Paleo Hot Cross Muffins


  • 2 cups almond meal 
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil measured melted 
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 3/4 cup sultanas

For the Crosses:

  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 3 tbsp honey


  • Preheat oven to 350 F and line a 12-cup muffin tin with liners or baking paper.
  • Combine the almond meal, tapioca flour, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, spices and sultanas in a large mixing bowl.
  • Zest the whole orange and add the zest to the dry ingredients. Do not discard the orange.
  • Core and cut the apple into small dice (about 5mm) and add to the dry ingredients. Set the dry ingredients aside once you've done this.
  • Cut open the orange and squeeze out 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice into a separate bowl (including bits of pulp and orange flesh is fine, just make sure there are no seeds).
  • Add the eggs, melted coconut oil, honey and vanilla extract to the orange juice, and whisk it all together.
  • Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredient mix and combine until smooth.
  • Divide the mixture evenly between the 12 muffin cases. Bake the muffins for approximately 25 minutes, or until the tops turn a deep golden brown and the centre of the muffins feel firm to touch.
  • Allow the muffins to cool to room temperature before piping on the crosses. When they're ready, mix the cashew butter and honey together. If your mixture is really solid, you can warm it for a few seconds in the microwave or on the stovetop so it's easier to use. Once mixed, scoop mixture into a zip lock bag/sandwich bag. Snip a corner off the bag and use this to pipe crosses over the top of the muffins. (You can also use a proper piping bag if you have one!)
  • Store muffins in an airtight container in the fridge, where they should keep for up to 5 days - if you're only making them the day before you want them, they should be fine to leave out overnight on the countertop (in a container), unless you live somewhere really hot. You can also freeze them (where they should keep for up to 3 months).


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