Dairy-free, Refined Sugar-free
Makes 10 buns
1 ¾ cup wholegrain spelt flour
1 cup almond meal
½ tsp nutmeg
1tsp natural or organic vanilla bean extract (*sugar free)
2tsp aluminum-free baking powder
2 eggs, whisked
¼ cup olive oil (can sub for coconut or macadamia oil)
¼ cup water
1/3 cup Inca berries (also known as golden berries)
½ cup chopped medjool dates, roughly chopped
*Optional extra: Could add 1tsp ginger powder to spice it up or 1tsp Maca powder or 1tsp mesquite for some superfood extras
For the cross:
2tbsp wholegrain spelt flour + 1tbsp water, mixed into a paste
Pre-heat the oven to 165 degreed Celsius, and line a baking tray with baking paper
In a mixing bowl, add your dry ingredients (wholegrain spelt flour, almond meal, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder) and mix until evenly distributed.
Add your golden berries and chopped dates into the dry mixture and mix around evenly
In a separate, smaller bowl mix your wet ingredients together (whisked eggs, oil, water)
Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly until it forms a sticky dough
Separate the dough into 10 roughly even balls of dough
Roll each ball between your palms and pat down just a little bit and set each ball closely next to the other (like the picture) on the baking paper
Place the cross dough into a piping bag (or I used a zip lock bag & chopped the tip off one corner & used as a piping bag. If you don’t have that just use a piece of glad wrap & poke a tiny hole in it.)
Pipe the crosses along the rows of buns
Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes, until browned around the edges
*the consistency is dense- similar to a scone & so so delicious!
Have one hot, as soon as it comes out of the oven!
Slice through the middle and serve with some pure nut butter, tahini, chia jam or your favourite spread of choice! (Pictured above with almond & pistachio butter, sprinkled with bee pollen).
Some nutritional benefits!
Inca berries have a huge antioxidant score, higher than Goji berries. They contain a huge amount of dietary fiber & a wide variety of nutrients including vitamin C, potassium & phosphorus.
Wholegrain spelt flour is also high in fiber, promoting a healthy digestive tract. It contains Magnesium and Iron supporting healthy bone & blood functions. Is a source of B-complex vitamins, especially Niacin(B3) & Thiamin(B1), beneficial to your immune system, metabolic pathways & hormonal function.
Almonds (almond meal) are a rich source of healthy fats & contain plant protein. Almonds have antioxidant & anti-inflammatory benefits, can aid to improve blood cholesterol, contain high amounts of Vitamin E (an important antioxidant), calcium & important minerals such as plant iron & zinc!