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Vegan Bow-Tie Breads

Vegan Bow-Tie Breads

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These Vegan Bow-Tie Breads require less than 10-ingredients to make. They are fluffy and are perfect for breakfast or as a snack with some vegan butter or jam. They are a joy to make year-round!

Vegan Bow-Tie Breads

Since I could remember, my mom always allowed us to have anything we wanted for breakfast or more importantly when we were younger, anything she made or leftovers from dinner. The options ranged from noodles, stir-fried rice, congee, steak (yes! We got to have steak and spaghetti for breakfast too! (before I was vegan :)) to regular cereal, waffles or bread rolls/buns.

The one thing my mom always complains about by the end of the day or after dinner is what she should make tomorrow for breakfast and dinner. Whatever we have for breakfast we usually have for lunch too since my mom made big batches of them.

If we complain about eating something repeatedly, my mom is not the type to make whatever it is that we are craving that instant. It’s either eating whatever she made or is in the fridge or nothing. When we were old enough, we had the option to make it ourselves. So maybe this isn’t totally having anything we wanted for breakfast rather having lunch/dinner meals for breakfast instead.

Vegan Bow-Tie Breads
Vegan Bow-Tie Breads

One of my favorites to have for breakfast was bread rolls/buns. The ones my mom made were always fluffy and there is always some sort of filling to them whether it be sweet or savory. I like them because I always get to grab a couple instead of having just one. They are tasty enough that I hardly ever added jam to them if she made sweet or even plain ones since there is always a slight hint of sweetness to them.

I wanted to make something fun for breakfast and as a snack and went for these fun Vegan Bow Tie Breads. They are fluffy and sweet enough that you don’t have to spread any butter or jam to them if you do not want to. They are easier to make than you think. I added some rose petal powder to them for some extra color but you can use any other spices or coloring to them you like. Have lots of fun with them and get as creative as you want!

Vegan Bow-Tie Breads

Here is an overview of these Vegan Bow Tie Breads.


Flour: If you do not have all-purpose flour, you can also use bread flour. I have not tested the recipe with gluten-free flour, but if gluten-free is needed, you can make these Vegan Bow Tie Breads with Bob Red Mill’s 1:1 gluten-free flour, substituting it with the same weight. Note that the bread might not rise as much as regular dough.

Sugar: To make it refined sugar-free you can use coconut sugar. Note that the color of the bread rolls will be darker if you use coconut sugar. I would not recommend using maple syrup as this would change the over amount of weight ingredients to dry ingredients.

Plant-based Milk: I used unsweetened almond milk but you can also use any other unsweetened plant-based milk of choice.

Coconut Oil: I used unrefined coconut oil but you can use refined coconut oil if you prefer a less coconuty taste. If you do not have coconut oil, substitute the same amount with unsalted, vegan butter.

Rose Petal Powder: If you do not have rose petal flower, you can substitute it with matcha powder, a pinch of turmeric or any other spices/powder for the dough. If you do not have any of those, you can also use natural vegan food coloring. Use tiny drops of them at a time if you are using liquid coloring until you reach your desired color.

Vegan Bow-Tie Breads


What should I do if my dough is too wet or not baked through?
This might happen if you did not weigh the ingredients correctly. If this happens to you, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time until the dough is smooth to knead.

How do I store these bread rolls? Can I freeze them?
Store the buns in an airtight container or wrap them individually before freezing them. When you are ready to eat one, you can either microwave it for 2-3 minutes until it is soft and warm, or place them in your preheated oven at 225F for 5-8 minutes until they are warmed again.

Why is my dough not proofing? Why are the bread rolls not fluffy?
This can be a result of expired yeast or the environment. If you find that the yeast is not activated after you combine it with the warmed plant-based milk, the yeast may have expired. If your room is too cold, the dough will take a longer time to rise. Place the dough in a warm area in your home to help with the process.

What can I substitute with the rose petal powder?
If you do not have rose petal powder, you can substitute it with 2-3 tiny drops of pink vegan natural food coloring. You can also use any other colors you want to or leave them out.

If you like these Vegan Bow-Tie Bread, you might also like to try:
Vegan Snowman Mantou
Vegan Chinese Bunny Steamed Buns
Vegan Chinese Rose Steamed Buns

I cannot wait for you to try these Vegan Bow-Tie Bread! If you do, please tag me on Instagram @_withhelen or leave a comment below letting me know you like it! Happy Baking!

Vegan Bow-Tie Breads

Vegan Bow-Tie Breads

These Vegan Bow-Tie Breads require less than 10-ingredients to make. They are fluffy and are perfect for breakfast or as a snack with some vegan butter or jam. They are a joy to make year-round!

  • Author: Helen Au
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Sweets
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


125g (½ cup) unsweetened, plant-based milk, warmed

4g (1 ½ tsp) active dry yeast

250g (2 cups) all-purpose flour or bread flour

50g (¼ cup) cane sugar

¼ tsp fine sea salt

3g (1 tsp) rose petal powder 

38g (2 ½ tbsp) unrefined, coconut oil, melted


  1. To a mixing bowl, add in the flour, sugar salt and rose petal powder. Mix until it is well-combined. Once the yeast is activated, pour in the milk mixture. Knead the dough until it is slightly smooth.

  2. Pour in the melted coconut oil and knead again until the dough is completely smooth. If the dough becomes too sticky, add in 1 tablespoon of flour at a time until the dough is smooth to knead.

  3. Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and place it in a warm area for 20 minutes until it rises slightly in size.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  5. Dust a clean surface with some flour. Roll the dough out and divide it equally into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a circular shape. Using a rolling pin, roll each dough out into a flat disk about 1/4th inch thick. With a knife or bench scraper, slice 2 small strips at the bottom on the flatten dough. Slice a diagonal piece towards the right and left side and again towards the upper right and left corners. Slice one more time on the upper part of the dough. Tuck in the 2 triangles beneath the top triangle for both sides. With the remaining strip, fold it over the center and tuck it underneath, forming a bow tie shape. Repeat the step with the remaining dough. Transfer the shaped dough onto your baking sheet pan.

  6. Cover the sheet pan and allow it to sit for another 30 minutes until the dough rises in size.

  7. Bake the dough for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Allow the bread to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Keywords: vegan bread, holiday bread, rose petal

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