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.

Here’s how I make the Hot Cross Buns…

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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55 thoughts on “Vegan Hot Cross Buns (Dairy free, Egg free)

  1. Wow Sharon these look amazing – we love hot cross buns and have had orange and cinnamon flavoured buns with a little orange blossom water added in the mix and glaze to boost the orangyness (sp?). This flavour combo is inspired by Morocco where my favourite sweet dish is fine slices of orange arranged on a plate and sprinkled with a little sugar and lots of cinnamon – delish. PS the monkey bread was a huge success with the girls but mine was a little overbaked (or overworked) haven’t worked out which yet. X

    1. Orange and cinnamon is such a beautiful combination isn’t it? The Moroccan orange slices sound so refreshing! I’ll definitely have to give them a try.
      I’m pleased to hear that the girls liked the monkey bread. We should experiment with making an orange & cinnamon syrup for that dish too! xx

  2. I can’t remember the last time I baked proper hot cross buns but these look so lovely I’m going to have to do so this year! Thanks for the top tip about chapatti flour being finer than regular wholemeal flour too; never baked with it before, so I’ll have to source some and try it out.

    1. I’ve made 3 batches of hot cross buns in the past couple of weeks. I’ve frozen half of the them so they should last us the rest of Easter 😉
      Chapatti flour is way finer than our regular wholemeal flour. As an added bonus, it’s super cheap 🙂 At Tesco, a 5kg costs just £3, and it’s currently on offer with 2 5kg bags for £4!

      1. Such a brilliant tip! Have now ordered a couple of 5kg bags of Chapatti flour from Tesco – as well as the mixed spice and mixed peel needed for the hot cross buns. Looking forward to getting baking over the Easter weekend 🙂

        1. I hope you enjoy the hot cross buns as much as we do! I highly recommend halving them before freezing. It’s so easy to pop them straight from the freezer into the toaster 😀
          The chapatti flour is so versatile and I use it in all sorts of breads, cakes and cookies. The children I teach go crazy for the choc chip cookies I make and they have no clue that they’re wholemeal 😉

      2. Ohmygoodness 3£ for 5kg?! You’re so lucky! I use chapatti flour for everything but in Ireland they only sell it in asian shops and it’s like 2€ per kg. Seriously considering a tour of supermarkets in Northern Ireland to stock up on those things! Anyway this flour makes an amazing pizza crust too 🙂

        1. Wow that is expensive!!! I wonder why they charge so much in Ireland when it’s so cheap in England? Tesco is currently selling 10kg for £5! I usually go for the 5kg bags though as it’s pretty impossible to fit 10kg in the cupboard lol!
          I always make my pizza crusts with chapatti flour too. Lately, I’ve been adding a little semolina into the dough as it seems to lighten up the crust and give the edge a nice crunch. I’ve amended my recipe here: xx

  3. Those look fantastic. I have never made these before but your directions are pretty clear so I might be able to swing this…breads are not my strong suit.

    I hope you, M, and Lil’ L have a wonderful weekend. Here it is supposed to be quite warm so I anticipate spending quite a bit of time outdoors. Hopefully you all will have the same opportunity.

  4. I absolutely love using the Atta flour, it really makes great baked products as well as the traditional roti’s. I’m going to try your recipe over the next week, as I have just run out of my chapatti flour so need to purchase some more. It’s one of the most versatile flours I use, and makes a great baked samosa.

    Thanks for sharing

    1. So nice to come across another Atta flour fan! I much prefer it to regular wholewheat flour… the texture is so much lighter and finer, plus it’s a fraction of the price too! I love using in pizza crusts too, mixed with a little semolina. It’s way tastier than white pizzas!

  5. Hi Sharon – I’m from Australia and transitioning from vegetarian to vegan. Just now – I’ve sat in a work morning tea and watched people scoff hot cross buns and for the first time in my life – wondered how they were made (I’m not much of a cook :-)), and if they contain dairy or eggs So a quick search later I find out they do, so then I searched for a vegan version, and your recipe came up. Your hot cross buns look absolutley amazing and I think even I could manage the recipe (fingers crossed), so I’m going to try and see if I can get a batch up for Easter Sunday this year. I’m going to bookmark your site. Thank you!

  6. Hi Sharon,
    I have just made these with a few adjustments (I didn’t put the mixed peel in as I am not a fan, used coconut milk and as I ferment all my dough, I am able to use less yeast and don’t have to knead it)!

    I am pleased to say they came out great. Thanks once again for sharing such great recipes 🙂

    1. I am so thrilled that the recipe worked for you! Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know. You’ve made my day! xx

  7. Thank you. Tried these today with my 10 year old, we used fresh yeast, so we didn’t get the quantity right. Need to tweek and try again but the taste was great.

    I tweeted but it won’t let me paste my link. @sploshy.
    Happy Easter.

    1. Hey there! I’m pleased to hear that the buns tasted good despite the yeast fail. Tasty buns is the most important thing 🙂 Hope you had a fab Easter xx

  8. Am planing on trying to make these for my friend who is also GF..what flour would you recommend? I live in Australia. I do have GF plain flour…what about almond meal??

    1. Hi Terri. I’m really sorry but GF flour doesn’t work with this recipe. I’ve tried before and the texture wasn’t good at all. I ended up throwing them out!
      I’m still on the look out for a good GF vegan hot cross bun recipe (all the GF recipes I’ve found so far have egg in them). If you find one, please do let me know xx

  9. Dear Sharon, Your Hot cross bun recipe looks so good, but I just want to point out to you as you are a Vegan that citrus fruits are sprayed and polished with none vegan products, ie, shellac (which comes from squashed bugs) or bees wax. This is common of most citrus fruits in supermarkets as my husband has done research on this and even contacted them. It is a shame, especially regarding oranges as we have not yet find an alternative. With Lemons Sainsburys do have unwaxed Lemons!
    I look forward to making your Hotcross bun recipe, thanks for sharing! 😄

    1. Hi Ruth. Yes, sadly it’s true that most oranges/lemons are coated in shellac or bees wax. I always use organic oranges and lemons as the supermarkets have confirmed these aren’t coated. (I buy mine in Tesco or Waitrose). I usually mention in my recipes to use organic/unwaxed citrus fruits so thanks for spotting the omission in this recipe. I’ll update it right away x

  10. Help! Following your vegan hot cross buns recipe to the letter but yeast didn’t froth and dough not rising. What did I do wrong??

  11. Thanks Sharon. Yeast was brand new but I used low fat soya milk. Would that make a difference? It definitely didn’t froth. Would water be better?

    1. Hi again Debby! Low fat soya milk is fine to use. When using fast-action yeast, you don’t actually need to activate it in liquid & sugar, but I always do this step to make sure my yeast isn’t dud/hasn’t expired. If it froths, I know it’s good to go. If the liquid is too hot or too cold, this can an affect activation. It needs to be lukewarm. I never use a thermometer though; I just stick my finger in the milk to check the temperature. There’s some useful advice over here on trouble shooting yeast activation :

      My dough took a while to rise today as my house wasn’t warm. I ended up putting the radiator on low and sat the bowl on top. That did the trick! Other times I’ve popped the dough in the oven on low (40C). (Today my oven was busy cooking pizzas!)

      Did you end up baking the hot cross buns? If so, did they rise at all as they cooked?

  12. Thanks so much for this recipe. I used to make hot X buns years ago but haven’t attempted them for a while. I looked for a vegan recipe online and yours came up. Apart from using fresh yeast (12g) instead of the dried and coconut sugar instead of ordinary, I followed it faithfully. They are certainly the best hot X buns I’ve ever made.

    1. Yay! So pleased they worked out for you 😀 I’ve never used fresh yeast before so I’d love to give it a try. Love the idea of using coconut sugar too (it’s my favourite!)

  13. Just made these for my little boy who’s allergic to milk and egg. They’re lovely 😊 Turned out really well. I’ll have to make another batch to freeze.

    1. Hi Katie. Thanks so much for stopping by to give your feedback. I’m thrilled to hear that they worked out well for you 😀
      Happy Easter! xx

  14. Hey, amazing recipe! Also instead of using the glazing you mentioned we use orange marmalade and it works fantastically!! 😊

    1. Thanks Garry! I’m so happy to hear they worked out for you 😀 Great tip about the marmalade too. I’ll be sure to try that next time.

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