EASTER- Homemade Hot Cross Buns- RAW

by Vashte on April 14, 2014

RAW-glutenfree-celiac-sugarfree- wheatfree- dairyfree- all natural

Vashtes Homemade Hot Cross BunsHot Cross Buns. They are everywhere. It is Easter. This year I have experimented with a raw recipe and …found I love it! Not usually a hot cross bun fan myself, but this recipe works. Served warm with loads of butter, or however you like them- you can enjoy knowing that these babies are made from the best ingredients, taste amazing… and there will be no issues as they exit your body on time and gently ūüėȬ†

As soon as we all start realising that the stuff in supermarkets is absolute rubbish, the sooner we can all start reinventing and playing with our food- making it taste amazing, and digestible!

I used my dehydrator but if you don’t have one that is OK too. Any recipes where my dehydrator is used in, can be made in the oven as well. Set the oven to the lowest possible temperature with the door ajar. Keep checking your goodies every hour to ensure they are not cooking. ¬†Of course a dehydrator works best but why miss out if you dont have one today?! No need! Improvise :))

Golden Flax Seeds are used in my recipe as opposed to my usual dark flaxseeds/linseeds. Either the dark or golden can be used- they are approximately the same nutritional value- the golden has a lighter taste- so I think better for hot cross buns. If you choose to use the dark seeds- add more date paste to get around the earthy taste of the dark seeds.

I have used sultanas and sugar free dark chocolate nibs in my hot cross buns today. You can use any dried fruits you like- nuts etc… leave out the chocolate if you like your buns more savoury.

Really really important: as this recipe is raw- the uncooked mixture at the end is more or less exactly as the end result will be. If you taste your mixture and it has no flavourРthis is how your buns- or any raw recipe result Рwill turn out. As these recipes are not cooked, and each time you make a raw recipe you may use the same measure, but as ingredients are sourced differently- every single time you make a raw recipe it is going to be different. Make sense? So there should be a  lot of testing as you go with raw food. Make sure you are happy with the result before you form your shapes, and set. The flavour is not going to change too much from that point on. If you need to add more of anything- now is the time to do it! Raw food is not a precise art, not to me anyway!

What You Need:

Handy equipment:

Coffee Grinder to make ingredients like powder. I grind coconut sugar, psyllium, herbs, nuts- in my coffee grinder. Never coffee beans!! I bought the cheapest brand on the market. It works perfectly fine :)

Food Processor: I have been using my vitamix as my food processor but it just doesn’t cut the mustard. I went out and purchased a little food processor and life is so much easier. Again, a cheap model- they all do the same thing.

Dehydrator or Oven: I used my Excalibur. OK -I splashed out on the dehydrator and I think it is worth it. I love it, and use it constantly. If you don’t have a dehydrator yet, improvise and use the oven until you save up and get a dehydrator. (And make space in your ¬†kitchen- they are big, pretty ugly really, and you just cant hide the thing! lol)

Piping bag for icing- or a sandwich bag to improvise!

Bun: (No buns in the oven here!!!)

  • 2 cups almonds.
  • 2 cups ground golden flaxseeds. (Can use brown flaxseeds but they have a more earthy taste)
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup psyllium powder
  • 1 -2 cups date paste
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon or mixed spice. More if you like it.
  • 1-2 cups mixed dried fruit/nuts/chocolate (fruits and nuts soaked for at least 2 hours)

hot cross bun mixture www.vashte.com

The Cross:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tblspn coconut sugar- or any other natural sweetener you prefer
  • Water to mix
  • Coconut oil if you like.

How to Make It Work:

  • Grind the almonds in a blender or food processor. You want a powdered result. This is called ‘almond meal’ and you can buy it as almond meal from the shops- already ground. Up to you. Watch the almonds turn to powder. If you go away and leave it on for too long you could end up with almond butter. :) Almond butter is just almonds in a food processor processed for a long time. Simple. Transfer the almond meal/flour into a mixing bowl.
  • Grind golden flaxseeds in the coffee grinder to produce the same flour like texture. Add to the bowl.
  • Add all other ingredients mixing through thoroughly making sure there are no lumps.
  • Taste!¬†Really, really important! Make sure you have a sweet, cinnamon/mixed spice tasting bun. Now is the time to add more of anything should you feel the need.
  • Roll out into bun shapes and place on a lined dehydrator tray.
  • Make the flour paste for The Cross in a bowl. Add more water and coconut oil to ensure the paste is smooth and a paste consistency. It should be runny. If so, place mixture in the freezer for a few minutes to allow it to thicken up.
  • Use an icing piping bag. If you don’t have one, improvise by using a resealable plastic sandwich bag. Put the flour paste in the bag and cut a small hole at one end. Squeeze mixture out the end with the hole in it to make crosses on the buns.

raw hot cross buns www.vashte.com

  • Dehydrate for 5-8 hours at 47 C or until you have the consistency you desire.
  • Oven Option: set at the lowest temperature with the door ajar. Check every hour to ensure the buns are not cooking.

Option: add a glaze to your hot cross buns!

Blend some dried apricots and water then apply using a brush over your hot cross buns. Beautiful finish!

You can eat hot or cold. Freeze for long term storage. Remember these are raw buns, so expect a denser product. Eat slowly and mindfully. One bun should fill a person up. This is real food. Wholefood made from clean ingredients. Our bodies do not need as much to feel full. This food is filled with nutrients. You may think raw food is higher in calories- you are likely to be right. Raw food is rich, high in nutrients and provides the goodness and fuel we need for our our bodies, mind and spirit. You can eat 5 hot cross buns bought from the store and still feel hungry. Why? Because there is very little nutritional content found in food from the supermarkets. But the calories remain!! Overfed and undernourished. So I say eating from the supermarket makes a person fat, as they never feel satiated and can continue to eat and eat and eat- without any nutritional value being ingested, only calories being stored as fat. 

Eat one raw, homemade hotcross bun and I feel full. Happy days. I eat mine once it has been warmed n my dehydrator and then add real butter to it. Pure decadence.

Get your kids to make these with you as well as the chocolates I will post tomorrow. When they get involved with making food, they understand it’s value and appreciate it, as well as respect it better. It’s fun. Have some fun in the kitchen as a family this Easter! Make a mess! What is life without a bit of mess in the kitchen experimenting?!

Easter- remember the true meaning of this time and take time to honour and thank Jesus for coming to this earth for ALL of us; for dieing on the Cross and for the resurrection so that every single one of us has the choice to choose Him, if we desire. Ask Him in to live in your heart, and He will be there. As soon as you ask Him. That is all it takes. Just invite Him in. Easy. 


God Bless you

xx Vashte xx






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