Have you ever tried Hawaiian rolls? You're in for a treat, friend! Today, we'll show you how to turn the classic recipe into a much healthier one. Our Hawaiian rolls are both vegan (dairy-free, eggless) and sugar-free, with extra fibres.
As the name implies, these rolls are famous in Hawaii. They are very similar to Portuguese sweet bread, and in fact, it was the Portuguese that brought the recipe to Hawaii when they settled there around the 19th century. What is this sweet roll like? Hawaiian bread is soft and pillowy, like a brioche.
What's special about them is the use of pineapple juice as a sweetener. That's what gives the rolls that sweet tropical hint that makes you think of happy holidays! But to get that soft and fluffy consistency, the classic recipe makes heavy use of eggs and butter. Guess what? We will show you how to make equally delicious rolls without using any butter, refined sugar, or eggs!
To do that, we will replace sugars with extra pineapple juice. Because sugar melts during baking, it behaves similarly to a liquid ingredient. Moreover, pineapple juice is naturally sweet. So swapping out sugars for more pineapple won't alter the recipe structure, but it will make it healthier.
Then, we will swap eggs with coconut yoghurt and use oil instead of butter. These last two alterations made our Hawaiian rolls completely vegan, extra-tropical, and without all those nasty saturated fats and cholesterol.
Finally, we'll use a combo of plain and wholemeal flour instead of just white flour. This way, we increase the number of fibres in the recipe. More fibres equal more health, as the fibres counteract the absorption of sugars into your bloodstream.
We are so proud of these buns. They are delicious, wholesome, and truly fun to prepare. Compared to what you get from the traditional recipe, our vegan Hawaiian rolls have 4 times fewer saturated fats, 50% more fibres, and three times fewer sugars. Just follow the steps below and enjoy!