Healthy Hot Cross Muffins

Healthy Hot Cross Muffins


Georgia Harding from Well Nourished has whipped up this delicious Hot Cross Bun inspired recipe. There is no time take to wait for the buns to prove, hence why they are named “Buffins”- a cross between a bun and a muffin. Ideal for us busy (or lazy) ladies, plus they are way healthier than your regular hot cross bun.


  • 200 g (1 ½ cups) wholemeal spelt flour(white spelt will give a more commercial result)
  • 125 mls (½ cup) milk of choice
  • 85 g (¼ cup) sweetener of your choice (maple syrup or rice malt syrup)
  • 60 g (¼ cup) butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon acid (lemon juice or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of mixed spice
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla powder, extract or essence
  • 80 grams (½ cup) currants, sultanas or raisins (or a mixture), and preferably preservative and vegetable oil free.
For the glaze (optional)
  • Mix ½ teaspoon of cinnamon with 1 tablespoon of sweetener and 1 teaspoon of water
For the cross (also optional)
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of flour with enough water to form a dough. Roll it into little sausages to lay over the buns in a cross. This is a great job for the kids.
Apple crosses
  • Personally, I’m too lazy for crosses and they don’t improve the flavour at all. My recipe testers mum suggested cutting strips of apple for the crosses which are an idea I love (and it tastes better too). Your call!


  1. Preheat your oven to 160℃.

  2. Place your flour in a big bowl and make a well in the middle.
  3. In a blender or food processor, mix your milk, sweetener, butter, egg, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, acid, cinnamon, mixed spice and vanilla for about a minute until well combined and a little frothy (Thermomix melt your butter, 1 minute, temp 80, speed 4, then add the milk, sweetener, egg, rising agents, spices and mix 1 min, speed 5).

  4. Gently mix in your dried fruit (Thermomix reverse blade, 10 seconds, speed 2).

  5. Add this to the flour and fold through gently until just combined. Don’t over mix it.
  6. Spoon into the muffin cases and place your cross.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through (firm to touch in the middle). Brush over the glaze whilst hot.
  8. Enjoy hot out of the oven or toasted in a sandwich press.
  9. Can be frozen in an airtight bag or container.

Image: Well Nourished

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