Top 20 Best Gluten-Free Hot Cross Bun Recipes

I know this Easter post is “last minute,” but I kept seeing wonderful Hot Cross Bun recipes and suddenly I felt the need to round them all up for you. Luckily, all the terrific bloggers who created these recipes graciously allowed me to share their photos and links with you! I kind of feel the same way about Hot Cross Buns as I do about pumpkin pies … it would be a shame to only make them once a year. Go ahead and take a look and see which recipes work best for you—enjoy!

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Roundup of Gluten-Free Hot Cross Buns

Carol Fenster is one of the most well-known, beloved gluten-free chefs and cookbook authors. Carol’s most recent cookbook is 125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes. You can find Carol and her Hot Cross Buns recipe over at Carol Fenster Cooks. This recipe can be made simply gluten free or gluten free and dairy free.

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Hot Cross Buns from Carol Fenster

Pete and Kelli at No Gluten, No Problem just shared their Hot Cross Buns recipe. They had other Easter traditions like Polish sweet bread (“mock cake”), but were prompted to create this particular gluten-free recipe by their Facebook readers. They even offer the slight adjustment they had to make for higher altitude in their Colorado location. Pete and Kelli are the authors of the Artisanal Gluten-Free Cookbook series … Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking and Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes, thus far. Pete also co-authored The Gluten-Free Edge—a “must have” resource book, which also includes 50 recipes—with Melissa McLean-Jory (Gluten Free For Good).

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Hot Cross Buns from No Gluten, No Problem

Caneel at Mama Me Gluten Free was unhappy with her early attempts at Hot Cross Buns, but she achieved success when she used the same flours as she uses in her yeast bread recipe. She says the resulting Hot Cross Buns come close to recreating her Mom’s originals from The Joy of Cooking recipe. We all want to make successful gluten-free versions of our Mom’s beloved recipes, right? Caneel used the muffin tin approach for the version shown in this photo.

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Hot Cross Buns from Mama Me Gluten Free

Debra and “The Professor”—the husband-wife team at Smith Bites—researched, collaborated and tested recipes over a three-month period to create a gluten-free version of Thomas Keller’s Hot Cross Buns from his latest cookbook, Bouchon Bakery. Debra seriously doubted whether she could accomplish the task, but she did! Her summary of these Hot Cross Buns: “Soft and tender, speckled with plump, vanilla-laced fruit and dressed in a cinnamon-cardamom icing, these gluten-free buns have the perfect balance of sweetness – Chef Keller uses the word ‘beguiling’ to describe them and he’s exactly right.”

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Hot Cross Buns from Smith Bites

Jo at Quirky Cooking uses brown rice, basmati rice, sweet rice flour (also known as glutinous rice flour, but don’t worry, it’s gluten free), tapioca starch, Rapadura (or xylitol), and other ingredients using her Thermomix to make her Hot Cross Buns. Jo instructs you on how to make them in a muffin tin or by using the traditional method. Read comments to see how her readers made xanthan gum-free, egg-free, etc. adaptations as needed. Readers gave these Hot Cross Buns rave reviews. Jo has a gluten-full Hot Cross Monkey Bread recipe, but she says that her gluten-free Hot Cross Bun dough can be used instead. And she’s working on a grain-free Monkey Bread recipe right now!

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Hot Cross Buns from Quirky Cooking

Vicky of Gluten Free SCD and Veggie made gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)-compliant Allspice Hot Cross Buns. Yum … allspice provides such lovely flavoring! Note that Vicky also offers an egg-free option for this recipe, but that version is not SCD compliant. With the egg or not, I believe this recipe also qualifies as paleo.

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Hot Cross Buns from Gluten Free SCD and Veggie

Angela (Angela’s Kitchen) made these gluten-free, dairy-free Hot Cross Buns and offers an easy egg-free option. She shares step-by-step photos and even tells you how to easily turn your oven into a steam oven for all your gluten-free bread baking.

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Hot Cross Buns from Angela’s Kitchen

Jeanne, the author of Art of Gluten-Free Baking (and her acclaimed cookbook Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays), has improved these Hot Cross Buns more than once. It’s so nice to see a blogger/cookbook author continue to improve an already wonderful recipe. One of Jeanne’s readers commented that she likes to pipe an upward spiral (versus the traditional cross) to represent ascension on the buns she makes.

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Hot Cross Buns from Art of Gluten-Free Baking

These gluten-free, dairy-free Hot Cross Buns come from Jules Speaks Gluten Free (and Jules Gluten Free). I love how Jules tells you how to make these buns on Easter Sunday: “A great thing to whip up before church, set aside to rise, and bake as soon as you get home for a hot, crossed bun experience the whole family will love!” Jules is the author of several gluten-free cookbooks (her latest is Free for All Cooking) and also a very helpful guidebook, The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed.

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Hot Cross Buns from Jules Speaks Gluten Free

Linda, The Gluten-Free Homemaker, is well known for her excellent homemade gluten-free bread! She was inspired to make Hot Cross Buns when she saw a recipe over at Without Adornment. Linda’s recipe can be made with or without dairy ingredients.

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Hot Cross Buns from The Gluten-Free Homemaker

Linda said she was inspired by Christine, aka “Bean,” at Without Adornment. Christine created a recipe for gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, vegan, and refined sugar-free Hot Cross Buns. And guess what … Christine was inspired by Jeanine at The Baking Beauties! Don’t you love how all of us help each other in the gluten-free community? One good recipe inspires another!

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Hot Cross Buns from Without Adornment

And here are Jeanine’s beautiful Hot Cross Buns. Her recipe is gluten free, dairy free, and egg free. You’ll want to check out the other photo on her blog that shows a cross section of one of her Hot Cross Buns! Jeanine has a new “baby,” a brand new book called The Everything Guide to Living Gluten Free. This book is exactly what it says it is!

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Hot Cross Buns from The Baking Beauties

Mel of Pig in the Kitchen created these gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free Hot Cross Buns that almost look too good to be true. Their glossy surface reminds me of the kind of perfect food “stand-ins” that restaurants and cooking stores often use for displays. Mel shares that her son “boomed ‘Delicious!’ when he’d finished his Hot Cross Bun. She says that “the way to a small boy’s heart is definitely through his tummy.” I think that might be true of most of us!

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Hot Cross Buns from Pig in the Kitchen

This Hot Cross Bun recipe comes from Terris at Free Eats. Trained as a pastry chef, Terris tends to continue revising her recipes like many others do. See her original recipe for Hot Cross Buns (prompted by her daughter playing the song over and over as part of her piano practice) and then her newer Hot Cross Buns below that. It’s very hard to choose which recipe to make, isn’t it? Of course, that’s true of all the recipes in this post … now that’s a good problem to have!

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Hot Cross Buns from Free Eats

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Hot Cross Buns (Version 2) from Free Eats

Tania (Tania’s Pantry) made gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, yeast-free Hot Cross Muffins which use her Chia Seed Almond Bread recipe as the “base.” Dried fruit, spices, and olive oil are added to the mix to create these muffins. The crosses are made using egg white and coconut, which provides a wonderful contrast to the golden muffins.

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Hot Cross Buns from Tania’s Pantry

Lisa at Pocketfuls created these Almond and Honey Hot Cross Buns. They’re gluten free, grain free, dairy free, egg free, and yeast free. Still they look amazing, don’t they? Plus, one big advantage of yeast-free baking is no waiting for the dough to rise!

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Hot Cross Buns from Pocketfuls

Sarah, The Paleo Mom, made these lovely Hot Cross Buns. She uses muffin tins. Her recipe is a variation on her paleo yeast bread. You can even use your bread machine for the dough cycle and then spoon the dough into the muffin tins. And I love how she uses the water from simmering her fruit zest for the recipe to add to her homemade kombucha later!

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Hot Cross Buns from The Paleo Mom

Gretchen at Kumquat also makes her Hot Cross Buns more like muffins … beautiful delicious little muffins of “tender, yeasty bread” with “fragrant cinnamon, raisins and a hint of orange.” I wanted to reach through the screen to get one! FYI:  Gretchen has a new cookbook out … Fast and Simple Gluten-Free: 30 Minutes or Less to Fresh and Classic Favorites. (Follow the link to get her recipe for Grilled Ribeye with Orange-Balsamic Glaze right on the same page with her book.)

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Hot Cross Buns from Kumquat

Sandi of Sweet Nothings in the Kitchen made “Three-Bite” Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Egg-Free Hot Cross Buns. She says they are “Moist.  Tender. Not too dense.  Rich with spice.  Studded with fruit.” Oh, and did I mention that they have dairy-free “Cream Cheese Frosting”? After many trials with her earlier “just gluten-free” Hot Cross Buns with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting, she expected this recipe to take a while, but Sandi shares that it was a “home run” on the first try! UPDATE: Sandi won the So Delicious Dairy Free Recipe Contest with this recipe!

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Hot Cross Buns from Sweet Nothings in the Kitchen

Vicky of Gluten Free SCD and Veggie not only made the Allspice Hot Cross Buns shown earlier, but she also made these Hot Cross Carrot Muffins that are SCD compliant. These are such a healthy version of Hot Cross Buns. Can you guess what veggie is used to form the crosses?

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Hot Cross Bun Muffins from Gluten Free SCD and Veggie

How about Chocolate Hot Cross Buns? This recipe comes from Kylie at The Gluten and Dairy-Free Bakehouse. These are standout Hot Cross Buns, don’t you think? The crosses are made with chocolate paste and then the buns are glazed.

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Chocolate Hot Cross Buns from The Gluten & Dairy Free Bakehouse

Go one step beyond Chocolate Hot Cross Buns and you get Banana Chocolate Hot Cross Buns. Yes! And these Hot Cross Buns are not only gluten free, but vegan. That means this recipe will work for so many gfe readers! This recipe comes from Cooking with Dia.

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Banana Chocolate Hot Cross Buns from Cooking with Dia

Some of you love the combination of Apple and Cinnamon, and I do, too. It is definitely a classic and favorite combo for sure! Well, Jeanne of Art of Gluten-Free Baking accepted the challenge to re-create her friend’s recipe for Apple-Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns as gluten free for another mutual friend. Aren’t these lovely? Jeanne says they have “an appley-cinnamon sticky glaze on top that puts this recipe right over the edge.” Butter is used in the recipe, but I am guessing that non-dairy butter could possibly be used instead.

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Apple-Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns from Art of Gluten-Free Baking

Kylie (The Gluten & Dairy Free Bakehouse) whose Chocolate Hot Cross Buns I shared earlier in this roundup also has an Apple-Cinnamon version. She says, “The apple makes the buns lovely and moist and the texture is soft and fluffy. They have just the right amount of spice and sweetness, topped with a delicious sugar spice glaze.” She adds that her Cinnamon-Apple Hot Cross Buns freeze well, with no sogginess after being defrosted and reheated. Sounds like a great way to ensure that these Hot Cross Buns are eaten more often than at Easter!

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Apple-Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns from The Gluten and Dairy Free Bakehouse

I hope this roundup shows you that the Hot Cross Bun possibilities are endless and introduces you to some bloggers who are new to you! Happy Easter to all who celebrate! We’ll be enjoying our time with my family.

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Allergy-Free Wednesdays, and Foodie Friday.

Shirley
Not just gf, but gfe!

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29 Responses to “Top 20 Best Gluten-Free Hot Cross Bun Recipes”

  1. Sarah || Celiac in the City on March 30th, 2013 12:02 am

    What a sweet little gift — just in time for the weekend. Thank you for sharing all of these, Shirley!! Wow. And some new-to-me bloggers too, which I can always count on you for. Some really interesting combination of ingredients and thinking outside the bun. ;) Have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Easter!

    • Shirley on March 31st, 2013 8:55 am

      Hi Sarah–Thanks so much, dear! I hope everyone gets a lot of benefit from this roundup and these recipes. Isn’t it amazing just how many ways you can make gluten-free hot cross buns and really all kinds of traditional recipes? There really is an answer for everyone’s needs! ;-) Hope you have a wonderful Easter, too! :-)

      Shirley

  2. Vicky on March 30th, 2013 3:16 am

    Thank you for putting this together Shirley! There’s some great recipes and I’ve found some new blogs to read! And thank you for including my recipes too.

    Have a wonderful Easter

    Vicky

    • Shirley on March 31st, 2013 9:03 am

      Hey Vicky–It’s always great to hear that I’ve introduced you all to new blogs and recipes that you enjoy! Your creations fill a great need for grain free, refined sugar free, and SCD-compliant recipes … I thank you!

      Hugs and happy Easter to you, too! :-)
      Shirley

  3. Ina Gawne on March 30th, 2013 9:42 am

    Shirley – wow some great recipes here! Happy Easter to you and yours! :)

    • Shirley on March 31st, 2013 9:13 am

      Hi Ina–Thanks, dear! Hope you find something you like in the roundup. ;-) Many thanks for the Easter wishes. I hope your weekend and Easter are wonderful, too! :-)

      Shirley

  4. jules on March 30th, 2013 10:40 am

    Thanks for including my recipe, Shirley! As always, honored to be included in such a talented group!
    ~jules

    • Shirley on March 31st, 2013 9:14 am

      Jules–It’s my pleasure! All you bread baker folks amaze and delight me. :-) Love your photo with your stacked Hot Cross Buns!

      Shirley

  5. Megan @ Allergy Free Alaska on March 30th, 2013 1:56 pm

    Hi Shirley,
    These recipes all look so amazing, how do you pick just one?! ;)
    xo,
    Megan

    • Shirley on March 31st, 2013 9:15 am

      Megan–Ah, that’s the thing see … you don’t pick just one! ;-) If you make Hot Cross Buns more than once a year, you can try a couple recipes. :-)

      Happy Easter, dear!
      Shirley

  6. Linda on March 30th, 2013 1:58 pm

    What a great round up, Shirley! They all look wonderful. Thanks for sharing mine.

    • Shirley on March 31st, 2013 9:42 am

      Thank you, Linda! I’m so grateful to have one of your many successful bread recipes in this roundup! :-)

      Shirley

  7. Laurie Barrie on March 30th, 2013 2:09 pm

    Thank you Shirley. What an awesome idea to post so many recipe ideas for the same thing! It would be hard to pick a favorite :)

    • Shirley on March 31st, 2013 9:52 am

      Hi Laurie–Welcome to gfe! :-) I’m so happy to meet you and check out your blog, Gluten Free Yummy! Your Mighty Mango Muffins are calling my name. ;-) Oh, and as far as these Hot Cross Bun recipes … there’s no need to choose a favorite. Choose one to make, then try another one later, and so on and so on, until you find a favorite. I know … that could take a while. LOL

      Shirley

  8. Diane Eblin on March 30th, 2013 2:51 pm

    Wow I’ve never seen so many hot cross buns in one place. This is so cool. I love having choices. Thank you Shirley.

    • Shirley on March 31st, 2013 9:54 am

      Thanks, Diane! I have to admit that I absolutely love seeing all these Hot Cross Buns in the photo collage and then individually. ;-) I just added one more from Jeanne, Apple-Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns and might add another one or two as I get permission to share. :-)

      Shirley

  9. gretchen | kumquat on March 30th, 2013 9:13 pm

    thanks so much for the kind words and for including my recipe, shirley… have a blessed easter!

    • Shirley on March 31st, 2013 9:56 am

      Gretchen–It’s my pleasure, of course! Your Hot Cross Buns are absolutely beautiful. :-) Many thanks for the Easter wishes! Hope yours is wonderful, too.

      Shirley

  10. Lynne L on March 31st, 2013 10:55 pm

    Happy Easter Shirley! I am so craving a hot cross bun. Sadly, I am a “yeasty failure”. I have yet to make anything GF with yeast & not have it cave in or turn out like a brick, even if I follow instructions to the letter. However, I think I will try again…and make some of these lovelies. Today, I made a GF Peanut Butter, Banana, Chocolate Mousse Pie…kind of my own recipe, kind of adapted from something I saw once, but can’t remember where (ashamed to admit it). It wasn’t hot cross buns, but it was good anyway. Hope all of you here enjoyed Easter celebrations or whatever you celebrate!

    • Shirley on April 1st, 2013 12:25 am

      Hi Lynne–Happy Easter to you, too! Just a wee bit late. ;-) Take a look at the individual recipes, dear, because some do not use yeast at all. :-)

      And, ohhhh my goodness, that pie sounds incredible! I bet it was truly fantastic!

      Shirley

  11. Kim - Cook It Allergy Free on April 1st, 2013 12:35 pm

    Wow!! You amaze me, missy! It must take you so long to put together a post like this one! I love this roundup. We did not do any Hot Cross Buns this year but I think I would have if I seen this post first, LOL!!! Hope you had a beautiful Easter, my friend! XO

    • Shirley on April 1st, 2013 4:28 pm

      Hey Kim–Awww, you’re so sweet! Admittedly, this roundup did take a while, but isn’t it great to see them all in one spot? They’re beautiful! I should have gotten the post up earlier, but you know how that goes. Like today is April 1st and I’m still considering doing something for March Muffin Madness. After all, that event was modeled after March Madness and that event is still going. ;-)

      We had a lovely Easter. Hope yours was, too! I’m guessing the boys got to hide Easter Eggs. That’s always so much fun! :-) xoxo,
      Shirley

  12. Caneel on April 1st, 2013 2:36 pm

    What a delicious group of hot cross buns! They ALL look amazing! Thank you so much for including mine. :)

    • Shirley on April 1st, 2013 4:29 pm

      Hi Caneel–Welcome to gfe! :-) I agree … they all do look amazing. ;-) So happy to have yours there, too. They are so pretty and I’m sure delish! :-)

      Shirley

  13. Rattlebridge Farm on April 5th, 2013 12:05 am

    Wow! This is a treasure chest of recipes! Each bun looks delicious and different. I hope it’s okay if I Pin this and put on FB. Thanks so much for joining us today at Foodie Friday!!!

    • Shirley on April 5th, 2013 12:02 pm

      Hi Michael–So glad you enjoyed this roundup! There’s truly so much talent among all these bloggers! Many thanks for sharing on Pinterest and your FB page! Love Foodie Friday so I’m glad I got back over to your site to link up. :-)

      Happy weekend!
      Shirley

  14. Carina on March 30th, 2014 4:11 pm

    Wow! Thanks for posting!

  15. Terris | Free Eats on April 3rd, 2014 11:33 am

    Wow, Shirley! I better get baking. So many wonderful versions to try. Apple-Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns may be at the top of my list!

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