Wait, what? That’s right. Spicy hot cross bun flavoured smoothie. I’m not always in the mood for an actual hot cross bun (ok, lies, I’m lazy), so this is the best way to ensure all us smoothie freaks get the flavour sensation of one of my favourite Easter treats in our usual form. Am I driving you crazy? Blog world, you drive me insane! I’m nestled down in the southern hemisphere where it’s almost on the brink of the chilly season and I get cranky because the northern hemisphere is living it up with fruit salads, vegan ice-cream and taunting talk of picnics in the sun. So for this post I’m going to do it your way and go with something chilly, and then on Friday I’m going to go wild and post a hot cross bun hot chocolate recipe…stay tuned! 😀
Every year for Easter I get a glass bowl of some sorts from my dad’s in-laws, stuffed with all sorts of chocolate eggs and the like. I’ve built up quite a large and beautiful set, all brightly coloured or craftily shaped, like this Easter egg glass bowl. Since we have cats about and a kitten that hasn’t quite yet learnt that surfaces other than beds and couches are off limits, I can’t display my treasures artfully on coffee tables or what not, and hence they become fancy smoothie bowls. Since going vegan Man-thing has conveniently and very nobly stepped forward and eaten all the chocolate, so it’s win-win all round!
Spicy hot cross bun smoothie (serves 1 – 2)
- 1 – 1.5 cups chilled non-dairy milk of choice (start at one and work your way up depending on the strength of your blender)
- 1 medium banana, sliced and frozen
- 1 cup lettuce or other greens, cut roughly
- 1/8 cup buckwheat flour (increase to 1/4 for a super thick, smoothie-bowl type meal)
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- small pinch cayenne
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp orange zest or orange essence/a few drops NuNaturals Liquid Stevia Orange
- 1 tsp blackstrap molasses
- Sweetener to taste
- 1 TBSP cashew butter (use tahini for nut-free)
- 1/2 TBSP soy milk
- 1/2 tsp orange essence/ a few drops NuNaturals Liquid Stevia Orange
- Blend your lettuce in 1 cup of the non-dairy milk until completely broken down, then add your banana and blend til smooth.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth, adding sweetener to taste and more non-dairy milk if necessary.
- In a small bowl mix your cross drizzle.
- Pour smoothie into glass or bowl (depending on the thickness you chose) and drizzle your cross.
- Serve immediately!
YUUMM. YUM YUM. Seriously. This stuff…is magical. Deliciously spicy and filling with all the traditional flavourings you’d find in its baked counterpart. That way you can partake in all sorts of holiday feasts at any meal – starting of course with the reason I wake up in the mornings: smoothie breakfasts. Seriously, I usually go to bed plotting all the spices and veggies I can sneak into my smoothie bowl, and even if I end up with the exact same formula every day it’s still a source of glee.
I usually don’t indulge in everything that you see in the pictures, because when I make recipes or dishes it’s usually quite a lot all at once to save time and electricity, but this time round I took a sip from one half of my egg bowl and then couldn’t stop until I was making deep straw-slurping noises to get every drop. SO good! I kept the other half in the fridge for the next day and with the delightful orange cross nut butter drizzle swirled in it just became so deliciously thick like a pudding. If you up your buckwheat flour ratio to 1/4 cup instead of 1/8 you can definitely enjoy this as a smoothie bowl or chill it overnight with some chia seeds for extra density.
So there you have it! Easy, amazingly tasty, and not too wild. Holidays are usually an excuse for supreme indulgence, but honestly the year flies past so quick and I’m still wearing stretchy pants from last year Thanksgiving-time when the northern hemisphere was just going berserk with all sorts of amazing dishes. This smoothie is a meal but not a menace to your blood sugar levels. Man-thing pulled a face when he tasted it but that’s because he hates bananas with a passion (unless they’re baked into a bread, muffin or cake), so if you’re out of bananas you can also use another soft frozen fruit like mango or persimmon, but just change your spices and tastes accordingly.