Whether you are enjoying a hot cross bun around Easter or you just love a hot cross bun as a treat with a cuppa in the afternoon, since these are not free foods, you have to make sure you are tracking them on the slimming world diet.
On average, hot cross buns tend to have a similar syn value of 9-11 syns per bun, making them a high syn treat to have once in a while as long as you have enough syns free within your allowance.
If you wondering whether or not you are allowed to eat a hot cross bun on the SW plan, some syn values according to different brands and how to make your own low syn hot cross buns we've put together a short guide below which will cover everything you need to know.
Since hot cross buns are pretty high in syns we would only suggest having one per day as treat, two would put you over your daily syn allowance costing you around 18 syns in total.
You also need to consider if you are topping your hot cross buns with butter or jam as this would contribute to additional syns. Hot cross buns get most of their syns from the butter and sugar inside of them, the addition of the dried fruits is what makes them very sugary.
One way to pick healthier hot cross buns is by choosing reduced-fat ones or wholemeal ones, gluten-free buns also tend to be much healthier. Avoid hot cross buns with a chocolate flavour or extra mix-ins such as cheese, this can make them very high in calories without you knowing.
As we mentioned above, most hot cross buns are between 9-11 syns but do vary slightly according to the brand and the mix-ins they have within their buns.
To help you out, we have listed the syn values of some popular branded hot cross buns below.
If you are looking to save some syns why not try making your hot cross buns at home? We've listed a healthy hot cross bun type recipe to try out below if you are craving some.
At 7 syns per hot cross bun, this recipe is much lower than a standard 9 syn hot cross bun and can even be frozen for eating later on. The whole recipe makes up to 6 hot cross buns.
To conclude, as long as your syns allow, having a hot cross bun now and then will not ruin your SW progress as long as it fits into your syns. Always choose plain hot cross buns and be careful if putting butter on top, alternatively, you could even make your own low syn hot cross buns which we listed above.