Healthy Snickers Hot Cross Buns – LEAH ITSINES

Snickers Hot Cross Buns

Whether it's Easter or you just have a massive craving for Hot Cross Buns, this recipe is your new best friend! It's so easy, sweet and delicious but surprisingly healthy.

Serve them up with some butter and you've got an amazing treat that the whole family will enjoy. 

Makes:
Cook time: 20 minutes 
Prep time: 30 minutes 

Ingredients: 
2 cups of wholemeal spelt flour 
7g yeast packet
1/4 cup maple syrup 
1 tbsp brown sugar 
1/4 cup dated, pips removed and diced 
1 egg 
1/2 cup almond milk 
3 tbsp coconut oil 
1 tbsp cacao powder 
1 tbsp orange juice
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the cross: 
1/4 cup flour
1 tbsp cacao powder 
5 tbsp water (more if needed)

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  2. In a small bowl, add maple syrup, almond milk and place in the microwave for 20 seconds to slightly warm (you don't want it boiling) Once warm, add yeast and whisk for 20 seconds. Set aside. 
  3. In another bowl, add egg, orange juice, coconut oil, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Whisk until light. 
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, cacao, yeast mixture and the egg mixture. Mix until it combines. Add dates and mix through. 
  5. On a floured surface, kneed the dough (add a little more flour if still sticky) and kneed until soft. Place back into the bowl and allow to raise lightly for 40 minutes. 
  6. Divide the dough into 8 even balls and place onto a lined baking tray. 
  7. Combine ingredients for the cross into a small bowl and mix. Place into a piping bag and pipe a cross over the bun. 
  8. Place into the oven for 20 minutes until cooked through.