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Candy Cane Smoothie | Easy Vegan Christmas Recipe for the Holiday

Candy Cane Smoothie

  • Author: Gina House | World of Vegan
  • Prep Time: 4 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1-2 servings (18 ounces) 1x
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Prepare for a very happy holiday season with this sweet, pepperminty smoothie! Everything you love about candy canes is condensed into this super fun, fruit-filled cooler. A perfect pre-holiday party snack or delightful after-dinner dessert!


  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1½ cups of sweetened, vanilla almond or oat milk (or plant-based milk of choice)
  • 12 tablespoons of agave nectar or sweetener of choice
  • ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Scant ½ tablespoon of frozen dragonfruit or ¼ teaspoon of freeze-dried dragonfruit
  • 12 vegan-friendly peppermint candy canes (optional)


  1. Add one of the candy canes to the plastic bag and seal well. Use a rolling pin or heavy pan to crush the candy cane into very small pieces. Put to the side for later.
  2. Add the frozen bananas, dragonfruit, plant-based milk, dragonfruit, and extracts into the blender. Blend for one minute or until smooth.
  3. Pour the finished smoothie into one large or two small glasses or mason jars. Sprinkle the tops with the crushed candy canes, add a pretty holiday straw, and enjoy immediately!


  • Dragonfruit Substitute – The dragonfruit works well because it gives a lovely pink color and sweetness, but not a particular flavor. Feel free to use a drop or two of a vegan-friendly red dye or other red fruit (such as strawberry or raspberry). Keep in mind that any other fruit will give a definite berry flavor to your smoothie, which might not be ideal. It’s totally up to you. Another option is to use beet powder. Start with ¼ teaspoon and see how you like the color. Add more if you like a brighter pink color.
  • Smoothie Bowl Suggestion – Use only 1 cup of plant-milk for the recipe and pour into a bowl. Top with the crushed candy cane pieces, sliced banana, unsweetened coconut, chopped nuts, and any other holiday-inspired toppings that you wish.
  • Dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free

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