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Chocolate Hot Cross Buns

After many requests here is my take on Vegan Chocolate Hot Cross Buns!

You will need:

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Mixing bowl

  • Baking Tray

  • Prep: 1 Hour

  • Total Time: 1 Hour 30 minutes


  • 1 kg all-purpose flour (save 3 tablespoons for surface)

  • 4 tablespoons sugar of your choice

  • Pinch of Salt

  • 1 and 1/2 Sachets of instant yeast

  • 1 & 1/2 slabs of dark vegan chocolate such as a big aero dark

  • 1/2 a cup of warm water

  • 1 1/4 cup of plant-based milk

  • 2/3 cup apple purity

  • A teaspoon of vanilla essence


  • 1/2 slab aero dark or vegan dark chocolate

  • 2 tablespoons of plant-based milk


  • 2 Tablespoons of oil of your choice

  • 1 tablespoon of maple/coconut/agave syrup


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together.

  2. Cut up your chocolate into small nibs and mix in with the dry ingredients.

  3. Add in the wet ingredients and mix until a dough forms. You may need to add more milk depending on how dry the mixture is.

  4. Need dough for 5-10 minutes on a well-floured surface.

  5. Place in a warm draft free area to rise for 45 minutes.

  6. Once the dough has risen pre heat the oven to 180°C.

  7. Roll the dough out into a long sausage onto a floured surface.

  8. Flatten the sausage slightly and slice squares about 5 to 7 cm long and shape into more of a square look and place onto your non stick baking trays.

  9. Place the trays in a warm area to rise again for about 15 minutes while you start the chocolate mix.

  10. Melt your chocolate by heating it in a bowl over steaming water in a pot(ensuring the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water).

  11. Mix in the plant-based milk until creamy.

  12. Pop the chocolate mixture into a piping bag or a ziplock bag and snip a hole in the corner.

  13. Pipe a "V" or whatever you fancy on-top of the buns.

  14. Place them in the oven to bake 15-20 minutes.

  15. Once they have baked, drizzle the slightest bit of glaze on-top and allow them to cool slightly before serving.

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