Beautiful soft Keto Hot Cross Buns for Easter that are gluten, grain and sugar free.
6 Keto Hot Cross Buns on a baking lined baking sheet

Mad Creations Keto Hot Cross Buns were quite simply created because of demand.

Easter last year I was pushed to publish a keto hot cross bun, and I really had no idea how to make them anything like a real bun. Now I know a lot better.

These rolls are actually rolls! It is like eating a real bun, and it is sweet (even without the sweetener) I would not even consider putting out a recipe if it didn’t work the way I want them to.

So, if you are looking for a Keto Hot Cross Bun to fill that hankering, then these guys are “go to”. Another recipe just trying to make a sugar free diet a little easier at Easter time.

Keto Hot Cross Bun Ingredients

What do you need to make a keto hot cross bun recipe? Just the usual keto pantry staples.

The photographed recipe is just with spices, but I have also done it with some 85% Cacao Chocolate which was pretty yum. 

I hope you really enjoy them.  Please SHARE for me, and pin to your favourite board.

Happy Easter (I know it’s not yet, but you are going to be eating these suckers anyway)

This variety below is just without the cross for a really tasty fruit toast.

Mad Creations Keto Hot Cross Bun Fruit Toast #grainfree

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Keto Hot Cross Buns

Beautiful soft Keto Hot Cross Buns for Easter that are gluten, grain and sugar free.
4.99 from 51 votes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Easter
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 198kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
Servings: 10 serves (1 bun)
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Optional extras (not counted in nutritional)

  • 50 g dark chocolate chopped
  • 50 g dried fruits ie sultanas, currants (If you want to take the carb hit then go for it)
  • 50 g glace ginger
  • essential oils
  • Cross
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup sweetener)



  • Preheat the oven to 170℃/350°F. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  • Mix almond meal, psyllium, baking powder and salt 5 sec/speed 9.  
  • Add the remaining bun ingredients. Mix 1 min/dough setting. Shape into 10 – 12 equal sized buns. (I did 10 at 100g each)
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes.
  • Insert the whisk attachment into a clean dry bowl. Add the egg whites; mix for
    3 minutes/speed 4. 
  • After about 1 minute when soft peaks have formed begin adding the xylitol 1 spoon at a time while mixing. Mixture should be glossy and sweetener dissolved.
  • Remove the buns from the oven and pipe with the meringue (if using). Return to the oven to crisp the meringue or use a blow torch.


  • Preheat the oven to 170℃/350°F. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer; mix almond meal, psyllium, making powder and salt to combine. Add remaining bun ingredients until combined.
  • To prepare the meringue; use a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites to soft peaks then gradually add the sweetener. Whisk until thick and glossy. Pipe onto the cooked buns. Return to the oven to crisp the meringue or use a blow torch.


I also did a version with Green’s sugar free Blueberry Maple Syrup as a glaze straight over the buns.
Another option for the cross would be a piped chocolate cross.  We did test several compliant crosses, but even with an attractive look, (and some with less than attractive) they had no flavour.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 1serve (1 bun) | Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 1.4mg | Net Carbs: 5g
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29 responses to “Keto Hot Cross Buns – Fruit Toast”

  1. Jessica Formicola

    5 stars
    These hot cross buns were so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      You are very welcome.

  2. Clara

    5 stars
    Delicious little fruit bun to be enjoyed at any time. Easy recipe to follow and love not having to buy special products just for a recipe. The texture is different to a traditional hot cross bun but hey they are low carb, easy to make, delicious and home made! Im going to try making this recipe as a loaf next time. The whole family enjoy them as long as I dont call them a hot cross bun!

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Lol. Definitely not the same as a real one but tasty enough.

  3. Clara

    4 stars
    If your hoping for the same texture and taste as the high carb buns you’ll be disappointed BUT These are delicious and you can vary what you put in them like dried fruit, chocolate, leave them plain, adjust the spices to your liking. Such an easy recipe to follow. Looks like I’ll be making a few more for over the Easter period. Thanks Megan.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Yay… and welcome!

  4. Lynda H

    5 stars
    Just Yum 🤤… been craving Hot Cross buns since I saw some at the shops the other day.
    Decided to give Megan’s ones a go.
    Absolutely delicious… going to freeze the rest for Good Friday.
    Thanks Megan ❤️

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Thanks Lynda. I am so glad you enjoyed them. I hope you are doing well. x

  5. Cissy Langridge

    5 stars
    These are awesome! So light. I used chopped glace ginger and craisins.

  6. Dakotah Love

    Hello Megan!
    I am from NSW Australia and just made your delicious hot cross buns – they are wonderful! Thank you so much for this great recipe! I also put chopped up dates in mine! (-: YUM!

  7. Bernadette

    5 stars
    I’m not a Baker and have only been following a keto focus for a couple of months. I was missing our family tradition of hot cross buns on Food Friday. This recipe was so easy and so delicious – it’s given me confidence to try other things. It’s also given me a wee dose of happiness in the lockdown for Covid19

  8. Tulips

    5 stars
    Just found your blog and love everything about it! I’d like to make these buns but I only have Psyllium Husk ground, how much should I use? In teaspoons…please. Big thanks 🙂

  9. Fran

    5 stars
    Fantastic! Made this as recipe with following:
    infused boiling water with rooibos, orange and cinnamon tea bags (2) for about 10 minutes
    added 25g currants, 25g dried cranberries (reduced sugar) and 25g uncrystallised ginger
    used mixed spice instead of allspice
    used purchased egg white in carton
    Didn’t add crosses but did glaze with Queen Sugar Free Maple Syrup with Apple & Cinnamon when they were hot out of the oven – squirt a little on top and spread quickly with pastry brush.
    Very delicious. Will make as a ‘loaf’ next time.

    1. Megan Mad Creations Hub

      Oh that sounds fabulous Fran. Thanks for sharing your version and leaving a great review too.

  10. Bec

    I love this recipe and have made it many times. I have made my own cross recipe using cream cheese, egg and almond meal blended together, piped on and baked in the oven. I like the texture of the cream cheese cross better .

  11. Anonymous

    What is the cross recipe?

    1. Megan

      It is included in the recipe. It is a meringue

  12. Bel

    5 stars
    So yummy! Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Thank you!

  13. 5 stars
    Hot cross buns are very much a big part of our easter tradition (not only the taste and treat picnic lunch of sweet buns but also the big family bake up) so I found this recipe an absolute god send, feeling like I wasn’t missing out on anything.

    1. Megan

      That is so great Sarah. Glad you enjoyed the Hot Cross Buns

  14. Lynda

    5 stars
    These hot cross buns remind me of raisin toast flavour. I made the first batch without the cross and they turned out great. Just with a nice slice of butter and they went down a treat. I will definitely be making these again for Easter. The whole family loved them.
    Thanks for sharing such a great recipe

  15. Meep

    These are soo tasty and good, thank you so much! I added candied peel, it was worth it for the few extra carbs as it gave a lovely flavour. Thank you for such an amazing recipe.

    1. Megan

      You are most welcome!

  16. Anonymous

    Thanks for these. so each one is 3g carbs without the fruit or 12g carbs with the fruit as per nutrition?

    1. Megan

      The nutritional panel does not include the fruit. To calculate the net carb you need to minus the fibre from the total carbs

  17. Janine

    Is it 3g carbs including the sultanas and glacé ginger?? Or are they an optional extra?

    1. Megan

      No Janine. They are optional

  18. Natusha

    5 stars
    My whole family loves these, even my picky toddler!
    This recipe hits the spot when I get a raisin toast craving

  19. Megan

    5 stars
    Quite simply delicious. They smell and taste very much like fruit toast. A true soft bun.

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