This keto hot cross bun recipe has certainly been a work in progress for Erika over the past few months. If you have been watching any of our recent vlogs you would have seen the multiple keto hot cross bun recipes that were being tested. These keto hot cross buns have all of the flavours of a traditional hot cross bun with all the flour, sugar and dried fruit. You get to indulge in keto hot cross buns this Easter for only 5g of net carbs.
Well, I knew Erika would create the perfect keto hot cross bun and she finally did! Not only is this recipe easy to make it also uses ingredients you would likely already have in your keto pantry. It is just in time for Easter so we hope you enjoy these keto hot cross buns this year.
Keto Easter Food
What would Easter be without hot cross buns and chocolate? Ever since I was little it would be a tradition to have toasted hot cross buns for breakfast on Easter Sunday morning. Of course some chocolate Easter eggs were usually consumed at the same time!
On the Easter egg front, don’t worry you definitely don’t need to miss out on chocolate on Easter morning if you don’t want to! Check out our post from last year which has loads of Easter chocolate ideas.
Silicon Easter egg moulds are readily available in most major supermarkets around this time of year and using your preferred low sugar chocolate you can have a special treat in no time.
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Diet Doctor Bread Roll Recipe
Have you tried the famous Diet Doctor keto bread rolls? If not why not!? We have used this recipe numerous times over the years. Not only is it so quick and easy, but the end result is great. These keto-friendly bread rolls are perfect for a delicious burger, hot dog or bacon and egg roll. We have even served these as dinner rolls to some of our non-keto friends and they enjoyed them.
Erika has been wanting to perfect a hot cross bun recipe for a while and decided to try a version using the Diet Doctor keto bread roll recipe as the base to ensure the consistency was more bread-like than cakey. This was a game-changer and we could not believe the outcome! Even without a cross on top, these buns taste just like the original carb-heavy version.
Keto Hot Cross Buns
The next challenge was how to ketofy a traditional hot cross bun! We wanted to get that spicy, sweet, doughy bun experience without the use of dried fruit, sugar or grains. Using the base of the diet doctor bread roll Erika than added in some traditional hot cross bun spices as well as some lemon and orange zest to provide some fruitiness.
Adding the spices, sweetener and citrus zest not only makes these keto hot cross buns taste like the real deal but also smell amazing. We then added some extra golden flax meal to the recipe to try and obtain a more bread-like texture. Ta da! This keto hot cross bun was perfected.
Now we chose not to bother with adding a cross to our buns as that wasn’t really important to us and it didn’t impact on our experience with eating them. We were happy with something that tasted like and felt like a hot cross bun without the cross. We have added some ideas to the tips section below if you are interested in adding a cross to your keto hot cross buns.
Given that we tested this recipe quite a few times to get them right, we ended up giving some to Erika’s Dad when he visited. He served his with some jam and said they were absolutely delicious and he’s not keto. What a compliment!
Using yeast in keto baking
When looking at the recipe, you may think it is strange to add yeast. When doing keto baking yeast is not usually used as a raising agent in keto baking as it needs the flour and sugar to work. So it can be unusual to see it in a keto or low carb recipe.
In this recipe, we feel it adds a flavour that tends to be missing in keto baking and bread-like recipes. As mentioned, Erika did several tests of this recipe and adding the yeast, definitely added to the flavour of these keto hot cross buns.
- Some brands of psyllium husk powder can result in a purple bun, which doesn’t affect the taste only the appearance. We usually use the Woolworths Marco brand without any colour issues.
- If you wanted to add a cross after they have cooled you could easily pipe some melted dark chocolate or even Vitawerx white chocolate across the top.
- We love to eat our hot cross buns toasted and served with lashings of butter and our favourite sugar-free jam from Hawthorne Hill Farms.
- We have made these fruitless to keep the carbs a low as possible but you could add a small amount of dried berries if you prefer.
- You could try adding some sugar-free chocolate chips if you like a choc chip hot cross bun.
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Keto Hot Cross Buns
Keto hot cross buns have felt like achieving the holy grail for us. These keto hot cross buns have all of the wonderful spice and flavour you would remember from the traditional version without all the carbs from the flour, sugar and the dried fruit. Served warm and topped with some good quality butter, that is all you need for the perfect keto Easter.
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- 1¼ cup almond flour
- ½ cup Lakanto Gold granulated sweetener
- 3 tbsp golden flax meal
- 2 tbsp psyllium husk powder
- 6 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- ¾ tsp ground ginger
- ¾ tsp ground allspice
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 7 g dry yeast sachet (optional)
- zest of one lemon
- zest of one orange
- 3 egg whites
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup boiling water