Jessica Sepel’s Guilt-Free Hot Cross Bun Recipe

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We don’t know about you, but we can’t go without a hot cross bun (or five) when Easter rolls around. But this year, instead of turning to bakeries, grocery stores and supermarkets for your fix, why not whip up a batch of Jessica Sepel’s healthy-ish hot cross buns? They’re made with almond meal, coconut flour and a few other good-for-you ingredients like cinnamon and dark chocolate, so you can indulge guilt-free. Serve them with coconut butter, or if you’re a true chocoholic, with an organic chocolate hazelnut spread.

Easter is a season filled with yummy family meals and treats! In fact, the holiday is practically dedicated to baskets filled with chocolatey, sugary indulgences. If you are health conscious, there’s no need to deprive yourself during this time. Enjoy these divine hot cross buns instead. They’re gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free with a hint of spice and zesty citrus. Plus, they’ve got the most amazing dark chocolate finishing touch—enjoy! says Jessica Sepel.

Healthy Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Makes: 8

Ingredients:
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These Rich, Fudgy Brownies Are Made with Avocado

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Nope, we’re not joking. These brownies are sink-your-teeth-in fudgy and healthy, thanks to the star ingredient: amazing avocados. You already know how nutritious avocados are, loaded with fiber, B vitamins, folate, and potassium. They’re also a great source of healthy fat, which keeps you feeling satisfied and helps your body absorb more of fat-soluble vitamins A, E, D, and K. So we combined avocados with other good-for-you ingredients—keeping the sweeteners minimal and natural—to create a delicious treat (including frosting!) that won’t weigh you down.

Avocado Brownies with Avo Frosting

Yield: 12-16 brownies

Brownies

3 oz. dark chocolate (70% cacao), chopped

1 Tbsp. coconut or extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa (40g)

½ cup almond meal (60g)

1 tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. sea salt

2 ripe medium avocados (about 17 oz. total), halved, pitted, flesh scooped out

½ cup medjool dates (about 4.5 oz.), pitted

¼ cup coconut sugar (1.4 oz.)

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All spice Christmas cake with vanilla cashew cream

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Cosy, colourful decor is just as important as bringing those sweet spices to life in a Christmas cake, and this enticing cake does both! It is soft, made half of almond flour and half of whole wheat or spelt flour, it has lots of sweet juicy cranberries, sultanas and prunes as well as blended satsumas, and it has an abundance of spices, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, clove and pepper. The luxuriously creamy topping is made of soaked and blended cashews, vanilla and coconut oil, garnished abundantly with pomegranates and pistachios. Rich, warm and pleasurably healthy!

Ingredients

For the cake
100g almonds, around ¾ cup
150g spelt or whole wheat flour
120g coconut oil
5 tablespoons honey or coconut sugar
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of clove
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons cranberries
2 tablespoons sultanas
handful 5 prunes, chopped
handful pistachios, roughly

To blend
2 satsumas
4 tablespoons almond milk

For the frosting
100g cashews
60g agave nectar
40g coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla essence