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Soft, vegan spelt chocolate buns

Veganske chokoladeboller

Soft, vegan spelt chocolate buns

The most popular bakery in Copenhagen and the cities around it is Lagkagehuset (“Layer Cake House”). And that is no mystery. They make and sell the most amazing rustic sour dough loaves, the most gorgeous cakes, delicious tarts, their very own and sooo delicious croissants and cinnamon buns and the best ever chocolate buns. My dad always bring some home from the bakery in the airport when he comes home from work in Stockholm and Oslo and no matter how hard I try I just can’t keep my hands off them.

Lad os lige snakke om Lagkagehuset et øjeblik. Jeg synes det er så sjovt, hvordan et bageri på få år er blevet stort set alle københavneres yndlingsbageri. Eller næsten i hvert fald. Det er lidt blevet Københavns ikon-bageri. Og det forstår jeg faktisk godt. Rustikke surdejsbrød, smukke kager, lækre, rustikke tærter, rustikke croissanter. Rustik med rustik på. Ret nordisk – og ekstremt lækkert.

Min far køber altid deres chokoladeboller med hjem fra lufthavnen, når han har været på arbejde i Stockholm eller Oslo, og dem kan jeg simpelthen ikke holde fingrene fra. Så gode!

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Btw – have you ever tried being a tourist in your own city? I had a day off a week ago, so I packed my camera and took my bike into the city and spend a day exploring and shopping on my own (and biked past multiple Lagkagehuset bakeries). It’s so wonderful – you get to see your own city in another way. The pictures in this post are from that trip.

For resten – har du nogensinde leget turist i din egen by? Det er virkelig fantastisk. I fredags havde jeg fri, og besluttede mig for at tage cyklen med i toget og kameraet over armen og cyklede rundt i smukke København, der er skøn og farverig selv på en gråvejrsdag (og cyklede forbi utallige Lagkagehuse). Derfor billederne i denne post.

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Back to the buns… I had to make some healthier ones. Vegan, made with spelt, no butter and no refined sugar. Since I haven’t had the time for making the dish I talked about in a previous post again, decided to share this recipe. Perfect Easter treat!

Tilbage til chokobollerne. Endnu en ting, jeg bare måtte lave sundere. De blev veganske, frie for smør og raffineret sukker og lavet med 100% speltmel. Og siden jeg ikke har haft tid til at lave den ret, jeg snakkede om i sidste post, besluttede jeg mig for at dele denne i stedet. God påske snack.

Chocolate Buns

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 90 minutes

Vegan spelt chocolate buns


  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 50 g. fresh yeast OR 1 package dry yeast
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. agave (or honey)
  • ½ tsp. ground cardamom
  • 100 g. dark chocolate
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 4 ½ cup spelt flour


  1. In a small pot gently heat the almond milk until it is as warm as your little finger.
  2. Transfer to a mixing bowl and mix in yeast, applesauce, salt agave and cardamom.
  3. Chop the chocolate and add it to the batter.
  4. Knead in the flour until the dough is soft and smooth. Then knead in the coconut oil.
  5. Let rise for 30-60 minutes.
  6. Make 10 buns and place them on a baking sheet with baking paper. Let rise for 30 minutes. Heat the oven to 200°C / 390° F and bake the buns for 12-15 minutes (until they are golden at the bottom). Let cool and enjoy right away (or freeze them in plastic bags for a yummy treat).


Soft, vegan spelt chocolate buns

19 responses to “Chocolate Buns”

  1. Stunning simple sweet buns and beautiful photos!!! What a lovely city :O

  2. Cariad says:

    Your photography and recipes always give me a sense of inspiration. This post did not disappoint! Keep up the great work Josefine!

  3. Mariana says:

    Be a tourist in my own city…that made me think. I really must!
    Beautiful pics and recipe!

  4. Wera says:

    Hi Josefine, I love your blog!
    Do you live in Copenhagen? I live in Malmö and has been there multiple times and it really is a beautiful city!!
    I just have two questions about this recipe, how do you get the dough to rise when there is no yeast or baking powder in it?
    And, do you think you could sustitute the spelt flour to a glutenfree flour, for example buckwheat flour?
    Best wishes from Sweden :) <3

    • Hi Wera
      Thank you so much! Yes I do – and thanks, I love the city :) And I love Malmö too, though I’ve only been there a couple of times.
      Oops! I forgot to add the yeast to the recipe. I am so sorry. I do that right away – thanks for pointing it out.
      Hm, no I don’t think you can sub all for buckwheat flour. But maybe a gluten free baking mix.
      Have a great day!

  5. Katrin says:

    Hey Josefine! I want to tell you that your blog is great, awesome pics, nice recipes, I enjoyed! Greetings from Austria, Katrin

  6. Nina Frurip says:

    Your website and photos are beautiful! I’d like to try this recipe for Easter. They remind me of hot cross buns. Is a leavening agent like yeast in your recipe?

  7. Cailee says:

    YUM!! These look amazing! Such a great recipe! As usual your photography is just SO beautiful! And oh my gosh, I LOVE being a tourist in my own town!! I love that! Thanks for the inspiration love!
    xoxo Cailee!

  8. Dearna says:

    Josefine I have been missing your posts! These buns look delicious and I think it’s such a good idea to be a tourist in your own city – I will have to try this myself some time. Hope you are well sweetie x

  9. Wera says:

    Hi Josefine, I love your blog!!
    I just have one question, how do you get the buns to rise with no yeast or baking powder?

  10. Serena says:

    Your photos make me want to jump on a plane right now and fly to your city. Thanks for the gorgeous shots of where you live! These buns looks so soft and puffy – even though they have no yeast. I must try for Easter! Pinning!

  11. This recipe is just amazing again! And your pictures. And your city. So lovely!
    I can’t get over the fact, that you used apple sauce in this recipe. These bun looks nothing like those typical apple sauce recipes, it is really stunning.
    BTW love the idea of being a tourist in your own city :)

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