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Raw Lemon Scones with Blackberry Sage Jam


It is another warm and sunny day in the east bay area. I have never seen so many blue sky days. Coming from Minnesota, California weather frustrates me. My friends think I am crazy but I miss thunder storms… and clouds… and cool, soft rainy days. Lucky for me, a change of weather is often only a short drive away.


Raw Lemon Scones with Blackberry Jam Raw Lemon Scones and Blackberry Sage Jam Raw Lemon Scones and Blackberry Sage Jam Raw Lemon Scones and Blackberry Sage Jam


We went to Half Moon Bay a few weeks ago. It’s a quick 45 minute drive. Leaving 98 degree, not a cloud in the sky weather we drove west up the ridge. By the time we were on the other side, it was cold, windy and foggy. Delighted to walk on the beach with huge breakers coming in, I was in heaven. I think it is the Irish in me. I love that weather.

On the drive back I asked my sweetie stop for a hot tea to drink to take off the chill. I was happily sipping my tea as we came over the ridge. The fog cleared, the sky was blue and the heat reappeared. I looked at my tea and set it down, completely unable to drink it anymore. He just smiled. He knows me well.

I miss curling up with a cup of hot tea on a cool summer morning but I don’t have to miss having the delicious scones that would have accompanied that tea! Especially with this beautiful combination of lemon, blackberry and sage. You really can’t go wrong.

I am also delighted to tell you that the texture is amazing. You will never guess that you are eating a “raw” scone, nor will any of your family or friends.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I am!


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  1. Emily wrote on January 20, 2014

    Hi Susan,

    This looks so yummy! I’m thinking of getting a dehydrator, which kind would you recommend? it seems like the excalibur 9-levels could be good for things like kale chips but maybe too big for smaller recipes like this one..? thx!


  2. Ellen Lederman wrote on December 30, 2013

    I loved both the scones and the preserves. My scones didn’t look as pretty as yours since I’m kind of sloppy about laying out stuff neatly on a dehydrator sheet and also because I had white chia seeds (the black add a nice contrast in your photo).

    Your blog lives up to it’s name—it’s truly amazing. Thanks for sharing your talents so generously and making healthy eating so much fun for the rest of us who can’t come up with recipes like you! Have a very happy 2014.

  3. Tanya wrote on November 1, 2013

    Maple syrup and coconut sugar isn’t raw?

    • Susan wrote on November 1, 2013

      Maple syrup is not raw…I cover that on the FAQ page. The link is at the top of the page. We are not militantly 100% raw here.

  4. Betsy wrote on October 23, 2013

    Hi Susan, I made your lemon scones and they are to-die-for fabulous. I love scones and begrudgingly gave them up when I went raw years ago. Your raw recipe is just right – the lightness of the oat flour, the lemony taste from the juice and zest, the combination of letting the lemon juice – zest – and almond milk sit, and the nutritional punch from the Chia seed. Devine! I finished my scones with s sprinkle of diced raw, organic pecans and a very light sprinkle of raw sugar. Scones and tea anyone? Thanks for your web presence and super fabulous recipes. I’ve made so many of them. Stay inspired in the kitchen, Susan! You inspire me (and so many others) with your creative, delicious and artistic raw food recipes. Eat well, be well, live good, ~ Betsy (AKA Raw Food Betsy)

  5. Melissa wrote on October 10, 2013

    Hi Susan! These look ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! One question I have is that every time I work with raw oats, they end up leaving a hot burning sensation aftertaste in the back of my throat – and I’m not the only one who notices this. Does the same thing happen to you? And do you know of a way to avoid this? Thanks!!! Love your creative and delicious recipes!!!

    • Lauren wrote on March 2, 2015

      Yes Melissa! I actually get really bad acid reflux with oats (cooked or raw) and also Barley and I’m not even allergic to them. I’m allergic to quite a few things but not those lol

    • Susan wrote on October 10, 2013

      I have never had that problem. Maybe try soaking the oats and dehydrating them? I will see if I can find anything on it. Cheers!

  6. Susan wrote on September 4, 2013

    Diana…so sweet of you to say. I do go back quite a bit as my mother is still there!

  7. diana wrote on September 4, 2013

    cant wait to try these! and i love that you miss MN weather because it always inspired me to think of you in that part of the world. the midwest was blessed to have your energy and inspiration.


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