Sugar Free Hot Cross Buns

Vegan, Sugar Free & SIBO friendly Hot Cross buns

Vegan, Sugar Free & SIBO friendly Hot Cross buns

Sugar Free Hot Cross Buns

You don't have to miss out on Easter Celebrations when you have gut health challenges!
Prep Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Course healthytreats, Treats
Cuisine Christian, Easter
Servings 16


For the hot cross buns

  • 1.5 cups almond milk unsweetened
  • 4 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1 tbsp activated yeast
  • 1 cup bakers flour
  • 4.5 cups spelt all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rice malt syrup or your chosen sweetener
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Christmas spice
  • 1 tsp gingerbread spice
  • 1 tsp granola spice
  • Zest one orange
  • 1 cup sultanas Or other fruits that are sulphate-free

For the cross

  • 5 tbsp spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup filtered water


  • 2 Juice of oranges
  • 2 tbsp rice malt syrup or any other sweetener of choice


What you need to do

  • Begin by adding the vegan butter to your almond milk. Microwave it in bursts until the butter is dissolved. 20-30 seconds at a time is enough.
  • Once ready, add the activated yeast and combine well.
  • In a mixer bowl with the hook attachment, mix together the baker's flour, spelt flour, and your spices (cinnamon, Christmas spice, gingerbread spice, and granola spice).
  • Now, add the orange zest to the flour mixture. Also, add your chosen sweetener (we're using rice malt syrup) to the milk and butter mixture.
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and pour in the sweetened milk and butter.
  • Now it's time to get your hands dirty. Mix the ingredients together, adding a tablespoon of flour at a time until the dough stops sticking to the sides of the bowl.
  • Once your dough is ready, you can add the sultanas if desired.
  • Now, let your dough rest for 60-90 minutes. This allows it to double in size.
  • Once the dough has rested, it's time to shape your buns. Dust a surface with flour and roll out the dough into small circles.
  • Now, let's make the cross. Mix the flour and water together and put it in a ziplock bag. Cut off the edge of the bag and start making your crosses on the buns.
  • Once you've made the crosses, it's time to bake!
  • While the buns are in the oven, make the glaze by combining the juice of two oranges and rice malt syrup.
  • Finally, once the buns are out of the oven, glaze them with your orange and rice malt syrup mixture.



Voila! Your sugar-free, SIBO-friendly, and vegan hot cross buns are ready to be enjoyed. When they're warm, add a bit of coconut butter and enjoy!
The taste test was delicious! And remember, it's okay if your crosses aren't perfect. Most importantly, your buns are made with love and are healthy!


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