Coconut Buns

I’m far from being am expert in healthy eating. I do my best to follow the food pyramid (not that I couldn’t live just by eating sweets).
I do believe every one should make their own decisions when it comes to food. And their doctor, if it’s the case.
A while back everyone was talking about the coconut oil. Some were saying it’s not good for our health, some that it is good. I honestly believe they just don’t want to get along :)
Somehow, even with this controversy going on there are still people (including me) buying coconut oil and using it in the kitchen or a regular basis. I do believe it’s good for your own heath, unless you decide to drink it like water.
I like it, I like its nutty flavor and exotic touch.
Few weeks ago, I had the chance to receive a package from the kind people at Kelapo. It contained a jar of their 100% Pure Organic Coconut Oil.
After playing a little bit in the kitchen, mostly using it at stir fries and fried rice I decided to try it in baking. I knew it can be used instead of butter but never tried it. Now it was the time.
 I had this recipe bookmarked for few days and twisted it a little bit to fit my taste.
Coconut Buns

In your stand up mixer bowl measure 4 + 1/2 cups of bread flour. Make a well in the middle and pour 1/4 cup lukewarm milk and sprinkle 1 package dry yeast on top. Stir and let the yeast dissolve.
In a bowl mix 1/3 cup sugar with 1 egg and a pinch of salt.
Slowly add 1 + 1/4 cup milk and stir.
With the dough hook on start mixing, slowly adding the sweetened milk
When the milk is incorporated add 1/3 cup coconut oil.
Keep mixing until all the oil is blend in. If the dough is still wet add a little more flour.
Place the dough into a greased bowl and leave it to rise until doubled. Meanwhile mix 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut with few drops of heavy whipping cream, just enough to form a paste.
Divide it into 18 almost equal small balls. Flatten each ball and put a little coconut in the middle. Tuck in the edges and place the buns in 2 greased 8X8 baking dishes.
Brush the buns with some more coconut oil and sprinkle some flakes on top. Leave it to rise until the oven reaches 375F.
Bake for 20-23 minutes until nice and golden.
Let it cool a little bit and enjoy.
Note :  The coconut I mixed with the cream for the filling wasn’t enough for the 18 buns. I liked the ones without the coconut filling. The filling dried out during baking. Hubby and my neighbors loved the ones with the coconut filling. It’s up to each one’s taste :)
The result : success all the way. Using coconut oil instead of butter was a great idea, gave the buns a nutty flavor without overpowering them. I have so many coconut goodness in my mind, mmmm, can’t wait to experiment.
Kelapo Coconut would like to offer my readers a coupon code for purchasing their product. You can use the code GreenGirl20 (case sensitive) for a 20% off at checkout. It is valid until June 30th. Hope you’ll take advantage of it and enjoy!
That’s about it for tonight, thank you for visiting. Hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend.
Sending you lots of love,

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  1. thoma says

    omg Roxana i can frame tht first photo and use it…jus love it. being a South Indian from Kerala we grew up in coconuts and everything coconutty…i hold this recipe close to heart. thnx for sharing!

  2. Lisa says

    I love the new look of your blog and those coconut buns look fantastic. I have some Kelapo coconut oil myself, and when I saw these, I thought -BINGO! 😉

  3. Free Nutritional Calculator says

    is kelapo organic oil available in asia? I want to try one. the bun is awesome

  4. Dzoli says

    I love coconut buns too..Especially ones taht are amde following recepie from Pacific Islanad.They make the sameone as you did only they drown them in coconut milk:)

  5. The Harried Cook says

    Lovely! Though I am not a huge fan of coconut, I love things made with coconut oil! this sounds & looks great :) Thanks for sharing!

  6. The Mom Chef says

    I keep seeing coconut oil around. I would guess that it's very healthy, but like everything else, in moderation. I'd probably go for the non-filled kind, but that's just preference, right? :)

  7. Lizzy says

    Your buns look picture perfect, Roxana! And I bet the coconut oil gives a great, subtle flavor…if I left out any additional coconut, even my hubby might enjoy these beauties. So fun you got to play with a new product…I'm going to try it out, too :)

  8. Apron Appeal says

    I love butter. So when my docs told me I had to cut out dairy, I got mad. I've since stopped my whining and started converting to coconut oil, because it goes solid or liquid I can use it when a recipe calls for butter or oil. I'm also playing around with palm shortening. The point is, I'm using a lot of coconut oil so this coupon is going to be coming in handy. I just need to decide how much to stock up on.

  9. Baking Serendipity says

    This sounds so good! I love the light flavor of coconut…not overpowering, just a little bit there. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this product and an awesome recipe :)

  10. Junia says

    ahhh coconut buns sound heavenly!! love that golden crisp look on a freshly baked bread. looks like we both were in the mood for some coconut goods :). btw, i love the new look of the blog!

  11. Renata says

    Gorgeous buns! I love coconut buns, and I will certainly try this recipe. I love the shot of the bun inside the coconut shell, very clever!

  12. Priya Sreeram says

    roxana, each & every bake of yours is bookmarked and this one is too- let's c if i can make somethg gorgeous like urs !

  13. The Cilantropist says

    I was actually just telling one of my friends tonight how much I have been loving coconut oil!!! (Clearly great minds think alike!) I have actually not heard it is unhealthy, rather I have heard it is a more healthy substitute for butter. I LOVE the taste, and have been using it every way possible, though not tried it yet for baking – I should catch up to you! 😉

  14. Eileen says

    I've never baked with coconut oil. I've never been a coconut fan. My 5th grade teacher made us try raw coconut and it made me so sick. I do love how tender your rolls look. I wouldn't be afraid to try one :)

  15. Spicie Foodie says

    Another great baked goodie Roxana! The coconut buns look so cute and scrumptious. I have never used coconut oil but I believe that most things in moderation are fine.

  16. Indie.Tea says

    I personally am not a fan of coconut oil (just 'cause I don't like the smell)….but I know a few people who swear by it and its healthy reputation.
    The buns look delicious. Fluffy and golden and so good!

  17. Emily @ Life on Food says

    These look amazing! What a fun way to incorporate coconut. I am just getting on the coconut oil bandwagon but I love it so far.

  18. Heavenly Housewife says

    This is a real beauty. I love anything cococonut. I am bookmarking this. Coconut+carb=Heaven!
    *kisses* HH

  19. Sandra says

    You did fantastic job with these buns…I can just imagine the nice and warm smell when you opened up your oven!!Ohh also you changed your blog background again..awesome!!! I like it a lot!

  20. Wendy Irene says

    I really like the suggestion of trying out coconut oil instead of butter. I have never done it before and feel really compelled to give it a try! Thank you for the inspiration :)

  21. Correen says

    These coconut buns would be the bomb with spicy barbecue sauced chicken hot off the grill and I'd have to toss in a side of crispy steamed summer veggies! See what you do to me 😉

  22. Anonymous says

    These look so yummy, and so tender. I bet they are fantastic when they are warm!

    Now, I am a huge coconut fan myself, but I have been holding my tongue on this fat topic for a long time. I do know a lot about the fat debate at hand. Right down to the chemistry of it.
    I am a Dietetics major from Chicago, seriously cranking away at the chemistry, and building major bills to gain this knowledge!
    And here is a free consultation… 😉

    It is true, while butter and lard contain cholesterol (because cholesterol only comes from animal sources), coconut should not be thought to be healthier for you. I commonly see this misconception of what the product labels mean when they claim to be healthier for your body. If you are wanting to reduce saturated fat, butter is, in fact, lower in saturated fat than coconut oil. Lard is even lower than butter! Imagine that! (With a higher melting point, consider this as a shortening replacement in your next pie crust)
    The most effective way to reduce cholesterol in a diet is not to eliminate cholesterol sources (so yes, you can enjoy those eggs), but to monitor the saturated fat in your diet. When you consume saturated fat consistently, it leads to the gradual obstruction in your circulatory system. Basically, please take from this that any fat is fat. Your body needs it, but you gotta watch the sources with high percentage saturated fat! Don't be fooled by faulty information creating misleading claims. Enjoy as a tasty indulgence for your mind. You will feel satisfied.

  23. Jen H says

    These buns sound great! Thanks so much for talking a bit about cocnut oil, I've been wondering about using it myself.

  24. BakerbyNature says

    I feel like coconut is everywhere right now; I can't get enough of it! I love baking with coconut oil; it lends such a unique flavor.

  25. briarrose says

    What a great way to use the coconut oil. Wonderful recipe. I've never thought to try a coconut flavored bun….I might have to whip some of these up just to sample away.

  26. Liren says

    These look perfect! Coconut oil is not something I have used a lot, but now I am definitely inspired to try. The buns remind me so much of the ones my relatives used to make when we would visit my dad's home in the Philippines – with a lovely coconut filling! I am definitely bookmarking :)

  27. Magic of Spice says

    Fantastic looking buns! I do enjoy cooking with coconut oil but I use several different oils depending on what I am making, so I guess I do not use it consistently.

  28. kita says

    Mmm those look so soft and airy. I let ppl pick their own battles with food and try not to get to opinionated either way (it seems no matter what I'd be in trouble).

  29. foodwanderings says

    OMG Coconut buns you yummy and I am so hungry!! We are crazed for anything coocnut here and loce these buns. Goergeous and marking this for future baking!!

  30. Cookin' Canuck says

    I try to follow the rule of "Everything in moderation". These coconut buns sounds wonderful and a fun treat to make every now and then.

  31. Coconut Novice says

    Did you heat the coconut oil to make it liquid? My coconut oil is solid at room temperature. I’d like to try your recipe but I’m not sure how to handle the oil.

    • says

      I left the jar of coconut oil in a warm place until the oil melted. If you don’t feel comfortable leaving the whole jar, just spoon as much as you need in a bowl, cover and let that one melt.


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