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Paleo Hot Cross Buns.

THIS RECIPE HAS BEEN UPDATED (yep! We made even better paleo hot cross buns!) Check it out here! 

Once upon a time, not so long ago (in fact, last year) easter was a time full of chocolate and treats. To be precise…bags of peanut m&ms and an endless amount of those mini cadbury eggs…yep, we all know the one’s we are talking about. Our mum is completely cute and still hid eggs around the house!

Well, this year, easter is going to be a little (or a lot) different. We have sent the message to our loved ones that chocolates aren’t required (instead we will be accepting gifts in the form of clothing, jewellery, ingredients from our pantry list or house hold items…we kid…sort of).

We hate to be the bearer of bad news but the chocolate from your local supermarket? Is kind of completely full of (insert preferred naughty word here). We did some research and in these mini cadbury eggs you will find:

Full cream milk, SUGAR (yes the second ingredient listed…meaning the second most used ingredient in this little bite of choccy), cocoa mass, cocoa butter, milk solids, soya lecithin emulsifier (back in the day this was a waste product…read more here and get grossed out) and flavours (they don’t even list them!)

Plus, just one of these bite sized bombs (and who EVER eats just one of these?!) has 33 calories…so if you eat 10…that’s 330…20…that’s 660…30…that’s 990…40…ok you get the picture!

We get it though, easter is a time to spend with family and friends, which usually means eating a bit more than normal and a treat here and there is probably on the cards. But we all know that the only person in charge of what goes in your mouth is YOU! So you can tell the easter bunny to stay away this year! Instead, choose your treats wisely: dark chocolate over milk chocolate, paleo pancakes over your regular kind, and OUR completely clean + healthy hot cross buns over…well…your regular hot cross buns (you can thank us later for this one!)

Always merrymaking,

e & c

p.s we’ve updated this recipe to make it even better! Check out the new post here

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paleo hot cross buns.
Serves 12
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
50 min
stuff you need
  1. 2 cups almond meal
  2. 1 cup coconut flour
  3. 1 tsp. nutmeg
  4. 2 tsp. cinnamon
  5. 1/4 cup of natvia or stevia
  6. 1 tsp. baking powder
  7. 250 grams butter cubed
  8. 2 apples peeled and grated (we used granny smiths)
  9. 3/4 cup of unsweetened sultanas (we were lucky enough to find these at our local supermarket! Check the ingredients and make sure it says 100% sultanas)
  10. 6 eggs separated
  11. 2 tbs. raw honey
for the cross
  1. 1 tbs. coconut flour
  2. 1 tbs. tapioca flour
  3. water
  4. piping bag
now what
  1. Want the updated (more yummier) version of these paleo hot cross buns? Check it out here!
  2. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  3. Line twelve muffin tins with large muffin cases.
  4. Mix the almond meal, coconut flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, natvia/stevia and baking powder in a bowl.
  5. Add the butter and rub into the mixture with your fingertips until it forms a crumbly mix.
  6. Add the egg yolks and stir.
  7. Now add the apple, sultanas and raw honey. Mix again until it combines. Have a it...seriously delish!
  8. Beat your egg whites until soft peaks form and then fold these into the mix.
  9. This might seem a little weird, as it doesn't fold that easily. If you get frustrated just go in with your hands...that way you get to taste more mixture anyway!
  10. Once the mixture is all combined, roll into twelve even balls.
  11. Place them into the muffin cases and press down a little.
for the crosses
  1. Place the flours in a small bowl.
  2. Gradually add drops of water while stirring, until a thick white paste forms. Use a fork to make sure there are no lumps.
  3. Put the paste into a piping bag, and pipe a cross onto the top of each bun.
  4. Now, place the buns into the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve without the muffin cases (so they look more bun-like), warmed and with more butter (yes when we said treat...we meant it!)
merrymaker tip
  1. You can use any dried fruit in these. We think cranberries, apricots and even banana would be tasty (but not as traditional!)
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Comments 18

  1. Would ghee or even coconut oil be a good substitute for this? And if not what butter do you use πŸ™‚

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  3. Hey girls,
    do the apples just go in raw? or are they cooked first??
    Thanks girls, have a great Easter!! πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Rhiann! They go in raw. The juice in the apple ensures the ‘buns’ don’t dry out – and give a total delish flavour! Enjoy and let us know how they go! e & c Happy Easter!

  5. How much coconut flour? 1 and a half what? It misses this in the recipe. Looks great tho and I want to try them

  6. OOOPS! It’s cups! We have actually revamped this recipe and it will be live this week! Thanks for letting us know about the typo Nicole. πŸ™‚

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  8. Hi Beauties.. I made these and I found them a little too dry. Want to try again and use just almond meal instead of mixing with coco flour as its just a thirsty ingredient.. thoughts?

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  10. Just looking at this on Easter (procrastination!), my hubby loves hot cross buns, but we are paleo. This recipe looks awesome, but 1/4 stevia?, can you help with this. I have been using drops, is it 1/4c stevia drops? Sorry, I am a newbie with this stuff. Thanks. Will make later this week as a surprise.

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