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Salted Caramel Hot Cross Buns

Salted Caramel Hot Cross Buns

Prep: 2 hr 15 min
Cook: 30 min
Total: 3 hr
Servings: 6

Oh yes, a Hot Cross Buns recipe that is vegan and has a salted caramel flavor. This recipe uses a lot of whole food ingredients to create a healthier version including date sugar, dates, and some whole wheat flour.

Author Aaron Calder
by Aaron Calder Vegan
Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients & Directions

Recipe Ingredients


Yield: 6 Hot Cross Buns (6 Servings)
Needed Kitchenware: Mixing bowls, blender, tea towel, oven, baking sheet, parchment paper
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2 tbsp date sugar
  • 7 g (1 packet) fast acting yeast
  • zest of one orange
  • 150 g (1¼cup) all-purpose flour
  • 170 g (1⅜cup) whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp pink/sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sultanas
  • 9 pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 small banana
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
Recipe Directions


  • Soak the sultanas and dates in boiling water for a few minutes and drain the liquid when done.
  • Warm the milk in the microwave and mix in the yeast and 1 tbsp of the date sugar. The mixture should be warm (around 37°C or 98°F) but not hot as this could kill the yeast. Set aside for ten minutes for the yeast to activate.
  • In a large bowl add the 150 g (1¼cup) all-purpose flour, 170 g (1⅜cup) whole wheat flour, salt, spices, and the other 1 tbsp of date sugar.
  • In a blender add the drained dates, peanut butter, banana and half the yeast liquid. Blend until you have a lump free liquid.
  • Pour the yeast mix and the mix from the blender into the flour. Add the drained sultanas, orange zest and vanilla. Mix together until all the ingredients start forming a dough then use your hands to combine everything together. Add a little more flour if the dough is very sticky. Keep doing this until the dough isn't sticking to your hands.
  • On a clean work surface sprinkle with flour and knead the dough for 5 minutes. Sprinkle a bowl with flour to prevent sticking and place the dough in the middle. Cover with a warm, damp tea towel and place in a warm area for one hour. I put just the light on in the oven which creates a warm place for it to rise.
  • When an hour is up the dough should have doubled in size.
  • Flour a clean surface and knead the dough again for a couple of minutes. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Cut the dough into 6 equal parts and roll into a ball. Place in the tray and pop back in a warm place for 30 minutes. No need to cover.
  • Preheat oven to 180°C or 360°F.
  • Meanwhile, to make the cross mixture, add the ½ cup flour and ¼ water to a bowl and mix together. You might have to add more flour or water until you get a thick glue-like paste. If it's too runny it will ruin the buns.
  • Pour the cross mixture into a piping bag (or food bag) and cut the corner. Squeeze over the buns to make a cross (see video).
  • Place in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Once removed from the oven brush with maple syrup and sprinkle with the pinch of salt to give the buns a beautiful glaze. Enjoy warm or toasted with vegan butter and jam.

You can substitute the date sugar for your favorite sugar.

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Recipe nutrition

Nutritional Information

Yield: 6 Hot Cross Buns
Servings: 6
Information per serving:
Energy: 391 kcal
Carbohydrate: 80.6 g
Protein: 11 g
Fiber: 7.6 g
Sugar: 21.5 g
Fat: 4.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 1.7 g
Polyunsatured Fat: 1.2 g
Omega-3: 0 g
Omega-6: 1.1 g
Saturated Fat: 0.8 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Choline: 22.3 mg 5% DV
Folate: 60.7 µg 15% DV
A: 100.7 IU 4% DV
B1: 0.4 mg 34% DV
B2: 0.2 mg 22% DV
B3: 3.5 mg 25% DV
B5: 0.7 mg 15% DV
B6: 0.3 mg 21% DV
B12: 0 mg 0% DV
C: 1.9 mg 3% DV
D: 16.7 IU 3% DV
E: 0.6 mg 4% DV
K: 1.7 µg 2% DV
Calcium: 102.7 mg 10% DV
Copper: 0.3 mg 32% DV
Iron: 2.7 mg 15% DV
Magnesium: 78.5 mg 25% DV
Manganese: 1.9 mg 104% DV
Phosphorus: 212.2 mg 30% DV
Potassium: 430.3 mg 9% DV
Selenium: 32.3 µg 59% DV
Sodium: 421.8 mg 28% DV
Zinc: 1.5 mg 19% DV

Please note nutritional information varies dependent on agricultural conditions, consistency in manufacturing processes, and honesty in reporting. We cannot accurately report on the amount of harmful chemicals or beneficial plant constituents that might be present in these ingredients. We cannot report on the content of material added during the cooking process. We cannot guarantee if the vitamins present are natural or synthetic. We make no guarantees to the accuracy of this information and continue to suggest purchasing organic, high-quality, fresh ingredients from local, trusted sources. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet and values come regulated from the FDA. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

Tips, Suggestions, Photos, & More Information

Salted Caramel Hot Cross Buns

Vegan Hot Cross Buns

Yes, it's just as easy to make hot cross buns vegan and we can even do caramel flavoring! The trick here is mixing the dates with peanut butter - it creates a caramel flavor.

Using some whole food ingredients like whole wheat flour, date sugar, banana, and peanut butter, this recipe is a little healthier with more fiber than the original. Mixing in sultanas make this recipe really creative, delicious, and unique! Serve these warm, or even toasted, with vegan butter and jam. Enjoy!

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