hot cross buns

Do you look forward to this time of the year, and dream about the moment when you get to smother a golden, toasted bun with a big blob of butter for the perfect, indulgent cinnamon and sultana doughy bite of decadence?

Whether you plan to indulge in a traditional hot cross bun or two this Easter or keep it nutritious and health-focused, make sure you choose the best – after all, they’re not around for long!

Here’s our rundown of the top traditional vs healthier  buns, including our healthy recipe, to enjoy this Easter:

The Traditional Hot Cross Buns

Marks & Spencer Luxury Hot Cross Buns: £1.60 for four, Marks & Spencer
Rich, dense and moreish with loads of zest, spice and fruit
Ocado Hot Cross Buns: £1 for six, Ocado
Spicy and sweet with a generous amount of fruit and citrus

The Healthy Hot Cross Buns

If you’re one who likes to buck holiday tradition and go with a healthier hot cross bun, or if you have an allergy or intolerance and can’t have traditional bakes, then we’ve got your back.

We suggest on topping with melted grass-fed butter or coconut oil if you’re dairy free. One tablespoon of good quality, organic butter provides loads of the important fat-soluble vitamins including A, D, and E and has a great fatty acid profile that can play an important role in your health.


Check out these healthier buns which make use of some special ingredients:

The Flour Station Hot Cross Buns: £4.20 for four, Farmdrop
Chewy and packed with fruit these buns are sold across London using local, quality flour – so you’re supporting independent businesses when you buy them.

Planet Organic Vegan Hot Cross Scones
With added fibre, fruits and gluten free, too.

Holly’s Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns

For a healthy, home-baked bun, try this gluten, refund sugar and dairy free recipe from Sano recipe developer, Holly Richards. The most nutritious and simplest bun of the lot but with all the nostalgic taste and texture.

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