Healthy Hot Cross Buns

Easter. Easter. Easter. 

Which means one thing, and one thing only…. HOT CROSS BUNS
That warming spiced smell will make any mouth drool this time of the year.

But all too often it seems that mass produced hot cross buns have a list of ingrediants as long as a kids christmas list, which can make you second guess what actually is in these little buns

So why not whip up a batch, home made and filled with goodness for yourself or the family this easter season ?

No tricky ingrediants and a super simple process that will have your house smelling like cinnamon, spice and everything nice!

Makes 10 Buns

What You Need
1 Cup Wholemeal Flour
1 Cup Self Raising Flour

1 Cup Flaxseed Flour

1 Cup Dried Fruit of choice

1 Cup Almond Mylk

2Tb Maple Syrup

40 g Grass Fed Organic Butter

3 tsp Yeast

2 tsp Cinnamon

2 tsp All Spice

X Marks the Spot:
1/4 cup White Flour
2 Tb Water
A drop of Vanilla

Glaze
Egg, whisked
OR
Coconut Oil

What You Do
In a large bowl combine the flours, dried fruit, yeast and spices
In a small sauce pan, combine and melt the butter, mylk and maple syrup. Stir and take off the heat to allow the mixture to cool.
Lightly dust a board with flour
Pour your butter mixture into the bowl and stir until a dough forms
Turn out onto your board and knead the dough for 5 to 10minutes
Place back into the large bowl, cover loosely with a tea towl or glad wrap and leave in a warm place to rise.
– leave for roughly 40 minutes or until the dough doubles in size

Once dough is ready, preheat the oven to 180c
Place dough back out onto your board and knead out another 2 – 3 minutes
Cut into small portions and roll into small rounded balls
Place balls on a lined baking tray, arranged closely together
Glaze over your choice of egg or cocout oil with a pastry brush evenly
To make your X mixture, combine the flour, water and vanilla in a bowl and stir until a thick consistency is acheived
Pop in a glad lock bag and squeeze the mixture down to one corner
Carefully cut a small part of the corner off and you have your self a piping bag!
Gently pipe your design of X over all of the buns
Place in over for 25 – 30 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through

Take out your tray and transfer buns to a cooling rack
Spread with cinnamon, butter or nut butter and enjoy!

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Mr Bunny Caramel Cups

Sweet salted caramel and  home made dark chocolate are a winning combo in my books.

This little dessert is super simple and quick to whip up!

Vegan friendly and less than eight ingrediants, there is really no reason not to impress your friends and family with these cups of joy this Easter Season.

Makes 9 Serves

What You Need
Choc Cups
1 Cup Coconot Oil
2 Tb Cacao Powder
2 Tb Cocoa Powder
2 Tb 100% Maple Syrup
2 tsp Maca Powder

Salted Caramel Filling
1 Cup Pitted Dates
1/4 Cup Tahini
1/4 Warm Water

What You Do
In a small saucepan, place you coconut oil, cocoa, cacao, Maca and Maple Syrup over a low heat
Stir through untill all ingrediants are smooth and silky and remove from the stove
Grease your mould of choice with coconut oil to avoid the chocolate sticking
** I used a mini cupcake tin!
Pour in the base of your cups with a portion of your chocolate mixture, around 1/2 a cm in thickness for each base
Place the tray in the freexer to help the chocolate set

In a food processor place in your dates, tahini and warm water
Blend on high until your caramel becomes thick and smooth in consistnecy
Keep in midn this make take a few go’s of stopping, scrapping down the sides and starting again
Take out your chocolate bases and spoon a small portion of caramel into each
Simply reheat your chocolate mixture over the stove until it becomes runny, pour over the caramel mixture of each cup
Bang your tray down to ensure the chocolate covers the entire caramel filling and a smooth even top

Place in freezer to set for roughly 10 minutes

Serve with the additonal Caramel Filling or spread this delicious caramel on your homemade “Happy Hot Cross Buns” !

Spiced Cinnamon Bliss Balls

Bliss balls that taste like homemade hot cross buns?

Yes Please!!

If you don’t find yourself warming to the idea of baking up a storm in the kitchen this long weekend, how about creating the raw version of this Easter favourite?

With just a food processor and few simple ingrediants and you will be chowing down on these spiced fruit infused bliss ball for brekky or dessert!
Win Win!

Makes 12 Serves

What You Need
1 Cup Cashews
3/4 Cup Flaxseed Flour OR Almond Meal
3/4 Cup Dried Fruit of Choice (raisins, currents, apple or sultanas)
2 Tb Coconut Oil
1 Tb 100% Pure Maple Syrup
1 tsp All Spice
1 tsp Cinnamon

For Rolling:
Maca Powder
Desiccated Coconut
Cinnamon

What You Do
Combine all dry ingrediants into your food processor  and blend on high
Keep in mind this will take a couple of go’s to break down the nuts and fruit
Be sure to stop at intervals, scrap down the sides of your mixer and blend again
Repeat process  3 -4 times to ensure a smooth consistency is acheived
Scoop out and roll into small balls
In a bowl, place in a generous amount of dessicated coconut with a teaspoon of Maca Powder and 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
Roll and coat your balls into you spices mix and place into freezer to set

Take and and enjoy with a good cuppa anytime of the day, or plate up and impress your family and friends this season!

I would love to know how you go with this recipe, so please drop a comment or send message,
Let  me know what your favourite indulgence is during this time of the year!