Raw Hot Cross Buns

What do you make for Easter when you’re eating raw vegan, and you want to go easy on the chocolate?

How about these amazing raw hot cross buns?

Raw hot cross buns

Although I can’t particularly remember what the baked version of these tastes like, my partner swears they taste just like traditional hot cross buns, which is very cool.

They smell pretty awesome when they’re dehydrating, that’s for sure.

And they look amazing too!

Raw hot cross buns - tray of buns

This is another fantastic recipe for using almond pulp leftover from making your own raw almond milk.

And although you might only want raw hot cross buns at Easter, I reckon you could turn this mix into some pretty awesome fruit buns or date scones for eating at any time of year.

Now there’s another experiment for my ever growing list.

Raw hot cross buns - plate of three

I took the opportunity to involve the kids with making this recipe, and it worked really well.

There were lots of things to measure out, or add to the bowl, or just pass over, and I think they had fun helping.

Unfortunately I still couldn’t manage to convince either of them to eat any.

Oh well, more for me I guess.

Raw hot cross buns - tray from above

I enjoyed mine last night with coconut vanilla ice cream, and I think they’d go really well with some raw banana custard too.

I’ve also discovered that the leftover cross icing makes a great butter alternative, when slathered on generously, and it would make a fantastic lemon icing for all kinds of sweet treats.

I even tried a raw hot cross bun with a layer of raw orange marmalade through the middle, and that really worked as well.

So many ways to enjoy them!

My only challenge is knowing when to stop.

Raw hot cross buns - plate and tray

This is a recipe I’m going to be playing with again for sure.

Happy Easter!

Raw Hot Cross Buns
Diets: Raw, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free
Makes: 25 buns
  • 1 cup (75g) psyllium husk
  • 2 cups (320g) almond pulp (leftover from making almond milk)
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) mixed spice
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 cup (80g) raisins, soaked to soften
  • ½ cup (120g) finely chopped dates
  • ½ cup (110g) flax meal
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Zest and juice of one orange
  • ~1 cup (125g) filtered water
  • Juice of one lemon (50ml)
  • ¼ cup (40g) dried apricots, soaked until soft
  • 4 tbsp (60ml) water
  • 3 squirts stevia (1 squirt = ~20 drops)
  • 1 cup (140g) cashews, soaked 1 hour
  • ½ cup (125g) filtered water
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 squirts stevia (1 squirt = ~20 drops)
  • Zest and juice of half a lemon
  • 4 tbsp (60ml) coconut oil
  • pinch salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir to combine, add water and work the ingredients with your hands until you get a dough consistency.
  2. Mould into a flat square shape and cut into 25 buns.
  3. Dehydrate at 40°C for ~8 hours, basting two or three times with glaze.
  1. Blend ingredients in high-speed blender until smooth (will be quite thick).
  1. Blend all ingredients except for the coconut oil in a high-speed blender.
  2. Add coconut oil and blend again. Add a little more water to help it blend if required, but keep the mixture as thick as possible.
  3. Pour into a container and keep in fridge for 1-2 hours to allow it to set a little further.
  4. Pour into a piping bag and "ice" the hot cross buns.
Before: Soak raisins, apricots and cashews for 1h
During: 40m
After: Dehydrate for ~8h
Need: Blender, dehydrator
Nutrition Information
Calories: 4186


  • If you don’t have almond pulp you can use almond meal, or make your own by processing 1 cup of almonds in a food processor until finely ground.
  • Vanilla powder is just ground up dried vanilla beans. You can make your own vanilla powder by air drying vanilla beans for a month or two, and then grinding them finely in a spice or coffee grinder. Or you can save yourself the trouble and buy something like Loving Earth’s Vanilla Powder. You can also just use 2-4 tsp of vanilla extract instead.
  • The glaze goes on quite thick, but will dry to a thin layer after an hour or two in the dehydrator, ready to add another coat.
  • Any leftover glaze will keep in the fridge for a week or in the freezer. Same goes for the cross icing mixture, which makes heaps too much for just 25 buns.
  • For an instant piping bag, use a small ziplock bag, spoon some icing mixture into it, seal it up, and clip a tiny amount off one corner. Squeeze the bag and voila! An instant (and disposable) piping bag.
  • These buns taste best warm (but they’re still really nice cool as well). Serve with ice cream, custard, cashew cream, marmalade or leftover cross icing mixture.

Have an awesome day!

~ Nikki, Eating Vibrantly

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What others are saying...

  1. says

    They actually look similar to the texture of regular hot cross buns! It’s a pity that your kids wouldn’t try one, but I was picky enough as a child that I probably wouldn’t have either. Maybe next year?

    • Nikki says

      Hi Amy,

      We were impressed by how closely they resembled traditional hot cross buns, down to the “must eat one more” experience and everything! And I’ll certainly keep trying with the kids (I know I was a fussy eater too), but if they’re happy to eat other healthy things, I guess that just means more for me next year 😉

  2. says

    Wow, they look and sound yummy! Just one question–do you use ground psyllium husk? I bought a small bag of them lately and worked them into a raw sweet bread. When eating you would bite on those little seeds… Grinding was impossible because they were too small for my machines to pick up! Is this not a problem in this recipe? Or does it work better with the husks?

    • Nikki says

      Hi Anja,

      My packet just says psyllium husk. I don’t see any seed-like bits in there. It’s mostly just fluffy fibrous stuff, a bit like finely shredded coconut, so I guess it’s just the husks. I haven’t tried ground psyllium seeds/husk, so I don’t know if they’d work OK. If you give it a try, I’d love to know how it goes.

  3. Kate says

    I love this recipe and I’m thinking of making it for Easter in a few days. Just one question though… Will this recipe still work if I don’t have a dehydrator? Can I put them in the oven on a low setting perhaps?

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