Healthy Hot Cross Buns

Preparation Time: 2 hours 15 mins

Baking Time: 20 mins

Makes 16 buns



350 g plain bread flour + 150 g wholemeal flour

100 g rolled oats

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon grated orange rind

2 teaspoons dried yeast

250 ml low fat milk

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla essence

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 medium-sized eggs, lightly beaten

250 g raisins

1/2 teaspoon salt


Flour paste:

½ cup plain flour

Water, enough to make a thick paste


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange rind, yeast and salt. Mix well with a spoon.
  2. In a saucepan, warm the milk. Stir in the vanilla essence and sugar.
  3. Add milk mixture, whisked eggs and oil to the dry ingredients.
  4. With your hands, or a dough mixer, mix the ingredients into a dough, adding more flour if needed. Knead well, until mixture is smooth and elastic, no longer sticking to the hand, for about 20 minutes.
  5. Add the dried fruits and knead lightly to incorporate the fruits into the dough.
  6. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and leave the dough to double in size in a warm place, for about an hour.
  7. Punch the dough and tip it onto a lightly floured kneading board.
  8. With a knife, divide the dough into 16 equal portions. Shape each portion into a bun, by cupping your hand over the dough and moving in a circular motion.
  9. Place the buns on a lightly oiled baking tray and cover with a damp cloth. Leave for another 15-20 minutes, or until the buns have doubled in size.
  10. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 190˚C.
  11. In a small bowl, mix the plain flour with enough water to make a paste. Spoon the paste into a zip lock bag, cut a small hole at one end of the bag, and pipe a cross on the top of each of the buns.
  12. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.


Nutrients Per Serving:

Energy: 230 kcal

Fat: 5 g

Protein: 7 g

Carbohydrate: 23 g

Dietary Fibre: 2 g

Sodium: 90 mg