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Low FODMAP Cardamom Buns

  • Author: Amy Agur
  • Total Time: 3 hours 30 min
  • Yield: 12 cardamom buns 1x


Shake up your brunch routine with these tasty low FODMAP cardamom buns!




  • 2 + 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm lactose-free whole milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 egg yolks – egg whites reserved
  • 2 + 3/4 cups low FODMAP flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 1 tbsp dried cardamom


  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Place your yeast in the bottom of a medium-size bowl and add warm water. I like to throw in 1 tbsp of sugar with the water so the yeast has something to eat. I find this helps them become extra frothy which makes for taller buns. Let the yeast sit in the warm water for 10 minutes undisturbed.
  2. After your yeast has turned frothy, whisk in your warm milk, melted butter, and egg yolks until combined. Then, add your flour, sugar, and salt. Mix everything together with a wooden spoon until the mixture forms several clumps of dough. Add the reserved egg whites and mix until the dough is fully combined.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled, heatproof bowl and cover with a damp tea towel. Place the dough in the oven and TURN OFF THE OVEN. Allow the dough to rise four 1 hour. – The dough rises best in a warm environment. Because we don’t have gluten to fall back on, you will get the best results if you create a nice warm space. Just don’t forget to turn the oven off, as we aren’t cooking the dough quite yet!
  4. Combine the butter, raw sugar, and cardamom in a small bowl.
  5. Then pull your dough out of the oven and place it on lightly floured parchment paper. Form the dough into a large rectanlge and flatten it out as much as you can with the heels of your hands. Remember to dust some additional flour underneath your dough as you work to prevent sticking. Once you have done as much as you can with your hands, pull out your rolling pin and continue until your rectangle is about 18×12-in. Then scoop out your filling and spread lengthwise over half of the dough with the back of a spoon (right to the edges).
  6. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees and line a muffin tin with liners. Set aside.
  7. Fold the dough in half (so it makes a skinnier rectangle), and use a pizza cutter or a sharp knife to cut the dough into 12 fat strips. Then cut a line in the center of each strip (like little legs). Leave a space at the top of each strip uncut.
  8. Take your first strip and hold one “leg” in each hand. Carefully twist the legs a few times and drape them around each other to form a bun. Place your bun in a muffin liner. Repeat for each bun!
  9. Place a damp tea towel over the baking tray and put it back into the oven. Then TURN THE OVEN OFF! Allow the dough to rise for another 60 minutes.
  10. Remove the your cardamom buns from the oven, and preheat to 325 degrees. Return the buns to the oven (without the tea towel) and bake until they’re golden brown (about 30 minutes). Allow the cardamom buns to stand for 10 minutes before taking then out of the tray.


Recommended low FODMAP serving – 1 cardamom bun per sitting

You can save some time in the morning by preparing the rolls the evening before. Wrap up the prepared rolls after their second rise, place a paper towel over your baking dish to catch any condensation and cover with plastic wrap.

  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Category: baking, breakfast, snack
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: Estonian


  • Serving Size: 1 bun
  • Calories: 278
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Sodium: 223 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 36 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 69 mg

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