Paleo Burger Buns

By MarvinJune 22, 2018

Happy Friday Ascend family! It’s summer, and if you’re anything like me you’re celebrating the warm weather with (too) many BBQs.  But though burgers are a great source of protein, the gluten packed buns can mess up your diet. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you should allow yourself to enjoy the whole package: French fries, ketchup and a wheat bun. We all need and deserve that sometimes, especially when we eat clean 80% of the time. However, if burgers are a regular staple, I have a healthier alternative for you.


So let’s talk about how we can enjoy burger buns without any guilt. The goal of the recipe is to cut the gluten out of the bun. It’s not a new idea. There are several recipes that use almond flour instead of wheat flour. But today we’re going to create something else… Something incredible!


To do so, I’ve taken our favorite root vegetable: the sweet potato, and mashed it together with some other cool ingredients to create our own version of the Ascend Body burger bun.  Sweet potatoes are great for your eye health, and the nutrients inside help create red blood cells and antibodies (for your immune system). There are so are many reasons why you should incorporate the sweet potato into your next burger. But enough science for now, let’s get into the recipe ;).


Disclaimer: this recipe requires some time, so don’t wait until the last minute!


Ingredients (for 16 medium sized burger buns):

  • 1 package (2 1/2 tsp) dry active yeast 
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup mashed orange sweet potato 
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons fine salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter or ghee
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups flour almond flour, as needed to form the right texture dough 



  1. Cut the sweet potato in little pieces while you’re heating up enough water in a pot to cover the sweet potato pieces. Cook them for about 15 minutes.
  2. Get a bowl and mix the cup of warm water, the yeast and the almond flour in it together. Let it rest for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Mash the sweet potato.
  4. After 15-20 minutes, add the other ingredients to the bowl- it should be sticky. Add some more almond flour if needed.
  5. Put the whole sweet potato mix into a baking bowl, cover it and let it rise in a dark place (f.e. your oven) for about 2 hours.
  6. Flatten he dough on a cutting board. Use the extra almond flour to spread it out.
  7. Create a rectangle with the dough and then cut smaller rectangles out of it until you get 16 pieces.
  8. Preheat the oven on 400F.
  9. Form 16 small balls from the dough and then flatten them again so they can rise in the oven. Spread the little dough pieces on a baking sheet and bake them for about 15 minutes on 400F.
  10. Enjoy your gluten free burger buns 🙂

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