The hot cross bun recipe you won’t be able to say no to

Luke Hines Hot Cross Buns, gluten free hot cross buns

Instead of stopping by your local bakery for Easter treats, why not whip up a batch of these delectable hot cross buns at home? Made with only wholesome, nutritious ingredients, your body will thank you for choosing the healthier (and tastier) option.

Hot Cross Buns

Makes 12



1 cup almond meal

1⁄2 cup coconut flour

1⁄2 cup arrowroot

1⁄2 cup coarsely grated green apple

2 teaspoons baking powder

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg

1⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves

4 eggs, at room temperature, lightly whisked

1⁄4 cup rice syrup

150 g butter, melted and cooled, plus extra to serve


2 tablespoons coconut cream

1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

2 teaspoons coconut flour


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  2. To make the buns, put all the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix well to combine. Stand for 10 minutes or until the mixture is firm. Shape the mixture into 12 rounds and put them on the tray 2 cm apart.
  3. Bake the buns for 20 minutes, or until golden. When they’re cooked, a skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean. Let the buns cool on the tray for 5 minutes.
  4. To make the crosses, put all the ingredients together in a bowl and whisk until smooth, then spoon the mixture into a small zip-lock bag. Snip off one small corner of the bag, then pipe crosses on top of the buns. Chill until set.
  5. Serve warm, with extra butter.

Recipe courtesy of @LukeHinesOnline from Clean Living: Eat Clean All Year by Luke Hines and Scott Gooding ($29.99), published by Hachette Australia.


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Luke Hines
Luke Hines, The Clean Living Cook, is all about celebrating real food, that tastes phenomenal! And he believes it should be something everyone can enjoy by making it fun, sustainable and delicious. With his down to earth, back to basics approach, his background in health and fitness combined with his successful stint as a finalist on My Kitchen Rules, have married perfectly to create a strong health and wellness profile on Tv, print and publishing. His contagiously positive energy has seen him release 6 top selling Clean Living cookbooks, work with Angelina Jolie as a training and food consultant, appear on sunrise, today, the morning show, kick some butt as the trainer on Australia's Next Top Model and be a runner up in 2015’s Celebrity Men’s Health Man of The Year. His message is simple; live your best life through clean living! He looks forward to new and exciting ways to inspire others to be the best version of themselves.