I love hot cross buns, but the traditional recipe uses so much yeast that it’s hard to eat them without feeling bloated. This recipe is flourless and uses only a tiny amount of yeast for flavor.
I made these on Easter morning for our family brunch, and they were a huge hit. The only drawback is that they don’t keep as well as regular buns, so you’ll have to eat them fairly quickly.
Yeast-Free Hot Cross Buns
1/2 cup warm water (100-110 degrees Fahrenheit)
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast (one packet)
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown rice flour**
1 tablespoon potato starch**
It’s Easter and hot cross buns are one of the traditional British treats to be enjoyed with a cup of tea on a cold, rainy day. But if you’re gluten intolerant, it’s hard to find a recipe that doesn’t require yeast. These easy-to-make yeast free hot cross buns are perfect for people who suffer from coeliac disease or have other forms of gluten intolerance.
250g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
50g currants (or raisins)
50g sultanas (or raisins)
Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan/400F/Gas Mark 6. Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper or a silicone mat. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients until well combined. Add the wet ingredients and form into 12 balls roughly the same size as tennis balls (you may need to use your hands). Place on prepared baking sheet, allowing room between each bun so they don’t stick together during cooking. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes until golden brown and firm to touch (check with tip of knife). Remove from oven and leave on
Here’s a recipe for hot cross buns that are yeast free. They’re made with coconut flour, so they’re low carb too.
I’ve been making these tasty treats every year since my daughter was little, but I don’t use yeast. They’re really easy to make and they taste great! My daughter likes them so much that she makes them herself now!
These are perfect for Easter or any time of year when you want to make something tasty and festive.
Yeast Free Hot Cross Buns
Makes 12 buns
1/2 cup coconut flour (30 g)
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 tbsp maple syrup or honey (42 g)
1/2 cup water (120 ml)
- Dissolve the sugar and yeast in the warm water. Cover with cling wrap and leave to sit for 10 minutes or until frothy.
- Add the flour, bicarb and salt to a large bowl and mix well. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in the yeast mixture. Use your hands to mix together until it forms a dough (it will be quite sticky).
- Knead for 5-10 minutes or until smooth and elastic then put back into the bowl, cover with cling wrap and leave to rest for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
- Line two baking trays with baking paper and set aside for later use. Roll out your dough into about 40 small balls (about 3cm across), place them on one of your prepared trays and cover with a clean tea towel so they don’t dry out whilst waiting for your ovens to heat up (about 30 minutes).
- Preheat ovens to 190°C/170°C fan forced then bake buns for 15 minutes (or until golden brown). Remove from oven and while still hot, brush them with a mixture of melted butter mixed with lemon juice then return to oven for another 5 minutes or until glistening gold
As a child, my favourite part of Easter was the hot cross buns. My mum would buy them from the bakery and I would devour them before dinner. The sweet, spiced flavour of the dough and the fruity filling would melt in my mouth and I couldn’t get enough of them!
I have been trying to make yeast free hot cross buns for years, but they have always been too dense or too crumbly. This time around I managed to get it right and I am so happy to share this recipe with you! They are soft and fluffy with just a hint of sweetness that pairs beautifully with butter or cream cheese!
These buns are seriously amazing! They are perfect for breakfast or dessert and can easily be made gluten free by using gluten free flour instead of wheat flour.
Yeast Free Hot Cross Buns Recipe
125g (1/2 cup) coconut oil or butter (softened)
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
Hot cross buns are a traditional Easter treat in Britain and Ireland, but they’re also popular at Christmas. They’re soft, spiced buns with a cross on top.
Here’s how to make them without yeast!
2 tablespoons of butter or vegan margarine
1/2 cup of milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1/2 cup of brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup molasses (I used blackstrap molasses)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (you can use gluten free flour if necessary)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
These yeast-free hot cross buns are so easy to make! They’re vegan, gluten free and can be baked in any oven. The recipe makes 6 buns that are so delicious you’ll never want to eat another store bought one again!
The best part about these buns is that they’re 100% yeast free, meaning they don’t require any rising time and only take 30 minutes to make from start to finish! The recipe I used is adapted from a recipe by Ottolenghi and it’s seriously the most delicious thing I’ve ever eaten.
I’ve made this recipe twice now since Easter and have loved it every time. These buns are perfect for breakfast with coffee or tea, but also make a great snack or dessert at any time of day!
How to make yeast free hot cross buns
I love hot cross buns. They are so delicious and easy to make. I usually make them in advance and freeze them so that I can enjoy them all year round. The other day I was watching a video on youtube and it inspired me to create my own recipe for yeast free hot cross buns!
This recipe makes 8 large buns but you can make smaller ones if you want. You can also use different ingredients such as dried fruit, spices or nuts. The possibilities are endless!
400g gluten free flour (or normal flour if you don’t have any allergies)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
200ml milk of choice (almond milk works great!)
These yeast-free hot cross buns are soft, chewy and taste delicious. They’re also gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and nut-free – but don’t let that put you off!
I made these for my friends at work the other day and they were a hit. They were so good that I decided to make them again for Easter.
These buns are made with no added sugar, but they still have a hint of sweetness from the dates. You can add more or less depending on how sweet you like your food!
They’re also really easy to make – just mix everything together in one bowl and then shape into buns. You don’t even need any special equipment – just a fork will do!
Hot cross buns are delicious sweet breads filled with dried fruit, cinnamon and spices. They are traditionally eaten on Good Friday but can be enjoyed any day of the year.
These yeast free hot cross buns are made with oats and buckwheat flour and are vegan. If you want to make them gluten-free instead, use gluten-free oats and buckwheat flour.
This recipe uses coconut oil to replace butter or margarine but you can use extra virgin olive oil instead if you prefer. The dough will be firm enough to shape into balls if it’s left in the fridge overnight or for several hours.
How to make yeast free hot cross buns:
- Combine the flours, sugar, salt and spices in a bowl or food processor (if using). Add the beaten egg and mix well until combined or pulse until mixed together in a food processor.*
- Add the melted coconut oil* and mix well until combined or pulse until mixed together in a food processor.*
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan forced/350F/gas mark 4 (if not already). Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper*. Divide the dough into 12 balls
Hot Cross Buns are a traditional Easter treat, but they’re not very popular in the U.S. The reason? Lots of people are allergic to yeast!
Yeast-free hot cross buns are easy to make and taste just as delicious as the original version. These rolls are perfect for anyone who can’t eat yeast or has an intolerance to it.
The secret ingredient in this recipe is baking powder. It creates steam when it’s heated up, which makes these buns light and fluffy. You won’t believe how good these taste!