Paleo Hot Cross Buns!

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Paleo Hot Cross Buns

What’s Easter without a steaming Hot Cross Bun? If you’re following a paleo way of eating, there’s no reason to miss out either – try my Paleo Hot Cross Buns here!

Time: 90 min
Other info: GF, DF, Vg, SF, Paleo


  • 400g Steamed or roasted pumpkin, pureed (you can use ½ cup Almond milk here if you don’t have pumpkin but the pumpkin gives a great flavour)
  • 1.5 cup Almond Meal
  • 1.5 cup Buckwheat flour (I’ve been buying this from the health-food store but have recently just come across it at my local Indian Grocery store as well)
  • 4 eggs
  • 50g Coconut Oil
  • pinch salt
  • [2 tsp. Bicarb soda + 2 tsp Cream of Tartar] OR [3 tsp Baking Powder]

For Cinnamon/Fruit Buns

  • 3 t cinnamon
  • 1 t allspice 1 t nutmeg
  • 1-2 T honey/sweetener of choice
  • about 1 C your favourite chopped, dried fruit (my favourites would be dried apricot, dried figs and dried apple).

For Chocolate Buns

  • 1/2 C raw cacao or cocoa powder,
  • 3-4 T honey/sweetener of choice
  • 1/2-1 C dark choc-chips!


  1. Preheat oven to 160degC
  2. Blend pumpkin (or almond milk), eggs, oil and salt in food processor until smooth.
  3. Add flours and baking powder and whiz again until smooth.
  4. Transfer batter to a bowl and stir through choc or fruit flavours/spices as desired (see above). See below for other, savoury flavour ideas*
  5. Spoon batter into 12 greased muffin tins and bake for 30-40min or until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. For the crosses, just mix even quantities of buckwheat flour and wanter together in a dish then use a spoon, toothpick or piping back to draw the crosses (or other decorations as desired) onto the muffins.
  7. Allow to cool for 15min before attempting to take out of muffin tray.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Freezes well if necessary.

* Flavour Additions/Options:

  • Use the same batter but bake in a loaf-tin for a loaf of bread (bake for 60-70 mins in this case). See my Paleo Bread Recipe here.
  • Use Olive Oil instead of Coconut Oil and stir through come chopped olives, sun-dried tomato and Feta. Absolutely divine topped with hommus or capsicum dip!
  • Add some herbs and spices like rosemary, thyme, basil, pepper, even cumin, coriander, sumac for some interesting flavour variations.


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