https://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/26656/healthy-hot-cross-buns

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Whip up a batch of these Easter treats that are more on the healthy side.

Ingredients

  • 7 g dry yeast

  • 250 ml almond (or whole) milk

  • 3 teaspoons maple syrup

  • 2.5 tablespoons rice malt syrup

  • 3 cups wholemeal spelt flour

  • 1/2 cup raisins

  • 1/4 cup currants

  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon (ground)

  • 2.5 teaspoons mixed spice

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1.5 tablespoons coconut oil melted

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

  • 1 orange zested & juiced

  • 2 tablespoons wholemeal spelt flour for crosses

Method

  • 1.

    Pour the almond milk to a small saucepan and warm over a low heat for 2 minutes.

  • 2.

    Whisk the yeast, milk and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup in a jug. Set aside for 10 minutes or until frothy.

  • 3.

    Combine the flour, raisins, currants, spices and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre.

  • 4.

    Add the yeast and milk mixture, together with 1 tablespoon of oil, vanilla, orange zest and 1 1/2 tablespoons orange juice and rice malt syrup. Stir until combined.

  • 5.

    Transfer to a lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, approximately 5 minutes.

  • 6.

    Grease a bowl with remaining oil and place dough into the bowl and cover with glad wrap. Set aside for 45 minutes or until doubled in size.

  • 7.

    Line a baking tray with baking paper.

  • 8.

    Flour your hands and transfer dough back to the board, gently kneading for a minute. Shape into 12 buns and place onto prepared tray. Cover with glad wrap and set aside in a warm place for a further 40 minutes or until doubled in size.

  • 9.

    Preheat oven to 160°C.

  • 10.

    Combine the remaining flour with water to form a smooth paste. Place into a zip lock bag and cut 1 corner from the bag to make a piping bag and pipe crosses onto the buns.

  • 11.

    Lightly brush with the additional maple syrup and bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (10 servings)

  • Energy 282kj
  • Fat Total 4g
  • Saturated Fat 2g
  • Protein 9g
  • Carbohydrate 55g
  • Sugar 18g
  • Sodium 156mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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