Hot Cross Buns
Recipe type: Anytime
Cuisine: Baking
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A sweet and delicious Paleo recipe for hot cross buns that the whole family and your friends will love.
  • 1 ½ Cups (192 g) Almond Meal
  • 1 ½ Cups (192 g) Arrowroot Flour
  • ¼ Cup (50 g) 85% Dark Chocolate – Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 g) Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon (5 g) Mixed Spice
  • 1 Teaspoon (5 g) Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon (5 g) Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon (15 g) Finely Grated Orange Zest
  • ½ Teaspoon (2.5 g) Ground Nutmeg
  • ½ Teaspoon (2.5 g) Ground Ginger
  • ¼ Teaspoon (1.25 g) Ground Cloves
  • 2 Eggs – Lightly Beaten
  • ⅔ Cup (150 g) Butter (Grass-fed) or ¼ Cup (60 ml) Coconut Oil – Melted
  • 2 Tablespoons (30 g) Rice Malt Syrup
  • For the Crosses:
  • 1 Egg White
  • 1 ¾ Tablespoons (25 g) Desiccated Coconut
  1. • You will need the oven and a 12-hole muffin tray. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and lightly oil the muffin tray. Set the oiled muffin tray aside and work on your buns.
  2. • Mix the almond meal, arrowroot flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and all the spices in a bowl. Make sure you mix all the dry ingredients well.
  3. • In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, butter or coconut oil, orange zest and the syrup. Mix everything well.
  4. • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine everything well. Once you’ve mixed the wet and dry ingredients together, you can fold the chopped dark chocolate into the mixture.
  5. • Pour the mixture into the oiled muffin tray you prepared earlier. Set aside and work on the cross topping.
  6. • In a bowl, whisk the egg white and desiccated coconut together. Make sure you mix the ingredients well.
  7. • Take your muffin tray with the bun mixture and drizzle the coconut toppings on top making a cross shape. You may use a piping bag or a spoon to create the perfect cross on your buns.
  8. • Once you have all the buns with cross toppings done, bake them in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until the buns turn light golden brown.
  9. • Check if the buns are cooked through using a skewer or toothpick if you don’t have a skewer. The skewer or toothpick should come out clean when buns are cooked through.
  10. • Let the buns cool and serve as is, or if you want to be more traditional you can cut each bun in half, toast under the grill and serve.
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