Easter Recipe: Jessica Sepel's Healthy Hot Cross Buns
You can have your hot cross bun and eat it too!
Easter is a season filled with good food. In fact, the holiday is practically dedicated to baskets filled with chocolatey, sugary indulgences. If you are health-conscious, there’s no need to deprive yourself over the long weekend. Enjoy these divine, healthy hot cross buns from nutritionist Jessica Sepel instead; think gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free with a hint of spice and zesty citrus. Plus, a touch of decadent dark chocolate to finish. Now, that's what we call an Easter treat!
Makes 8 buns
- 2 1/2 cups almond meal
- 3 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tbsp mixed spice
- Zest of 1 small orange (optional)
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar (optional)
- 3 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 2 tbsp honey
- 3 eggs (2 for the mixture, 1 for glazing)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate, melted
- Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
- Combine the almond meal, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, mixed spice, orange zest and coconut sugar in a medium bowl, stirring well to remove any lumps.
- Whisk together the coconut oil, honey, 2 eggs and vanilla in a jug.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix well. Add the raisins and stir to combine.
- Roll 1/4 cup worth of mixture into a bun shape and add to the baking tray. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
- Whisk remaining egg and using a pastry brush, brush each bun with a little egg to glaze.
- Add to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden and cooked through.
- Remove from oven and leave to cool for 5-10 minutes.
- While they are cooling, melt the dark chocolate in a snaplock bag ready for piping.
- Once the buns are cooled cut off a tiny corner of the snaplock bag using scissors, and then pipe the chocolate straight onto the bun in a cross shape.
Jessica Sepel (BHlth, Adv Dip Nutritional Medicine) is a clinical nutritionist, best-selling author, international health blogger and the beloved voice behind JSHealth and @jshealth. Her philosophy is focused around balance, rest and building a healthy relationship with food. Jess is a longstanding advocate of Califia Farms and uses their product range in many of her recipes.
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