Quick and clean hot cross buns
What is Easter without hot cross buns? Unlike the shop bought varieties, these Quick & Clean Hot Cross Buns are not only super quick to make but they have no artificial nasties in them either!
We have heaps of tasty Easter treats available on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge including Easter Muffins, Hot Cross Bliss Balls and Mini Tiramisus.
Cassie Wight who submitted this YUMMY recipe says, “My kids absolutely loves these and they made for the perfect guilt free snack.”
Thanks Cassie! Check out the recipe below…
- 1 1/2 cup wholemeal self raising flour
- 1/2 cup sultanas soaked in hot water for 5 minutes
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- 1/2 tsp all spice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1 orange zest and juice
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1-2 tsp extra coconut oil melted for brushing
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 2 tbsp milk of choice
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp coconut oil
For the buns
For the cross
- Pre heat oven to 160 degrees celsius.
- Drain sultanas.
- Place all main ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix until combined. Then kneed dough on bench until smooth ball forms (10 minutes approx).
- Cut dough into 11 portions, roll each portion into a round ball. Place on lined baking tray.
- Press each ball down slightly and brush with coconut oil .
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove tray from oven and pipe the cross onto each portion, place back into oven for 5-10 minutes.
- To make the glaze, place ingredients in microwave safe bowl and microwave for 20 seconds before brushing over cooked buns.
140 calories each.
10 top tips to stay on track this Easter
Easter can be one of those times during the year we can fall ‘off track’ a little. The most important thing to remember is, if you are celebrating Easter, that it is just one day out of the whole entire year and if you are wanting to eat chocolate, enjoy it!
1. Buy non-chocolate gifts
Avoid temptation! If you have friends and family asking to buy gifts for your children, offer some non-chocolate ideas: Arts and craft, pyjamas, bath bombs/bubble bath, books, vouchers, puzzles or games.
2. Make healthier alternatives
If you are entertaining see our Healthy Mummy Easter Ebook filled with healthier recipe ideas.
3. Use plastic eggs instead of chocolate
Try choosing smaller chocolates or hollow eggs for easter hunts. The kids (and adults) will still see and collect lots of colourful eggs without having excess left over after Easter.
We love reusable plastic egg shaped containers that you can fill. You can find these in most supermarkets and these are great for egg hunts and gifts. You can fill them with anything you like, small toys, lollies/chocolate or treats of your choosing or even clues for an egg hunt.
4. Melt down leftover chocolate instead of eating it
If you find you have excess chocolates left over at the end of Easter and wish to avoid temptation, try chopping, melting or crushing your chocolates into one of our recipes, such as the Wholemeal Choc Chip Muffins and Peanut Bubble Crunch.
You can also freeze leftover chocolates so they are ‘out of sight’ but still available for a sweet treat when you choose.
5. Choose dark chocolate over light chocolate
Choose dark chocolate where you can. Dark chocolate can offer a lower calorie, lower sugar option whilst still enjoying the chocolate flavour.
6. Avoid filled and flavoured chocolate eggs
Instead, utilise plain chocolate varieties if you are being cautious of your chocolate and calorie intake over Easter.
7. Eat before heading to your family gatherings
Eating breakfast or a snack with a source of protein before you head to your Easter get togethers can help you make more mindful choices rather than arriving hungry.
8. Be mindful of your serving sizes
If you are watching your calorie intake over Easter, think about how much you’re putting on your plate. Often Big chocolate bunnies and eggs can be a family serving. Look at the labels and make an informed decision.
9. Get moving
Keep active with the family and make it fun. Often Easter means some businesses are closed so your whole family might get the chance to spend some extra time together so make the most of it! A family walk, a game of sport in the backyard, a trip to the beach, a play at the park can be great ways to move your body without it seeming like a chore.
10. Drink lots of water
Focus on your water intake. Try to keep a water bottle nearby. Sipping on water can help with hunger and over indulging.