Paleo Hot Cross Buns


As a family, we are heading into our 5th year of following a Paleo lifestyle.  For the past few years, I have walked past the hot cross buns in the supermarket at Easter time with great difficulty, they have to be one of my favourite seasonal treat.  On occasion I have weakened and bought some dry and tasteless gluten free ones, which to be honest, just do not really satisfy my desire.

So, I set about working on my own recipe.  In my wildest dreams I would never have imagined myself making my own hot cross buns…but here they are in their utter glory.  And, yes I know, as with all of my recipes I’m quick to add that they are so easy, but that is because they are, and these are no exception!…I’m no Martha Stewart, I don’t have hours of time to spend in the kitchen cooking complicated recipes or cleaning up.  Which is why, I like my recipes to be both mess free and quick.  These buns are mixed in one bowl, just add all the ingredients, mix and bake!

Follow my step by step pictures, and see for yourself….


Start by mixing the yeast and water together


Add the egg and other wet ingrediants


Using a hand whisk, mix well


Grate the zest of the orange and add it to the egg mixture, and stir


Then add the rest of the dry ingredients, and stir


Don’t stress if it initially starts to look lumpy, just keep stirring until you have a paste consistency


Remember, the orange zest will look like lumps in the mixture….


Finish off the batter with a cup of raisins, mix well


Using a measuring cup (I used a 1/4 cup) spoon the mixture onto either a silicon mat, or a sheet of greaseproof paper (please excuse my mat, it is just very old, not dirty).  


Mix together the egg white, coconut flour and water, then transfer it into a plastic bag and snip off the corner.


Squeeze a cross onto each bun….pop into the oven and bake for 1/2 hour….it really could not get any more simple than that!  Enjoy


Delicious toasted with thick slather of butter, or just as they come….Happy Easter to everyone, I hope you have a lovely weekend spent with family and friends.


Paleo Hot Cross Buns
Yields 9
Nut-free, Wheat-free and Dairy-free
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
  1. 2 tsp easy bake yeast
  2. 6 Tbsp warm water
  3. 1/3 cup canned coconut milk
  4. 4 organic eggs
  5. 1/3 cup warm (not hot, just so it is liquid) coconut oil, or light olive oil
  6. 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  7. zest of 1 orange
  8. 1/3 cup coconut flour
  9. 1/4 cup potato starch (or tapioca/arrowroot plus 2 Tbsp of coconut flour)
  10. 3 tbsp psyillium husk powder
  11. 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  12. 2 tsp cinnamon
  13. 1 cup organic raisins
  15. 1 egg white
  16. 1 Tbsp coconut flour
  17. 2 Tbsp warm water
  1. Preheat the oven to 170ºC
  2. Disolve the yeast in the warm water for a few minutes.
  3. Add the wet ingrediants and the eggs and mix well.
  4. Stir in the orange zest.
  5. Add the dry ingrediants and mix together, it will initially be runny, then will thicken rather quickly.
  6. Lastly, add the raisins and give it one final good mix.
  7. Using a measuring cup, spoon balls of batter onto a prepared baking tray.
  8. Mix together the egg white, coconut flour and water.
  9. Spoon into a plastic piping bag or small andwich bag, and snip off a tiny bit of the corner.
  10. Squeeze a cross onto each bun.
  11. Bake for 30min
  1. If you can't get your hands on potato starch, then sub with tapioca flour or arrowroot and ADD an extra 2 Tbsp of coconut flour
Eighty 20 Nutrition
 You may be wondering if potato starch is paleo, and yes it is.  It is a resistance starch and very good for the digestive system.  Read this link from Mark’s Daily Apple for a more thorough and informed explanation.



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