Homemade, healthier, low carb hot cross buns with Australian Macadamias and dark chocolate crosses!

The smell of these baking in the oven will bring your home alive with the flavours of Easter.

Low Carb Hot Cross Bun Gluten Free Recipe

Made with wholefood ingredients, this recipe is gluten free and dairy free. Sweetened naturally with orange juice and pure maple syrup this recipe is refined sugar free.

For a vegan friendly, nut free and allergy friendly version see our recipe for Allergy Friendly Hot Cross Buns.

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The recipe uses dark chocolate chips but you can also add your own touch with dried fruit or chopped dates for extra sweetness.

Low Carb Hot Cross Buns Gluten Free Recipe

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Low Carb Hot Cross Buns

Homemade, healthier hot cross buns made low carb, gluten free and dairy free friendly.
Keyword Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Preservative Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6


  • 2.5 cups almond meal 
  • 5 tbsp psyllium husk 
  • 3 tsp coconut flour 
  • 2 tsp baking powder 
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1.5 tsp all spice 
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg 
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves 
  • 200 ml hot water
  • 6 egg whites
  • 6 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • Zest of 2 oranges 
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract  
  • 50 g dark chocolate chopped
  • 1/3 cup Australian macadamias chopped

Chocolate Crosses

  • 50 g dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp macadamia nut butter 


  • Pre-heat oven to 180’C. Line a baking tray. 
  • In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients. 
  • In a separate mixing bowl whisk egg whites until frothy. Add in orange juice, maple syrup, orange  zest and vanilla extract. Set aside. 
  • Pour hot water into dry ingredients and mix through. Stir in wet mixture and combine. 
  • Fold through chocolate chips and macadamias.
  • Shape dough into 6 buns. Mixture will be wet so work quickly and use floured hands (coconut flour) to assist. 
  • Place buns onto baking tray slightly touching each other. 
  • Bake in oven for 25- 30 minutes or until golden on top and cooked through.
  • Allow to completely cool.
  • Once buns are cool, melt dark chocolate with macadamia nut butter. Spoon into a piping bag and make crosses on top of buns. 
  • Store in fridge to set chocolate and until ready to eat.  


  • Add chopped dates or organic dried fruit

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This recipe was custom created by nutritionist and recipe developer Casey-Lee Lyons for Australian Macadamias

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