The one thing that I can’t pass up when it comes to Easter apart from all the chocolate eggs that adorn every supermarket counter at this time of the year is the notorious hot cross bun. I just find it so hard to walk past a bakery without getting a waft of freshly baked buns and keep walking. Whether warm and toasted with lots of butter or even plain, these little slices of heaven are hard to go by at Easter. Although, if your anything like me you can’t just finish at one and before you know it you have eaten your daily calorie intake for breakfast. That’s where the healthy alternative by Lorna Jane’s website, ‘Move Nourish Believe’ comes in.
Hot cross buns store bought usually contain a long list of ingredients, most being highly processed, fabricated and harmful. Move Nourish Believes recipe is nutrient dense and contains a good source of quality fats from the coconut oil, fibre and protein from the oats and spelt flour. They contain natural and complex sugars from the honey and are rich with protective antioxidants from the blueberries and dark chocolate, making these buns a healthier alternative that won’t leave you feeling guilty this Easter.
3 cups whole spelt flour
½ cup rolled oats
2 tsp cinnamon, ground
1 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup dried blueberries
2 eggs (one to glaze)
¼ cup coconut oil
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
½-1 cup milk
50g dark chocolate, chopped
50g extra dark chocolate to make crosses
1. Add flour, oats, cinnamon, salt and dried blueberries to a bowl.
2. Sift in the baking powder and stir well to combine.
3. Add one egg, honey, vanilla extract, chopped dark chocolate and coconut oil again stirring well to combine.
4. Add enough milk to make the mix form a sticky dough.
5. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Using floured hands, roll handfuls of bun mixture into balls and place onto a lined baking tray.
6. Whisk the second egg well, and then using a pastry brush, apply liberally over the top of each bun.
7. Bake in the oven for approximately 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
8. Allow to cool for 10 mins. Temper the extra dark chocolate, and pour into a piping bag. Pipe the chocolate in a cross along the top of each bun.
And the best thing about this recipe? It doesn’t have to be Easter to whip up these treats. They make great morning tea snacks or even to put in your kid’s lunch boxes, a yum treat without the sugar hit. Happy Eat-ster!
For more information head over to http://www.movenourishbelieve.com/recipes