Vegan Recipes

Vegan Custard Buns

Vegan Custard Buns

Delight your taste buds with these Vegan Custard Buns, a plant-based twist on the classic Chinese bakery favorite. Soft, fluffy buns are filled with a luscious vegan custard, creating a delectable treat that’s perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a sweet snack. This recipe allows you to enjoy the irresistible combination of pillowy buns and creamy custard without the need for dairy or eggs. Indulge in the rich flavors and delightful textures of these Vegan Custard Buns for a guilt-free and satisfying dessert experience.

Full Recipe:


For the Buns:
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm non-dairy milk (such as almond or soy)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
For the Vegan Custard Filling:
  • 1 cup coconut milk (full-fat)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (for color)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the Buns:
  1. Activate Yeast:
    • In a small bowl, combine warm non-dairy milk, sugar, and active dry yeast. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until frothy.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients:
    • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour and salt.
  3. Combine Wet Ingredients:
    • Add the activated yeast mixture and vegetable oil to the dry ingredients. Mix until a dough forms.
  4. Knead Dough:
    • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 8-10 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  5. Let it Rise:
    • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for 1-2 hours or until it doubles in size.
  6. Divide and Shape:
    • Punch down the risen dough and divide it into small portions. Shape each portion into a ball.
  7. Make Custard Filling:
    • While the dough is rising, prepare the custard filling. In a saucepan, whisk together coconut milk, sugar, cornstarch, turmeric powder, and vanilla extract. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  8. Fill Buns:
    • Flatten each dough ball into a disc, spoon a dollop of the cooled custard filling into the center, and pinch the edges to seal.
  9. Let Rise Again:
    • Place the filled buns on a baking sheet, cover with a cloth, and let them rise for another 30-45 minutes.
  10. Bake:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Bake the buns for 15-20 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
  11. Cool and Serve:
    • Allow the Vegan Custard Buns to cool slightly before serving. Enjoy the soft, sweet, and custard-filled goodness!
Nutrition Facts (Per Serving – Makes about 12 buns):
  • Calories: 240
  • Fat: 8g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Total Carbohydrates: 38g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 10g
  • Net Carbs: 37g

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