Amy Lippert, NTP
Paleo Bacon and Sweet Potato Scones (Whole30, Keto)
Tender and savory sweet potato scones stuffed with salty bacon and earthy rosemary are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a delicious snack. You'll love how quick and easy they are to make and that they are gluten- and dairy-free!
I am always looking for ways to keep my family nourished, and these scones are on the most recent "favorites" list! I make a big batch over the weekend and keep them stored in the freezer for my family to quickly defrost when they are looking for a healthy way to fuel up. My favorite way to enjoy these is to pair them up with some over-easy eggs and a bowl of berries for a hearty and nutrient-dense breakfast that will keep me going until lunch!
Why Sweet Potatoes are So Good For You!
There are many varieties of sweet potatoes, and each one is a great part of a whole-food diet. The most common varieties found in grocers across the US are garnet, jewel, Beauregard, Hannah, and purple sweet potatoes.
Jewel sweet potatoes have an orange flesh and a light copper color and are perfect for most recipes that call for "sweet potatoes" due to their juicy, tender texture and slightly sweet flavor. Garnet sweet potatoes have deep orange flesh with a beautiful red color. These are my favorite variety due to their mildly sweet, creamy, and juicy flesh. Beauregard sweet potatoes are the most common variety of sweet potato and are the sweetest of the three orange-fleshed sweet potatoes. They are fairly large in size and have a reddish-colored skin, and if you find unlabeled sweet potatoes in the store, they are most likely of this variety.
Denser and drier, Hannah sweet potatoes have a very light tan skin and a starchy, sweet flesh. These actually remind me a lot of Korean sweet potatoes (which I find at my local Korean market; they have a purplish skin and white flesh with a sweet, dense and drier texture) and are great for roasting or making sweet potato fries with. Most purple sweet potatoes are either Japanese sweet potatoes or Stokes. Stokes sweet potatoes are similar in taste and texture to the Hannah sweet potato but have a deep purple flesh and skin. Japanese sweet potatoes are very similar to Korean sweet potatoes, with a deep reddish-colored skin and a dense, starchy white flesh.
Vitamin A (beta-carotene): Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and reduces oxidative stress and is also converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is essential in the health of your eyes, skin, bones, kidneys, and lungs.
Vitamin B3 (niacin): Essential in healthy metabolism, supports healthy cholesterol and blood pressure .
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): Supports metabolic pathways and plays a role in making red blood cells.
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine): There are many benefits from a diet rich in vitamin B6. It plays a role in our immune health, metabolism, and brain health. Vitamin B6 is essential in creating neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, which play a role in emotional health and sleep .
Vitamin C: A powerful antioxidant that reduces oxidative stress, improves the absorption of non-heme iron, supports the immune system, and healthy bones .
Copper: Essential mineral in the formation of red blood cells and in supporting cardiovascular health and immune function .
Manganese: Essential mineral in supporting blood sugar regulation, glucose metabolism, and supporting healthy brain and nerve function .
Potassium: An essential electrolyte necessary in nervous system function, metabolism, hydration, and in regulating your heartbeat.
Anthocyanins (purple sweet potato): Compounds found in dark blue and black foods that give it their color. Found to be anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and support a healthy cardiovascular system 
There are more benefits to eating sweet potatoes, they are full of fiber to support a healthy and optimized digestive tract! They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber:
Insoluble fiber: Works to keep things moving along and helps with toxin and waste elimination.
Soluble fiber : Soluble fiber works to support a healthy microbiome and supports healthy blood sugar regulation.
So grab some garnet, jewel, or Beauregard sweet potatoes and let's get cooking!
Paleo Sweet Potato Bacon Scones Ingredients
Makes 12-18 scones
16 oz Paleo/Whole30 Bacon, diced
2.5 cups Almond Flour
¾ cup Arrowroot Starch
2 scoops Collagen Protein Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
½ tsp Fine Real Salt
½ tsp Ground Black Pepper
½ tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
½ tsp Crushed Red Pepper (opt)
1 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary, minced
1 Tbsp Fresh Chives, finely diced
1 cup Cooked Sweet Potato, mashed
¼ cup Grass-fed Ghee, melted*
¼ cup Plant Milk
*Pro tip: If you ghee is in a glass jar, remove the lid and stick it in the oven as it’s preheating and the ghee will melt in no time.
How to Make Paleo Sweet Potato Bacon Scones
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. In a medium skillet, dice and fry the bacon, drain on a paper towel to remove the excess grease and set it aside.
3. In a medium bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and spices and mix with a fork to combine.
4. To a large bowl, add the mashed sweet potato, ghee and plant milk, mix well and stir in the cooked bacon.
5. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until a sticky-ish dough forms.
6. Scoop out approximately 1/3 - 1/2 cup dollops onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
7. Bake for 18-22 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through (thicker and larger scones will take longer to bake than thinner and smaller ones)
8. Cool completely on a wire rack and enjoy!
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Q: Can I use any kind of sweet potato to make Paleo sweet potato bacon scones?
A: I would stick with either a jewel, Beauregard, or garnet as they are mildly sweet and have a nice juicy flesh.
Q: How long will Paleo sweet potato bacon scones keep?
A: Store sweet potato bacon scones in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to 3-4 days. I actually prefer to keep them in the freezer and defrost them as desired as they will keep for about a month this way.
Q: Can I use dried herbs if I don't have fresh for the Paleo sweet potato scones?
A: Yes, just use about 1/4-1/3 as much as dried herbs tend to be more potent than fresh.
I hope you enjoy this as much as my family does. - Amy
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