Got Sesame Seed Buns, Hon?

Makes 6 large buns


1 tablespoon active-dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup flax milk or plant-based milk
1 flax egg (Mix 1Tbsp of ground flax seed + 3 Tbsp of water & chill a bit in fridge)
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons organic cane sugar
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
3 cups bread flour                                                                                                                            


Sesame seeds add enough to shake on buns

1 Tbsp Earth Balance butter or use additional coconut oil to spread on the tops of buns before baking

Parchment Paper                                                                                                                    



  1. Add 1/2 cup warm water and yeast to a large mixing bowl, or add to your Kitchen Aid mixer.  Let sit until frothy, or about 10 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the plant-based milk, flax egg, melted coconut oil, cane sugar, and salt.  Add this to the frothy yeast mixture and stir until combined.
  3. Next, add the flour and mix until it starts to clump together.  Use a dough hook or knead for 10 minutes.  At this point the dough should come together in a ball, look smooth and spring back  a bit when you touch it with your fingertips.   
  4. Lightly oil the large mixing bowl you previously used, add the dough and cover.  You can cover the bowl with a towel or use the lid of a sauce pan.  
  5. Let the dough rise in a warm spot until doubled in size or about an hour.  My home is typically cool.  To help my dough rise, I will preheat my oven to 170 degrees, add my ceramic bowl of dough to the oven with a cover, and then turn the oven off.  I never use plastic to cover my dough.  
  6. Using a pastry cloth, or a clean area on your counter dusted with flour, divide the dough into six pieces and then mold into six balls. Transfer the balls to a parchment-lined baking sheet and rise again until they puff up, or roughly 35 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  8. Melt the Earth Balance butter, or additional coconut oil, and brush over the risen buns.  Shake sesame seeds on top of the balls.  Finally, bake the buns until golden brown: 15-18 minutes.    
  9. Let the buns cool completely before using.  If you rush this part, the buns will easily get smushed.  
  10. Slice and enjoy! 


Adapted from a non-vegan recipe listed by The Kitchn.