Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns…

Just in time for Easter!

As we celebrate Easter this week, enjoy these delicious gluten free hot cross buns. I like to add choc chips in mine, but feel free to omit these and substitute with sultanas, for a more traditional hot cross bun.

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2 tsp (7g) dried yeast

2 tbsp caster sugar

¾ cup warm almond milk

2 ½ cups gluten free plain flour

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp mixed spice

40g softened butter

1/3 cup choc chips

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla paste


⅓ cup (50g) gluten free plain flour, extra

1 ½ tbsp caster sugar, extra


1 tbsp boiling water

2 tsp gelatine powder

½ cup caster sugar

¼ cup water, extra




Place yeast, sugar, and milk in a small bowl. Set aside in a warm place for 10 minutes or until frothy. Combine gluten-free flour and spices in a bowl. Rub in the softened butter with fingertips. Add chocolate chips.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Add yeast mixture, vanilla, and egg. Mix until a sticky dough forms. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes. Place dough back in the bowl and cover with a tea towel or cling wrap, and set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Divide dough into equal portions and roll each into a ball. Place into a square tin lined with baking paper. Cover once more and set aside for another 10 minutes in a warm place.

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Preheat oven to 220°C.

Place extra flour and 2 teaspoons of extra sugar in a small bowl. Stir in 2 tablespoons cold water to form a thick, smooth paste. Place paste in a plastic ziplock bag and snip off one corner. Pipe crosses over the buns and bake for 20 minutes or until brown. Cool on wire rack.

While the hot cross buns are baking, make the glaze. Place the water in a small bowl and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Leave for 1 to 2 minutes or until the gelatin is dissolved. Place the sugar and extra water in a small saucepan over a low heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the gelatine mixture and whisk for 1 to 2 minutes. Using a pastry brush, apply the glaze over the warm hot cross buns and serve.


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63 thoughts on “Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns…

  1. Ohmygoodness these look gorgeous. Because of Crohn’s I try to avoid gluten because it tends to make me quite ill, but I could see it would be easy to make these lactose free as well so it’d be one of the only things I could eat that doesn’t make me extremely ill lmao. I’d definitely love to give these a try.

    Wandering Everywhere

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  2. YES! Another delicious-looking, gluten-free recipe. You’re my favorite person today. And, I will be my kids’s favorite person after I make these for them. Thank you, Lorelle! 🙂

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  3. Timely post Lorelle. I was warned off gluten by my Dr only yesterday (bad psoriasis flare up, and now seemly psoriatic arthritis). I know Naturapaths always sway away from Gluten, but not wanting to become yet another ‘faddie foodie,’I’ve never gone down that road. I have a lot of respect for my GP though, so I think I’ll be giving it a go. It’s only reading this post of yours that I realised Easter’s on the way – and I absolutely love hot cross buns,definitely sultanas though, no choc chips! Thank you for the recipe.

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    1. Oh no Chris. It’s such a common issue. I tried this recipe over a year ago when my daughter was trialing a GF diet. She loved them so much, I still make them now even though she can still have gluten.
      Good luck with it all Chris. X

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  4. What a great recipe! I’ve never really enjoyed hot cross buns and I don’t have them now because I avoid gluten. I am intrigued by these though, especially because of the choc chips instead of raisins, sounds much better to me 🙂

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