Hot Cross Bun Muffins

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Easter is nearly here and nothing screams Easter more than Hot Cross Buns.  That sweet, cinnamon and fruit flavour reminds me of Easter afternoon – I love a toasted Hot Cross Bun with lashings of melted butter.  I knew I needed to make my own version so I got thinking about how I could re-create something similar with no grains, gluten or refined sugar.  The idea for these Hot Cross Bun Muffins came from my Cinnamon & Raisin Bread.  The ingredients are very similar with a few added tweaks and of course a few extra steps to make the cross on top!          Hot Cross Bun Muffins by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Refined Sugar-Free, Paleo, SCD, Vegetarian

If it’s just the taste you’re after you can skip the cross on top – it’s purely for aesthetic reasons and to make the recipe a bit more authentic but it doesn’t affect the taste at all.

So how do you make these delicious Hot Cross Bun Muffins? Start by preheating your oven to 180C (350F) and grease your muffin tin with butter (you could also use oil if you prefer).Hot Cross Bun Muffins by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Refined Sugar-Free, Paleo, SCD, Vegetarian

Zest the orange and squeeze the juice from half of it.  Normally in a Hot Cross Bun you would use mixed peel, but that comes loaded with sugar.  The fresh orange gives a similar flavour without all the excess sugar!  In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients except the bicarbonate of soda and stir well.  I like to use Meridian Cashew Butter – Smooth 100% Nuts as I think the flavour is exceptional and I love how smooth it is.  Set this part aside while you make the second mix.Hot Cross Bun Muffins by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Refined Sugar-Free, Paleo, SCD, Vegetarian

You need to make a different mixture to create the cross on top of the Hot Cross Bun Muffins.  To do this, you mix the coconut flour, egg and yoghurt in a bowl.  You’re looking for quite a firm, paste-like consistency.  If it’s too liquid add more coconut flour until it firms up.  Your eggs may be larger than mine or the yoghurt may be runnier so it’s not an exact science.  Just keep adding coconut flour until it’s a pipe-able consistency that will hold it’s shape when piped out.  Spoon the mixture into a piping bag with a thin nozzle – about 1/2 cm diameter.  If you don’t have a piping bag you could spoon it into a zip-loc bag and cut the corner off to create your own piping bag like I did.Hot Cross Bun Muffins by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Refined Sugar-Free, Paleo, SCD, Vegetarian

Finally add the bicarbonate of soda to the Muffin mix and stir everything really well to ensure the raisins are evenly distributed throughout the mixture.  Spoon the mixture into the greased muffin tin about two-thirds of the way full in each hole.  Carefully pipe a cross onto the top of each muffin.

Bake the muffins for 12-15 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.  They should be golden brown.Hot Cross Bun Muffins by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Refined Sugar-Free, Paleo, SCD, Vegetarian

Eat warm, straight from the oven, cut in half and topped with lashing of melted butter.  They’re even yummier if you toast or grill them – just do it carefully as nut butter burns quite easily.  They can be kept in the fridge for up to a week or easily frozen.  Once thawed, you can cut them in half and toast or reheat them again!  The cinnamon flavour is not too strong and the muffin is not all that sweet so it’s perfect for adding a bit of honey to if you like sweeter things.  Delicious for breakfast, dessert or just as a snack with a cup of tea!  And if you prefer sweeter things you should check out my Banana & Chocolate Chunk Muffins – great for those with a sweet tooth!Hot Cross Bun Muffins by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Refined Sugar-Free, Paleo, SCD, Vegetarian

Print Recipe
Hot Cross Bun Muffins
Hot Cross Bun Muffins by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Refined Sugar-Free, Paleo, SCD, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Topping for the Cross
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsps yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour (maybe more depending on the thickness of the yoghurt and the size of the eggs)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Topping for the Cross
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsps yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour (maybe more depending on the thickness of the yoghurt and the size of the eggs)
Hot Cross Bun Muffins by Emma Eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Refined Sugar-Free, Paleo, SCD, Vegetarian
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) and grease a muffin tray with butter.
  2. Zest and juice the orange.
  3. In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients except the bicarbonate of soda and stir well.
To make the Cross Topping
  1. Mix the three ingredients in a bowl. You're looking for quite a firm, paste-like consistency. If it's too liquid add more coconut flour until it firms up.
  2. Spoon mixture into a piping bag with a thin nozzle.
Construct the Hot Cross Bun Muffins
  1. Add the bicarbonate of soda to the Hot Cross Bun muffin mixture and stir well to combine.
  2. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin holes (each one about 2/3 full).
  3. Pipe a cross carefully onto the top of each muffin.
  4. Bake the muffins for 12-15 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean. They should be golden brown.
  5. Serve cut in half and warmed or toasted with butter.

Dietary & Allergy Information for Hot Cross Bun Muffins

These Hot Cross Bun Muffins are suitable for the following diets:

Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined-Sugar Free, Paleo, Primal, Specific Carbohydrate Diet – SCD, Vegetarian.

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. YUM!! I’ve never tried a Hot Cross Bun before but your Hot Cross Bun Muffins look & sound delicious!! <3

  2. Oh my heavens!! These look sooo yummy!! I’ve never tried making hot cross buns, but this muffin idea is fabulous!! Thanks for sharing, i will be pinning this to my recipe board to try one weekend..

  3. i have never made or even tried hot cross buns, i think i need to this year. thank you for the step by step instructions 🙂

  4. I’ve never eaten a hot cross bun but these look so yummy. They look like the perfect, portable breakfast! 🙂

  5. Omg yes! Need these in my life. Thanks for sharing

  6. baldblogging says:

    These look SO incredible! I’ve pinned and will be trying them ASAP! Thanks for sharing, I love a twist on a recipe.

  7. Carol Hall says:

    Thanks for the recipe, Emma! I knew you could come through in time. Like you, I think Easter is a time for eating Hot Cross Buns and as I started on SCD after Easter last year I wasn’t looking forward to an Easter without them. So now I can have my Hot Cross Buns and eat them. You are a blessing! I haven’t eaten chocolate for years as I found it led to migraines so HCBs were my Easter treat. You have really made my culinary Easter for me – even before I taste them. Your recipes always work and are always Delicous! I can’t thank you enough.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Haha – it definitely took a lot of trial and error but I think they’re pretty great and they actually toast rally well which I find isn’t the case with a lot of nut butter baked goods – they tend to just burn. Really hope you enjoy them! If there’s anything else you miss I’m always open to suggestions of what to try and create next!

  8. They certainly do look delicious. I wish I had more time to try baking stuff like this.

  9. jburge328 says:

    oh wow I just love muffins so much, these look fluffy and amazing! I’m pinning this for sure

  10. Oh my goodness! These look so amazing! My mouth is literally watering looking at the pictures. These would be absolutely perfect for Easter morning!

  11. Kristin Cook says:

    Yum! Looks so good! I have never heard of these before, but I bet they are delish!

  12. Looks so good! I love homemade bread.

  13. Devon says:

    These look so yummy!

  14. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says:

    These look so good! They would be great for breakfast tomorrow. Love that they are gluten free!

  15. Danielle says:

    Oh my goodness. Those look so yummy!!! I don’t think I’ve ever had hot cross buns!

  16. Lisa says:

    This looks delicious! Homemade bread/bun recipes are amazing, and this one sounds pretty easy too!

  17. loveyoumoretoo says:

    Yes. I will take one! Do you ship? Actually they sound easy enough to make at home. Such a yummy recipe!

  18. Rosey Everyday says:

    Oh my goodness! These look so delicious!

  19. suzanne says:

    These look AMAZING and I want to eat them right now. YUM.

  20. Kristin says:

    Oh my gosh these look amazing! They look so easy too!

  21. OMG these look AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really want to eat them now!!

  22. These look so delicious! I have to try this recipe!

    xo, Helene

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