Learn How To Make Belizean Powder Buns | Powder Buns

How To Make Belizean Powder Buns

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Whether you’ve been to Belize and want to try making Belizean powder buns at home, or you simply love trying new and different foods, this recipe is for you. What are Belizean powder buns? These are fluffy, slightly sweet bready snacks that work perfectly paired with morning coffee or with cheese before dinner.

In Belize, they’re called “pow-da buns” by the locals. The buns are a snack staple among Creole families. They’re super simple to make and easy to eat as a snack at any time of the day. For those wondering what they’re similar to, many people compare them to British scones.

Let’s take a look at how to make them.

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Baking time: 25 minutes
Servings: 7

Belizean Powder Bun Ingredients

– 1.5 cups of coconut milk or evaporated milk
– Pinch of salt
– 3/4 cups of vegetable shortening
– 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
– 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
– 1/4 cup butter
– 1/2 to 1 cup of raisins or currants (optional)
– 2.5 cups of sugar
– 1 teaspoon of ground or grated nutmeg
– 6 cups of all-purpose flour

Video Courtesy: Cooking with Shirani

How To Prepare Belizean Powder Buns

Prepare a baking sheet by coating it with cooking spray. If it’s a non-stick pan, cover it in parchment paper instead. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Sift together the flour, salt, and baking powder until well-combined.

Add sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the mix. Combine well.

Add shortening and butter. Cut into the dry mixture with a fork or pastry blender. You can also use your fingers to rub it in.

Add vanilla extract and the coconut milk or evaporated milk. Mix into a fluffy batter with a spatula or wooden spoon. Mix in raisins or currants if using.

Use a dessert spoon to drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the baking sheet. Place the sheet on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.


Some recipes for powder buns use eggs, but most do not. Coconut milk gives the most authentic flavor.

The buns will bake up as flat and fluffy rounds that have a slightly crumbly texture. You can eat them as they are or add some butter or jam to make them even more delicious. As previously mentioned, they make a great breakfast paired with coffee or tea.

Photo credit: Cakes by Karla Belize

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