Hot Cross Buns

Easter Buns
Raw Hot Cross Buns Gluten, Dairy Refined Sugar Free
Rawsome Hot Cross Buns!

I love Easter! The smell of these warming spices fills the house and just makes you feel HAPPY! 

3 Cups wet Almond Pulp (from milk) *
½ Cup Steel Cut Oats OR 1/2 cup Coconut Flour to be completely gluten free
2 Tablespoons Golden Flax Meal
1 Cup Sultanas
6 Dates
3 Oranges (you'll need the zest of one) 
2 Tablespoons of **Apple Pie Spice (no you probably haven’t heard of this, it’s something I bring in from the USA and sell at classes!) OR:
1.5 Tablespoons Mixed Spice, 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon and the zest of one lemon
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp of Salt
*I do NOT suggested just blending almonds, they really need to be activated (soaked) for this recipe otherwise it can be pretty hard to digest. You can use purchase Almond Meal/Almond Flour but keep an eye on moisture level. 
First, zest one orange and set zest aside, then juice all three oranges and soak the sultanas and dates, top with water to cover and leave for an hour or so.
Mix the steel cut oats so they become powdery and add everything else in a food processor (including soaking water but add gradually) until all ingredients come together to form a dough. 
Create a square on a dehydrator sheet, with a thickness of about 1-1.5 inches. Cut into buns. Dehydrate overnight on a mesh sheet, then separate each bun, glaze and put onto a mesh sheet for 2 hours. 
No dehydrator? Bake at 160degC for approximatley 25 minutes, you don't want to go any hotter as the mix may go too crumbly. Add the glaze and a cross* at the start of baking if using an oven. 
Juice of one Lemon
2 Tablespoons Coconut Nectar
Sugar Dust:
Once you remove from the dehydrator, I like to dip in a light dusting of coconut sugar and cinnamon:
1 Tablespoon Coconut Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
Mix together making sure there are no lumps. Dip in your buns one at a time.
½ Cup soaked Cashews
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon Coconut Nectar
Pinch of Salt
1 little Water
Blend together till smooth (I find a personal blender ideal for this). Then put into an icing dispenser and make your crosses. 
*IF YOU ARE BAKING these, you can add a cross beforehand but may wish to create a paste from a gluten free flour with a little water. This cross recipe won't work in the oven. 
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