To be honest I’ve steered away from baking vegan goodies because, as I’m sure a lot of you know, it can be difficult to recreate baked goods into gluten and vegan versions. But with easter coming up, I really wanted to recreate hot cross buns as they were a favourite of mine growing up! I was seriously getting frustrated when I couldn’t find a good vegan and gluten free hot cross bun recipe which inspired me to make my own. To my surprise, they turned out to be super delicious! so, I’m so excited to share this recipe with you!
I would really recommend getting gluten free self raising flour as this kept the hot cross buns nice and fluffy. I just used one from the source bulk foods and it worked really well! Alternatively, if you are not gluten sensitive, you could replace the flour with wholemeal, plain or spelt flour and I’m sure it would would just as well.
Vegan/ Gluten free/ Refined sugar free
Although this recipe is simple, it is a bit of a process… though trust me…it’s well worth it! You can eat these plain or toasted (I like them toasted) with a little bit of vegan butter or jam… it is a perfect Easter treat and much healthier than store bought Hot Cross Buns which often contain refined sugar, dairy, and wheat!
- Yeast + milk mixture
- 1 cup WARM plant-based milk (I used bonsoy)
- 1 sachet of baking yeast (7 grams)
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- Bun ingrediants
- 2¼ cups GF self raising flour (I got mine from the bulk foods and it worked really well)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp all spice
- 1 Tbsp orange rind
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 chia egg (1 Tbsp chia seeds + 3 Tbsp water: mix and let set for 10 mins)
- 1 Tbsp psyllium husk
- Pinch of salt
- ¼ cup organic apple sauce
- 1 cup raisins or currents
- *extra flour needed for rolling
- White crosses
- ¼ cup flour + water
- Orange glaze this is optional!
- ½ juice of an orange (approx. ¼ cup)
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- Heat up milk until warm, add in yeast and sugar, stir and set aside for 10-15mins.
- Mix all bun ingredients together (EXCEPT raisins, apple sauce and chia egg) and set aside.
- Your yeast mixture should of become foamy which means its ready! Now you can transfer into the bun mixture along with the apple sauce and chia egg. Stir together until its combined and becomes a dough consistency.
- Spinkle flour onto a clean surface and knead dough for a minute or so then add raisins and knead them through (warming: it can be a messy process and you made need to keep adding flour if its too sticky).
- Line a square baking tin with baking paper and divide dough into 9 even pieces and roll into balls. Place them into the tin so they are touching and cover with a tea towel on the bench for 30-40 mins to rise (they won't rise very much with gluten free flour). While they are rising, preheat oven to 175*C.
- Once you have let them rise (you may want to press them down a bit if they are too round), you can make crosses by adding flour to a small bowl and adding small amounts of water until it becomes a thick but slightly runny consistency. Using a plastic zip lock bag (or you can use a piping bag), place edge into a tall glass so you can pour in mixture then cut a small hole down the bottom and make crosses like its shown in photo.
- Place in pre heated oven and let cook for 25-30mins.
- Make glaze by adding the ingredients together and heating on stove until sugar is dissolved, This should only take a few mins, then strain into a small bowl and set aside.
- Once your hot cross buns are ready and slightly golden, take out and let cool for a few minutes then brush on the glaze!
- Serve and eat straight away or store in a airtight container!
- They won't last long! enjoy x