This year, when everyone’s attention was focused on chocolate and sweet cinnamon and raising Easter hot cross buns, I found myself craving a savory version of a bun. So on my first day off, yesterday, I put on my apron and did some fun baking experiments. Made few different batches of savory bread buns and a couple of sweet ones (old habits die hard) and struck gold with this olive and herbs bread buns.
To say that these are delicious is an understatement. They are perfect. They are so full of flavor, rich, dense, crispy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside. Perfect and addictive. I munched on one while still hot and fresh out of the oven, one as soon as they cooled off. One for dinner. One for breakfast next day. One during the photo shoot today. And then they were all gone and I was baking again.
They are perfect as a snack on their own, so beautiful with a spread or even to make mini sammies or veggie burgers. I already have so many ideas on how to take this recipe further. Savory muffins? Yes. Bread loaf? Big yes!
Best thing about these buns is even better than the amazing taste. It’s the fact that they are completely nutritious and good for you and made with veggies and so filling too.
Now let’s get baking!
Olives and herbs bread buns
- 2 TBSP chia seeds + 6 TBSP water
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup chickpea flour
- 1 cup hemp hearts
- 1/2 cup wholegrain flour
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 0.5 tsp baking soda
- 1 TBSP sea salt flakes
- 1 medium shallot onion (about 1/3 cup chopped onion)
- 1 medium green apple + 1/5 cup water
- 1 handful each: parsley and basil
- 7 kalamata olives
- 1/5 cup olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 190-200C. Line a tray with baking paper.
- Add the chia seeds and water to a small bowl and mix well with a fork. Set aside for 10-15 minutes for the seeds to soak up the water.
- Add all the fry ingredients to a medium large bowl – oats, flours, hemp, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir to evenly distribute.
- Add the onion, apple and 1/5 cup water to a blender and puree. Scoop into the bowl with all the flours.
- Pit and chop the olives and add them to the bowl.
- Finely chop the herbs and add them to the bowl.
- Add the olive oil and chia seed mix to the bowl and mix all by hand until you get a dough.
- Divide the dough in three equal parts then each part into three smaller pieces. Roll each into a ball and then flatten them slightly. Place the buns on the baking sheet and then place the tray in the oven.
- Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until they are golden brown on the outside. To test if they are done inside, poke them with a skewer or toothpick and if it comes out clean they are done.
- Enjoy in any and all ways possible!