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Guilt Free Hot Cross Buffins!

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

It's that time of year! That one long weekend a year where temptations shaped as chocolate eggs are seemingly everywhere!

Well, we're all about balance at Day1 Fitness so why not try this Gluten Free, no added sugar, Hot Cross Buns alternative so we can literally have our Buns and eat them too!

Ingredients (makes 12)

• 2 cups almond meal

• ½ cup brown rice flour

• 2 tbs coconut flour

• 2 tsp GF 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

• ¼ cup organic butter, ghee or coconut oil (for DF)

• 1/2 cup honey or coconut sugar

• 1 tbsp vanilla extract

• 1 apple

• 1 orange

• 3/4 cup sultanas

For the Crosses

• 4 tbs brown rice flour

• 2-3 tbs water


1. Preheat oven to 180 C and line a 12-cup muffin tin with liners or baking paper.

2. Combine the almond meal, brown rice flour, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, spices and sultanas in a large mixing bowl.

3. Zest the whole orange and add the zest to the dry ingredients. Do not discard the orange.

4. 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.

5. Cut open the orange and squeeze out 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice into a separate bowl.

6. Add the eggs, melted coconut oil, honey/coconut sugarand vanilla extract to the orange juice, and whisk it all together.

7. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredient mix and combine until smooth. The batter should be a wet but firm consistency. If needed add a splash of water.

8. 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.

9. Allow the muffins to cool to room temperature before piping on the crosses. When they're ready, mix the brown rice flour and water together. 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!)

10. Store muffins in an airtight container in the fridge, where they should keep for up to 5 days. Freeze for up to 3 months.


Why not give them a try and share with family and friends!

Our mantra at Day1 is to be having fun, so have fun eating these with family and friends.. And if you've had a little 'too much fun' come have fun with us in our studio..

With over 30 group classes per week and a 1 on 1 Personal Training session included, we'll know you'll stop saying 'One Day' and start saying 'Day1'

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