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Sugar free, lower carb Hot Cross Buns

by IBD Medical on March 29, 2021

Why not try making your own treats this Easter? That way you know exactly what ingredients are in them - and if you have kids im sure they’d love helping too! Try these diabetic friendly hot cross buns with reduced carbs, as a healthier option on Easter morning. Although these hot cross buns are sugar free, they aren’t carb free, therefore they still need to be consumed in moderation and may be tricky for some to tolerate.


Serves: 6 buns

Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 1 hour

Cooking time: 25 mins


Nutritional information

  • Calories: 285kcal 
  • Carbohydrates: 50g 
  • Protein: 10g 
  • Fat: 7g 
  • Saturated fat: 4g 
  • Fibre: 7g
  • Sugars: 8g



  • 155ml whole milk warmed (or almond, soy or lactose free milk)
  • 8g dried yeast
  • 30g xylitol or erythritol sweetener
  • 300g wholemeal flour
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 30g reduced salt butter (softened)
  • 63g sultanas
  • 1 egg
  • 25g self raising flour
  • ½ tbs xylitol or erythritol sweetener (for glazing)



  1. Whisk the warm milk, Xylitol and yeast in a bowl until combined - set aside to cool. In a separate bowl sift the plain flour, cinnamon, all spice and salt, then rub in the butter using fingertips. 
  2. Stir in the sultanas, eggs and yeast mixture. Knead the dough on a floured surface for 5 minutes. Place the dough in a large greased bowl and cover with gladwrap. Set aside in a warm place for 45 minutes. 
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Once the dough has risen, punch down and knead the dough until smooth. Shape into 6 buns and place separated on a baking tray leaving for 15 minutes. 
  4. Combine the self raising flour and 30ml of water, and pipe in a cross over the buns. Bake the buns for 25 mins.
  5. Make glaze with 1tbs water and xylitol in a saucepan and heat over low heat until the Xylitol has dissolved. Brush glaze over the warm buns.

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