These Vegan Pumpkin Steamed Buns are soft and chewy. They are a twist to traditional steamed cakes and filled with a sweetened red bean paste. It requires 6 ingredients to make only and is perfect for fall! They are gluten-free and oil-free.
As I was making these pumpkin steamed buns, I had a sense of peace and calmness in me despite everything that is going on. I had soft piano music playing in the background as I rolled out each dough and filled it with the red bean paste. The only thing in my mind was just the ingredient in front of me. It was one of those moments when I was totally present and was not concerned with whether I had a message or email I had to get back to.
I am the middle out of my 2 other siblings. Even though it was never said, growing up I was always competitive towards my older sister. If she got an award, I would want to get that one too and always aimed to get an even better award if that was possible. I was super focused in school and wanted to excel academically so my parents never had to worry about me and also prove that I was better than my sister in some way.
I was never not studying something, always on a go-go mode. It wasn’t until this past year and especially this year that I learned to slow down and be okay with not getting everything done and most importantly, knowing that I am enough and unique in my own way.
I learned the value of slow living and adapted into my daily life, finding something to be happy for everyday even if the day was not going as I had planned it. I learned to be present with what is in front of me instead of constantly thinking about the past or future, both of which I cannot control. Even more so, I learned to love myself in a different way- replacing the constant need to be in control of everything, to be “perfect”, with a desire to have more joy and creativity in my life. I am reminded of why I have started in the first place and made me reflect back on why I need to constantly be on the go.
These were my thoughts as I made these Pumpkin Steamed Buns with a sweetened red bean paste. They are a twist to traditional Chinese steamed buns, made with glutinous rice flour. They are made vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free.
What do you need to make these Vegan Pumpkin Steamed Buns?
-glutinous rice flour
-sweetened red bean paste
-organic canned sugar
-active dry yeast