Hang Loose Buns, Baked

These are my breakfast buns, duuude. I have had one of these for breakfast every morning for like yeeears. They're toootally cool buns, maaaan. They're easy to make, they don't require a whole lot of effort on my end, there's no kneading-dough-on-a-floured-surface mess to clean up, and they're made with wholesome ingredients. Toootally aaawesome, duuude.

Dense and whole grainy goodness

Hang Loose Buns

1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rye flour
1/2 cup oat bran
1/4 cup flax seeds, ground
2 tbsp turbinado sugar
1 tsp salt
1 packet (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
3/4 cup water, warm
3/4 cup brown rice milk, warm
2 tbsp vegetable oil

1. In a large bowl stir together the flours, oat bran, flax seeds, sugar, salt, and yeast. Add the water, milk, and oil and stir with a large spoon until a smooth dough forms. It should only take a few stirs, dude. At this point you'll think it looks way too soft, but the oat bran and the flax seeds are going to be quite thirsty and they will drink up some of the liquid while the dough rises. The dough shouldn't be soupy, but it will be fairly soft. If it is soupy add a bit more flour. Cover and let the dough rise for 45 minutes. Take a nap and chillax, man.

2. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Take chunks of dough and shape them into balls. How many? Whatever, dude. I get nine or ten buns out of one batch, but if you want big monster-buns you can shape them into bigger balls. Place the dough balls on the baking sheet as you shape them and brush the tops and sides with a little bit of rice milk. Let them rise for 30 minutes.*

3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the buns look toasty brown. Remove from the oven and let them sit on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to a cooooling rack.

Serve warm and preferably, toasted.

For best results:

* I don't proof my yeast because it doesn't have enough time to lose its potency in this house. I bake something with yeast two or three times a week. But if your yeast is old and you suspect it might not be active anymore then go ahead and proof it.

* Do you have a meat thermometer? It was one of the best investments I've ever made, because I make sure all liquids that I use in yeast breads are perfectly warm (110 degrees F) which makes the yeast happy. And the thermometer is totally cool about not having anything to do with meat. No worries, duuude.

* Placing the baking sheet on the stove top as the oven preheats and the buns rise also makes the yeast happy.

* Sometimes I like adding two tablespoons of vital wheat gluten along with the flours, for a change. It makes them a bit chewier but I think I prefer them without the extra gluten.

* These buns aren't all that at room temperature, but they're totally righteous straight out of the oven or sliced in half and toastily toasted.

All puns intended. I'm not stoned. I just had a tofu scramble and you know how soy makes me all dopey! Why so relaxed? Because Halloweegan starts next Friday and there will be plenty crazy going on then! Whoooo!!! I mean, aaawesome, duuude.

I'm starting a new blog feature called Blog-Love. From now on I will randomly choose one of my favorite blogs and I will tell you a little bit about them at the end of each post. This week's Blog-Love goes out to Susan @ Kittens Gone Lentil! When Susan isn't cooking up vegan deliciousness and making cookbooks look irresistible, she's off being a super-vet and saving kitties with her magical powers! Susan is a true cat hero! She always ends her food posts with a perfect dessert: a very sweet "Cute Kitty Photo of the Post." Check out Susan's blog!


  1. OOOOH scrumptious! And I like the new blog-love feature :)

  2. Breakfast buns? Ignorant German me didn't even know you North Americans did that. I am coming over asap!

  3. Nice! They remind me of English muffins, but heartier and less finicky to make. Looks like a tasty breakfast indeed.

  4. Sounds so delicious!! Must make those ASAP! (:

  5. Well these sound good — and easy, too. I want one toasted and spread with avocado! Thanks for posting the recipe! The photos are beautiful and the new blog-love feature is cool.

  6. Awesome, brah!

    Love the blog-love feature.

  7. Soooo excited about Halloweegan!! (does excited little dance)
    I love the fact you don't need to knead these buns, one will definitely be popping a few of these buns in ones oven!!!

  8. The buns look and sound totally awesome! I've got to make these soon!!!

  9. great now i can make my own bun this coming weekend! cheers

  10. Oh I could so gobble up two or three of those buns with tea for breakfast!

    I love blog love - such a cool idea!

  11. Haha, totally rad, man!

    Posted yer cookies today! http://almostveganblog.com/2010/09/27/flourless-chocolate-almond-butter-cookies/

  12. Thanks for all the awesome comments, duuudes! I'm so glad you guys like the new Blog-Love feature! I will make a separate page where all the Blog-Love recepients will be neatly listed :D

    Breakfast buns probably aren't a very traditional breakfast, but I'm not a very traditional person. Maybe it's all the awesome breads you always blog about that made me breakfast-bread-lover, Mihl! And by the way, Hannah and Shelby, you just reminded me that I had blogged about a similar recipe a couple of years ago, which were actually stove-top english muffins!

    I hope you all like the buns if you decide to try them! :)

  13. I love making my own bread rolls, these sound so delicious I must bookmark this recipe and give it a go!

  14. Oooh those buns look like the English muffinish ones you had a while ago and I super loved those so I'm sure this recipe is a keeper too!

    <3 the Blog Love and can't wait for Halloweegan to start again!!!

  15. Your buns are beautiful! (giggle giggle). How I wish I could bake with yeast--grr! Guess I'll just admire them from afar. And I think the new Blog Love feature is great! :)

    PS Our anonymous hero from my blog post did get the underwear situation worked out, thankfully. ;)

  16. I can't wait for Halloweegan! Those buns sound aaaawesome duuude.

  17. Buns! They look delicious, especially with the jam and the cup o' tea!

    And yay for Blog-Love and double yay for starting with Susan's, she is indeed a super-vegan-vet! :D

  18. River, you make me smile. Duuuudee!!! :) Great recipe. Grazie!

  19. these look like the perfect quick bread fix. im wondering is there anything i can substitute the rye flour with? and is oat bran just oats blended into a flour?

  20. Yum. As always, the food you make looks amazing.


  21. Thanks guys! I'm glad you dig mah buns! :P

    Stephanie, I couldn't comment on your blog so I'll answer right here. If you can't find rye flour you can always replace it with more whole wheat flour. And even though oat bran and ground oats aren't the same thing, you can also use those instead of the bran. You will probably have to use less water, so you might want to start with 1/2 cup of water and add more if the dough isn't soft enough. I hope that helps! Good luck! :)


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