healthy Hot Cross Bun Recipe

I want to say at least 5 years now I’ve been saying that I want to make hot cross buns but I’ve never gotten around to it. This year I decided to make hot cross buns and I made them a little healthier than the rest on the market. I’ve made low-calorie hot cross buns and I love them!

I’ve been making a few low-calorie meals lately and I thought hot cross buns might be fun to make and that’s how this low-calorie hot cross bun recipe was made. They might not look traditional but they taste amazing and I wouldn’t have them any other way.

Now don’t worry, you might be thinking this recipe has loads of weird ingredients if it’s low in calories but that’s not the case. It tastes as yummy as ever and I can’t get enough. They make around 6-8 depending on the size you make them and the first batch I ended up eating two after!

Why Eat Low-Calorie Hot Cross Buns?

Simple, weight. I’ve not met anyone who counts calories who’s doing it just for fun! People eat low-calorie meals and treats because they are watching their weight. I’m a firm believer that just because it’s Christmas, Easter or your birthday you don’t have to put on tons of weight!

I’m not saying you won’t put on any weight at all if you calorie count because that’s not true, I put on a few pounds over Christmas. However, thanks to watching our calorie intake it means losing the weight and keeping it off will be much easier. That’s why I love Slimming World meals as well, they’re normally low in calories!

The calorie content and all the ingredients for this healthy hot cross bun recipe are in the recipe card at the bottom of the page so go and take a look at them for any information you might need before you start baking!

Healthy Low-Calorie Hot Cross Bun Recipe!
Healthy Low-Calorie Hot Cross Bun Recipe!
Healthy Low-Calorie Hot Cross Bun Recipe!

How Many Calories In This Low-Calorie Hot Cross Bun Recipe?

I mean it would totally help if you knew how many calories were in each hot cross bun right? Well, you’ll be happy to know there are only 160 calories per hot cross bun. Which makes it an epic low-calorie hot cross bun recipe if I do say so myself!

Equipment I used To Make This Healthy Hot Cross Bun Recipe?

Is there anything better than buying kitchen equipment? I didn’t think so! I didn’t make this recipe by hand and of course, I used some great kitchen equipment to make this hot cross bun recipe. You can take a look at the affiliate links below to see what I used and maybe get something for yourself!

Other Easter Recipes!

I love Easter, normally it’s all about the easter eggs right? Not anymore. This low-calorie hot cross bun recipe is just one of the many easter recipes that I love to make. If you have any suggestions on what my next healthy easter recipe could be, let me know!

Healthy Low-Calorie Hot Cross Bun Recipe!
Healthy Low-Calorie Hot Cross Bun Recipe!

Healthy Low-Calorie Hot Cross Bun Recipe Card

So as I said before, these make 12 average-sized buns although if you make them smaller I’m sure you’ll get more out of the dough and for less calories.

Let me know how you get on with them. I love the balance of flavours in them and it really tricks the brain into thinking it’s getting something full of calories although that couldn’t be further from the truth which is great!

Let me know if you did anything different with this healthy hot cross bun recipe and I can’t wait to see all of the hot cross buns you’re making! Don’t forget to tag me in any pictures you might upload onto Instagram or other social platforms!

healthy Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Low-Calorie Hot Cross Bun Recipe

Make easter special with these delicious homemade hot cross buns
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Dessert, Sweet
Servings 12 Hot Cross Buns
Calories 160 kcal


  • Baking Tray
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Silicone Spatula
  • Stand Mixer


  • 300 g Plain flour
  • 125 ml Low Fat Milk Skimmed
  • 75 g Raisins or Currents
  • 50 ml Orange Juice
  • 65 g Low Fat Spread Melted
  • 1 Egg Lightly Beaten
  • 2 tbsp Sweetener
  • ½ tbsp Fast Action Yeast
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Salt

On The Top

  • 100 g Icing Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Water In case you need a little for the mixture


  • In a bowl, add the orange juice and raisings/currents and leave to soak
  • Melt the low fat spread, make sure you don't burn this.
  • Using the kneeding attachment on your stand mixer.
  • In the stand mixer bowl, add the flour, yeast, cinnamon, nutmeg, sweetener and salt in a bowl and combined.
  • Add the melted butter to the dry ingredients, along with the fruit and orange juice.
  • Mix everything together and leave to knead for 5-8 minutes until everything is fully combined.
  • In a large bowl, spray it with Low Calorie Coking Spray, put the dough into the bowl and cover with a tea towel. or cloth Leave to rise for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, take the dough out of the bowl and split the mixture into 12 balls. Place the hot cross bun balls onto a non-stick baking tray.
  • Cover the hot cross buns with a tea towel. or cloth and leave to rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas Mark 6
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the hot cross buns are golden brown.


  • Add the icing sugar and lemon juice and mix until it makes a thick mixture, but lose enough to make a thick line that doesn't drip. If you need to, add a teaspoon (tsp) of water and make to get the right consistancy.
  • Make a cross on the top of your hot cross buns.
  • Once they are all cooled. Slice and toast amd enjoy the hot cross bun with a cup of tea or your favourite hot drink.


*Prices correct as of April 2022
*This is 8 Syns per serving
Plain Flour 300 g 1022 kcal £0.11
Skimmed Milk 125 ml 43 kcal £0.12
Raisins/Currents 75 g 224 kcal £0.27
Orange Juice 50 ml 23 kcal £0.04
Low Fat Spread 65 g 124 kcal £0.11
Egg 1 77 kcal £0.15
Sweetener 2 tbsp 10 kcal £0.05
Fast Acting Dried Yeast 4 g 12 kcal £0.60
Nutmeg 1/4 tsp 3 kcal £0.04
Cinnamon 1/2 tsp 3 kcal £0.04
Icing Sugar 100 g 375 kcal £0.16
Lemon Juice 1 tbsp 3 kcal £0.03
TOTAL   1919 kcal £1.49
PER SERVING   160 kcal £0.12
Keyword Bake, Easter, Sweet, Treats

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Low-Calorie Hot Cross Buns Recipe!
Low-Calorie Hot Cross Buns Recipe!

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