You’ve probably noticed that I’m a very last minute kinda person. I’ve been meaning to work out a grain free, GAPS friendly hot cross bun recipe for the last month, but of course I wait until breakfast time on Good Friday to begin!! But hey, it’s lunch time and I did it, so all’s well that ends well! Ha ha!
Sorry if it’s a bit too last minute for you, I hope you can find the ingredients before Easter Sunday! I did try to give lots of variations, just in case you need to swap some things around, so see how you go.
My first batch had a bit of a failure with the crosses (they were made out of almond meal, coconut flour and water), but I had a sudden brainwave, due to the yummy marshmallows I’d made the night before… marshmallow crosses!!! The kids thought it was a great idea, so here you are – grain free, dairy free, yeast free hot cross buns (ok, muffins), with marshmallow crosses! And if you don’t have the ingredients for crosses, you could always use toothpaste… HA HA, kidding!! (That was my friend Sarah’s suggestion, thanks Sarah! *wink*)
Here’s my amazingly easy recipe for Honey-Sweetened, All Natural Marshmallows for the crosses!
Note: Use the leftover mixture after making the crosses to make marshmallows – I coated mine in naturally coloured coconut and cut into squares, to give to the kids on Easter Sunday. They’re very excited about that – they don’t get too many sweets on GAPS!
For those of you worried about the amount of sweetness in this recipe, you can easily reduce or even leave out the honey in the muffins, as the dried fruit and the marshmallow cross and the optional glaze may be enough. I’ve made them to be to most people’s taste since it’s a special occasion, and we are sharing them around with friends and family and not eating them all on our own.
The texture is soft and moist, and they keep well for a few days in a cool spot or in the fridge. They also freeze well and can be thawed out in the oven if you don’t put the crosses on. So pop some in the freezer for another day!
I hope you like them, have a wonderful Easter, and enjoy the holidays!
Grain Free Hot Cross Muffins
- 6 eggs, separated
- 320g blanched almond meal (or blanched almonds or other nuts)
- 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
- zest of 1 orange, peeled off with potato peeler & dried with paper towel
- 1 vanilla bean, cut into quarters (or 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or paste)
- 4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 3/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp bicarb soda (baking soda)
- 100g honey or pure maple syrup (or less, to taste)
- 60g coconut milk (or preferred milk)
- 60g coconut oil (or macadamia oil)
- 100g sultanas
- 100g currants
- 2 Tbspns honey
- 2 Tbspns water
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 180C, and place muffin papers into muffin tins. (I use If You Care baking cups, as they don't stick.)
- Prepare all your ingredients first, so that the egg whites are not sitting for too long after being whipped, or they will begin to separate.
- Place egg whites into clean Thermomix bowl, insert butterfly whisk, and mix for 4 mins/speed 4. Remove to a bowl and set aside.
- Place almond meal (or blanched almonds/nuts) into bowl and add salt, orange zest, vanilla bean, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and soda. Blend 20 sec/speed 9. Scrape down sides and lid of bowl.
- Add egg yolks, honey or syrup, milk and oil, and mix 30 sec/speed 6.
- Add sultanas and currants and a third of the beaten egg whites, and mix 30 sec/reverse/speed 3.
- Remove to a large mixing bowl. (Spin blades on bowl 2 sec/speed 9 to get all the batter off.)
- Carefully fold the remaining egg whites into the batter using a silicone spatula. Be very gentle, take your time, until all the egg white is mixed in. (If you mix instead of folding, the muffins won't be as light and fluffy.)
- Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling 3/4 full.
- Place into 180C oven and cook approx. 20 mins, or until a skewer inserted in centre muffin comes out clean.
- Set aside to cool while you make marshmallow for crosses.
- For the marshmallow crosses, see Honey-Sweetened, All Natural Marshmallows (on my blog)
- If you want buns to be shiny, you can melt together the honey, water and cinnamon (2 mins/100C/speed 2 in Thermomix), then brush over muffins.
- Place buns in a cool place for marshmallow to set.
- Can be frozen and thawed for another day.
- You can swap the sultanas and currants for other dried fruits, or for chocolate chips, or just leave out.
- Orange zest can be omitted if you don't have it.
- If you don't want to bother with the crosses, just brush with the glaze.
- Nuts can be swapped for raw cashews or a mixture of nuts, but will work best if they have no skins.
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