Recipe: Sugar Free and Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns

Easter fast approaches and for those who need a sugar free diet or those simply trying to make healthier choices the thought of Hot Cross Buns can be fraught with guilt and longing. Not this year, this year you can make these Sugar and Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns with the help of SweetLife.


¾ cup gluten free plain flour
¾ cup buckwheat flour
¹⁄³ cup potato starch
2 teaspoon guar gum
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch ground clove
1 tablespoon dry yeast
2 eggs
¾ cup light coconut milk
3 tablespoons Perfect Sweet® xylitol
2 tablespoons light olive oil or vegetable oil
Zest of one orange and one lemon, finely grated
1 cup raisins

Egg Glaze
1 egg
1 tablespoon water

Sugar Free Icing for Crosses
½ cup Perfect Sweet® xylitol
½ teaspoon guar gum
1 teaspoon light coconut milk

Sweetlife Hot Cross Buns


Preheat oven 180°C.

Sift plain flour, buckwheat flour, potato starch, guar gum, salt , cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove into a bowl. Mix in yeast.

In a second bowl beat eggs, coconut milk, Perfect Sweet® xylitol, oil and zest.

Add egg mixture to dry ingredients and beat well until combined.

Fold in raisins. Divide mixture into even sized buns.

Place dough on a lined tray. Set aside in a warm place for one hour to allow buns to rise.

Press a chopstick into the top of each bun to form a cross. This makes a gulley so that the icing remains in place and forms the cross.

Egg Glaze

Using an electric beater, beat the egg and water in a small bowl until combined.

Brush the buns with egg glaze and bake for 20 minutes at 180°C.

Cool on a wire rack.

Sugar Free Icing

Grind Perfect Sweet® xylitol to a fine powder with mortar and pestle.

Add the guar gum and coconut milk.

Work until smooth and transfer to a piping bag.

Pipe crosses on the buns.

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