I feel like I’m almost” coming to life” this time of year – the changing season, longer days, and signs of life are blooming all around. There is also the sweet call of Easter confections tempting my tastebuds as they seem to be displayed practically everywhere. As a grandparent I know it’s hard not to indulge in the endless variety of treats. I try to often include some toys, games, or plan activities to balance off the sweets when getting things for the kids.

What are your Easter Dinner Plans? I must admit I am a little more than looking forward to gathering with some family and friends, some I haven’t sat and had a meal with within some time. I’m seeing the hot cross buns at the market a tell-tale sign that Easter is just around the corner.

If this is a tradition you take part in at your table, here’s a “healthier” version out of Australia I’m hoping to try this year:

“Healthier” Hot Cross Buns
By Maggie, Frances, and Anna

Nutritional Medicine Student Practitioners, Brisbane 2015 Source: Endeavour Wellness Clinic Australia

1/2 cup almond meal
1 cup coconut flour
6 eggs (preferably organic and free-range)
250g coconut oil/ghee/grass-fed butter melted
2 granny smith apples, peeled and grated
2 teaspoons nutmeg
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup organic raisins
1/4 cup cacao nibs (optional)
Water (we recommend using alkaline water)
1 teaspoon cacao

• Preheat oven to 350°F
• Mix almond meal, coconut flour, and spices into a bowl
• Add melted coconut oil (or ghee/butter) with beaten eggs
• Add apple, cacao nibs, and raisins and mix into a dough
• Once the mixture is combined, roll into even balls (approx 12)
• Place into lined muffin tine
• Place cacao into a bowl, gradually add drops of water until paste forms (use a small whisk or fork)
• Place into a piping bag and draw a cross on top of each bun
• Place buns into the oven for 30 minutes

If you are getting together over the holiday, cherish the time you spend with friends and family and cherish yourself with healthy choices where you can. We’ll help you get back on the health track next week with another article after the
Easter feed.

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