Sweet potato makes flaky scones a snap

Sweet potato biscuits

Flaky, moist and healthy eating.

The sugar quandry

In my last post I came down pretty hard on refined white flour.  I was referring to the silky white wheat flour that bakers love to use in cakes and cookies. That’s because upon contact with the acid in our stomachs, refined flour breaks down quickly into the sugar our body uses for energy.

What’s more, refined flour likes to hang out in baked foods with ordinary sugar. Thanks to refined flour plus added sugar, our favorite cakes, cookies and biscuits deliver sugar to our blood stream in double doses.

sweet potato and greek yogurt scones

Fat, protein, and complex starches guard against the ills of refined flour and sugar.

Defending against sugar

Our bodies have systems that are meant to keep our blood sugar levels on an even keel. But when we eat too many foods with refined white flour and sugar, sugar over-whelms our body’s defenses. Too much sugar out of control can lead to diabetes and other serious health problems.

Does that mean if we want to preserve our health we have to give up on refined flour completely? My answer is not necessarily. We just have to bake a little smarter. If we put refined flour under guard, we can help our body chemistry keep blood-sugar levels in the normal range.

We control the ill effects from refined flour by eating other foods at the same time that make flour harder to digest. Healthy fats slow down digestion of refined flour.

Other complex starches also do the trick, like those found in whole-grain flours and sweet potatoes.

We can also keep the sugar content down by avoiding plain white, granulated sugar.  Honey, maple syrup, or coconut palm sugar are natural sweeteners that provide some nutrition along with their sugar fix. Using these substitutes often means we can get more  with less.

And finally, we can invite protein into the mix, a nutrient that is much slower to digest than refined flour or sugar. Having a high-protein glass of milk or some yogurt or cheese with a sweet dessert can slow the rate that sugar is absorbed into the blood stream. No more sugar spikes!

Sweet potato biscuits with creme fraiche and jam

Sweet potato biscuits with low-fat Greek yogurt and low-sugar jam.

A healthier biscuit recipe

Our sweet potato scones come with an army of guards that protect us from blood-sugar spikes. Can you spot them?

But there’s still enough refined flour to provide the flaky tenderness we want in a scone. Natural sugar from the sweet potato is boosted with a little maple syrup to make these biscuits a real treat. I serve them with a simple salad and bowls of steaming homemade soup with tomatoes from my garden.

Sweet potato biscuits

Sweet potato scones
makes 12 biscuits

  • ¾ cup sweet potato ( 1 medium potato boiled till soft, skinned, mashed and measured)
  • 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼  teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ cup unsweetened low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil… or melted butter, if you must
  1. If you don’t already have left-over sweet potato in the fridge, boil, peel and mash one, and set it aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 425°F and spray baking sheet with cooking oil.
  3. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl and sift them together or give them a whiz in your food processor. This adds air to the mix for fluffier biscuits.
  4. Mix wet ingredients with the mashed potato in a medium bowl, until the batter is smooth.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones in the large bowl and stir just until the dough forms a soft ball. The less you handle the dough, the flakier the biscuits.
  6. Turn dough out onto floured parchment paper (to protect the counter).
  7. Roll or pat gently into a round circle, ¾-inches thick.
  8. Using a round 2-inch cookie cutter dusted with flour, cut the dough into biscuits and transfer them to the baking sheet.
  9. Roll remaining dough into a ball and pat it again into a round circle ¾-inches thick. Cut more biscuits. Repeat until all the dough is used, about 12 biscuits.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes or until the biscuits are a light golden brown.
  11. Serve immediately.

Nutrition for 1 scone: 124 Cal, 4 g fat, 19 g carbs (of which 3.7 g are sugar), 1 g fiber, 3.3 g protein, 321 mg sodium. Good source of iron, calcium, potassium, folate, and  vitamins A, C and B.

Sweet potato

Sweet potato does a good job keeping sugar under control.

If you’re interested in other recipes starring sweet potato, enter the term in the search box at the top of the blog. Vinny has soups, pancakes, fries, mains, and cookies you can try.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ruthann1
    Mar 11, 2014 @ 16:20:38

    Vinny, Thank you so much for liking inspiringcuisine.com and its Inspiring Onion.

    Your blog is wonderful in its wisdom and its humor. I’m especially excited about trying your sweet potato biscuits. We love flaky biscuits, and sweet potatotes are becoming an important part of our nutritional lives.

    RuthAnn Ridley, inspiringcuisine.com

    Reply

    • Vinny Grette
      Mar 11, 2014 @ 18:32:56

      Thanks for your kind words. I enjoyed looking over some of your wonderful recipes and have pinned a few for future reference. Let me know how you like the sweet potato biscuits. They are a favorite here. Best regards, Sharon-Vinny

      Reply

  2. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward
    Oct 26, 2013 @ 18:42:14

    YUM! Nice use of Greek yogurt, too. I bet any squash (such as pumpkin!) would shine in this recipe. I am adding this to my list of recipes to try…🙂

    Reply

  3. whisksandchopsticks
    Sep 28, 2013 @ 21:22:08

    Your sous chef has one sweet smile!

    Reply

  4. feedingmrpicky
    Sep 25, 2013 @ 18:15:03

    I have always wanted to try sweet potato biscuits. Thanks for sharing going to give it a try.

    Reply

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