Hot Cross Buns

hot cross buns

Serves 10 | Prep time: 15 minutes | Cooking time: 10-15 minutes


  • 5-6 medijool dates, chopped finely
  • 3 cups wholemeal flour
  • 1 cup wholegrain oats
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs (keep 1 to glaze)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g dark chocolate



1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.

2. In a bowl, combine flour, oats, salt, cinnamon, dates and baking powder and stir well.

3. Add in one egg, honey, vanilla extract, olive oil and 50g of dark chocolate (finely chopped). Stir well to combine.

4. Slowly add in the milk, to ensure the mix forms a sticky dough texture.

5. Roll handfuls of the mixture into balls and placed on a baking tray, lined with baking powder

6. Whisk the second egg in a bowl and using a pastry brush, glaze the top of each bun.

7. Place in the oven and allow to cook for 10-15 minutes (or until golden).

8. Melt the remaining chocolate and form crosses on each bun (be careful not to go overboard on the chocolate as it is quite easy to do! ☺).

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