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Paleo Hot Cross Buns [GUEST POST]

Want to make Paleo Hot Cross Buns with your Thermomix?

These yummy paleo hot cross buns have been shared with us as a guest post from Helen Marshall of Primal Alternative. We hosted Helen on Episode 139 of the podcast: Going Primal. We loved hearing about how Helen turned the ‘health crisis’ of her late 30s on its head by adapting a primal diet. She turned her health around and then began sharing her collection of recipes (of which these Paleo Hot Cross Buns are only one!) with other primal women, ‘Primalistas‘ across Australia to help them help others, and grow a business along the way!

These Paleo Hot Cross Buns are grain free, gluten free, dairy free, yeast free and can easily be made in your Thermomix. Just in time for Easter around the corner!

Note about ingredients: You may find that storebought almond meal gives you a softer texture. You can also use raw almonds to make your own almond meal in your Thermomix rather than the blanched almonds listed in the ingredients below, it will just give a more ‘wholemeal’ appearance. We made our own almond meal, and added a pinch of xanthan gum to help with binding but please note that xanthan gum is not considered a ‘paleo’ ingredient.


Paleo Hot Cross Buns

Serves 12
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Paleo



  • 200g blanched almonds (or almond meal)
  • 1 orange (zest only)
  • 170g tapioca starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 125g coconut oil (melted)
  • 90g honey


  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch (may need more to get the balance right)
  • 2 teaspoons water (may need more to get the balance right)


Step 1
Preheat oven to 180C.
Step 2
Add blanched almonds (200g) and orange peel (from 1 orange) to the bowl.
Process Speed 8 / 10 seconds. If you prefer, you can use almond meal and orange zest in the same quantities.
Step 3
Add tapioca starch (170g), baking powder (1 tsp), ground cinnamon (1 tsp), allspice (1/2 tsp), ground cloves (1/4 tsp), ground nutmeg (1/2 tsp), salt (pinch), eggs (3), melted coconut oil (125g) and honey (90g) to the bowl.
Combine Speed 5 / 20 seconds. Scrape down sides.
Step 4
Add sultanas (80g).
Combine Reverse+Speed 4 / 5 seconds.
Step 5
Using a tablespoon, add one heaped spoonful of mix to muffin tray.
Step 6
To make the piping for the crosses, combine 1 Tbsp of tapioca starch and 2 tsp of water in a snap lock bag. Combine by pressing together with your fingers and add a few more drops of water (or another teaspoon of tapioca if you go a bit far in other way!) until you get a nice consistency. Snip the very end off the bag and pipe a cross onto each bun.
Step 7
Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden.
Step 8
Tip: due to the grainfree nature of these buns, the shape is held by cooking in a muffin tray. You may find that your crosses disappear or get distorted in the cooking process. If so, pipe some more of the mixture on them after cooking and toast for a few minutes under the grill.



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  2. Cassie @ Be Forever Healthier March 31, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    YUM!!! I love hot cross buns and these look great! I’ve never made my own but have been curious to try!

    • The 4 Blades April 3, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Let us know what you think Cassie!

  3. Kerry Gunn May 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I had trouble finding tapioca starch so I milled tapioca pearls. The mixture was extremely dry (maybe it was my honey). They cooked in the time allowed. I really loved the taste. The texture was a bit grainy, but this is usual when you’re not using refined white flour. I didn’t bother with the cross as it is no longer Easter anymore. I would definitely make them again. Thanks for sharing this recipe Bec & Joe 🙂

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