Healthy Choc-Chip Hot Cross Muffins

The following recipe is a Naturopath’s take on your traditional hot cross bun. Although these little muffins don’t look quite like a hot cross bun, they definitely taste like one! They are so quick and easy, only requiring one bowl and a wooden spoon! For a healthier Easter this year, swap your store bought hot cross buns for homemade goodness.

Bonus: They are gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free as well as high in protein, fibre and essential fatty acids.

Please note: These don’t turn out to be the regular shape of hot cross buns and may look different to what you are used to but they taste delicious and are so healthy!

Dry ingredients
1 cup of almond meal 
2 tablespoons chia seeds
3/4 cups arrowroot flour (GF)
2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground ginger
½ teaspoon of mixed spice 
1 teaspoon of bi-carb (baking soda) (GF)
Pinch of Himalayan salt
1 cup of medjool dates – remove pips and chop finely
½ cup of sultanas – add more if you like extra fruity
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of cacao nibs
Zest of 1 large orange
3 eggs – whisked
1 tablespoon of pure, high-grade maple syrup
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil 
The chocolate cross
1/3 cup of gluten free self-raising flour 
2 tablespoons of cacao powder 
½ cup of water 

Place all dry ingredients into a large glass bowl and mix together. Add all other ingredients and stir well for 2 minutes.

Cover bowl with a tea towel and place aside for mixture to rise for 1 hour.

After 1 hour, pop wet mixture into muffin trays greased slightly with coconut oil.

For the cross, mix the 3 ingredients well and place into a piping bag or snack snap-lock bag. Snip corner of snap-lock bag and pipe across the top of the muffins in a cross (or use your piping bag).

Preheat oven to 180 degrees and bake muffins for 30-35 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly for 15 minutes and serve!


Best eaten soon after baking while still warm or slightly grilled or toasted the next day. Serve with organic butter, almond butter or raw honey.


Keep in airtight container.