Coffee + Cardamom + Pistachio Sweet Buns | with Lore

November 23, 2015

Coffee + Cardamom + Pistachio Sweet Buns with Lore // by Faring Well #vegan #recipe

I was nineteen when I met my friend Travis through mutual acquaintances in the School of Design at Arizona State University. It was he who recommended me for the job that lead me to meeting my husband Scott. After parting ways to go down the separate paths life had carved for us, we met up again here in Denver. We had relatively stayed in touch over the years thanks to social media, and the “Facebook fairy” had clued me in on his recent move to Denver + marriage to a beautiful lady. Picture someone who is hilarious, humble, incredibly inviting and loyal, with mad graphic design and mustache growing skills – and you’ve got Travis. Naturally I knew whoever he found worthy of marrying would have to be just as stellar – and was I right.

Enter: Alex (Travis’s wife). From the moment I met her I felt this sense of calm. She has a way about her that makes you feel ridiculously comfortable. There is no rush, only genuine smiles and words when you are with Alex. It is such a gift to have been introduced to her sweet and fun personality. Her laugh makes you want to tell jokes all day, and her sense of style always feels so effortless and chic. When we first met last year she mentioned her dream of opening a shop with her good friend Kiley. One that would be filled with specialty items they loved from around the country (and world), eventually expanding to being able to teach classes on tea making and the medicinal remedies therein. From here Lore was born. It felt as if they created this stunning company overnight – hosting pop up shops and getting their site up and running. I could not be more proud of these two for pursuing their dream with their whole hearts, and for doing it so well.

I am so happy to get to introduce you to Alex and Kiley’s company Lore today, following with the theme from last week of sharing about friends who I am so thankful for as we lead up to Thanksgiving here in the U.S. For this week I was a lucky duck and got to shoot with some of my favorite pieces from their shop over in Alex’s kitchen. YES – a real kitchen, with natural light. It was an amazing trade off from my dark little apartment kitchen (which you have never seen because it is a black, windowless nook), and such a wonderful experience getting to shoot with friends! Especially ones who have the cutest hand tattoos ever (am I right?). I hope all of you celebrating Thanksgiving this week are gearing up for a yummy holiday surrounded by friends and family. And if you wish to pick up any items this week for your loved ones from the gorgeous collection over on Lore, use the discount code “FARINGWELL” for 20% off your purchase and do a little happy dance. Now onto the shoot and sweet buns!

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I’m all about fancy sweet rolls when it comes to the holidays. There are a million yummy cinnamon roll recipes floating around on the inter-webs for you to snatch up, so I thought I would bring something a little different to the table this week. I was trying to come up with a combination of flavors to stuff these (rolls? twists? braids? knots? buns?) things with, when one night of watching The Great British Baking Show gave me just the combination (thank you Chetna). Coffee, cardamom, and pistachio – brilliant. I cannot get over this mix of flavors and am over the moon about how they work in these little (rolls? twists? braids? knots? buns? you get the picture). The outer crust has a wonderful crunch (perfectly softened with a dip in your morning coffee or tea) with a fluffy interior and swirls of flavor. I hope you get to enjoy these on a morning with friends and family this season, and have just the best holiday ever this week okay? HUGS.

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This post was done in collaboration with Lore. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I think they have the most beautiful curation of items. 

Makes 12 sweet buns.

2 1/4 teaspoons yeast (1 packet)
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup refined coconut oil, liquid
2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder*
2 1/2 cups light spelt flour

1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
2 teaspoons coffee granules
1/3 cup finely chopped raw pistachios
coconut oil, for brushing

*If you do not have arrowroot powder, you can opt to leave it out – I only added it to help with the dough’s texture. But I also enjoy the buns without it as well.

Combine the yeast with the warm water (heat water to the temperature listed on your packaged yeast of choice) and let sit to proof for 10 minutes. Should be nice and foamy (if it’s not, the yeast has died and you need to try again).

Add the proofed yeast mixture to a large mixing bowl and add the liquid coconut oil, coconut sugar, salt, and arrowroot powder. Mix well to combine and continue mixing as you add 1/4 cup of the light spelt flour at a time. Add only as much of the flour that is needed for the dough ball to form. It should be able to be handled (not sticky). Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead until elastic and smooth (about 5 minutes). Add a little sprinkle of flour to the work surface as needed to keep the dough from sticking. Wipe out the mixing bowl and lightly coat in coconut oil to prevent the dough from sticking. Add the kneaded dough ball to the mixing bowl, cover with cling film, and set in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes (or until doubled in size).

Once risen, punch down the dough and transfer to a well floured work surface. Roll into a rectangle with about 1/4 inch thickness. Brush with melted, refined coconut oil. Mix the remaining ingredients for the filling together and sprinkle over the dough evenly. Fold the dough in half long-ways (pictured above) and give it a good roll or two to help seal the filling inside. Slice into 1 inch thick strips, and then slice those strips in half (also pictured above). Lightly press down on the strips with your fingers and then twist each piece carefully (some filling will fall out, this is okay and from what I have found – inevitable). Once twisted, wrap the twist into a circle and tuck the ends into the center so that they touch (you could also tie a knot – or freehand whatever you’d like – even leaving them as twisted sticks works great too and makes for easy dipping!). Place the finished buns on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with a towel to rest for 30 minutes in a warm area of the house.

Preheat the oven to 350F and bake the buns for 15 minutes. They should be a light golden brown on the outside. Let cool on the counter and serve with hot coffee or tea. Store leftovers in an airtight container on the counter. Best if eaten within 3 to 4 days.


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Coffee + Cardamom + Pistachio Sweet Buns with Lore // by Faring Well #vegan #recipe


  • Reply Shelley | Sevengrams November 23, 2015 at 5:51 am

    What a perfect post to start my week! Looks like you had a pretty fabulous day baking and shooting with friends, and I do love this new mini series, and getting to ‘meet’ all these mega talented friends of yours. Happy Holiday week! Hope you and Scott and enjoy some quiet relaxing time, hopefully with some snow! xx

    • Reply Faring Well November 27, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Aw yay! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed it Shelley. I hope to someday have every post be about someone amazing I want to share and lift up here in this space. Its the greatest. And thank you for your snow wishes! We got SO MUCH. Hope you had a wonderful week and are gearing up for a fun weekend too – xo

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life November 23, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Ah I love receiving new Faring Well emails in my inbox on days I don’t expect it! This new series is such a great idea. I love hearing stories about talented and driven people who work hard to make their dreams a reality and bring something unique to the world. Just checked out their shop and it’s gorgeous! Gah…so many things I want to buy!!! These cute little buns look AMAZING Jessie. This flavour combo is new to me but oh boy, I’m sure it’s delicious. And those photos. And this kitchen. And this light. Swoon. <3

    • Reply Faring Well November 27, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you thank you Sophie! You made me smile so huge. I adore you. And I’m also so glad you love Lore too! And my buns. Just so much love and thankfulness for you <3

  • Reply Emilie @ The Clever Carrot November 23, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Jessie- How awesome is it that you got to reconnect with a friend and be part of sharing their success. I’m impressed, but not surprised. These rolls have me SUPER inspired. I really do hope to try this. The combination of flavors sounds incredible. Your process shots have me wishing I could stop everything and make them right now, but alas I will have to file on my must do list as Thanksgiving duties call. PS some day I will have a kitchen close to my dreams!

    • Reply Faring Well November 27, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      It is seriously so great! And unreal, life is amazing. And thank you about my sweet buns! I’m so glad you’re loving the flavor combo too. I loved your shot you posted of you mega huge thanksgiving, it looked so warm and cheery! Hope it was the best day Emilie! <3

  • Reply danielle is rooting the sun November 23, 2015 at 7:33 am

    really cosmic sweet buns, jessie! the flavors are indeed such a -perfect- blend (i’m on a cardamom kick as of late). and i absolutely adore the twist – they are perfectly dunkable (thanks for the daydreams at work this morning!). also, lore has some beautiful apples of my eyes. happy holiday week to you sweet lady – super cozy, super gratitude, super love, super festive, super food! ♥

    • Reply Faring Well November 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm

      Aw yay! So so glad you love them Danielle, thank you tons. And that you love Lore, its so hard not to find an item on their site to swoon over. Happy holiday week right back at you friend! Hope its been a stellar one :)

  • Reply Grace November 23, 2015 at 8:19 am

    What an awesome designer power couple – with (yes!) the coolest hand tattoos! Thanks for the introduction! In love at first glance with everything about their shop! Plus these sweet buns! Girl, you are killing it with the holiday vibey recipes!

    • Reply Faring Well November 27, 2015 at 4:43 pm

      Eeeee I thought you might like them too with you being a stellar designer and all ;) thanks so much Grace! And thank you for the holiday vibe recipe love – its about to get turned up a notch here and I’m not mad about it one bit ;). Hope you had a great Thanksgiving friend! xo

  • Reply Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen} November 23, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Beautiful kitchen and beautiful NAILS ladies! Will defs check out Lore, sounds fabulous!

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Thank you Emma! And I know right, Alex has the cutest kitchen + nails! SWOON.

  • Reply Shanna | Kiss My Bowl November 23, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Awesome looking sweet buns, lady! I love the step by step; it helps to not look so intimidating!! Yummy indeed. Thank you, also, for sharing another inspiring innovator with us! I’ve been really enjoying your Thankful series. xx

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Oh yay I’m so glad those helped! And you are the sweetest, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the series too :) hope you’re having a great week Shanna!

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full November 23, 2015 at 8:36 am

    YES to all of these things!! You are so lucky to have such wonderful friends in Denver, especially with such a beautiful kitchen!! I was stoked to see that you did the sort of Swedish-style buns, because I’ve been searching for a great vegan version since FOREVER. You are the best, lady!!

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 8:00 am

      Aw thank you Sarah, we feel so blessed to have them too! And YAY for vegan Swedish buns, so so yum :)

  • Reply Alana November 23, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Those are soooo pretty!!! And wahh, I want to come over and bake and hang!!! Also, your place is adorable!!! Hope you guys are staying warm over there! Huge hugs. xo

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 8:01 am

      Thank you tons Alana! You’re the sweetest. And goodness I wish this was my kitchen, its actually Alex and Travis’s – but if you ever come to bake and hang we can all head over there ;). Hope you had a wonderful holiday friend! XO

  • Reply Kathleen Henry @ Produce On Parade November 23, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Three of my favorite flavors combined! You are a stinking genius :) They are absolutely beautiful and I really love that coffee carafe!

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      Oh yay! Glad to know there is another who craves these together as well :). Thank you Kathleen! And I know right, that carafe is so stunning (!!!)

  • Reply Dani Mendocha | Styled Variety November 23, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Beautiful photos :) These pastries look amazing!

    Dani |

  • Reply Amy (Lemon and Coconut) November 23, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Wow Lore is a lovely shop, its very inspirational, all too often it’s so easy to feel and think, ‘I can’t do that, it’s an impossible dream’, but it’s about confidence and we should all be more confident in our abilities and future and GO FOR IT!

    Lovely buns too!! :)

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      So so true! You just have to go for it. And I’m glad you like their shop as well. Thanks for the kind words on these buns! Hope you had a gorgeous weekend Amy <3

  • Reply cristina rose November 23, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    do you have any recommendations for a true gluten free flour to use for this recipe? gluten has gluten and i can’t have it, nor wheat, but i would love to make this recipe.

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Hi Cristina! That is a good question. I cannot say that I have tried it and know it will turn out – but I think your best bet would be using a great brand of your favorite gluten free flour mix in these. Or another gluten free sweet dough recipe you know of, and then just following the directions for filling and twisting as you see here!

  • Reply Lynn | The Road to Honey November 23, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    You are so lucky to have such wonderful friends in your life and it sounds like you had a magical time in the kitchen cooking up these little sweet buns. I am so glad that you were able to gather inspiration from Chetna as I absolutely adore the flavor combination. I can’t wait to give them a try (and to check out Lore). P.S. Those nails are to die for.

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Ah thank you Lynn! I seriously think so too, I feel so lucky to know them. Thank you about the sweet buns :) and I’ll make sure to pass on your compliments to Alex on her nails – I agree, to die for!

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate and Marrow November 23, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    This is just the sweetest post ever, Jessie! Your friends sound so adorable plus her tattoos are rad. (I agree, shooting with friends with awesome arm/hand tats is the best!) And that top down photo over her shoulder while she’s twisting is STUNNING.

    And these BUNS. They have my name written all over them. They’re basically the most perfect little holiday breakfast thing to happen ever. I’m making these. It’s happening.

    PS: I love the title of the post “With Lore.” When I first read it, I thought it said, “With Love,” which is cute…with lore, with love. Perfect sentiment for this whole post.

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Aw yay thank you Brooke! You are the sweetest. I super appreciate it, and I know – I adore her tattoos too! And SHEESH way to make me blush hardcore, I’m so glad you find these little buns as sweet and holiday-y as I did :). And I also love your comment on “with love” “with Lore” – you are just one of the most thoughtful people I know, and I adore you for noticing the connection. xo

  • Reply Lily | Kale & Caramel November 23, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    LOVE these! I can smell the cardamom and pistachio and coffee—drool. And all that light! So fun to be in a big kitchen—I have a tiny, ugly kitchen, too, and dream of the day more than one person can fit in it with me. Thanks for a sneak peek into such a gorgeous day.

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Lily you are too sweet! It helps to know there are others suffering with a tiny, dark kitchen too. Especially when your photos are so gorgeous and filled with light! One day we will be able to squeeze two into our kitchens, until then we make memories in our little dark nooks ;). Hugs friend!

  • Reply Nina November 24, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Whoah, those beautiful sweet buns and that rug from Lore, I want it all in my house now :) So cosy to have a fika like this! What a wonderful post introducing your friends, inspiring people. Wishing them success with their venture.

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Aw thanks tons Nina! You are too kind. They are really something special. And I know right, that rug! Major swooning over here too. <3

  • Reply Kathryn November 24, 2015 at 8:12 am

    I love this series – such a treat for us to be able to peek into the world of so many creative and talented people.

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you Kathryn, I’m so so glad you are enjoying it too. I want to do it every week its so fun to share about these special people! xo

  • Reply Sasha Swerdloff November 24, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Yum! I’m making these this weekend for sure. They’ll be perfect by the fire on a cold morning.

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Aw yay! I hope you got to :) thank you Sasha! Indeed they would be.

  • Reply Jessica DeMarra November 24, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I love these little twisties! Coconut sugar is my new love and a teeny bit in some coffee is always pretty excellent. I love how caramel-y it is.

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      I agree! I love its caramel-y-ness too :) thanks tons jessica! <3

  • Reply Jodi November 25, 2015 at 5:10 am

    Have you every heard that the Swedish have a word for everything? Well, in this case, they do. Fika. If you haven’t heard it before it means a coffee break with friends, more about socializing than coffee and always something sweet involved. We took a lot of fikas in sweden this summer, it’s a tradition I can really get my heart in to. The swedish also have a word for these nots, buns, twists – bullars. Fika + bullars my friend. I also learnt that the traditional swedish housewife always has seven different types of cookies (homemade of course!) ready at all times for impromptu fikas! I just love it. But I would swap all 7 cookies for just one of these buns. Cardamom – my soul spice. It looks like you’ve found a friend to share a few fikas with, and well, there’s just nothing better than that. Enjoy so much the holidays Jessie, sending gratitude your way x

    • Reply Jodi November 25, 2015 at 5:11 am

      also – this kids face pretty much sums it up. hahaha! that was Matt all summmer.


      • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 3:51 pm

        THANK YOU for the word! Haha, bullars, perfect ;). And I adore this idea of fika, and super hope you and I can experience it something together friend! And seven cookies?! I think we should start practicing that here now don’t you ;)? That is amazing. (Ps. that photo made me laugh out loud – it is perfect hahaha!)

  • Reply Rakhee@boxofspice November 27, 2015 at 7:54 am

    It is so wonderful to connect with old friends and with someone that makes you feel calm like that! Some people can just do that can’t they? These buns look so very good. The flavors are wonderful. I love cardamom!

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Aw thank you! It really is so special and wonderful to connect with people like that, and thank you for the recipe love too! Hope you have a wonderful week <3

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens November 30, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Those are some sweet hand tattoos. And don’t even get me started on those buns! I hopped on over to Lore’s store and yeah I kind of want to buy everything now, uh oh!! xo

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Haha UH OH – I know that feeling! And thank you for your sweet words on these buns, so so glad you are loving them too Genevieve! xo

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine December 1, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Goodness you have the most talented and amazing friends! You write with such genuine sincerity and kindness. These photos are so so stunning, Jessie! And sweet buns look absolutely divine. Honestly, every time I come here I always end up adding another recipe on my list to try. :) Thanks for so much holiday inspiration and joy.

    • Reply Faring Well December 1, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      I seriously feel so honored to know them! And sheesh thank you dearly Emily, you are too kind and I super appreciate the encouragement each post. You are just wonderful. Hope you and your family had a sweet holiday weekend, yay for more cookies now (hehe) hugs! <3

  • Reply Julia December 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Lovely. Just lovely! I will be making these soon (minus the coffee)!

    • Reply Faring Well December 2, 2015 at 7:33 am

      Aw yay! Thanks so much Julia! Hope you enjoy :)

  • Reply KJ | Omnomherbivore December 1, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    What a great idea for a filling!! These little twists look amazing :) The coffee pot set also looks sweet!!
    I’m glad you’ve got some amazing friends close by in Denver!! Hope you had a great holiday!!

    • Reply Faring Well December 2, 2015 at 7:34 am

      You’re the sweetest KJ! Thank you. I hope you had a fantastic holiday too! <3

  • Reply Sini December 9, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Omg, I just LOVE these! I bet that they not only look delicious but taste wonderful as well. All those flavors; yes, please! Have you seen the Nordic Saffron Knots I blogged about on the blog and on Life & Thyme last year? If not, you should definitely check it out, as I think you would like them also.


  • Reply Vivi December 12, 2015 at 12:56 am

    This recipe looks amazing! Is there any other flour I can use instead of spelt flour? I believe it has gluten. Also, are coffee granules the same as instant coffee?

    Thanks!!! :D

  • Reply CakeSpy January 4, 2016 at 6:30 am

    These buns feature so many of my favorite flavors all in one little delicious bundle. Beautiful photographs and recipe!

  • Reply zahra May 7, 2016 at 8:07 am

    I made these sweet buns today and I really enjoyed making it.The dough was so easy to work with,not sticky at all(I usually have problem when making breads,they get too sticky and I end up using more flour than what recipe says).I used about 2 cups flour and it came together so well.The final result wasn’t as pretty as yours,but it was definitely delicious..worth the time and effort!
    Thanks for the great recipe

  • Reply Brittany Rowley June 9, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    This recipe is happening this week!!! Mark will love this and I already have 99% of the ingredients!! <333

    • Reply Faring Well June 10, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Oh yay! I hope you love them Brittany!

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