Leah Itsines’ Snickers Hot Cross Buns recipe

Treat yourself to this deliciously healthy rendition

By Leah Itsines • 2 months ago • RECIPE

Happy Easter! Or Happy Anytime because you’re going to want to eat these all year round. 

These Snickers Hot Cross Bun are the perfect healthy treat to enjoy with your friends and family over the holiday break. 

My tip is to enjoy them fresh out of the oven with your desired toppings!

Snickers Hot Cross Buns

MAKES 8 | PREP 30 | COOK 20


  • 2 cups of wholemeal spelt flour 
  • 7g yeast packet
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup 
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar 
  • 1/4 cup dated, pips removed and diced 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/2 cup almond milk 
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder 
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the cross:

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder 
  • 5 tbsp water (more if needed)


  1. Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  2. In a small bowl, add maple syrup, almond milk and place in the microwave for 20 seconds to slightly warm (you don’t want it boiling) Once warm, add yeast and whisk for 20 seconds. Set aside. 
  3. In another bowl, add egg, orange juice, coconut oil, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Whisk until light. 
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, cacao, yeast mixture and the egg mixture. Mix until it combines. 
  5. On a floured surface, kneed the dough (add a little more flour if still sticky) and kneed until soft. Place back into the bowl and allow to raise lightly for 40 minutes. 
  6. Divide the dough into 8 even balls and place onto a lined baking tray. 
  7. Combine ingredients for the cross into a small bowl and mix.
  8. Place into a piping bag and pipe a cross over the bun. 
  9. Place into the oven for 20 minutes until cooked through. 

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