Vegan Copy Cat Hawaiian Rolls
Much of my childhood was spent sneaking the King’s Hawaiian Rolls my parents would buy for special occasions. I knew when they came home from the store with a package, we were having people over for some reason or another. The package would slowly disappear every time they turned their backs. I may have been slipping a tiny hand into the bag and pulling off a roll or two. The thought of these sweet rolls always makes my heart happy, still. Unfortunately, I realized they were not vegan when I got older and wanted to spread this love to my daughter. My daughter is a vegetarian and eats dairy and eggs, but I wanted something we could have together.
My husband bought some King’s Hawaiian Rolls a while back to make sliders out of, and then I got the idea to just make my own. How hard could it be? I mean really, I have a bit of knowledge about yeast bread making and what generally goes into these rolls, so as I always say, “I can totally make that vegan.” I found a few reference, Girl meets kitchen , and Food.com . These were a great help to get me started.
So here is the veganized version I came up with. They are so delicious, they take me right back to the happier times I had as a child. Food was always involved in my the memories I have that I am actually fond of. The point I am trying to make every day is to make healthier versions of the food that comforted me, and make healthier versions of the memories I had for my daughter, so that we may have a healthier life, physically and mentally. Please enjoy!
3 C. All purpose flour
1/2 tsp. Ginger
1 1/2 Flax eggs( so that ends up being 3 Tbsp. Flax meal + 4 1/2 Tbsp. Water)
1 C. Pineapple Juice
1/3 C. White sugar
1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
2 1/4 tsp. Dry active yeast
1/4 C. Vegan butter( I use Earth Balance)
- Mix together flax eggs, pineapple juice, sugar and vanilla in a small mixing bowl.
- In a large mixing bowl, add half the flour and the ginger, make a well in the center.
- Add warm melted vegan butter to the wet mixture, and pour into the center of the dry mixture.
- Sprinkle the yeast on to the wet center and begin to mix together with a wooden spoon.
- Add the remaining flour and mix until fully combined.
- Turn dough out onto a floured surface, and knead for a few minutes with as much extra flour as you need to make smooth and not sticky.
- Place dough into greased bowl and let rise for an hour in a warm dry place.
- Once doubled in size, turn back onto floured surface, cut in half, and then cut each half into 8 pieces. You should get 16 pieces total. Roll each section into a ball and put up against each other in a greased pan.
- Let rise for another 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350. Brush the tops of each roll with vegan butter, and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Half way through, I brushed the rolls with more vegan butter.
- Put whateva you want on them, they are amazing!
- P.S I put more Earth Balance on them!