Gluten-free, Dairy-free Hot Cross Buns

Makes 6 - 12 buns Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soya-free, Yeast-free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Vicki Montague - The Free From Fairy


  • 200 g ground almonds
  • 120 g gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 50 g raisins
  • 40 g mixed peel
  • 30 ml manuka honey or any honey you have, plus extra, warmed for glazing
  • 2 medium eggs beaten
  • 30 g coconut oil melted
  • Approx. 100g ready-made marzipan for the crosses


  1. Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl (including the fruit and peel) and give them a good mix.
  2. Add the melted coconut oil, honey and beaten eggs
  3. Give the mixture a good stir until it starts to come together, then give it a good squidge with your hands!
  4. Divide the mixture into 6-12 balls (depending on the size you want your buns to be!) and place on lightly greased baking trays.
  5. Place in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat to 150 degrees and bake for a further 15-25 minutes (depending on size).
  6. While baking, make the crosses by rolling out the marzipan and cutting it into 5mm wide strips.
  7. While still warm brush the buns with warmed honey, and add the marzipan strips to make crosses.