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Hot Cross Buns (gluten free, vegan)

These gluten free, vegan hot cross buns are soft and fluffy: You’ve gotta try this healthy version of everyone’s favourite Easter treat!

Hot Cross Buns Recipe - These gluten free, vegan hot cross buns are crusty on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside! You’ve gotta try this healthy version of everyone's favourite Easter treat!

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To me there is no food that screams Easter more than hot cross buns. When my family lived in Hungary we grew fond of ‘kalacs’. A sweet bread traditionally eaten at Easter (nowadays you can buy it year round) Here in Spain it’s ‘La Mona de Pascua’

Hot Cross Buns – A Good Friday tradition

Easter is filled with traditions some of which I thought to be uniquely Trinidadian. Eating fish as opposed to meat on Good Friday is one. I truly believed that was a Trinidadian thing until I had a conversation with a Spanish friend today. She was jokingly telling me that we could not go out to our favorite restaurant for ‘arroz al horno’ (Spanish baked rice) because her hubby has this practice that he doesn’t eat meat on Good Friday. I was like hey we do that back home as well. It was then I realized that eating fish on Good Friday was a Catholic tradition. It got me curious as to why we also eat hot cross buns and I found this informative article.

Hot Cross Buns Recipe - These gluten free, vegan hot cross buns are crusty on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside! You’ve gotta try this healthy version of everyone's favourite Easter treat!

Admittedly, I am not entirely pleased with the final look of these hot cross buns. I spent quite a bit of time painstakingly piping on the crosses but as the buns baked the dough expanded and the crosses did not look picture perfect . Luckily I took before and after pictures.

I was seriously tempted to re make these hot cross buns but decided against it. They are so delicious regardless of their appearance and by the time I set them out to be photographed I was kinda feeling their rustic look . Plus, I was fortunate that my newborn slept long enough for me to whip up these so I thought I better not push my luck.

Hot Cross Buns Recipe - These gluten free, vegan hot cross buns are crusty on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside! You’ve gotta try this healthy version of everyone's favourite Easter treat!

These hot cross buns are perfect on their own but served with a delicious cup of Lavender Earl Grey Tea Latte and you’ve got yourself the perfect Good Friday afternoon tea!

Hot Cross Buns Recipe - These gluten free, vegan hot cross buns are crusty on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside! You’ve gotta try this healthy version of everyone's favourite Easter treat!

Do you eat hot cross buns at Easter? What are some of your Easter traditions?

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Hot Cross Buns (gluten free, vegan)
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These gluten free, vegan hot cross buns are soft and fluffy: You’ve gotta try this healthy version of everyone's favourite Easter treat!
Ingredients
Dry
  • 1 cup / 130g brown rice flour
  • ½ cup / 60g oat flour
  • ½ cup / 50g tapioca starch
  • ½ cup / 50g sweet rice flour (also called glutinous rice flour or mochiko)
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon psyllium husk powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup raisins
Wet
  • 1 cup warm milk of choice (it helps to deepen the flavor and produces a crusty outer layer)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 3 tablespoons liquid coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest of one orange or lemon
For the cross
  • 4 tbsp sweet sticky rice flour
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • Enough water to make a sticky paste. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/ 175ºC and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Mix wet ingredients together and add to dry ingredients.
  4. Mix to combine.
  5. Scoop out a golf ball sized amount of dough and roll into a ball with your hands. Place balls onto baking sheet.
  6. Press a little cross on top of each bun with the tip of a blunt knife. DO NOT make the same mistake as myself and cut into the dough too deep.
  7. Mix the ingredients for the cross together in a small bowl. Pipe out crosses on each bun.
  8. Bake in a pre-heated oven for approximately 30 minutes
  9. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
Enjoy!

 

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    Raia
    April 2, 2016 at 2:53 am

    I’ve never had hot cross buns. They look yummy! Thanks for sharing them with us at Savoring Saturdays!

  • Reply
    Dawn @Oh Sweet Mercy
    March 25, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Sounds wonderful! I agree with Anna on the psyllium husk addition, love that easy way to boost fiber intake.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 25, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      Thanks Dawn! I add psyllium to all my bread recipes. It’s wonderful 😀

  • Reply
    anna@greentalk
    March 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    They look delicious. I like the addition of the psyllium husk powder.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 25, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks Anna! Psyllium husk makes gluten free bread taste like bread . I just love it 😀😀

  • Reply
    Jolene @ Yummy Inspirations
    March 24, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Looks so sweet and delicious!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 25, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      Thanks Jolene. It’s wonderfully spiced and naturally sweet from the raisins. I just love these buns 😀

  • Reply
    The Food Hunter
    March 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    I may make these for easter

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 25, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      Hope you enjoy them 😀

  • Reply
    Michelle Childs
    March 24, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    This looks wonderful! I have never made hot cross buns. I have been stuck on what to make for this Sunday and I think this will be on the menu. 😉

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 25, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      I began experimenting with these a while back, wanted the recipe perfected by Easter. I couldn’t be more pleased 😀 Hope your family enjoys them!

  • Reply
    Emily @ Recipes to Nourish
    March 24, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    So fun! I don’t think I’ve ever had hot cross buns. They look delicious!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 25, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      Oh Emily you’ve got to try these. You’re gonna love them 😀

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    March 24, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    These bring back sweet memories. My grandma always made hot cross buns!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 25, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      Brings back memories for me to Linda. Growing up we always had them on Good Friday 😀

  • Reply
    Sarah @ Politically Incorrect Health
    March 24, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! It looks delicious. I really appreciate you sharing it because I am Catholic. I have never actually made them, but I’m really happy you have a gluten free recipe available. Happy Easter!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 25, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      A Happy and blessed Easter to you and yours Sarah 😀

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