Each year, Easter is one of our favourite holidays, not least because it is largely centered around delicious food! With chocolate aplenty, Spring inspired roast dinners and sweet treats, all shared with family and friends, what’s not to love?
Here at Chiltern HQ, Hot Cross Buns are particularly popular at this time of year, served warm and with a generous dollop of butter and jam. Whether you prefer the flavours of traditional Hot Cross Bun spices like cloves and nutmeg, cinnamon and apple or the bolder contemporary additions like chocolate, orange or even toffee, there’s something to suit every taste bud when it comes to these tasty Spring-time treats.
Inspired by our favourite Easter indulgence, we’ve developed a delish new recipe of Baked Hot Cross Oat Pots. With all the warming, spicy flavours of a traditional Hot Cross Bun, these brekkie pots put a healthier spin on the heavier bread-based bun. With fibre-rich oats to keep you full for longer, our Baked Hot Cross Oat Pots can also be vegan-friendly and refined sugar-free by switching out a few of the ingredients.
These brekkie pots are surprisingly similar in texture to a traditional Hot Cross Bun – light, fluffy and just a little bit doughy. Serve hot with your favourite toppings for a seasonal brekkie treat this Easter. Hop to it!
Baked Hot Cross Oat Pots
140g Chiltern Natural Foods Plush Oats or Gluten Free Plush Oats
75g sultanas or raisins
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp each of ground cloves and ground nutmeg
Squeze of lemon juice
(optional: grated rind of 1 lemon)
1 apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
1tsp natural vanilla extract
300ml Milk or plant-based alternative
60ml maple syrup or agave sweetener
For the Cross Icing
75g plain flour (or buckwheat flour or coconut sugar for a gluten-free alternative)
Approximately 5tbsp water to form a paste
- Preheat oven to 180º
- Mix together oats, sultanas/raisins, flax seeds and baking powder in a large bowl
- In a smaller bowl or cup, combine the ‘hot cross bun spice mix’ – cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg
- Add the hot cross bun spice mix to the oat bowl, along with the fruit and mix together
- Add wet ingredients – vanilla, milk and maple syrup/agave – and combine all ingredients thoroughly
- Transfer to individual ramekin pots or a baking dish of your choice and spread evenly
- To make the Cross icing, gradually mix the plain flour or sugar with a few tablespoons of water, enough to form a smooth thick paste. Place into a piping bag and pipe rows across the pots/baking dish, then repeat in the opposite direction to create crosses.
- Bake the pots for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Serve the pots immediately, either on their own or with your favourite Hot Cross Bun toppings!
Makes enough for 4 substantial servings / pots.
Updated: 12 Mar 2021 | Written by: chiltern