Treat yourself this Easter with Hot Cross Buns that not only taste great, but are great for you!
Happy Easter! This Easter is looking very different for many people, but that doesn't mean you still can't enjoy yourself and do so in a way that honours your gorgeous self. That is why I have created a healthy alternative to the traditional Hot Cross Bun.
'How are these buns healthier than the store bought kind?'
I'm so glad you asked. Many of the hot cross buns you would find in a super market are loaded with extra additives to have their buns last longer on the shelves. The perfect buns you see are filled with sugar, emulsifiers, gums, preservatives and poor quality hydrogenated oils. Even if you aren't sure what many of these are, I'm sure you can agree that many of the added ingredients are not actually food and there for not great for you.
I strive to bring recipes that are not only fun to create but great for you, your body and your loved ones. This recipe meets those requirements as it is lower in sugar and the sugar that is added isn't as processed and devoid of minerals, fibre and antioxidants. The oil I encourage everyone to use, a good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). This oil is one of the best oils you can use in your diet, not only is it full of healthy mono-saturated fat but it also includes oleocanthal; an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant that gives EVOO its peppery flavour. Some studies even show that EVOO can make meals more nutritious due to it's antioxidants and high heat resistance. All the more reason to switch your favourite oil to EVOO. These buns are also high in fibre, something many of us are missing in our regular diets. The whole meal flour, unsweetened dried fruits and dates are all high in fibre and much better sources of nutrition than their bleached, sugar loaded, processed sisters.
Make it Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free or even Vegan!
If you want to make this recipe without any dairy swap the milk for a plant based alternative like almond, soy or macadamia milk. For Gluten free swap out the whole meal flour for a flour like buckwheat flour and be sure to get a gluten-free yeast, most are GF but you still need to be careful. Finally for my vegans out there, substitute the egg for a mixture of 1 tablespoon of chia seeds to 1/4 cup of warm water. Blend these together in the recipe at the same time you would blend the egg. Bonus here the chia seeds will give you even more fibre!
I hope I have sold you on these incredible Healthy Hot Cross Buns, are you ready to get cooking?
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tablespoon of bakers yeast
1 teaspoon of coconut sugar
2 cups of wholemeal flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 heaped teaspoon of cinnamon
1 heaped teaspoon of mixed spice
1 teaspoon of vanilla (dried)
7 medjool dates (pitted)
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1/3 cup of mixed dried fruit (sultanas, cranberries, currents, goji berries, blueberries)
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
1-2 tablespoons of flour (any kind)
1-2 teaspoons of water (add until you have a sticky but pour-able mix)
1 tablespoon of coconut sugar
1 tablespoon of water
Warm the milk (not boiling) and add yeast and coconut sugar. Stir, cover and place in a warm place for 15 minutes (or until it is bubbly)
Sieve into a large mixing bowl the spices (cinnamon, mixed spice, vanilla), salt and flour.
Blend the dates, egg and olive oil together then pour into the bubbly milk-yeast mixture, stir.
Pour yeast mixture into the flour and combine to form a dough. Cover and place in a warm spot for approximately 45 minutes or until the dough has roughly doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcuis (fan forced)
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface. Spread out the dough and pour in dried fruit and chia seeds. Kneed the dough and then cut into 8 equal pieces.
Kneed/roll into balls and place in a baking tin.
To create the crosses, using the back of a knife press a cross into the buns. Next mix the flour and water together in a bowl. Using a pipping bag, or a snap lock bag with a corner cut pipe the mixture into the 'cut' lines
Place in the oven to bake for approximately 25 minutes, they should be golden. Meanwhile, mix the coconut sugar and water in a bowl to create the glaze.
Remove buns from the oven and coat the buns with the glaze instantly.
Serve warm cut open with a smear of nut-butter, jam, or on their own. Enjoy :)
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