Powder Bun

Powder Bun or ‘Powda Bun’… a Belizean treat! 

Powder buns bring back memories…

‘Powda Buns’ take me back to my childhood in Corozal, all the way back to standard 3. In Belize, schools are often underfunded and forced to come up with all kinds of schemes to stay afloat. My school would elect a class king and queen to lead fundraising, often a student who was perceived as being well-off.  I was elected one year, and my mom was having none of it. She decided that if I were to be class king I would raise the funds the old-fashioned way: hard work. This is where powder buns come into the picture. She made powder buns, I sold them. Luckily for me, I didn’t have to do much because powder buns sell themselves. The combination of spicy nutmeg, cinnamon, and a sugary crust is irresistible. I would sell them every day at recess for $0.50 BZE. I always sold out.

Get your coconut ready!

We love coconuts!  If you are rusty on cracking coconuts, check out our how-to article here.


Powder Bun

Prep Time: 20-40 mins
Cook Time: 15-20 mins
Yields: 12-15 buns


  • 2 cups - flour
  • 1/2 cup - margarine or butter
  • 1/2 cup - brown sugar or white sugar
  • 1/2 cup - raisins
  • 2 teaspoons - baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon - vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon - cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon - nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup - coconut milk or evaporated milk
  • 1 cup - shredded fresh coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. If you are in Belize or have access to a coconut, your recipe can begin with cracking the coconut and griding out the meat. If you don’t, you can use store-bought coconut, but just keep in mind that it has added sugar. After using a machette or very large knife (use the back of the blade) to crack the coconut allow the coconut water to drain over a bowl.
  3. Once the coconut is drained crack it all the way in half. If you have a coconut grinder you can grid out the coconut, if not (like us!) you can pick out the coconut meat carefully. Make sure that the coconut meat doesn’t have any bark on it.
  4. After grating the coconut, strain out the coconut milk.
  5. Sift the 2 cups of flour and add the margarine, mixing by hand until the mixture is crumbly.
  6. Add in dry ingredients: sugar, raisins, spices, baking powder, and ground coconut.
  7. Beat eggs, vanilla, and coconut milk. Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients slowly. Final dough is moist and sticky. Use a spoon to drop large spoonfuls on a well-greased baking sheet and sprinkle generously with course brown sugar.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Pro Tips

Broiling for a minute or two after baking will put a nice browned crust on the powder bun.


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