Lightened Up Irish Wholemeal Scones
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Light and Healthy Low Fat Irish Wholemeal Scones Recipe

I adapted the original recipe – cutting back on the butter a bit – to make the scones a little more Weight Watchers friendly.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 128
Author: Martha | Simple Nourished Living


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Irish wholemeal flour**
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons very cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Milk and granulated sugar for glazing the tops, if desired (I forgot this step but hope to remember for next time.)


  • Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400F degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Or line with parchment or a silicone mat.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the all-purpose flour, wholemeal flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well blended. Cut the butter into very small bits and toss them into the flour mixture to coat the pieces of butter. With your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  • In a small bowl, beat together the egg and buttermilk with a fork or whisk. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir with a fork until the flour is moistened.
  • Lightly flour a work surface and scrape out the dough onto it. Knead the dough 2 to 3 times, adding a little flour at a time if it is too sticky (mine was so). Pat the dough into a 3/4-inch thick circle.
  • Cut the dough into 12 equal wedges. Place the scone wedges on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them an inch apart. (Mine were very soft, so I needed a spatula to help with this.) Brush the top of each scone with some milk and sprinkle with a little granulated sugar if desired. (I forgot this step, which will try to remember next time.)
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack before serving. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

**To approximate the Irish Wholemeal flour, substitute 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1/4 cup rolled oats and 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ or bran.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *3
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: *4
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *4
Nutrition Facts
Light and Healthy Low Fat Irish Wholemeal Scones Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 scone)
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.5g7%
Carbohydrates 18.9g6%
Fiber 0.6g2%
Protein 3g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Bread, Breakfast, Brunch