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Healthy Hot Cross Muffins

Healthy Hot Cross Muffins
Healthy Hot Cross Muffins

What's great about it

I love baking for Easter. These glorious muffins are packed with fresh and sun-dried fruits and then caressed with a generous pinch of cinnamon to add that finishing touch. The ones pictured above are made from organic wholemeal spelt flour and I have also given you my favourite recipe using organic brown rice flour. I've topped them with my delicious Raw Chocolate Tahini from my new Healthy Baking Book. 


Makes 12 muffins



180 g (1 1/2 cups) brown rice flour

100 g (1 cup) almond meal (ground almonds)

2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

60 ml (1/4 cup) organic maple syrup

80 ml (1/3 cup) extra virgin olive oil or macadamia nut oil

2 organic eggs

80 ml (1/3 cup) almond milk or rice milk

180 g blueberries or finely diced apple

Chocolate Tahini or melted chocolate to drizzle (see notes)



100 g (3 1/2 oz) raisins

500 ml (17 fl oz / 2 cups) freshly brewed Ginger Snap Chai Tea

240 g (8 1/2  oz / 2 cups) wholemeal spelt flour

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

3 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

125 ml (4 fl oz / 1/2  cup) extra virgin olive oil

90 g (3 oz / 1/4 cup) raw honey or organic maple syrup 

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 organic eggs

1 orange, zest and juice

2 red apples, finely diced, skin on

melted dark chocolate for drizzling or my Chocolate Tahini (see notes) from my Healthy Baking Cookbook




  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C fan forced /320°F
  2. Soak raisins in the Chai tea for 30 minutes then drain.
  3. Combine flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder into a large bowl.
  4. Add olive oil, vanilla, honey, eggs, raisins, orange zest and juice then mix through until combined.
  5. Fold in apples.
  6. Spoon into 12 large prepared muffins tins.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until firm to touch.
  8. Remove from the oven and cool.
  9. Melt chocolate then drizzle over the top before serving - otherwise make my Chocolate Tahini (see notes)
  10. Enjoy.



Follow instructions for spelt flour version, folding in the blueberries at the very end before baking.

Notes and Inspiration

Click here for the recipe to my purely delicious Raw Chocolate Tahini.

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