These gluten free, vegan hot cross buns are soft and fluffy: You’ve gotta try this healthy version of everyone’s favourite Easter treat!
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) Now that we live in Spain it’s ‘La Mona de Pascua’ which is very similar to kalacs actually. But to me there is no food that screams Easter more than hot cross buns.
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.
Rustic Hot Cross Buns
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 .
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 .
Healthy Hot Cross Buns Recipe
I’ve used a combination of wholegrain and starchy gluten free flours for the best texture. You may substitute all of these flours with an equal amount of your favourite gluten free flour blend if you like.
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!
Do you eat hot cross buns at Easter? What are some of your Easter traditions?
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Hot Cross Buns Recipe (gluten free, egg free, vegan)
- 1 cup gluten free brown rice flour
- ½ cup gluten free oat flour
- ½ cup tapioca starch
- ½ cup sweet rice flour also called glutinous rice flour or mochiko
- 2 tablespoons flax meal egg replacement
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon psyllium husk powder
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup raisins
- 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 rice flour also called glutinous rice flour or mochiko
- 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- Enough water to make a sticky paste. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time
You may also use melted coconut butter for the cross 'icing'
- Preheat oven to 350F/ 175ºC and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Mix dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.
- Mix wet ingredients together and add to dry ingredients.
- Mix to combine.
- Scoop out a golf ball sized amount of dough and roll into a ball with your hands. Place balls onto baking sheet.
- 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.
- Mix the ingredients for the cross together in a small bowl. Pipe out crosses on each bun.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven for approximately 30 minutes
- Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.