Freshly toasted hot cross buns, smeared with melting butter, paired with a warm glass of chocolate milk…these were my childhood memories of Easter. That, and eating too much chocolate on Easter Sunday and feeling sick for the rest of the day. I never did really enjoy that cheap chocolate anyway, especially compared to hot cross buns. However, with the amount of sugar, refined flour, canola oil, and additives in store-bought hot cross buns, I very rarely buy them anymore. I did make a healthy hot cross buns recipe last year, but this year I thought I would take it a step further and make raw hot cross buns :D
Raw hot cross buns recipe
I had been thinking about this recipe pretty much since the start of March. I kept umm-ing and ahh-ing about how to make raw hot cross buns. I mean, being RAW, they aren’t exactly going to be hot…actually, these are chilled :| so it’s kind of an oxymoron…
So I ended up with these rich, dense squares full of cashews, coconut, cinnamon and sultanas. Because you can’t have hot cross buns without sultanas! What’s with the fruitless hot cross buns you can get in stores? That’s just…wrong. Dairy free chocolate chips would make a nice replacement for the sultanas though, if that’s more your thing. Oh, and don’t skimp on the cinnamon!
This raw hot cross buns recipe coincides with this month’s Recipe Redux theme of 7 ingredients or less! This is my first time participating in Recipe Redux, which is a monthly challenge to create a delicious & healthy dish according to the theme of that month. How could I not resist in tying together the Recipe Redux theme with an Easter favourite! Please see the bottom of this post to view what the other Recipe Reduxers have come up with this month!
- 1 cup cashews
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup sultanas
- 20ml + 10ml water
- 1 tbs coconut butter
- In a high speed blender, process the cashews, coconut and cinnamon until fine.
- Add the sultanas and 20ml water and pulse a few times to combine without breaking down the sultanas too much.
- Remove mixture from the blender and press into a small dish or onto a plate, to a thickness of 1 inch.
- Chill while preparing the next step.
- Melt the coconut butter over a hot water bath.
- Add 10ml of hot/warm water, if needed, to make the coconut butter into a smooth paste.
- Remove the cashew mixture from the fridge.
- Slice into 8 squares.
- Use a knife to spread the coconut butter into crosses on the "buns".
- Serve immediately or chill until ready to eat.
I love reading your comments! <3
- What are your favourite hot cross buns: fruitless, choc chip or sultana?
- What memories do you have of Easter?