Healthy Hot Cross Buns : Our Hot Cross Poddies

by Eleanor Cullen on Mar 14, 2021

Healthy Hot Cross Buns

A healthy take on Hot Cross Buns: Our Hot Cross Poddies

Nowadays Hot Cross Buns come in countless flavour combinations that are impossible to keep track of. Every year thereā€™s a new fancy addition to tempt us into buying yet another pack of these sugar-loaded seasonal delights.

We donā€™t really want to. But we just canā€™t resist.

Hereā€™s our solution for you: Homemade We Might Be Tiny Hot Cross Poddies.

With no refined sugar in sight these iconic Easter treats are a tempting alternative that basically gives you permission to snack away without the guilt that usually follows. Weā€™ve done a fair few test bakes here in the We Might Be Tiny kitchen and they hit the sweet spot with young and old.

We like to use our Freeze & Bake Poddie to turn these healthy Hot Cross Buns into mini versions of our super cute signature characters Bunny, Cat and Bear. The only problem youā€™ll have is getting your munchkin to settle on their favourite, because theyā€™re all irresistible.

Did you know that our Poddies are oven and freezer safe from -40Ā°C to 230Ā°C? That makes them the ultimate kitchen companion for homemade snack creations your little one will love (no matter what healthy nuggets you hook them with).

Makes 9 buns | Prep 3 hours



  • 400 g (3 cups) or (14 oz) while spelt flour
  • 250 ml (1 cup) or (8 Ā½ fl oz) milk of choice
  • 17g (Ā¼ oz) sachet of dried yeast
  • Ā½ tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup zest of 1 orange
  • 100 g (Ā¾ cup) or (3 Ā½ oz) sultanas
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil


  • 55 g (ā…” cup) or (2 oz) flour
  • 4 Ā½ tbsp water


Grease poddies mould.

Gently heat milk in a pan over a medium heat until lukewarm.

Remove from heat and add yeast and maple syrup. Stir to combine and set aside for 10-15 minutes until mixture starts to foam. This shows that the yeast is active.

In a large bowl combine flour, spices, orange zest,and sultanas.Ā Add yeast mixture, coconut oil,and vanilla extract, and mix until a sticky dough begins to form.

Place dough on a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes until dough is smooth and stretchy

Place dough in a large, greased bowl the cover and leave in a warm place to rise for an hour until doubled in size.

Transfer to a floured surface and divide into 9 portions. Place into poddies mould and cover with a clean tea towel. Allow to prove for an hour in a warm place.

Meanwhile Preheat oven to 180 C and make hot cross mix by sifting flour into a bowl, adding water, and mixing until a smooth paste forms.

When hot cross poddies are ready for the oven, pipe cross mixture to form crosses on the top.

Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until golden.

Remove from the oven and brush with maple syrup to glaze and leave to cool before serving.

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