Hot Cross Muffin
Recipe type: Snacks
Try something new this Easter with these delicious muffins. They sound truly indulgent but are, in fact, packed full of goodness and won’t leave you craving your traditional hot cross bun. Whilst the apples make the muffins deliciously moist, they are also extremely nutritious and are known to be one of the best possible sources of antioxidants to protect against cellular damage that can accelerate the ageing process. There is a high amount of naturally occurring sweetness in these muffins so they should be viewed as nutritious treat rather than a staple!
Makes 12 muffins
  • 3 large eggs
  • 75ml coconut oil, melted
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 eating apples, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 250g ground almonds
  • 2 tablespoon arrowroot
  • 1 tsp. mixed spice
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • 50g raisins
  • 50g dried cranberries
Making the crosses
  1. Mix together 12 tbsp. rice flour with with 6 tbsp. water until a smooth.
  2. Transfer to a piping bag with a fine nozzle, ready to pipe crosses on top of the muffins.
Making the buns
  1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC fan/ 180ºC conventional and line a 12-hole muffin tin with muffin cases.
  2. Put the eggs, coconut oil, orange zest, chopped apple and 25g of the raisins into a food processor and combine until smooth.
  3. Pour into a large mixing bowl and sift in the ground almonds, arrowroot, mixed spice, cinnamon and baking powder.
  4. Fold through until just combined and finally briefly fold through the remaining raisins and the cranberries.
  5. Fill each muffin case ⅔ of the way with the batter (using an ice-cream scoop helps) and smooth over with the back of a spoon.
  6. Pipe crosses onto each muffin with the cross mixture and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a cocktail stick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean.
Recipe by EPJHealth at