Raw Honey Saffron Buns

reading time: ca. 2 min

Preparation time: 20 min (+ 3 hours refrigeration)
Main ingredients: coconut, dates, honey/agave
difficulty level: easy
makes: a plate full
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo, raw food, and delicious "even so"

Since today happens to be the Scandinavian St. Lucia Day, i decided to "rawify" the traditional saffron buns called lussekatter for my Day Zero Project, where i challenged myself to "Cook 5 meals from 5 different cultures"! this episode: Nr 04 Lussekatter (Sweden.)

Unlike my previous three dishes in that series - the most recent one being Japanese Sushi - this is going to be a dessert. (credits to Kristina for coming up with the original recipe)


2 cups shredded coconut *
1 cup soft dates, pitted
½ cup raisins
1 tbsp raw honey or - for vegan option - raw agave syrup
½ tsp saffron **
tiny pinch of rock salt or sea salt
some raisins to garnish


#step 1: Place all ingredients except for the garnishing raisins in a food processor or blending machine and blend until it forms a soft but shapeable dough.

#step 2: Pinch off small handfuls of dough - try not to eat all the dough while you're kneading and forming it, i know it's very tempting - and roll them into a sausage as thick as a finger. Now it's up to you how to shape them: little balls, crosses, stars... If you want to go for the classic lussekatter shape, form your dough sausages into reversed S-shaped buns, until they sort of look like a fat 8. However, mine was a little too soft, so i sticked with balls and only a few S's :)

#step 3: Place your lussekatter in a freezer for at least 3 hours to firm up. Or leave them overnight in your fridge (that's what i did, since there was no room in my freezer). You can store them in your fridge, so they will last one week without losing taste. 

Or as thes say in Sweden: Smaklig måltid!

By the way, the term lussekatter means "Lucia cats" due to the characteristic winding tail design.

* feel free to substitute the coconut shreds by shredded nuts like almond pulp!
** you can use turmeric or curcuma instead

5 meals from 5 different cultures:

1] Greek Salad (+ raw vegan Feta cheese)
2] French Ratatouille
3] Japanese Sushi (+ raw vegan Carrot hummus) 
4] Swedish Honey Buns
5] Russian Beet Soup (+ raw vegan Sour cream)


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