Hot cross buns – mmm…I love the cinamony taste with the chewiness of the raisins in them. In India we only got them during Easter. In Australia, to my delight, we got them all year round! Who would’ve thought!

When I turned towards healthy gluten, we got the spelt ones and they are superb. But I wanted to make my own version.

I’ve been making this paleo bread for a while now – https://paleoglutenfree.com/recipes/healthy-5-minute-gluten-free-paleo-bread/

It is gluten free and so delectable, it tastes like a rich, satisfying cake. It is so easy to make as well. Double whammy. This recipe also doesn’t have any processed sugar. I’ve added local raw honey in this recipe instead of maple syrup, but you can add any sweetener you want.

Yesterday, I decided to make a double batch of this bread, with half of it going towards an experiment with hot cross cupcakes.

I added some ginger powder, cinnamon, sultanas and almost forgot the orange oil…when my little girl reminded me of it. So I put around a large drop of orange oil in each one and mixed it up. They turned out great.

Eggs – High in omega 3s, eggs are great for your overall health, including your heart. You need to choose the right kind of eggs to help though.

Eggs contain selenium, vitamins A, D, B2 and B12 and is high in protein. It is good for your liver and brain, it helps to loose weight and can also help your eyes!

Choose organic as the vitamins and omega 3 levels can sharply decrease according to what the hens are fed. With certified organic, you can be sure that the chickens are fed organic food.

‘Pasture raised’, ‘free-range’, etc. are all terms that might confuse the average shopper. Labelling laws allow these terms even if the chickens don’t spend too much time outdoors! So don’t be fooled.

Flaxseeds – are wonderful sources of omega-3 and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) which reduces the risk of heart disease, it is full of fiber and are loaded with minerals and vitamins.

Flaxseeds (or linseeds) are an amazing little powerhouse – it contains phytoestrogen which plays a very important role in balancing hormones and reducing menopause symptoms.

It is anti-inflammatory, anti viral, anti bacterical and an antioxidant. So it helps to reduce inflammation in the body, prevents viral infections, kills harmful bacteria and fights free radicals.

With flaxseeds, you need to grind them just before use as this form is easier to digest. Also, the exposure to heat, light and oxygen oxidizes its wonderful nutrient properties. Use it within 24 hours of grinding.

ACV – ACV or apple cider vinegar has been used for thousands of years in various ways. It is fermented so has a high probiotic content. It is considered antifungal, anti bacterial and anti viral. It prevents cancer, helps weight loss, helps to lower blood sugar levels and blood pressure.

Honey – is another ancient remedy used topically and internally for a variety of issues. It prevents infections in wounds, burns, ulcers and it is antibacterial.

The bee pollen and propolis in honey works to reduce allergies, boosts your immunity, helps reduce colds, soothes sore throats…and so, so much more.

Make sure you choose raw, local honey to get the most benefits.

Who wants some good health this Easter?!

 

Healthy gluten free, dairy free hot cross cupcakes

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert, Easter, easy snack, healthy snack, quick snack, snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free, easy, gluten free, nutrient dense, paleo, processed sugar free, quick

Ingredients

Basic batter

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup arrowroot flour (tapioca starch)
  • 1/2 cup golden milled flax meal
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil solid
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1/4 cup water room temperature
  • 2 tbsps maple syrup
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsps baking powder

Cupcake mix recipe

  • 2 tsps cinnamon powder
  • 1/8 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp orange oil
  • 1/2 cup raisins add more if required

Icing recipe

  • 1 cup cashew nuts soaked in hot water for around 5 minutes
  • 2 tsps gelatin use agar agar if you are vegan / vegetarian

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 170ºC
  • Soak the cashew nuts for the icing in hot water (add the gelatin towards the end of the soaking time)

Basic batter

  • Add all the ingredents in a high-speed blender and blend till smooth

Cupcake mix recipe

  • In a dry bowl, mix all the dry spices together, mix and add this to the basic batter
  • Add the orange oil and raisins as well. Stir till combined
  • Place cupcake liners in a couple of large muffin trays
  • Spoon the batter 3/4th of the way to the top of the liners
  • Put the muffin trays in the oven and cook for around 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean when pricked into the cupcake

Icing method

  • While the cupcakes are cooking, you can make the cashew icing
  • Add the soaked cashew mix in a high speed blender and blend till smooth. You would have to scrape the sides down a few times. Or you could use a smaller blender jar.
  • Put this in a piping bag and keep in the fridge to set till the cupcakes are done
  • Once the cupcakes are done, you can ice them anyway you like

 

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