These chocolate chip easter buns are an updated version of a classic holiday treat: Easter Cross Buns. They are packed with chocolate, decadently gooey, and utterly delicious.

Choc-Chip Easter Buns [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Calories

508

Serves

8

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Ingredients

For the Buns:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond meal
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup ground gluten-free rolled oats or raw cashews
  • 1/2-1 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chai spice mix or mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder or paste
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax soaked in 4 tablespoons warm water – leave for 5 minutes
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flax seeds plus 6 tablespoons)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

For the Cross

  • 1/3 cup raw cashews
  • 2-3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon maple or rice syrup
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Preparation

To Make the Buns:

  1. Preheat oven to 356°F and line a square baking dish with baking paper.
  2. Add the water to the ground flax and let sit while you get the dry ingredients ready.
  3. Add all of the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir them to combine.
  4. Add all of the wet ingredients to a blender and blend until well incorporated and the flax is nice and loose. This will ensure that it distributes through the mix evenly.
  5. Add the wet to the dry ingredients and stir them through until you get a thick dough.
  6. With damp hands shape the mix into 8 even balls and drop them into the baking dish.

For the Cross:

  1. Blend the cashews until they become fine then add the water and sweetener. Stir everything well to ensure there are no lumps.
  2. Spoon the mix into a small clip lock bag then snip a small tip of one of the bottom corners to create a nozzle. Carefully pipe the mix over the buns to create the traditional Easter bun cross.
  3. Place buns into the center of the oven and bake them for 30-35 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  4. While they are still hot carefully pour a small amount of the syrup onto the buns then spread this with a basting brush.
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Nutritional Information

Calories: 508 | Carbs: 73 g | Fat: 25 g | Protein: 8 g | Sodium: 163 mg | Sugar: 6 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.