Paleo Hot Cross Muffins
Paleo Hot Cross BunsServings: 8


  • 150g ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice 
  • 150g tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup diced eating apple
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ cup sultanas 


  • 2 large eggs
  • Zest of 1 lemon 
  • Zest of 1 orange                      
  • 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
  • ¼ cup macadamia nut oil or melted coconut oil



  • 50g dark chocolate


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and a grease muffin tray or muffin cases.
  2. Add all the dry ingredients, except the fruit, into a food processor and blend for 20 seconds or until combined.
  3. Whisk the eggs, syrup, zest and oil together in a bowl. Then add to the dry ingredients and blend until combined. You can add a couple of tablespoons of water if you think your mixture is too thick.
  4. Add the fruit and pulse a couple of times until incorporated.
  5. Spoon into the muffin cases or use wet hands to roll into balls and add to the muffin cases. The batter will be very sticky.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Whilst the muffins are cooling slightly, melt the chocolate in a bain-marie. Then with a teaspoon, carefully create a cross shape when drizzling over muffins. Orpipe the chocolate in crosses over the muffins.
  8. Serve warm, cut into two and drizzle coconut oil on each half.

What’s nourishing about this recipe…

These easy-to-make Hot Cross Buns are grain-free and require no yeast or proving.

They contain ground almonds, which provides fiber and protein to decrease after-meal rises in blood sugar. Additionally, the cinnamon will also help to regulate blood sugar levels as it improves insulin’s efficiency. Almonds are high in mono-saturated fats, which have cholesterol-lowering effects and therefore lower risk for heart disease.