Recipes, Sweet

‘NOT’ CROSS BUNS | wholefood & hearty

Enjoy the lead up to a few days off and the delicious change in seasons with these babies!

These are definitely not cross buns…a far cry from the modern-day, traditional and airy store-bought version. These are very hearty and dense, with no dough rising or kneading, needed (see what I did there!)

I highly recommend adding some cacao powder if you are a bit of a chockie lover, plus some chopped raw choc makes a tasty addition instead of the traditional dried fruit too!

Best eaten still warm from the oven smothered in the ‘chockie spread’ from WHOLE, but lets be honest: ALL of the pictured buns are now in my tum and I snacked on them aaaaaallllll day long at the shop. So, safe to say I also enjoyed them cold.

I also like mine toasted and spread with some tahini and maple or treat them like a scone (they wont mind) and dollop them with super thick coconut yogurt and chia jam.

Whatever you chose to do, ENJOY!

Much love and happy easter!

x Harry

Makes: About 12 small not-cross-buns

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Difficulty: Very easy

2 cups (200g) organic rolled oats

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoons mixed spice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 ripe bananas, peeled

2 tablespoons hulled tahini

1/4 cup plant-based milk (or water)

4 medjool dates, pitted

1/2 cup dried currants

2 tablespoons brown rice flour

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius fan-forced and line a medium-sized square or rectangular slice tin with greaseproof baking paper.

Add oats, salt, baking powder and mixed spice to your food processor and blitz until a flour is formed.

Add the bananas, tahini, plant-based milk and dates and blend until smooth. Mix in the currants and spread evenly into the tin.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven and slice into about 12 squares. Transfer the baking paper to a tray and spread the buns out over the top.

Whisk the brown rice flour and just enough water together until a paste is formed.

Pipe or drizzle over the squares. You can omit this step if you like, it’s really just decoration and makes them a little more festive but not essential to the taste!

Return to the oven for a further 15 minutes.


These are delicious fresh out of the oven and just by themselves but there are also many spreads that are yummy on them too.

Some of my favourites are:


Thick and creamy coconut yoghurt + chia jam

Nut free chockie spread (from WHOLE).

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