Jamaican Spice Bun

Jamaican Spice bun is a sweet bread that is very popular in Jamaica, It is moist,  with warm spices and plump dried fruits. I'm so excited to share with you my vegan, gluten-free version of this Jamaican staple.

Jamaican Spice Bun

Jamaican spice bun also called Easter bun, since "bun" is very popular around Easter time. However, it is enjoyed all year round in Jamaica. For that reason, I decided to go ahead and share with you my recipe.

Other holiday favorites are Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding, Jamaican Fruit Cake and Jamaican Cornmeal Pudding, which are all easy to make at home. 

Jamaican Spice Bun

I can remember enjoying bun and cheese for the Easter holiday as a child. We ate popular brands like HTB Jamaican Spice Bun and Jamaica National. Honestly, we never thought of making it at home. 

Why Do Jamaicans Eat Bun And Cheese For Easter?

Eating bun and cheese for Easter is a unique Jamaican tradition that has been handed down from one generation to the next. The Jamaican bun is an adapted version of the hot cross bun,  which was introduced by the British. Hot cross buns go way back to the ancient Babylonian pagan empire.

As time went by, Jamaicans modified the hot cross bun by changing the shape from round to rectangular shape and also removing the cross that was on top of the traditional hot cross bun.

They substituted the honey for molasses that were popularly found on sugar plantations, hence the spiced bun has a darker tone. They also added dried fruits and served the bun with sliced cheese as a sandwich. Some recipes even have Guinness stout added. 

Is Jamaican Easter Bun Vegan?

Traditional Jamaican bun recipes are made with eggs, and sometimes butter, but my addictive Jamaican bun recipe is dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free.

Jamaican Bun Ingredients

  • Gluten-Free Flour
  • Sugar
  • Ground Flaxseeds
  • Baking Powder
  • Spices
  • Salt
  • Almond Milk
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Molasses
  • Vanilla
  • Dried Fruits

jamaican spice bun ingredients

How Do You Make Jamaican Easter Bun?

Some of the Jamaican spice bun recipes are made with yeast, but mine is made with baking powder. 

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and lightly spray, set aside.
  2. Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix, gluten-free all-purpose flour, sugar, ground flaxseeds, baking powder, spices, salt. For the gluten-free flour, I used Krusteaz All-Purpose Gluten-Free flour
  3. Combine almond milk, sunflower oil, vanilla in a bowl and mix well. 
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix to form a batter. Fold the dried fruits into the batter. Scoop batter into baking pan. 
  5. Bake in the center of the oven for  60-75 minutes or until a fork inserted in the middle comes out clean. 
  6. Transfer baking pan onto a cooling rack, meanwhile,  prepare the glaze. Spread the glaze on the warm spiced bun. Remove the bun from the pan and allow to cool completely. Delicious served with my Vegan Cheddar Cheese

How to make Jamaican spice bun, batter being mixed

How To Glaze Jamaican Easter Bun? 

The trick to moist Easter bun is to glaze it as soon as it comes out of the oven. This will seal the outer layer and keep the bun moist. Make a simple syrup recipe by combining equal parts of sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil on medium heat while stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and brush on your Easter Bun. 

how to glazed jamaican spiced bun, glazing bun with a pastry brush.

Other Jamaican Recipes To Try:

Best Jamaican spice bun, holding a slice with my hand over a white plate with 2 more slices

 

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Nutrition

Energy:
442 kcal / 1848 kJ
Fat:
17 g
Protein:
5 g
Carbs:
70 g
Per serving

Cooking Time

Preparation:
15 min
Cooking:
1 h 15 min
Ready in:
1 h 30 min
For:
8 Servings

Ingredients

Spice Bun

Simple Syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking pan with parchment paper and lightly spray, set aside.
  2. Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix, gluten-free all-purpose flour, sugar, ground flaxseeds, baking powder, spices, salt. For the gluten-free flour, I used Krusteaz All-Purpose Gluten-Free flour. 
  3. Combine almond milk, sunflower oil, vanilla in a bowl and mix well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix to form a batter. Fold the dried fruits into the batter. Scoop batter into baking pan. 
  4. Bake in the center of the oven for  60-75 minutes or until a fork inserted in the middle comes out clean. Transfer baking pan onto a cooling rack, meanwhile,  prepare the glaze.
  5. Spread the glaze on the warm spiced bun. Remove the bun from the pan and allow to cool completely. Delicious served with my Vegan Cheddar Cheese. 

For The Glaze

  1. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil on medium heat while stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and brush on your Easter Bun. 

Michelle Blackwood

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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16 Comments
  1. Nell
    August 31, 2019

    I just want you to know that I have made this recipe about 3 times now, and I’m planning to make it again on labor day. It turns out delicious every time, much better than the packaged bun I buy at the store when I’m in Jamaica. My partner and I both love it!

  2. Aimee B.
    May 23, 2019

    OMG!!! This is sooooooo good!! I decided to make mini loaves and used all-purpose flour and all raisins because that’s the only dried fruit I happen to have on hand, but this is amazing! I have to admit to tasting the batter before it went in the oven and that too was yummy, lol! This is a keeper for sure. Thank you for sharing such a special recipe. XO

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 23, 2019

      Aimee I’m so happy you loved the recipe and it turned out great with your adjustment. I love the idea of making them as mini loaves. perfect for gifts. Thank you very much for your feedback.

  3. shartran@hotmail.com
    May 6, 2019

    Might even be persuaded to add some spiced rum too….This however, with or without the rum looks absolutely yummo!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe and enticing pics….hard not to not want to try it out😋

  4. Leanne | Crumb Top Baking
    May 5, 2019

    The flavours in this spice bun reminds me of a Christmas cake I make. Love those warming spices, and the texture of this cake looks amazing!

  5. EA The Spicy RD
    May 5, 2019

    So fun learning about the tradition behind this recipe! And, I love that it’s gluten free and vegan-looks so delicious! I would eat this any time of year :-)

  6. Diane
    May 3, 2019

    Hi Michelle, this recipe sounds delish, My question is, I dont use oil so will this cake work if I leave out the oil?
    Thank you

    • Michelle Blackwood
      May 3, 2019

      Diane thank you, I’m not sure since I only tried it with oil. This is what I would do is take 1/2 cup of the fruits and blend with 1/2 cup of the liquid into a puree or substitute 1/4 of tahini or smooth nut butter (except peanut butter) to replace the oil. Hope this helps.

    • Karen
      May 3, 2019

      It looks delicious! As I am also oil free, I would replace the oil with apple sauce or mashed banana. 😋

  7. Nell S.
    April 28, 2019

    Considering I put a 1/4 cup of milk too much, this tuned out so much better than I expected. Better than the store bought one I sampled last week. I used regular flour, half coconut sugar and half regular brown sugar, raisins, dried sour cherries and chopped dried figs. I might add more spices next time. Thanks a BUNch!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 28, 2019

      Neil, that’s wonderful. I love how you made adjustments and it turned out great. It’s good to know that it works with even regular flour.

    • Robin
      May 5, 2019

      Can I use regular flour to make the spice bun? Looks delish