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Dairy Free Hot Cross Buns (Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free)

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free, Soya-free, Refined Sugar-free, Fructose-free, low FODMAP
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings 8
Author Vicki Montague, the Free From Fairy


  • 290 g Free From Fairy plain gluten-free flour
  • 210 g gluten free potato starch
  • 2 tsp psyllium powder
  • 7 g yeast - I use Allinsons Easy Bake
  • 1 tsp salt
  • tsp mixed spice
  • 1 medium egg - I suggest free range or organic
  • 40 g rice syrup
  • 250 ml almond milk - ,unsweetened, or other dairy free milk, plus extra for brushing
  • 30 g coconut oil - melted
  • 1 Orange - zested
  • optional 40g dark chocolate chunks, minimum 70% cacao
  • 2 tbsp gluten free flour plus 2tbsp water for the crosses


  • Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • Place the milk and syrup into a glass measuring jug and heat in a microwave on high power for 30 seconds until just warm. Stir well
  • Add the milk and syrup mixture to the dry ingredients along with the egg, melted coconut oil and zest of the orange
  • Stir well until it comes together into a dough, then, using your hands knead until smooth
  • If using the chocolate chunks, add them to the dough now and knead evenly through the mixture
  • Divide the dough into 8 pieces and roll into balls
  • Place each bun onto a lined baking tray, leaving some space between them to allow them to rise
  • Boil the kettle and pour boiling water into another baking tray to approx. 1cm deep
  • Place the tray with the boiling water into the bottom of your oven, then place your buns on the shelf above. Close the oven door and leave for 1 hour
  • Once the hour is up, remove the buns from the oven and turn it on to 200 degrees/180 degree fan/gas mark 5
  • Brush the buns with milk then mix 2tbsp of my flour blend with 2 tbsp water to create a paste
  • Either pipe the flour paste into a cross shape on the buns, or drizzle it over in a cross pattern
  • Once the oven has got to the correct temperature place the buns in the oven (the tray with water in will still be in the bottom of the oven...leave it there) and bake for 20 minutes


Nutrition data is for information only and does not include optional extra chocolate or dried fruit.

Nutrition (Approx)

Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 345mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1.6mg