Now is the perfect time for making these delicious hot cross buns made from wholemeal spelt, oats, raisins, honey, cinnamon and vanilla.

Makes 10.

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  • 220g whole meal spelt or whole-wheat flour
  • 50 g rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon dried yeast
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup milk) your choice of dairy, almond, rice, oat, soy
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract or 1/2 of paste
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) macadamia nut oil or olive oil
  • 1 free range / organic egg, lightly beaten
  • 80g raisins
  • 50 g currants


  1. Mix the wholemeal flour, oats, cinnamon, yeast and a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl.
  2. Warm the milk, vanilla and honey just a little until just slightly warm, then pour into the mixing bowl along with the egg and oil.
  3. Mix the dough for about 6 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Add the dried fruits and mix through.
  4. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth or glad wrap and leave the dough to double in size in a warm place for about 1 hour.
  5. Knock back the dough and tip in onto your working bench.
  6. Kneed a little then shape into 10 rolls.
  7. Cover lightly and allow to rise for another 30 minutes or until double in size.
  8. Preheat your oven to 160 C.
  9. Bake for 20 minutes until golden.
  10. Cool then if you like pipe a cross made from either white or dark chocolate on top.
  11. Enjoy!