Sweet Vegan Hawaiian Buns + Raw Berry Chia Jam

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If I were to pick one food that I used to enjoy on a daily basis that I not do not eat, as it is not vegan and essentially, it is horrible for your health, I would choose King’s Hawaiian Bread. Every morning (seriously, every morning) my dad would cut up a few slices of the bread for us while I made us each a large glass of warmed whole fat chocolate milk with Hershey’s syrup. We would dunk the bread into the milk, and call that breakfast. Gross, I know.

I can’t believe I used to eat that, let alone that my father would encourage it. Man, have things changed. I will not even come close to any of that chemical laden, fat filled (you get the point) atrocity.

I actually got to thinking, could I create a healthier version of these rolls? Well, I got to recipe testing, and I came up with this. I used whole wheat flour and tamed the sweetness a bit of what I remember the original bread to have, so I made these a bit more palatable for my current taste in sweets, and more enjoyable if I do say so myself.

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As for the chocolate milk? Well, I dropped that idea all together, and decided I would try out a new mixture of flavors. I wanted to make this a bit more “sophisticated” so instead of a chocolate milk, I opted for a Raw Vegan Berry Jam. Well, the jam seriously put the chocolate milk to shame. I wish I had been pairing my hawaiian bread with jam all of this time! I love the mixture of flavors, its such a great “treat”, when in reality, its so much damn healthier for you than what you would buy in stores.

My family absolutely loved these recipes, especially together, and I hope the same goes for all of you who try it as well.

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Without further or do, I give you, Sweet Vegan Hawaiian Buns + Raw Berry Jam!

Sweet Vegan Hawaiian Buns

Yields 12

  • 2 tbs flax meal
  • 6 tbs water
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple juice
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) envelope active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp organic pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 cups + 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (you can  sub with AP or experiment with gluten free flours)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbs organic coconut sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp ginger powder
  1. Mix together the flax meal and water. Set aside until thickened.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In the meantime, stir together your pineapple juice, yeast, vanilla and coconut oil into a large bowl.
  4. In another bowl, mix 3 cups flour, coconut sugar and ginger.
  5. Mix your thickened flax into the wet mixture, making sure to stir well. Once combined, begin adding in your dry ingredients 1 cup at a time until thoroughly combined.
  6. Cover your bowl with a towel, and place in a warm area to rise for about an hour, or until it has almost doubled in size.
  7. Knead your dough with the remaining 1/4 cup flour. If you feel the dough is too moist, add more flour until consistency has improved. Separate the dough into 12 even balls, and place on the baking sheet. Cover once more, and allow it to rise for another hour. In the meantime, pre-heat your oven to 350 F.
  8. Place the buns in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow it to cool  once removed from the oven before slicing and filling with jam.

Raw Berry Chia Jam

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 3 strawberries (with stems)
  • 1 tsp meyer lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup blackberries
  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • 6 medjool dates
  1. Process the berries and lemon juice in a high speed blender (or food processor) until smooth.
  2. Add in the dates and blending until the machine runs smooth.
  3. Place the mixture into a large bowl or jar (make sure it is larger than the volume of the mixture), and stir in the chia seeds.
  4. Refrigerate your jam for at least an hour (overnight is desired).Enjoy! xx

2 thoughts on “Sweet Vegan Hawaiian Buns + Raw Berry Chia Jam

  1. This looks good! I also grew up with Hawaiian sweet rolls every now and then, so I’ll be sure to try this recipe out. One question — are you using instant or active dry yeast?

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