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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 comments on “Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns…

  1. Hot crossed buns make me nostalgic for the time I used to make them at my Granny’s house! We always put raisins in them.

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  2. You’re a clever cookie. They look great. 🙂

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  3. Wonderful delicious looking recipe! We have some relatives who are gluten sensitive and this will be perfect for them. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Such a nursery rhyme throwback here 🙂 Hot cross buns. I always liked the sound of it. Yours look like they would be perfect with a cup of tea and a book. Nom nom nom. xx

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  5. hopelesswonderer

    CHOCOLATE CHIPS!! in hot cross buns!!!! WHAT that idea is AMAZING

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  6. I bet it smells amazing when its baking =o)

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  7. Gorgeous! I love gluten free bakings too. They make you less bloated. Thank you for this Easter recipe!

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  8. These look soooo good! You did a great job with them 🙂

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  9. Always a favourite in the home! You baked them so nicely. 🙂

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  10. They look so delicious craving for them now 🙂

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  11. These look delicious. I have never made Hot cross buns before. Maybe I will try these 🙂

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  12. They look so delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  13. I love hot cross buns. This recipe sounds good.

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  14. These look so good. The last set of gluten free Hot Cross Buns I tried were all crumbly. Gotta find a nice set.

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  15. 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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    • Thanks Amy. Yes, you could easily substitute the butter with coconut oil and the milk I substituted with almond milk. Good luck with them and enjoy
      Thanks for reading my post 😉


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  17. Another grear recipe! Choc chips is a great idea here.

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  18. Unbound Roots

    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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  19. I make our own gluten-free bread 2-3 times a week, but have never tried anything like this. Maybe I will!

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  20. Those look delicious!!

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  21. Yum! Looks so good! Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend!

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  22. mmm…I’ve never had any, so I’m looking forward to trying out this recipe.

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  23. Reblogged this on a mindful traveler and commented:

    Hop To It….
    There is still plenty of time to whip up these delicious Gluten Free treats for Easter.


  24. Thanks for this recipe! I look forward to making it! Always looking for good GF recipes, especially with bread, for I miss warm fresh bread!!

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  25. 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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    • 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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  26. 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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  27. Lorelle, these look amazing! Thank you, and happy Easter to you. 😊

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