blog has been a pot of imagination and great ideas, just like this one. I love dates and my little one bacon, we know we’ll love this. I’m gonna pin it to make sometime.
    Happy Holidays and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your lovely girl there.

    • Shashi says:

      Aww Asha – I am so grateful for your friendship – and look forward to meeting one day soon. Thanks so much for your kind words my sweet friend! xoxo
      P.S. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and Happy 2016!

  16. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    Perfect gluten free scones. I love date scones but I haven’t had bacon in my scones yet. Like Charlie, I love bacon wrapped dates so this is a winner for me.

    Have a very merry Christmas!

    • Shashi says:

      OOh I love bacon wrapped dates too Maureen, Charlie has impeccable taste – my dogs turn up their noses at dates? What the heck???

      Hope you and your family and a wonderful Christmas and John is well too – here’s hoping 2016 is a healthy and happy one for y’all!

  17. thecrowdedtableblog says:

    I love the sweet and salty combo in a scone form. Genius! I’ve just started with being gluten free, and I’ve been scouring GF cookbooks for good recipes, so I’ll have to check out the cookbook you used as well. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks so much Kalee – this Cookbook has been jam packed with so much info – sure hope it helps ya! Good luck on your GF journey! Hope you had a Merry Christmas and Happy 2016 🙂

  18. Scones are one of my new favorite things to bake!! They are so good!

  19. hotlyspiced says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Shashi. I do love scones. I’ve not had one with dates and bacon in it but I do love bacon wrapped dates so this must be a great tasting scone xx

  20. dianeboy says:

    Wow, 200 blogs? Well I think yours is one of the best! This recipe sounds terrific! Merry Christmas Shashi!

    • Shashi says:

      You are too kind – thanks so much Diane – glad to have bumped into you in person and virtually 🙂
      Hope y’all had a wonderful Christmas and Happy 2016!

  21. Glad you’ve made these scones, Shashi! Bacon and dates? What a great combo indeed! Love you incorporated ricotta cause it makes everything better. It does introduce a lovely texture too. And 2,5 years of blogging? Wow! You’ve been doing great job, and we need to celebrate that. By celebrating I mean you should send me some edible gifts. These scones would be the perfect pick!:)

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – yes, ricotta makes everything better indeed! As does lavender -right? This year I am gonna have to challenge myself to use lavender in at least one recipe – I’ve never experimented with it before – but your recipes sure have been an inspiration!
      Happy 2016 to you and yours!

  22. spicedblog says:

    200 million blogs?? Say what?? How did I get lucky enough to find yours then? Seriously! I love all of the creative recipes you post. Nothing beats sipping on my morning cup of coffee while I read your latest post. 🙂 And these scones? Yes! I’ve been craving some scones lately, and I’m digging this flavor combo here. Happy holidays, Shashi (and Lil Shashi)!

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – you mean How did I (Shashi) get lucky enough to stumble by Spiced – right?! My memory is pretty bad but I think it might have been Mike @ TheIronYou who lead me to yours and Sean’s @ SnackFixation – what a delightful coinkydink!
      As always thanks so much David!

  23. love love this flavor combo… i’ll be making these!!

  24. Sonali- The Foodie Physician says:

    I’m so grateful our paths have crossed too! These scones sound fabulous and I’m totally loving your addition of bacon- YUM! Happy holidays Shashi 🙂

  25. Dear Shashi, I have so enjoyed getting to know you on this journey too. You’re a bright spot in my daily blog readings, always make me smile. I guess I just like real. So on to these scones. Love this smoky sweet combo. And what a funny challenge to pick a page of a cookbook! It was obviously meant to be that you would make these yummy scones. Can’t wait to try them. Merry Christmas!!! xo

    • Shashi says:

      Awww – Allie I so love your comment – sending you a big hug – albeit virtually – for it! “Real” is something I hoped came across – wasn’t sure I was quite nailing it till I read your comment!
      I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas – Happiest 2016 to you, my sweet friend! xo

  26. harrietemilys says:

    These scones are gorgeous!!! I love the sweet and salty combo from the dates and bacon. Delicious!

  27. sweet, savory, and smoky in the form of scones – this is pretty darn amazing. happy holidays to you and yours.

  28. WHATTTTTT! Date and bacon SCONES!? So creative omg I’m drooling!!!

  29. Shashi…these are incredible and I am so happy we stumbled upon each other through the blogosphere.

  30. 200 million blogs eh? Wow! And that number’s increasing every single day.

    Well I’m just glad that you took the time to connect with me Shashi and our blogging friendship has blossomed!

    And for now I just want to stuff my face right into these delicious date and bacon scones! 😀

    • Shashi says:

      Neil – I am so glad I bumped into you out there in Scotland! It has been such a joy following you and Lady Lynne through your adventures through food and hiking trails – cannot wait to follow y’all in 2016 – so glad for your blogging friendship!
      And thanks so much – hoping 2016 is wonderful for y’all!

  31. YUM! I love the combo of bacon and dates, Shashi.
    Have a great holiday season!