Kezia Hall

Holistic Nutritionist & Coach

Paleo ‘Hot Cross Bun’ Muffins

CATEGORIES:  Recipes Snacks + Treats

This recipe really comes from a place of love.

My husband has quite the thing for hot cross buns. I think he would happily eat a pack of 6 a day if I bought them. So I thought it was only fair to make something alternative for him as he as now joined me in my sugar and gluten free life! What a man he is 😉


Now I will be honest this recipe was inspired by many others out on the interweb (like this one and this one) but I am sorry to say that when you are going grain and gluten free there is no chance you are going to get that gooey bready sugary BUN texture – there is no glue (ten) to make that happen. BUT these are a delicious muffin alternative with that spicey goodness and low in sugar and super kind to your body.


Plus I think they look pretty awesome too – obvious the cross is optional but kinda necessary for this Christian-ified pagan holiday 😉

And remember I pretty much get all my obscure ingredients like tapioca flour or vanilla powder from amazon so if in doubt check out my shop. 
So enjoy the Easter festivities,  the big J man himself (that is Jesus) and some healthier muffin that won’t leave you looking bloated and pregnant like Mary on Christmas eve.
These are best eaten fresh on the day you make them. I left mine out uncovered for a day or so and they went stake:( But then discovered they make a great bread and butter muffin pudding!
So I sliced up remaining muffins put it in a bowl and added a mixture of 2 beaten eggs with about 400ml of milk and vanilla and poured over the muffins and baked for about 30 mins and it was also yum. So too recipes in one!


'Hot Cross Bun' Muffins
Yields 12
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  1. 200g almond flour/ground almonds
  2. 100g tapicoa flour
  3. 2 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1 tsp ginger
  5. 1/8 tsp clove
  6. 1/4 tsp vanilla powder
  7. 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  8. 1 tsp mixed spice
  9. zest of 1 orange
  10. 3 large eggs
  11. 150g butter - melted
  12. 3 tbsp honey
  13. 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  14. 80g raisins
  16. 1 tbsp coconut flour
  17. 1 tbsp tapioca flour
  18. 7-10 tbsp water
  1. Preheat the oven at 180c and grease your muffin tray.
  2. Mix the almonds and tapcioa flour, bicarb, salt, vanilla, and spices in a bowl.
  3. Melt the butter and honey at a low tempurature in a pan. Allow to cool and add the orange zest to mixture.
  4. Beat the eggs and after making a well in the dry ingredients, add the besten eggs gradually to dry ingredients, stirring in gently.
  5. Then add the honey/butter liquids until fully combined. Stir in raisins.
  6. Fill muffin tray with 3/4 full with mixture.
  7. Place in oven for about 20-25min.
  9. Mix the tapicoa and coconut flour in a bowl and gradually add a tbsp of water at a time until a paste forms.
  10. Then fill a piping bag with the mixture ensuring it has not gotten too hard - if it has add a bit more water.
  11. After about 15 mins, or once the muffins have risen, take out of the oven and use the piping bag to add a cross and then place in oven for another 10mins or until fully cooked.
  12. Eat fresh and enjoy!
  1. + I have not tried this recipe with any other flour but would guess that it would work with just 300g of ground almonds - although this would change the texture.
  2. + These need to be eat FRESH on the day baked, ideally straight from oven as they will go stale after a day.
  3. + Feel free to use coconut oil instead of butter to make it dairy free - this will just add a slight coconutty taste unless you use odourless coconut oil.
Kezia Hall | Holistic Nutritionist & Health Coach - Healthy Living, Grain Free Recipes

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