Gut Loving Hot Cross Buns feat. tigernuts

Easter is almost here! The season of chocolate and delectable hot cross buns. The answer is of course YES to the question of whether we will be indulging in choccie eggs – dark chocolate all the way! Moderation is so key, BUT prior to Easter, when the temptation rolls around daily in the office, we will be sticking to this super healthy alternative.

We adapted the recipe from IQS website – one of our favs. We mixed it up with a few of our favourite new ingredients in the health food market, Terra Firm foods Tigernut Flour and Infnite chocolate. A little about these below:

Tigernuts – okay so these are super interesting, because they aren’t nuts at all! They also aren’t legumes or seeds, they actually come from the root vegetable family (or rather, ‘tubers’ – sweet potatoes are their relatives!). They are one of the world’s oldest sources of nutrition and are 100% gluten, dairy free and SUPER high in fibre, vitamin C & E, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium and good fats! It’s a great source of resistant starch, which is prebiotic and incredible for promoting gut health! Terra Firma Foods sell them as as a peeled/unpeeled snack and as a flour too, which works perfectly in baking (very similar texture to almond meal, and I treat it much the same). Find out more about tiger nuts, their origins and health benefits here.

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Infnite Chocolate – Seriously, this chocolate is the healthiest on the market, and I can say that with 100% confidence! It contains digestive enzymes and probiotics, which together promote gut health and boosts immunity, all while increasing the bioavailability of nutrients in the product itself (including the sacha inchi plant protein and all organic ingredients). Oh, and it also reduces food allergies and intolerances. You’re welcome.

So overall, switching a few things here and there actually made these Hot Cross Buns super gut friendly. We should so call this article ‘gut loving hot cross buns’ *edits title*.

Obvs we don’t need to talk about how much we love I Quit Sugar and how you should all go there for like every recipe under the sun. I mean, we did create the blog as a direct result of reading Sarah’s first ever book. But, of course, go there for some serious Easter chocolate recipes!

Oh, the original recipe PALEO, GF, DF & Refined Sugar Free. Our adapted version is all of that + nut free & VEGAN also *vegans cheer*.

Gut Loving Hot Cross Buns

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For the original recipe, check out:

For our adapted version, check out below 😉

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Terra Firma Foods tigernut flour 
  • 1 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon bi-carbonate soda.
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder.
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon.
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger.
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves.
  • chia eggs (1 tbsp chia seeds : 3 tbsp water)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted.
  • 2 tablespoons rice malt syrup.
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest.
  • 1/3 block of Infnite Blueberry & Pistachio Chocolate Bar

Crosses

  • 2tbsp coconut flour
  • 2tbsp water 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line muffin tray with cupcake wrappers and lightly spray with coconut oil

2. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl

3. In a separate bowl combine eggs, coconut oil, syrup and orange zest. Add wet mixture to dry and combine well. Fold through chocolate pieces.

4. Pour mixture into prepared tray.

5. To make crosses, mix coconut flour and water well in a bowl. Transfer mixture into a zip lock bag and cut a very small slither at the edge. Drizzle over cupcake mixture (in their cupcake wrappers).

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until lightly golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

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