Friday 30 March 2018

Not Cross Buns

Not X Buns

It seemed only fitting to share a "Hot Cross Buns" recipe for Good Friday. I've called this healthy alternative "Not Cross Buns" as they are a raw version, which nonetheless perfectly captures the flavours of the classic. They are even topped with the traditional crosses! I served these at the Spring NamasTEA event last weekend, where guests were treated to an hour of yoga followed by a healthy afternoon tea, and was thrilled that many cited these as their favourite treat out of those offered.

Three great health benefits: beneficial for brain health, good source of fibre, promotes healthy skin

Makes 16
Keeps for approx 1 week refrigerated in an airtight container and freezes well for a couple of months

180g walnuts
125g almonds
250g medjool dates, pitted
175g raisins
2 tbsp coconut oil (liquid)
Zest of an orange, grated
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground allspice
Pinch grated nutmeg
Pinch sea salt
50g sultanas
1/3 cup coconut butter
2 tbsp maple syrup

1) Whizz the walnuts and almonds in a food processor to form a crumb-like texture.
2) Add the dates, raisins, coconut oil, orange zest, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and salt and whizz together. Stir in the sultanas.
3) Shape into miniature "buns" and refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight, to set.
4) For the "X", melt together the coconut butter and maple syrup in a small saucepan over a medium heat on the hob. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly, but not completely, just until the mixture thickens.
5) Place into a piping bag and create an "X" on top of each of the "buns". Refrigerate to set.

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