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)

Ingredients

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


Instructions

#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. 
Enjoy!


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)



Maisy



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