Easy Diabetic Breakfast: Apple Drop Scones

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Apple Drop Scones

Apple Drop Scones

What can diabetics eat for breakfast? This is a pretty common question asked among newly diagnosed diabetics. All of a sudden, you found out you have diabetes and you're not sure what to eat anymore. Regular French toast and bacon don't sound diabetic-friendly, whereas your favorite brands of sugary cereal are obviously a no-no. So what should you eat? The answer is simple: diabetics should regularly consume a healthy breakfast that contains a lot of vitamins and dietary fiber, a good amount of protein, and not too much fat, carbs and or sugar.

There are many directions you can go. Some great options include whole-grain and low-sugar cereal with low-fat or fat-free milk, egg white omelet stuffed with vegetables and low-fat cheese, fresh fruits and yogurt, as well as a low-sugar breakfast smoothie. As diabetic-friendly as they are, these breakfast options can drive you to the edge of boredom sometimes. So today I'd like to share with you a fun and easy recipe that will make your breakfast plate look a little more interesting: apple drop scones!

What are Drop Scones?

Also known as "Scotch pancakes" or "griddle cakes", drop scones are nothing like typical scones we find in American bakeries. They are pan-fried flat cakes, very similar to normal pancakes but slightly more spongy in texture. Legend has it that Queen Elizabeth once made drop scones for President Dwight Eisenhower when he visited Balmoral Castle in 1959. Well, I don't know how delicious her drop scones turned out but doesn't the fact that they were the Queen's choice of breakfast to serve her important political guest make them more tempting to try?

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

15 min

20 min

10 to 15 drop scones

Ingredients for Apple Drop Scones

  • 2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tbsp trans-fat-free and cholesterol-free soft margarine
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped apple, with skin
  • fat-free cooking spray
  • sugar-free maple syrup or any low-sugar syrup

How to Make Apple Drop Scones

  1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt.
  2. In another bowl, lightly beat egg with milk and margarine.
  3. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, then mix together with a big fork or spatula until well-blended. Fold in chopped apple. The batter should be smooth and not too thick.
  4. Lightly grease a non-stick skillet with cooking spray, then heat it on a stove over medium heat.
  5. Once the skillet is hot, drop heaping spoonfuls of your drop scone batter onto it.
  6. Flip your drop scones when you see bubbles form on the edges (just like when you make pancakes!).
  7. Continue to cook for another 30 seconds - 1 minute, or until the drop scones turn golden brown.
  8. Remove them from the skillet, then repeat the instructions with the rest of the batter.
  9. Serve warm with sugar-free maple syrup. In the picture on the left, I make my diabetic breakfast a little more scrumptious with a scoop of Mascarpone cheese. This sweetish cream cheese is rich in protein and calcium, but unfortunately also loaded with fat. So forgo it if you have heart problems or want to limit your fat intake. If you have no reason to worry about a little scoop of extra fat, I encourage you to give it a try; it is amazing!
My Drop Scone Batter; Not too Thick, Not Too Watery

My Drop Scone Batter; Not too Thick, Not Too Watery

Drop Scones Getting Cooked on a Skillet

Drop Scones Getting Cooked on a Skillet

Apple Drop Scones with Sugar-Free Maple Syrup and a Scoop of Mascarpone

Apple Drop Scones with Sugar-Free Maple Syrup and a Scoop of Mascarpone

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Why Is This a Good Diabetic Breakfast?

  • Apples are a marvelous source of soluble fiber that help diabetics regulate blood sugar and prevent sugar spikes. Always make sure you leave the skin on because that's where the fiber is most abundant. If you want to add even more fiber to your drop scones, top them with some fresh apple slices.
  • Unbleached flour doesn't contain alloxan, a chemical that can be harmful to the pancreas and hinder insulin production. Thus, it is a lot more diabetic-friendly than the bleached version.
  • Since heart problems are quite common among diabetic patients, a low-fat diet is the way to go. The only high-fat ingredient in this diabetic breakfast is the egg, but since the recipe requires only one egg, the overall fat content in these drop scones isn't too high at all. In case you need to be extra cautious with your fat intake, feel free to use an egg substitute.
  • This diabetic breakfast contains milk, so it provides a decent amount of protein. For those of you who want to increase your protein intake, I suggest you add 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped nuts to the batter. Keep in mind, though, that nuts also contain fat so don't go overboard on them.


Om Paramapoonya (author) on September 05, 2012:

@ptrg777 - I hope he enjoys these drop scones :)

Peter from New York on September 05, 2012:

This is great! My father is a diabetic and I'll be making for him. Looks easy too! Thanks!

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 31, 2012:

Thanks a lot for your kind comments, EVERYONE! You guys really made my day :)

JS Matthew from Massachusetts, USA on August 30, 2012:

This is really great Om! I have a few diabetic family members and I am going to share this with them Nice job! Voted and shared. Congratulations on the Hub of the Day!


livingsta from United Kingdom on August 30, 2012:

Wow...definitely need to try this, it looks so tempting :)

Thank you for sharing!!!

Jenn from Pennsylvania on August 30, 2012:

Mmmm, this looks great! I would love to try this.

Voted up!

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on August 30, 2012:

Congrats on HOTD for this beautifully done recipe.

I particularly liked the fact that you added the reasons why this particular breakfast treat is good for diabetics.

Rated 5 stars, voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on August 30, 2012:

This is a beautiful recipe, not just for the dish itself, but for the writing as well. I like the story of Ike and Elizabeth and really appreciate the diabetic discussion. Up, 5-stars, and all that. :)

Marites Mabugat-Simbajon from Toronto, Ontario on August 30, 2012:

Wow! Passing this wonderful treat and admirable awarded hub to my ma. Thank you, Om!

Pollyannalana from US on August 30, 2012:

I bet I am trying these by in the morning if not before! Great recipe. My dad was diabetic and he had pancakes made with no egg and light syrup and it was very good so this I bet will be delicious and better for us all. Thank you.

Sneha Sunny from India on August 30, 2012:

This looks delicious plus healthy. I'm definitely going to try this out. Diabetics should not cut any kind of diet completely. Instead they should limit some and increase the other. This apple drop is really a good option for diabetics. Thank you for sharing!! :) This deserved to be HOTD :)

P. Thorpe Christiansen from Pacific Northwest, USA on August 30, 2012:

This looks fantastic. We are not diabetic but this is one we will try tonight. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on Hub of the Day!!

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 30, 2012:

Thanks for your lovely comments, everyone! Also, a HUGE thank to HubPages. =D

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 30, 2012:

I just came back to say congrats on getting HOTD for this fantastic recipe! Well deserved.

SN Brown MEd from Jacksonville, Florida on August 30, 2012:

This is awesome! I think that I want to try this out and I'm not diabetic. It looks very healthy and tasty! Definitely gonna try this, thanks for sharing! :-)

whalefeather2 on August 30, 2012:

Very nicely presented. Looks yummy will be given them a try.

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on August 30, 2012:

What a tempting photo and hub to wake up to this morning! The recipe looks heavenly; I love scones, and this is definitely an appealing version of them! Congrats on the HOTD, very much deserved!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 30, 2012:

I enjoyed this recipe as soon as I read it. Congratulations on a well-deserved Hub of the Day, Om Paramapoonya!

ignugent17 on August 30, 2012:

Thanks even I am not diabetic. I think I need to start eating this kind of food. Voted up and more. :-)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 30, 2012:

Congratulations, these look good for anyone, Your photos look so real!

moonlake from America on August 30, 2012:

Congrats on Hub Of The Day. They look great and I'm hungry. Voted and uP. I think I'll pin this too.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on August 30, 2012:

Big congrats on HOTD! Delighted for you as your articles are wonderful! This is another fab one, I am definitely trying even though I am not diabetic. Your pics, instructions, intro and reasons why this makes a great breakfast choice are excellent! Voted up ++++++!!!

plinka from Budapest, Hungary on August 30, 2012:

I feel hungry...

Voted up and more!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on August 30, 2012:

Congrats on the hub of the day! This looks yummy. I have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on August 30, 2012:

I'm not a diabetic but I'm watching my sugar closely. This is definitely a great recipe.

Linda Crist from Central Virginia on August 30, 2012:

Always looking for new diabetic friendly recipes and can't wait to try this one. Thanks for sharing it.

NarcononVistaBay from California on August 30, 2012:

This looks delicious!

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 18, 2012:

@CassyLu - Very cool. Hope your family enjoys these drop scones. Happy weekend!

CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on August 17, 2012:

YUM!!!! These will be tried at my house this weekend for sure :) My kids love apples and the scones are just a bonus! Thanks for the great idea! Voted up, shared and pinned :)

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 17, 2012:

You're absolutely right, Dolores. Foods loaded with refined sugar are bad for everyone, not just diabetics. Even though you don't have diabetes, limiting refined-sugar consumption should help you maintain good health in the long run.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on August 16, 2012:

Yum! I've always called these apple fritters. Now I am hungry. I didn't know that about the unbleached flour. Seems to me, when I read information about diabetic foods, that the eating like that is a good idea for all of us.

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 07, 2012:

@vespawoolf - Very cool! I hope he enjoys them :)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on August 06, 2012:

I've never tried these but plan to soon! My husband will love them. Although he's not diabetic, he doesn't do well with sugary breakfasts so I think this might be just the thing for him. Voted up!

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 05, 2012:

@mvillecat - Thanks for your comments and vote. I'm glad you like this diabetic-friendly recipe.

@krsharp - Yeah, sugar-free syrup is just as yummy as the real version, isn't it? I'm glad you'll give this diabetes breakfast recipe a try!

@greeneryday - Thanks a lot!

greeneryday from Some tropical country on August 04, 2012:

Look delicious and healthy... more importantly it is diabetic friendly...

Kristi Sharp from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on August 04, 2012:

These look and sound delicious. My kiddos love pancakes and although these aren't pancakes, they sure could pass for a "version" of a pancake! I bought the sugar free syrup and they never knew the difference! I'm going to give these a try! Thanks for sharing. -K

Catherine Dean from Milledgeville, Georgia on August 04, 2012:

I never knew about the chemical in regular flour...so thanks! I am insulin resistant and try to follow such eating as best I can. Thank you, I voted up.

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 04, 2012:

@anglnwu - I hope you give this diabetic breakfast a try soon. Where have you been anyway? It's time to get back to hubbing!

@Riverfish - Thanks. I'm glad you like this recipe, Riverfish.

@leahlefler - Yep, you're so right. Some of the so-called standard breakfast foods are actually not very good for us (diabetics and non-diabetics alike) at all.

@randomcreative - Thanks a lot, Rose!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 03, 2012:

Diabetic or not, these look delicious!

Leah Lefler from Western New York on August 03, 2012:

What a great breakfast idea for diabetics - so many "standard" breakfast foods are loaded in sugar. This one would be fantastic for anyone - it looks delicious!

Riverfish24 from United States on August 03, 2012:

Fascinating! As always Om, you never fail to surprise with your recipes!

anglnwu on August 03, 2012:

Looks delicious and easy to make. Got to try it some time...hopefully, soon. Five stars!

Om Paramapoonya (author) on August 03, 2012:

@Arlene - Sure, Barlett pears would be a nice substitute. I'm glad you like this recipe, Arlene. Thanks for the A+++!

@Dr Pooja - Yep, kids would probably appreciate a big scoop of Mascarpone on top of yummy drop scones.

@nicediabetes - Thanks. Hope you give this diabic breakfast recipe a try soon!

@carol7777 - Well said! Thanks for dropping by, Carol.

@Emma - Thanks, Emma. And yep, this diabetic recipe might be something good to try on your next family get-together. I hope your sister-in-law enjoys this healthy breakfast.

Emma Kisby from Berkshire, UK on August 03, 2012:

I love drop scones (I call them Scotch Pancakes!) and this recipe sounds delicious. My sister in law is diabetic and the family regularly come over - this seems to be a good tasty breakfast for all of us!

carol stanley from Arizona on August 03, 2012:

This looks good for anyone to eat and why not avoid a lot of sugar and still get taste.

nicediabetes from Australia on August 02, 2012:

It looks delicious, will be keen to give it a try

Dr Pooja on August 02, 2012:

Though not a diabetic but there is always an incentive to prepare healthy food.Will try this one and serve with Mascarpone cheese for kids.

Arlene V. Poma on August 02, 2012:

Oh, yum! A+++, Om! What an easy, awesome recipe for anyone to prepare! I very seldom eat breakfast, but for something like these Apple Drop Scones? I'm on it! I bet I can substitute the apples with Barlett pears, too.

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