Vegan Cardamom Buns from The Yoga Girl® Kitchen

These cardamom buns are so good you should go ahead and bake them NOW!

Baking brings us SO much joy, anchoring, processing and grounding. We have been baking and cooking our way through quarantine and we are not stopping anytime soon.

There is something so soothing and cathartic about baking.

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We can watch the lizards and dogs tear through our gardens yet we can still create something from scratch with our hands. Knowing that we can physically manifest something for ourselves and our families to eat brings us so much comfort. The smell of freshly baked breads, cakes and buns is one of the most calming things in quarantine right now.

If you have a lot of time on your hands and you’re craving comforting, gooey, baked goods with a spicy Ayurvedic twist, this is the time to make the ultimate Yoga Girl® Cardamom Buns!

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One positive thing about quarantine is that we all have the time to bake! We have the time to put in the preparation, time to wait for the dough to rise, time to put our heart in our hands and create loving, nourishing food for ourselves and our loved ones.

As we have time to slow down and to make healing foods for ourselves, take the time to put some love into the nourishing food you are creating to sustain yourself and your family.

Listen to your favorite song, playlist or mantra while prepping and cooking. Set the loving intention to nourish yourself and your family with the comforting, healing food from the heart of your cozy kitchen.

One of the most liberating things about staying at home is the fact that we are indulging in cooking and creating delicious, heartwarming food. We love to add spices to increase healing and balance as well as add a colorful, fragrant element to the dish.

Cardamom is an Ayurvedic healing spice, it supports digestion, the liver, kidneys, and heart.

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Integrating spices into your baked goods is a great way to incorporate healing properties to indulgent foods. Cardamom also helps to increase metabolism and activates digestion!

Cardamom has a spicy, sweet, soothing and calming fragrance. It helps to balance all of the Doshas and bring the energetic body into balance. Drop into the process with this yummy, sweet and oh-so-satisfying recipe!

Vegan Cardamom Buns from the Yoga Girl® Kitchen

Ingredients:

The Dough:

  • 1 packet yeast
  • ½ cup melted vegan butter
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 cups plant-based milk (almond, hemp, oat, etc.)
  • 5 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt

The Filling:

  • 1 cup softened vegan butter
  • 2 Tbsp cardamom powder
  • 1 cup coconut sugar

The Garnish: (Simple Syrup)

  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup water

Process:

  1. Sprinkle a packet of yeast over the melted butter, sugar, and milk, and let it sit until it’s weird looking and the yeast is activated (you’ll know when the mixture starts to bubble).

  2. Add in flour and salt and mix until the mixture is combined. You might start with a spatula and then move to combining by hand. Then, cover the dough with a towel and leave in the warmest part of your house to rise for 1 hour.

  3. While the dough is rising, prep the cardamom filling. Take the softened butter, cardamom powder and 1 cup sugar and mix together in a large bowl. This will make a lot of filling, but - bonus - it spills out onto the tops of the buns, creating a gooey, buttery, spicy and sweet pre-garnish.

  4. After one hour has passed, preheat the oven to 350 F (200 C) and roll the dough out into a ½ in. (1cm) thick rectangular shaped sheet. Spread the filling on top of the dough, then roll and slice into 24 equal pieces. You can use muffin tins or place the rolls on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until nice and golden (32 mins if you’re like me and you are watching #blackAF on Netflix and end up forgetting to take them out).

  6. While the rolls are in the oven, prepare your simple syrup by combining 1/2 cup water + 1/2 cup coconut sugar in a medium saucepan over low-medium heat (not too high otherwise it could burn). Stir regularly until sugar is completely dissolved, then take off heat to let cool. Be sure to let it cool a bit before brushing onto warm rolls otherwise it will just slide off.

  7. When you take the buns out, garnish with a brush of your newly made (but not hot!) simple syrup then add a sprinkle of ground cardamom and sugar!

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Enjoy and share how you liked them in the comments below!