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Spicy hot cross bun smoothie {vegan + gluten-free}


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! 😀bunsmoothietopprofilemarfigs

bunsmoothietopEvery 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! bunsmoothieprofile

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

Cross drizzle:

  • 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


  1. Blend your lettuce in 1 cup of the non-dairy milk until completely broken down, then add your banana and blend til smooth.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth, adding sweetener to taste and more non-dairy milk if necessary.
  3. In a small bowl mix your cross drizzle.
  4. Pour smoothie into glass or bowl (depending on the thickness you chose) and drizzle your cross.
  5. Serve immediately!

bunsmoothietop1YUUMM. 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.

bunsmoothiestrawI 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.

bunsmoothiestrawdrinkSo 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.


 How are you celebrating the long weekend?

Author: Marfigs

Ahoy, I’m Margaux! History teacher and freelance editor; wench to my Man-thing; volunteer at a cat shelter; and handmaiden to our kitsy cats, Gatsby, Freyja and Atlas. This blog is dedicated to vegan food, occasionally overthrown by pictures of foster kittens and other fluffy creatures. I love sharing ideas and recipes, so don't be shy: stop by and say hi!

10 thoughts on “Spicy hot cross bun smoothie {vegan + gluten-free}

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  3. Actually Easter is my favorite Holiday! Everything is blooming, fresh smelling & colors are beautiful. I’m cooking (10 people) Easter Egg hunt for the grandchildren. Yes making them the traditional foods Ham, Lamb, Potato Salad, Pierogies and a ton of sides which will be Vegan (they will have not clue lol). Gotta make my Meat eating family happy. Hope you are feeling better and have a Happy Easter!


    • Good grief, that sounds like a lot of work, but it must definitely be worth it – some people are magical at creating a festive atmosphere, and the celebration of new beginnings, spring and bright colours really makes for a wonderful feeling 🙂

      I’ve never had pierogies but am dying to try it sometime – they look so delicious! Hah, it’s always good when you can sneak in vegan dishes unnoticed 😉 You must be a wiz in the kitchen to manage lamb and all that – even at my most omni the most I managed on that front was opening a packet of storebought salami and feeling like a pro chef.

      Happy Easter to you – hope you have lots of fun (and save an egg for yourself)! 😀

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  6. You crazy loon! Brilliant idea though. I don’t like traditional hot cross buns at all but this idea is highly appealing. Not celebrating Easter at all sadly – far too much studying to do -__- Although in all fairness Easter was the one Western holiday my family never quite got the hang of, so I don’t feel I’m missing out. I remember as a kid always being annoyed that the other kids were getting chocolate as some kind of RIGHT, yet in our house absolutely nothing happened… These days I just look forward to the post-Easter chocolate sales 😀

    P.S Your new profile picture is adorable!


    • Muahaha! 😀 But seriously, thank you! We never really celebrated Easter when we lived overseas – just when we were in South Africa, but they use any excuse to eat chocolate here, which is fair enough. 😉 Waiting for sales is actually the best part of any holiday!

      And thanks, I was getting such comments about how unkempt I looked in the old one that I decided another unbrushed photo was in order to show that some things never change 😉


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