Microwave Hot Cross Bun

A delicious, single serve hot cross bun which takes three minutes to whip up thanks to some microwave magic- Paleo, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free  and with a vegan option too- Don’t forget the butter! 

Microwave Hot Cross Bun- A delicious SINGLE SERVE recipe for a hot cross bun perfect for Easter and ready in 3 minutes! Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free and with a vegan option! @thebigmansworld -thebigmansworld.com

Single serve microwave friendly recipes make up a significant proportion of my e-cookbook. A couple of weeks ago I was experimenting with a banana bread recipe. What turned out was something fluffy, dense but tasting nothing like banana bread. 

…..the mashed banana was still in a bowl on the counter.

Fail bloody whale. 

I’m not one to ever waste food so of course this was going to be eaten. I whipped out the butter and some cinnamon thinking I could just call it a pathetic excuse for cinnamon toast but the fluffy texture reminded me of a seasonal treat I’d enjoy once or twice a year- Hot Cross Buns

Microwave Hot Cross Bun- A delicious SINGLE SERVE recipe for a hot cross bun perfect for Easter and ready in 3 minutes! Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free and with a vegan option! @thebigmansworld -thebigmansworld.com

I have three issues with Hot Cross Buns. 

1. Hot Cross Buns are something I do enjoy but only once or twice a year. The main reason is that compared to other baked goods or seasonal treats, they are quite bland. It’s quite a simple flavour enhanced by spiced fruits and cinnamon. What makes it an appealing treat or snack is the butter. Lashings of butter. 

2. Hot cross buns in Australia come in a minimum pack of six. Most are packs of twelve or for those who embrace it, twenty four

3. The white cross on them is NOT icing. In fact, the white cross is the worst part of the entire bun. Growing up, I would eat around the bun and save that to last and be treated with flour. Plain flour. Plain flour fooling people worldwide that it is a delicious glaze. 

We could totally add a fourth to that list which is that most are made with standard wheat flour without taking into account dietary restrictions or lifestyle choices. 

Microwave Hot Cross Bun- A delicious SINGLE SERVE recipe for a hot cross bun perfect for Easter and ready in 3 minutes! Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free and with a vegan option! @thebigmansworld -thebigmansworld.com

This microwave hot cross bun is single serving, takes three minutes to make and use minimal ingredients. It’s paleo, gluten, grain and dairy free and there’s also a vegan option. Please note- The vegan option does NOT turn out as aesthetically pleasing if you do not grease the bowl and not watch the microwave (lesson learnt).

Instead of using a mixed spice blend, I opted to use cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves because sometimes, those blends go heavy on the star anise and we don’t want liquorice buns here

The ‘cross’ is completely optional but I know many of you like having a protein option and this is where the beauty of protein frosting comes in. Alternatively, you can use coconut butter slightly thawed or just omit it and go to town on the best part- Buttering the beauty up

Set three minutes aside to make this microwave Hot Cross Bun and be thankful you don’t have a 24 pack to run through. Actually, you’ll probably be such a fan you’d end up making them AFTER the Easter season. That’s okay. 

Microwave Hot Cross Bun (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan)

A delicious, single serve hot cross bun which takes three minutes to whip up thanks to some microwave magic- Paleo, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free and with a vegan option too- Don't forget the butter!
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Servings: 1
Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld

Ingredients

For the Paleo/Gluten Free Version

  • 1 T almond flour
  • 1 1/2 T coconut flour sifted
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1-2 T dried currants/raisins/cranberries etc
  • 1 T coconut palm sugar*
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder (or strictly paleo use
  • 1 large egg white you can use a whole egg but it will be more flat
  • 1/4 cup dairy free nut milk of choice I used unsweetened almond

For the vegan version

  • 1 T almond flour
  • 1 1/2 T coconut flour sifted
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1-2 T dried currants/raisins/cranberries etc
  • 1 T coconut palm sugar*
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder (or strictly paleo use
  • 1 small flax egg 1/2 T flax + 1 1/2 T water
  • 1/4 cup dairy free nut milk of choice I used unsweetened almond

For the frosting

  • Paleo version- 1-2 T coconut cream/butter piped in a cross
  • Alternative pictured- 3 T vanilla protein powder mixed with dairy free milk until a 'frosting' is formed and piped in a cross

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine the dairy free milk with the egg white (or flax egg) and whisk lightly. Add the mixture to the dry mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Grease a large mug or deep bowl (I used a cereal bowl) generously and pour the batter in it and microwave for 1-3 minutes, depending on the microwave (I used an 800Watt microwave and as pictured, i removed it from the microwave at exactly 90 seconds).
  • Allow to cool slightly before 'crossing' then slice in half and top with butter.**

Notes

* For an authentic 'hot cross bun' taste, omit the sweetness and go to town on the butter
** These taste even better once removed from the microwave, allowed to cool then toasted.
Microwave Hot Cross Bun- A delicious SINGLE SERVE recipe for a hot cross bun perfect for Easter and ready in 3 minutes! Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free and with a vegan option! @thebigmansworld -thebigmansworld.com

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65 thoughts on “Microwave Hot Cross Bun

  1. Somebody in my office made a hot cross bun for St Patricks day and it had been so long since I’d had one that I’d forgotten how good they are! It was more bread like than bun/cakey, but perfect in the toaster.
    Also, which is worse: fail whale or the struggle bus. Both weigh a significant amount.

  2. Hahaha…you totally made a microwave-version of the hot cross bun. That, my friend, earns you some incredible props. But I have totally been there. Make a recipe and get it in the oven only to turn around and find a key ingredient still sitting on the counter. It’s measured out and ready to go…but it’s sitting on the counter and the rest of its ingredient friends are sitting in the oven. Failblog.

  3. Your buns look so nice and toasty. Quite firm, but rather pale =l I’ve never had a hot cross bun so now this seems like my first experience is looming in the near (three minute) future!

    Any updates on the America search!? You’re getting me too excited.. or any job prospects, fields, etc that you are looking into?

    Also, have an almost empty jar of mocha nut butter ready to go make and stuff with your brownie batter oatmeal. Can life get any better!?

    1. LOL. You’re hitting on me through food again aren’t you!

      Urgh. work wise, I’m flexible. It’s finding a place! I’m nearly ruling out Boston because I can’t find anywhere remotely affordable and close to downtown! 🙁

  4. I have never even heared of a hot cross bun let alone eaten one. But excuse me, frosting lies are a no go! Looks like a breakfast I could enjoy though. 3 minutes sound good, especially in the morning 🙂

  5. I totally want this for breakfast tomorrow! Or at the beach in April. 24 of them. Seriously, TWENTY FOUR?? Aahahaa.
    We eat a similar thing on our national day here in Switzerland. The cross is the Swiss Cross and is made of white flour too. WTF.

  6. I have never even tried a hot cross bun!! Is that weird?!?! I totally thought it was frosting though. I love all the spices listed so I’m sure I would like it. Thanks for always sharing a vegan version too!! As you know, I’m not vegan but I don’t usually cook with eggs so I’m super happy when you include an egg-free recipe.

  7. I don’t even know if the stores sell hot cross buns but I do know it was the first song I learned to play on the recorder back I fourth grade lol …..Hot cross buns, hot cross buns, hot cross buns…I will never forget the repetitive beat.

  8. I’ve never even SEEN a hot cross bun before, actually! I just know of them from playing that song on the recorder in elementary school. I don’t think it’s a thing here in the Midwest. Good thing you made your own handy recipe, in case you move to Chicago where you won’t be able to pick one up at any ol’ bakery! You’re always thinkin’.

  9. We sell hot cross buns at my work and the old people love them. I don’t get it because I tried them and it’s basically small fruit cake…in bun form. The weird candied fruit with under cooked dough and a cross on top…I’ll take a chocolate chip scone instead please. Thanks for yet another single serve microwave breakfast!

  10. Arman, my recipe box for single serve treats is growing. I love this new idea it is perfect for someone always watching their calorie intake! I have always loved hot crossed buns. This is a great variation. The frosting looks fantastic too! Take care, Catherine

  11. Haha never thought about the pathetic-ness of the cross before – a plain flour decoration? What’s the point! I think if it had been frosting I’d have been even more obsessed with them as a kid.

    Or now. I’ve managed to convince my mum to bake some real HCB’s but in the mean time I can do this!

  12. Lol, it is good to know that those random reasons for not enjoying hot cross buns isn’t just a stateside thing. And here I just thought we had no idea what we were doing…
    But, this microwave version sounds just fun enough to try and see if I can spark a joy for these traditional little treats.

  13. Mashed banana still in a bowl on the counter…I am laughing so hard right now…totally sounds like something I would do. Once when I was trying to make my cookies for a holiday cookie exchange, I left out the eggs, and realized it after I put them in the oven. Started over, and forgot the sugar…same deal, in the oven before I realized it. I was ready to throw in the towel, but my husband took pity on me and made the cookies for me. I no longer go to cookie exchanges…too stressful. Anyway…your hot cross bun looks great and I am amazed that it is a microwave recipe! Impressive. Pinning and sharing!

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  15. OMG this works! I cannot be-lieve it is possible to make a paleo-friendly glutenfree yummy bread in that short a notice!!

    This is life-saving! Or at least good-mood-saving when I feel like bread but can’t have or make it in less then an hour 😉

    THANK YOU!!! You are hereby proclaimed a HERO 🙂

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