Bread Rolls (Buns) for every occasion

This recipe is an adaptation of a recipe I found in a popular Icelandic cooking book called Af Bestu Lyst II (With Good Appetite II). I think most households own either Af Bestu Lyst I, II or both versions. Most recipes are healthy and fairly simple to make and perfect for busy families. I changed the recipe just a little since I never use yeast. I use aluminium free baking powder instead.

Bread rolls which are always popular with soups, stews, in the lunchbox and more

This recipe is:

  • Egg free
  • Lactose (dairy) free
  • Nut free
  • Vegan

Bread Rolls (Buns) for every occasion

Makes 12


  • 700 grams (25 oz) spelt flour           
  • 2 tablespoons aluminium free and gluten free baking powder        
  • 1 tablespoon salt (Himalaya or sea salt)      
  • 50 grams (1½ oz) pitted olives (green), chopped           
  • 50 grams (1½ oz) sun-dried tomatoes, chopped. 
  • 500 millilitres (17 fluid oz) hot (freshly boiled) water       
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar



  1. Mix together 700 grams spelt and 2 tablespoons baking powder in a big bowl.           
  2. Add 1 tablespoon salt, 50 grams chopped sun-dried tomatoes and 50 grams chopped green olives.  Mix lightly with the large wooden spoon.           
  3. In the small bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 2 teaspoons agave nectar. Pour coconut oil and agave nectar into the spelt mix.           
  4. Pour 500 millilitres hot water carefully into the mix and stir together with the large wooden spoon. Let the dough cool for 5 minutes.           
  5. The consistency of the dough should be sticky but not runny. It should not drop easily off a spoon. If too dry, add a little water, if too runny add a little spelt.           
  6. Knead very lightly (for a couple of seconds).           
  7. Place baking parchment on a baking tray measuring approximately 40x40 centimetres (16x16 inches).
  8. With your hands, form 10-12 rolls and place on the parchment. The rolls should be similar to a small apple in size.     
  9. Bake at 200 degrees Celsius/400 degrees Fahrenheit/Gas Mark 6, for 25-30 minutes.           
  10. Cool on a wire rack.


  • You can use regular baking powder instead of the aluminium free and gluten free baking powder.       
  • You can use wholemeal flour instead of the spelt flour and honey instead of the agave nectar.   
  • You can use black olives instead of green.                
  • You can add fresh herbs to these rolls such as basil, coriander or thyme.           
  • If the coconut oil is cold (in which case it becomes solid), place the jar in a bowl filled with hot water for a couple of minutes.           
  • Instead of olives and sun-dried tomatoes you can try pine nuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds and more.
  • You can freeze the rolls when cooled and warm up for later.