Recipe from Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar and now 28 by Sam Woods.

Traditional hot cross bun recipes contain over 5 teaspoons of sugar per bun. This homemade recipe has 1/2 teaspoon of fructose-free sweetener per serve, so you can enjoy Easter without the massive sugar dump. I highly recommend serving these toasted with a generous slather of butter.


  • 1 tablespoon dried instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon rice malt syrup
  • 4 3/4 cups white spelt flour
  • 1 1/4 cup full-fat milk, lukewarm (not hot, otherwise it will kill the yeast)
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon stevia granules
  • 60 g butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 50 g 85-90% dark chocolate, chopped finely


  • 2 teaspoons rice malt syrup
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water

How to:

  1. Add yeast, 1 tablespoon spelt flour, warm milk and 1 teaspoon of rice malt syrup into a mixing bowl. Mix well. Cover your bowl and allow to stand in a warm place for 15 minutes until mixture is frothy.
  2. Meanwhile, sift 4 cups of spelt flour, salt, stevia and spices into a large bowl and toss to combine. Add in the butter and rub into flour mixture with your fingers until combined.
  3. Once the yeast mixture is frothy, add into the flour mix with the whisked egg. Stir to combine. Add in the chocolate pieces then fold through. Cover the bowl again and allow to stand in a warm place for 40 minutes or until the dough has almost doubled in size.
  4. Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 and lightly grease a 18cm x 30cm lamington tin.
  5. Punch dough down, turn onto a floured surface, and knead well until dough is smooth and elastic. Cut into 3 equal pieces then cut each piece into 5. Knead each into a round shape.
  6. Place buns into the prepared tin in rows. Don’t worry if they don’t touch, they will expand in the oven. Cover and again allow to stand for 10-15 minutes in a warm place or until the buns have expanded.
  7. Meanwhile, to make the crosses, sift ½ cup of spelt flour into a bowl and add 1/4 cup of water, mix to form a paste. You may need to add a touch more water to make the mixture a thick, but still fluid consistency. Fill into a small ziplock bag and then cut a hole across the corner. Use this to pipe crosses onto the top of each bun.
  8. Place buns into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, combine the rice malt syrup with boiling water. Once hot cross buns have cooked, remove from the oven and immediately brush with glaze. Serve buns warm with a generous slather of butter.


Because these Choc Chip Hot Cross Buns don’t contain any preservatives or sugar, they won’t last as long as supermarket-purchased ones. We suggest eating these fresh out of the oven or within the next few days. After that, we recommend freezing them, then eating them toasted with a good slather of butter.