Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

Adapted from several online recipes: namely 'Flavors of Belize' cookbook and Vegan friendly. For the record: I used half unbleached cane sugar and half demerara. If at all possible, please use *freshly* grated nutmeg. My Belizean friend described these buns "like English scones."

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 473.18 ml unbleached flour
  • 7.39 ml baking powder
  • 0.25 ml salt
  • 78.07 ml brown sugar (regular brown sugar, raw, demerara, muscovado, turbinado)
  • 78.07 ml unbleached cane sugar
  • 2.46 ml freshly grated nutmeg
  • 29.58 ml butter (I used a combination of butter and coconut oil but original recipe specified shortening) or 29.58 ml coconut oil (I used a combination of butter and coconut oil but original recipe specified shortening)
  • 118.29 ml coconut milk (can use regular milk)
  • 4.92 ml vanilla
  • 59.14 ml raisins (we subbed dried cranberries because someone in our household does not like raisins)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Stir in both sugars and nutmeg.
  4. Cut in the butter/shortening and/or coconut oil.
  5. Combine the coconut milk and vanilla and stir in the bowl with the flour *just* until moistened. DO NOT overmix the batter! Stir in the raisins.
  6. Roll into equal size balls and [slightly] flatten.
  7. Arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake about 20 minutes or until golden brown. We liked our powda bons with a drizzle of agave.
Most Helpful

Very good and easy - we used a mixed berry mix from Trader Joe's and didn't use the healthier options but used regular sugar, butter and regular skim milk. Made for ZWT9. Thanks for sharing!

ellie_ August 08, 2013

These were a yummy treat! In flavor they reminded me remarkably of a donut, probably due to the nutmeg. I reduced the sugar a bit, to about a half cup, but did sprinkle some raw sugar on top. The kids thought they were a bit too crunchy, but I liked the texture. Made for ZWT 9, Gourmet Goddesses.

smellyvegetarian August 07, 2013