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Homemade Hot Cross Buns With Avocado Butter

Not much can compete with the scent of something delicious baking in the oven. So this Easter, why not try baking your own batch of hot cross buns?

Below is my favourite recipe for scrumptious, fruity hot cross buns with sweet avocado butter. They are healthier than average store-bought hot cross buns and far tastier.

Wholemeal Fruity Hot Cross Buns with Avocado Butter

Makes: 12 buns

Ingredients:

4 cups of self-raising wholemeal flour

¼ tsp honey

2 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. nutmeg

2 tsp. allspice

½ tsp. salt

½ cup apricots, roughly chopped

½ cup sultanas

½ cup currants (or if you’re feeling fancy, add goji or acai berries!)

40g extra virgin coconut olive oil, melted (you can find this in health food stores. To melt, stand the jar in warm water.)

300ml low fat milk

2 eggs, lightly beaten

Method:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients apart from the honey, coconut oil, milk and eggs. Pour in the wet ingredients and combine until all of the ingredients come together into a soft dough.
  • Flour a surface and pour out the dough. Knead for 10 minutes, place in a bowl, cover with cling wrap and rest for 1½ hours or until it doubles in size.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 190C. Knead the dough back to the original size then divide into 12 even portions, shape into a ball, and place on a large baking tray covered with baking paper. Cover with cling wrap and let it double in size.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with avocado and cashew butter.

Tip: To make a cross on top of the bun (optional, but they wouldn’t be ‘hot cross’ buns without it!), before placing the buns in the oven, mix 1/2 a cup of plain flour and a little water together, then pipe the paste on top of the buns in the shape of a cross with a piping bag.

Avocado and Cashew Butter

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1 avocado, seed and skin removed

½ cup raw cashews

1 tbsp. honey

2 tsp. salt

Water, if needed

Method:

  • Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend till smooth.
  • Add a little water if the consistency is too thick.

Enjoy baking these, and remember, there are ways to enjoy all of your favourite Easter treats without overdoing it. Limit sweet foods, eat slowly, and enjoy the taste of everything; flavour is key. Easter is also a great time to try out a range of Autumn dishes. I also like the Australian Avocados website for recipes such as Cumin Spiced Pumpkin, Avocado Salsa and their Meatballs with Avocado Mash.

 

- Zoe

Founder of Nutritional Edge, Zoe Bingley-Pullin, has long been passionate about the food in our lives. A nutritionist (Diploma of Nutrition, Sydney) and internationally trained chef (Le Cordon Bleu School, London), Zoe helps people embrace the benefits of food through education and understanding.

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