It’s almost EASTER, when hot cross buns are an essential food.
Last weekend I spend a fair few hours trying to create healthy hot cross buns for those watching their sugar intake. Holidays, whether it be Christmas, Easter, birthdays or any other celebration, usually result in an over-consumption of sugar. Well, not this year, because I have got you covered!
These healthy hot cross buns are wheat free, sugar free, dairy free and healthy. Of course, they don’t taste exactly like traditional hot cross buns, but they do give you a healthy alternative when you don’t want to miss out.
They are more like ‘hot cross muffins’, but I can assure you that for a super healthy alternative they are worth the try.
- 1 cup warm water
- 3 tsp bakers yeast
- 4 tbsp stevia
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp almond milk
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1½ cups oat flour (made by blending oats into a fine flour)
- ½ cup tapioca flour
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp all spice
- 2 tbsp gogi berries
- For the cross: 1 tbsp stevia icing mix, 1 tbsp tapioca flour, 1 tsp boiling water.
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius;
- Add the yeast to the warm water and stir until dissolved. Add the stevia and set aside (usually the mixture would bubble but because we are using stevia you will likely not see this);
- Divide the flour mixtures into two, with the first mixture having 1 cup oat flour, ¼ cup tapioca flour, and 1 tbsp coconut flour, and the second mixture having ½ cup oat flour, ¼ cup tapioca flour and 1 tbsp coconut flour;
- Add to the warm water bowl the egg, coconut oil and almond milk and mix together;
- Add the first flour mixture and combine. Once combined, set aside for 10 minutes;
- Add the second flour mixture and combine. Stir in the spices and gogi berries;
- Spoon the mixture into muffin moulds;
- Bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
- FOR THE CROSS:
- Combine the stevia, flour and water until a paste is formed. Drizzle in a cross over the muffin. I added the crosses after 20 minutes of baking, however, you could add it before you first place them in the oven.
- BEST SERVED WARM!
As a healthy alternative to butter, drizzle with high quality manuka honey, a chia jam, or coconut oil.
As mentioned in the recipe card, these are best served warm. If you happen to have any left over you can store them in the fridge, but PLEASE heat them before serving. Otherwise they become a little rock-cake-like. And nobody likes rock-cakes!
Happy Healthy Easter! I hope that you and your family enjoy a healthy Easter. Stay tuned for a healthy homemade chocolate that the whole family can enjoy!