Easy Diabetic Breakfast: Apple Drop Scones

Updated on March 4, 2020
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Apple Drop Scones
Apple Drop Scones | Source

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 time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 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 | Source
Drop Scones Getting Cooked on a Skillet
Drop Scones Getting Cooked on a Skillet | Source
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 | Source

Please Rate this Diabetes Breakfast Recipe

5 stars from 8 ratings of Apple Drop Scones
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 drop scone
Calories 47
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Carbohydrates 7 g2%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 22 mg7%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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.


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  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

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

  • ptrg777 profile image


    7 years ago from New York

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

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

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

  • J.S.Matthew profile image

    JS Matthew 

    7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

    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 profile image


    7 years ago from United Kingdom

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

    Thank you for sharing!!!

  • jennzie profile image


    7 years ago from Pennsylvania

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

    Voted up!

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    Gail Sobotkin 

    7 years ago from South Carolina

    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.

  • Sally's Trove profile image


    7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    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. :)

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    Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

    7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

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

  • Pollyannalana profile image


    7 years ago from US

    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 profile image

    Sneha Sunny 

    7 years ago from India

    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 :)

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    P. Thorpe Christiansen 

    7 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

    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 profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

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

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    Rose Clearfield 

    7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

  • Esenbee profile image

    SN Brown MEd 

    7 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    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 profile image


    7 years ago

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

  • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

    Marcy Goodfleisch 

    7 years ago from Planet Earth

    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!

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    Vespa Woolf 

    7 years ago from Peru, South America

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

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    7 years ago

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

  • rebeccamealey profile image

    Rebecca Mealey 

    7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

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

  • moonlake profile image


    7 years ago from America

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

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 

    7 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    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 profile image


    7 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

    I feel hungry...

    Voted up and more!

  • Thelma Alberts profile image

    Thelma Alberts 

    7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

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

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    JP Carlos 

    7 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

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

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    Linda Crist 

    7 years ago from Central Virginia

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

  • NarcononVistaBay profile image


    7 years ago from California

    This looks delicious!

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

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

  • CassyLu1981 profile image


    7 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

    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 profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    7 years ago

    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.

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    Dolores Monet 

    7 years ago from East Coast, United States

    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 profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

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

  • vespawoolf profile image

    Vespa Woolf 

    8 years ago from Peru, South America

    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 profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    @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 profile image


    8 years ago from Some tropical country

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

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    Kristi Sharp 

    8 years ago from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota.

    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

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    Catherine Dean 

    8 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

    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 profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    @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!

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    Rose Clearfield 

    8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Diabetic or not, these look delicious!

  • leahlefler profile image

    Leah Lefler 

    8 years ago from Western New York

    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 profile image


    8 years ago from United States

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

  • anglnwu profile image


    8 years ago

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

  • Om Paramapoonya profile imageAUTHOR

    Om Paramapoonya 

    8 years ago

    @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.

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    Emma Kisby 

    8 years ago from Berkshire, UK

    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!

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    carol stanley 

    8 years ago from Arizona

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

  • nicediabetes profile image


    8 years ago from Australia

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

  • Dr Pooja profile image

    Dr Pooja 

    8 years ago

    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.

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    Arlene V. Poma 

    8 years ago

    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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