Raw Hot Cross Buns

Easter is here soon and these raw hot cross buns make a great Easter treat! And so is my 30th birthday, yikes! I’m having a little age crisis, but at the same time I feel so grateful and happy for what I have achieved in the past year. Sometime you just have to stop and look back to realize how far you have gone. I can say I am the healthiest, happiest and fittest I have ever been in my life. Not skinniest, but I am strong! I am training for the Spartan Beast obstacle race held in May. My raw food business has boomed in the past few months, and that is something that makes me so happy. I have found my passion and I love sharing it with people.

But back to Easter! I thought I’d share one very traditional Aussie Easter treat with you. Hot cross buns that is. But raw vegan version of them of course. I’m not going to lie, these raw hot cross buns won’t taste like real hot cross buns. You just can’t imitate that baked dough texture in raw baking. But these are amazing little buns of spicy and sweet. And you won’t feel bloated and gross after these!

Hot Cross Buns

 

Ingredients

Bun
1 cup almonds
1 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup pecans
1 cup dates
1 cup raisins
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
1-2 tsp masala spice mix*
zest of lemon
juice of 1/2 lemon
water if needed

Cross Frosting 
1 cup cashews
2 tbsp coconut oil
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp maple syrup
coconut milk as needed

Hot Cross Buns

 

Directions

  1. Place almonds into a food processor and run until you get almond meal. Add rest of the bun ingredients (except raisins) and run until sticky dough is formed. Taste and add more spice if needed.
  2. Add raisins and pulse till the raisins are blended into the dough mixture. Make balls from the dough and flatten them a bit. You can make them square shaped to look like hot cross buns.
  3. Place all the frosting ingredients into a food processor and run until smooth. You probably need to add liquid, but you don’t want the frosting to be too runny. Use a piping bag to decorate the buns and pop them in the fridge to set. You will have some frosting left after this, freeze it for later use, use it for other baking or make more hot cross buns!

*You can find Garam Masala spice mix from ethnic stores. You can also just mix your own, using nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cardamon and cloves.

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