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Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns (& Cashew Cream Frosting!)

Even though they are quite the staple on Easter, Hot Cross Buns are something I normally don’t partake in! I chose to avoid gluten 13 years ago due to ongoing allergies, eczema, fatigue and years of IBS (although all my tests were confirmed negative). Giving it up was the best choice I made for my health. So I always love to make healthy alternatives for myself, family and friends whether they are gluten intolerant or not. With this new gluten-free recipe, it looks like I’ll be partaking in Hot Cross Buns after all!

Ingredients

Buns:

  • 3 organic eggs, separated OR 3 tbsp ground flax combined with 7 tbsp water for vegan option
  • 1 ½ cups (160 g) almond flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extra
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) coconut oil or macadamia oil
  • 2 tbsp coconut milk
  • ¼ cup (30 g) dried blueberries
  • 6 tbsp currants 

Glaze:

  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp water
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Cashew Cream Frosting Cross:

  • ¼ cup cashews, soaked (2 hrs)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (optional)

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C).
  • Separate the eggs (yolks from the whites) or for a vegan option add water to the flax meal and let it sit.
  • Blend the almond flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt until mixed well.
  • Then add in the egg yolks or flax eggs, honey, vanilla, oil and coconut milk. Blend well.
  • If using eggs: beat egg whites until they form soft peaks then fold in the remaining bun mixture.
  • Blend or fold in the currants and cranberries.
  • Use muffin or cupcake cups in a muffin tray, fill each muffin cup up and cook in the oven for 20 mins or until a knife comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool on cake rack.
  • Blend the cashew cream frosting ingredients then put it into a piping bag and pipe crosses across each bun when cooled or strip it across in lines (doesn’t matter if they are messy like mine!).
  • Melt and mix the honey and water for the glaze, add the cinnamon and brush or drizzle on top of each bun.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge. You can freeze these also.
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Servings: 6

Substitutions

  • Almond four – hazelnut meal, macadamia flour, or any gluten free flours
  • Honey, Rice Malt – maple syrup
  • Coconut milk – coconut cream, almond milk, hemp milk, rice milk
  • Blueberries – cranberries, sultanas, raisins
  • Currants – cranberries, sultanas, raisins, cacao nibs
  • Cashew – blanched almonds, macadamias

Calories: 300

Fat: 22g

Trans Fat: 6g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 40mg

Carbohydrates: 20g

Fiber: 3g

Sugars: 13g

Protein: 8g