Healthy Girl Hot Cross Buns

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Your favourite Easter treat in all its HEALTHY, spicy and yummy goodness!

’cause what would Easter weekend be without hot cross buns?! We’ve been working hard in the kitchen to bring you a gluten and refined sugar free hot cross bun recipe which is still packed with all the familiar flavours and signature soft fluffy bun. So what are you waiting for, Gorgeous?! Ready, set, BAKE!

Healthy Hot Cross Bun recipe

Healthy Girl Hot Cross Buns

Makes: 8-10 Buns


Hot Cross Bun Dough:

7g Instant Yeast ( No need to dissolve in water first)

¼ Cup of Coconut Sugar

Boiling water

65g Dried Mixed fruit: Golden Raisins, Sultanas, orange peel, apple

¼ Cup Psyllium Husk

1 tspn. Xanthan Gum

3 Eggs

1 Cup Tapioca Starch

2 Cups Brown Rice Flour

1 ½ tspn. Salt

½ tspn. Ground nutmeg

¼ tspn. Ground All-spice

¼ tspn. Ground ginger

2 tspn. Ground Cinnamon

2 tspn. Baking Powder

1 tspn. Bicarbonate Soda

Zest of 1 orange

Zest of 1 lemon

Bun Crosses:

4 Tbspn./40g Brown Rice Flour

1 Tbspn. Tapioca Starch

1 Tbspn. Coconut sugar

3-4 Tbspn. Water

Apple, cinnamon and lemon glaze:

1 Granny Smith Apple

1 lemon

¼ Cup Organic Maple syrup

1 Cup boiling water

1 cinnamon quill/1 tspn. Ground cinnamon


  1. Boil a big kettle of water. Pour boiling water into a bowl and place in the oven with the light on. This is to create a warm moist environment to prove your dough.
  2. Put your dried fruit in a bowl and pour boiling water over to soak and plump up for later.
  3. In one mixing bowl you will prepare your thickening mixture that will be mimicking the gluten, which will be added to the flour mixture once thickened. Whisk together your Psyllium Husk, Xanthan Gum, eggs and 1 cup of hot water and set aside.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl throw in the yeast, sugar, tapioca starch, brown rice flour, salt, baking powder, bicarbonate soda, zests and all the spices and just mix together with a spoon or clean whisk.
  5. Now you take your thickening mixture that was set aside and combine with your flour and spice mixture. Add about ½ – 1 cup of warm water and stir the mixture until combined and sticky. If the mixture is hard to mix and seems a little dry keep pouring more warm water in small measures until you reach a sticky consistency (not too sticky though).
  6. Now drain your dried fruit that has been plumping up in hot water and fold it into the mixture.
  7. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Rub some flour on your hands so the dough doesn’t stick to them and then you just gently toss the dough around in the flour just enough to take the stickiness away. Shape your dough into a rectangle and then cut into 8 or 10 equal pieces. Roll into nice balls and place on a baking paper covered oven tray.
  8. Put the tray of balls into the oven, which is now nice and warm, to prove and double in size.
  9. While the balls are rising you can prepare the mixture for the crosses on the buns. Mix together all the ingredients. Add the water in small increments until you reach a thick paste consistency.
  10. When the balls have doubled in size you can now take them out of the oven and pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees.
  11. With a piping-bag pipe on the cross mixture on each bun ready for baking. Finish with a light egg wash to help the buns go golden brown.
  12. Once the oven has reached the correct temperature pop your buns in to bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. While they are baking in the oven you can prepare the yummy glaze. Pour in the boiling water, maple syrup and the juice of half a lemon into a saucepan and simmer on a medium heat. Chop up the remaining half of the lemon into 5cm pieces and throw into the pan with the apple (unpeeled, cored and chopped) and cinnamon and simmer until the lemon and apple go translucent.
  14. Drain the liquid from the pan by passing it through a sieve, catching all the fruit and lemon pieces.
  15. Place the liquid back on the stove to reduce. Then allow to cool and go thick and syrupy.
  16. Once the buns are out of the oven and have cooled down for a little bit you can brush on the glaze in generous amounts because it’s so delicious…believe me!
  17. Tuck in and enjoy!!!

Photography/Food Styling: Bianca Vinay

I would love to know what you think of this recipe and if you tried it out in the comments below. It makes me so happy seeing your Healthy Girl inspired recipes – don’t forget to tag me in your creations @healthygirl_with_a_sweettooth!

With love from me to you,


With love from me to you, Andene Xx

I would love to hear your feedback, Gorgeous!

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