We all know the nursery rhyme about hot cross buns, but today these tasty pastries are a little harder to come by than ‘one-a-penny.’  Even if you do stumble upon some, the odds of them being vegan are slim indeed. Until now! We’ve compiled our five favorite takes on this rustic baking classic.

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1.  Vegan Hot Cross Buns

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There’s nothing plain about these Vegan Hot Cross Buns. The pastries are spiced sweetly with raisins and are marked with a cross on the top. Simplicity at its finest.

2. Hot-Cross Bunt Cake 

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Now that we’ve got the classic recipe out of the way, it’s time to try something a little different. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper are swirled in this delicious and moist Hot Cross Bunt Cake. Topped with a sweet and creamy tahini drizzle, this hot cross bun-inspired dessert is sure to be a sweet surprise.

3. Raw Hot Cross Buns

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After the decadent bundt cake, it’s time to have a healthy eating option. These Raw Hot Cross Buns are an easy, healthy treat is made from mostly nuts and fruit. Bake them, or serve them raw! A perfect choice for health-conscious fall festivities.

4. Cocoa Chai Hot Cross Buns

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Did you enjoy that healthy treat? I hope so because this next number is as decadent and delicious as they come. Cocoa Chai Hot Cross Buns are the perfect choice for a late summer/early fall dessert. Experience chocolate the way it was meant to be!


5. Pretzel Buns

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The quintessential savory take on the hot cross bun, Pretzel Buns prove that this classic recipe doesn’t need sugar to be decadently delicious. While these buns are plenty perfect on their own, slice them in half for a burger or sandwich for a true bite of heaven.

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