Double chocolate hot cross buns



Prep Time
Cook Time
4 - 6 People
Serves 6
Difficulty  0


  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cups flour bread flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder 
  • 1/2 cup soft brown sugar, divided
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips 
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter or margarine, room temperature

Flour piped cross:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose or bread flour
  • 1/2 cup water

Hot cross bun bread wash:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp melted vegan butter
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 11/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • extra chocolate chips 


    1. Measure and weigh out all ingredients before beginning. 
    2. Heat the coconut milk to lukewarm, then, stir in the 2 tbsp of the brown sugar with 1 tsp of flour.
    3. Add the yeast stir with a wooden spoon and cover. Place the bowl in a warm area to activate for 10-12 minutes.
    4. Add the remaining flour, plus the remaining brown sugar, cacao powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate chips to a large bowl. 
    5. Gently mix the ingredients for a minute, and use your hand to knead the dough until it comes together, the dough will look shaggy. (here you can make use of a stand mixer with a dough hook) 
    6. Then, add in the room temperature vegan butter, and mix until the butter is incorporated into the dough, knead until you have a smooth dough. 
    7. Place the dough ball into a large greased bowl, and cover with a clean dish towel.
    8. Place the bowl in a warm area. Proof the bread until it’s doubled in size, about an hour.
    9. While the dough is rising, you can grease a medium baking dish with cooking oil, or leftover vegan butter.
    10. Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down lightly and gently pull the dough from the bowl onto a floured surface. Use a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, to divide the dough into 12-16 even pieces.
    11. To form round rolls, gently roll a dough ball in between your palms. Then pinch the bottom of the dinner roll together to create a more round top, and place the buns in the baking dish when done.
    12. Cover the dinner rolls with a thin clean dish towel place in a warm area and let them double in size again. Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
    13. For the cross topping: Mix the flour and water in a small bowl. If you find the mixture is too runny to be piped, stir in another tablespoon or two of flour.
    14. Spoon the mixture into a piping bag or ziplock bag, and snip the end of the piping bag. Pipe one long line over a row of rolls, and repeat until every bun has a cross on it. 
    15. Once the oven is preheated, place the vegan hot cross buns into the oven to bake for 23-28 minutes until golden.
    16. Glaze: Mix the tablespoon of melted vegan butter, golden syrup, and cinnamon, for the bread wash. Use a pastry brush to lightly brush the mixture over the tops of the rolls. Add a few more chocolate chips on top.  Allow them to cool slightly, and serve warm with vegan butter.
    17. Store any leftover rolls in an airtight container or freeze.