Sugar-free Hot Cross Bun Truffles

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Chocolate at Easter time is such a given, as are the traditional hot cross buns. Combining the two in a bite-sized truffle is a fun and indulgent way to enjoy a treat these holidays. Dairy-free,  sugar-free, vegan and Paleo.  

Sugar-free Easter Hot Cross Bun Truffles

A few months ago, as I was brainstorming recipe ideas for the March issue of Nourish Magazine, a simple google search for Easter hot cross bun truffles uncovered a number of good-looking but sugar-laden recipes that also contained dairy. I wanted mine to be different, so I got to work and made these.

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They ended up looking really cute, especially when served up on this Bed Bath N’ Table cake stand – see giveaway below. When asked to do a blind taste-test, Liana said they reminded her of chocolate hot cross buns! My work here was done.

Sugar-free Easter Hot Cross Bun Truffles

The base is made with blended raw cashews and vanilla powder – just on its own it tastes sublime! Recently I have found that many people with nut allergies are actually okay to consume cashews – best to chat to your health care professional to see if this might be an option for you.

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When it comes to chocolate, I used  Loving Earth Dark chocolate – it’s a 2-ingredient number that’s dairy-free, soy-free and processed sugar-free but you could opt for a 70% cacao dark of your choice or go higher on the percentages if you prefer. Because the truffles are sweetened with a couple of dates, they mellow out the bitterness of dark chocolate.

Sugar-free Easter Hot Cross Bun Truffles

Organic wild dried blueberries add that element of dried fruit to the truffles. I tend to go for unsweetened varieties (some, like cranberries, have added sugar or fruit juice concentrate and sunflower oil). You can buy 100% pure dried blueberries here and here if you’re in Australia and here in the US – they ship worldwide as well.

Sugar-free Easter Hot Cross Bun TrufflesGiveaway: Win a $100 Bed Bath N’ Table Gift Card

Just in time for Easter! Feel free to follow Bed Bath N Table on instagram for more homewares inspiration.

To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment below telling me in 25 words or less how this gift card would make a difference to your Easter celebrations. Be as creative as you like – the best entry wins!

Giveaway is open to Australian residents with an Australian delivery address. The gift card, donated kindly by the Bed Bath N’ Table team, can only be redeemed in store and is valid for 12 months. Entries close midnight 23 March. Winner will be contacted via email and must respond within 48 hours to claim the prize. 

Sugar-free Easter Hot Cross Bun Truffles

 

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Recipe type: truffles, chocolate, dessert, snack, Easter, dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free
Cuisine: Easter
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8-10
 
When it comes to chocolate, I used Loving Earth Dark chocolate - it's a 2-ingredient number that's dairy-free, soy-free and processed sugar-free but you could opt for a 70% cacao dark of your choice or go higher on the percentages if you prefer. Organic wild dried blueberries add that element of dried fruit to the truffles. I tend to go for unsweetened varieties (some, like cranberries, have added sugar or fruit juice concentrate and sunflower oil). You can buy 100% pure dried blueberries from Organic Buyers Group and Farmhouse Direct if you're in Australia and from iHerb in the US - they ship worldwide as well.
Ingredients
  • 50g raw cashews
  • 50g dark chocolate of choice (see note), melted
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon vanilla essence or powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened preservative-free dried blueberries or raisins (see note)
Instructions
  1. Place cashews in a small food processor or chopping attachment of a stick blender and process until a smooth “dough” forms, about 10 minutes, scraping down sides as needed. Reserve a pinch of the paste for the crosses.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and process for another minute to blend well. Using your hands, roll the dough into 8-10 evenly-sized balls.
  3. Roll out remaining cashew paste into think strips and place over each truffle to form the cross, press gently into the dough. Refrigerate before serving.
  4. They can be made about a week in advance.

 

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27 Responses to Sugar-free Hot Cross Bun Truffles

  1. These are so cute and they sound delicious too.
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  2. karina le says:

    I can use this voucher to deck out my home so it looks Easter ready for our Easter partay!

  3. Amanda says:

    Thankyou for sharing such a beautiful recipe and presenting it to us so lovely. This dish will defiently be on my table at Easter time xo

  4. Jess says:

    This voucher would give me the boost to start planning Easter! Being a student, Bed Bath & Table really is a splurge, so it would definitely be a Treat Yo’self incentive.

  5. Alex says:

    This would go to my mum who always ends up hosting significant events. Hopefully she would treat herself rather than spending it on family!
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  6. Annie leane says:

    This easter we are re decorating the bedroom……finally, yay 🙂 This gift card would be awesome and would help make our new bedroom just that little bit more blissful. Happy Easter everyone 🙂

  7. Luisa says:

    My sister has a weird obsession with chickens & Bed Bath N’ Table has the cutest fluffy chickens for the Easter range!
    The dining ware would look amazing on our Easter Feast table and of course there has to be Hot Cross Bun Truffles for dessert. I can’t wait to try them out 🙂

  8. Corinne says:

    So many beautiful dishes to serve all the treats we make as a family, the truffles have been added to my list. I currently use my dinner plates and bowls.

  9. Jan says:

    Its great to have a dairy free chocolate treat for Easter. I would use the voucher to get some really pretty linen for a special Easter dinner.

  10. Annie says:

    The hot cross bun truffles look so beautiful and TASTY Martyna. Yum! Bed bath and table voucher would be a decadent treat for myself, it’s one of my most favourite shops.

  11. Louise Gordon says:

    The voucher would make our very dull rental look a bit more in the holiday spirit.

  12. Corinne says:

    This gift voucher would beautify my Easter celebrations with lovely serving dishes that would be cherished for years to come, better than dinner plates.

  13. frances Harris says:

    Would help me give my widowed daughter a better Easter

  14. frances Harris says:

    Sounds delicious thank you

  15. frances Harris says:

    Would give it 5 stars

  16. Amanda Gorton says:

    Its always been a pipe dream to celebrate Easter with a theme, trinkets around my home and a set table with matching décor, Bed Bath and Table have all the necessities in store!

  17. Sonya N. says:

    My in-laws will be spending Easter with us for the first time ever and I’m anxious because we don’t have any nice table linen or decorative pieces and I don’t want them to think poorly of me! This prize would mean I could buy a few nice things for our kitchen so they won’t think I’m complete trailer trash!

  18. julian says:

    We’re taking care of my 5-yr-old niece over Easter while her mummy is in hospital and I’d like to buy a nice bedspread and pillowcase for her stay so she doesn’t have to use the tractor-laden boyish one we currently have!

  19. Marjie says:

    Bed, Bath N’ Table has great decorating ideas, keeps me up to date with trends and it’s so lovely to shop there!

  20. Stephanie Veljanovska says:

    My Daughters first birthday is falling on Easter this year so we are having a joint celebration. A Bunny fu fu party 🙂

  21. Vid says:

    Love the idea of these truffles, definitely making them for Easter. Would love a voucher for bed,bath and table, as one of my little gremlins decided to ‘decorate’ all the bed linen with lipstick and eyeliner…needless to say, I am not impressed with this type of ‘decoration’ 😉

  22. Vid says:

    My little gremlin decorated the bed linen with make-up…needless to say, I’m not impressed with this ‘decoration’ and need the voucher for new linen 😉

  23. Vid says:

    Sorry about the 2 comments, didn’t initially realise it needed to be 25 words or less, hopefully I’m still eligible 🙂

  24. Millie Green says:

    I moved from England in 2012, and my family are visiting for the first time at Easter! With this I could decorate my spare room!

  25. Hi Martyna, these hot cross bun truffles look adorable! I’ve re-posted your recipe on my blog.

 

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