Vegan Hot Cross Buns (Dairy free, Egg free)

With Easter fast approaching, we have officially entered hot cross bun season.  I adore these sweet, fruity, spiced buns.  How about you?  Are you a fan?

While the supermarket shelves are laden with hot cross buns this time of year, I prefer to bake my own.  That way, I get to make them dairy free, cut back on the sugar and fat content, and pack them with fruits and spice. 🙂

Hot Cross Buns (Vegan / Dairy Free / Egg Free)

Baking your own hot cross buns is not as difficult as you may think.  While it seems like a long process, it only takes around 30 minutes hands on time.  For the majority of the time the dough is resting!

As an added bonus, if you make your own, you will be rewarded with the most amazing scent of freshly baked buns with hints of fruit and cinnamon spice wafting through the house.  Believe me, it is so good!

Hot Cross Buns Collage (Vegan / Dairy Free / Egg Free)

While hot cross buns are normally made with strong bread flour, I prefer to use plain (all purpose), which gives a more tender texture.  I also really like wholemeal (wholewheat) buns, which I make using chapatti flour.  This is a lovely fine wholegrain flour, which I use a lot when baking breads, cakes, cookies and pastries.

Here’s how I make the Hot Cross Buns…

Wholemeal Hot Cross Buns (Vegan / Dairy Free / Egg Free)

These are my wholemeal buns, which I make using chapatti flour. While different to traditional hot cross buns, I really like this wholegrain version.


It’s been three years since I posted this recipe and it’s great to hear that people are still finding it useful! I’ve loved seeing all the pics you’ve been sharing on social media, so thank you so much for tagging me! Check out these beauties, that @jameesarah shared on Instagram (you can check out Jamee’s feedback in the comments section below this post).

Back in 2013 when I shared this recipe, it was really difficult to find vegan hot cross buns in UK supermarkets, so I made them myself. Here we are in 2017, and vegan-friendly hot cross buns are available in practically every UK supermarket! Times sure are changing! 🙌🏻

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52 Responses to Vegan Hot Cross Buns (Dairy free, Egg free)

  1. Hi Genna. Yes I do use the same quantities. All the best, Sharon xx

  2. Hi Genna. I haven’t heard of the Fermipan brand but yes, instant yeast works in this recipe 🙂

  3. Do you think Gluten free all purpose flour would work here?

  4. Hi Sharon,
    Just made hot cross buns for the first time ever using your recipe. They taste yummy but I have a couple of dilemmas. Firstly, a number of them split on the top and all of my crosses disappeared into the dough whilst baking. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve? The crosses were quite thick and looked good when I popped them into the oven. We are currently living in America where it is difficult to find a hot cross bun, so I’d like to improve them for next week. The glaze is excellent!

    • Hi Kari! Great to hear that the buns tasted yummy! I’m sorry you had a couple of technical issues with the buns. I’ve not experienced these issues myself but I had a quick look on google and a couple of people have mentioned that hot cross buns can crack if they are under-proved. So, if you do try them again, it might be worth leaving them to prove a little longer and see if this helps.

  5. Jamee

    Hi Sharon! I just made these hot cross buns today and even though I think my yeast was a little old (the dough didn’t rise quite as much as it should have) they looked and tasted INSANELY good!! I’ve brought a new pack of yeast and will be making these again and again over the coming weeks, such a great recipe, thank you!! 🙂

    • Hi Jamee! I’m so pleased that the buns worked out well for you! And thank you so much for stopping by the blog to give feedback. I really appreciate it! 😊 I saw the photo you shared on Instagram and the buns look spectacular!!!

  6. Renee

    Hi Sharon, thank you so much for sharing this fantastic recipe! I just made it today. It’s so good! Beautiful texture. I especially like the extra orange flavour in the dough and the glaze. (I substituted some cranberries and reduced the mixed peel, as I like the flavour😊) Renee

    • Hi Renee! Thank you so much for your feedback! Sounds like the buns turned out just perfect for you 🙂 I love the idea of adding cranberries to the dough. I definitely need to give this a try next time I make them.
      Have a wonderful Easter!
      Love Sharon xx

  7. rachel

    i want to make these for easter I’m just trying to figure out if i should make them the day before or the day of. if i make them the day before whats the best way to heat them back up?

    • Hi Rachel! It should be fine to make the buns the day before and store them in an airtight container. Before serving, I slice them in half and pop them under the grill to lightly toast them on both sides. I then add a little vegetable spread/butter and they taste wonderful as it melts into the bun.
      Have a great Easter!
      Best wishes, Sharon xx

  8. Amy

    Hi Sharon,

    I just made your Hot cross buns and they turned out absolutely perfect! Thank you so much for the recipe, this will definitely be a yearly tradition from here on! Have a wonderful Easter!

    Best regards,
    South Africa

    • Hi Amy. Apologies for the late reply but I was away on vacation for the past 2 weeks. I’m so delighted to hear that the hot cross bun recipe worked well for you and that your buns turned out perfect. Reading your lovely comment made me smile so much 😊

  9. Hilary

    SUPERB recipe! Made them last week for easter, they came out just very slightly harder than I would have liked as the second proving was a bit too hot I think. They went down a treat anyway and were so popular I am having to make another batch! Second lot in the oven and looking much better than the first. Adore these, as do my family and friends. Very special is the orange glaze, these beat non-Vegan any day!

    • YAY! Vegan buns are the best aren’t they? So pleased that to hear how much you, your family and friends enjoyed them 😊 Thank you for stopping by the blog to let me know. I really appreciate it xx

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