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Vegan, Easter Hot-Cross Cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon roll & Hot-cross bun marriage.

Hot-cross Cinnamon rolls that are sweet, sticky, spicy and absolutely dripping with indulgence.

This Easter we’re not settling for just cinnamon rolls or hot-cross buns. The Hot-Cross Cinnamon roll is a baked miracle. A perfect marriage of your favourite treats: the classic Cinnamon roll and the festive Hot-Cross Bun.

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Make it your own

  • Not a fan of raisins? Swap them out for dried dates, any dried fruit or simply leave them out altogether.
  • What sugar you use is entirely up to you it wouldn’t affect the structure or texture of the buns too much.
  • Coconut oil instead of butter (vegan or regular) will not yield the same results.

There is no time or place where the Hot-Cross Cinnamon roll would go unwelcome. Serve best when hot, straight out the oven or warmed up .
Dress it up for an indulgent dessert with a scoop of ice cream or dress it down for a breakfast and tea.

What you can expect from these rolls :


Pull- apart,


Sweet ,


Festive deliciousness.

Hot-Cross Cinnabon

Sweet, sticky, spicy and absolutely dripping with indulgence. The perfect combination of the classic cinnamon bun and the festive hot-cross bun.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Rising Time2 hrs
Total Time55 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: Cinnamon bun, Dessert, Easter, Hot-cross bun, Vegan
Author: Angelique



  • 3 Tbsps vegan butter
  • 1 packet instant yeast
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp coconut blossom sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour for kneading on the table


  • 3 Tbsps vegan butter melted (and cooled to room temp)
  • ¼ cup coconut blossom sugar
  • 2 – 3 Tbsps cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ⅓ cup raisins

TOPPINGS (Optional)

  • 1 cup powdered sugar & 1-2 Tbsps almond milk combined OR
  • Melted coconut butter OR
  • lightly brushed with syrup of choice



  • In a saucepan heat up the butter and milk until the butter is melted (ensure not to reach boiling point). Once melted pour into a large bowl and allow to cool down to around the temp of bath water.
  • Once at this cooler temp, add the instant yeast to the milk/butter mixture but don’t stir. Set aside to activate for 10 minutes. 
  • After 10 minutes add the salt and sugar to the large bowl of yeast/milk mixture and give it a good stir.
  • Whisk the 2 cups flour, salt, cinnamon and coconut sugar in a medium bowl.
  • Slowly start adding the flour mixture to the wet ingredients; ½ a cup at a time while mixing in-between. The dough should be a little sticky, don’t overwork it.
  • Use the ½ cup of flour to dust the work surface and rolling pin. Transfer the dough to the floured surface and knead it a little without over-working it, form a ball and transfer the dough to a sprayed/oil bowl and cover up the bowl with cling wrap to rise for 90 minutes.
  • Once 90 minutes has passed, the dough should have risen to twice its original size. Transfer onto the floured surface and roll out into a rectangular shape. Brush with melted butter.


  •  Combine your filling of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and coconut sugar. Evenly sprinkle the filling and raisins on top of the buttered dough and then tightly roll the dough (lengthways).
  • Use a serrated knife or unflavoured floss (place floss underneath dough, pull up on both sides, criss-cross the two ends and pull outwards) to cut the roll into 6 – 8 buns.
  • Preheat the oven to 180℃.
  • Transfer buns to a lightly buttered baking dish and brush them with a little butter. Cover the dish with the same cling wrap used earlier and let the buns rise until the oven reaches 180℃.
  • Remove the cling wrap and bake for 45 minutes or until golden-brown. Allow to cool for 15 minutes and then drizzle with your desired toppings.
  • Serve warm.


  • You can store in a sealed container for up to 3 days.
  • Adding the yeast when the mixture is too hot will kill its active capabilities.
  • You can use regular yeast, but it will require more time to let them rise properly.
  • I have not tried making this recipe gluten-free. At this time I haven’t tested this recipe gluten-free and can’t guarantee the results if substitutions are made.

If you made this recipe let me know what you think in the comments below or tag me @thegoodroots #thegoodroots because I love seeing your creations!

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