Whole Wheat Sourdough Pull-Apart Buns with Zucchini


This has quickly become my favorite bread recipe for my family. Easy and quick to make, these pull-apart buns are soft and delicious. They're perfect on the side with dinner or all on their own for lunch. Kid-friendly taste and texture, and they'll never know there's a whole zucchini in there. Try one fresh-out-of-the-oven warm and spread with butter--delicious! Or allow to cool then store in a plastic bag or container at room temperature for up to 4 days (if they last that long).

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins
12 buns


  • 1 small zucchini, peeled and chopped

  • ¼ cup water, plus more as needed

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup sourdough starter discard

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted, or more to taste


  1. Combine zucchini and 1/4 water in the bowl of a food processor; puree until smooth. Transfer to a liquid measuring cup and add water to the 1-cup line.

  2. Pour pureed zucchini into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add both flours, sourdough discard, olive oil, yeast, and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Place dough in a greased bowl and let rest, uncovered, in an enclosed space, until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead 3 to 4 times.

  4. Roll dough into a 12-inch log and cut it into 12 roughly equal pieces. Roll each piece into a round, pulling the edges around to the middle of the bottom to create a smooth upper surface. Place rolls in a grid pattern in a well greased 9x12-inch baking dish with high sides; place in an enclosed space until buns have risen to fill the entire dish and are the desired size, about 1 hour.

  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown on top, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush tops with melted butter to create softer upper crusts.

Cook's Note:

You can let your dough rest in any enclosed space, such as a turned-off oven next to a pot of freshly boiled water. The water will create a warm, moist space. Just don't turn the oven on!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

141 Calories
3g Fat
25g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 141
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 207mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 161mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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