Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

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Nothing says Easter more than a sticky hot cross bun oozing with melted chocolate. Hannah (@healthsynergy) and I created a healthy version of the traditionally sugar-laden treat, using coconut sugar (a low GI alternative), cashew mylk and spelt flour. I can vouch that these buns are absolutely impeccable- you will NEVER feel the need to buy them shop-bought ever again!

Makes 10.

Buns

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 3/4 cup spelt flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm cashew mylk
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • Pinch cardamon
  • Pinch vanilla bean powder
  • 1 organic free range egg
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted (+ 1 tsp)
  • 100g dark chocolate*
  • 1 tsp yeast

*We use Loving Earth Dark Chocolate

Cross

  • Cashew cream or coyo

Method

1. Combine yeast, coconut sugar and warmed cashew milk in a large mixing bowl.

2. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes.

3. Add flour, spices, vanilla, coconut oil, egg, roughly chopped chocolate and mix well using a wooden spoon.

4. Briefly knead the dough using a floured board*

5. Lightly grease a mixing bowl with 1 tsp coconut oil and place the dough in the bowl.

6. Cover and set aside for approx. 1 hour (this allows the mixture to expand)

7. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius, fan-forced.

8. Divide into 10 equal portions and roll into balls.

9. Arrange on a tray lined with baking paper and sit for about 10 minutes.

10. Place in the oven and bake for approx. 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden and risen.

11. Remove from oven and set aside for a few minutes.

12. Place the coyo or cashew cream in a piping bag and draw crosses on the buns.

13. Serve and enjoy! We love ours with plain and chocolate coyo.

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