Vegan Hot Cross Buns

Vegan Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns have always been an Easter favorite in my family! The citrus twist and the dried fruit make it a perfect sweet treat for the holiday.

Vegan Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns are an Easter classic – but who says you can’t enjoy them year round!
Course: Dessert


Bun Recipe:

  • 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup plant based milk
  • 1/5 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegan margarine or oil
  • 1 flax egg 1 tbs ground flax, 3 tbs water
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 3.5 cups flour or gluten free flour blend
  • 1 bag craisins or raisins

Frosting Recipe:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1-3 tsp plant based milk


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk and water. Add in the yeast and let sit until frothy.
  • Add in butter, flax egg, orange zest, and spices. Combine.
  • Add in the flour and mix until it becomes a sticky dough. Grease the bowl and cover with a towel, let rise for 1 hour in a warm place.
  • Turn out on a floured surface and knead the dough.Add in cranberries or raisins. Knead dough until well incorporated. 
  • Cut the dough into hunks and roll into small balls, about 2-3 inches in diameter. Cover with a towel and set in a warm place, let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Brush the buns with butter and bake for 20 minutes (or until golden brown). 
  • While the buns are baking, mix the powdered sugar and plant based milk together in a small bowl.
  • After you pull the buns out of the oven and let them cool to room temperature, use a piping bag or ziploc bag with a corner cut off to draw crosses on the buns in icing.

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