CHAI SPICED BANANA BREAD
Now that the weather has cooled down, I have been mindful of incorporating herbs and spices into my diet with warming properties. This means lots of chai, curries and soups with lots of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and turmeric. The warming energetics of these herbs stimulate digestion, improve circulation, support stomach health and reduce inflammation. I baked my favourite banana bread recipe and added our chai latte powder because it is jam packed with warming spices. Adding the chai latte powder also adds a beautifully warming, spicy flavour for the winter months.
2 cups organic flour (I used organic whole wheat, sub for gluten free if needed)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 heaped teaspoons Mayde tea chai latte powder
120g unsalted organic butter (room temperature)
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup yoghurt (coyo or Greek yoghurt works well)
2 large eggs (room temperature)
2 cups mashed bananas (about 4 large ripe bananas)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
Grease a loaf pan with butter or coconut oil
Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, and chai powder together in a bowl.
Beat the butter and sugar well with either a handheld mixer, or I used a food processor. Add eggs and combine, then the bananas and vanilla extract.
Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
Pour into the loaf pan and sprinkle with chai latte powder to caramelize on top.
Bake for 50-60 minutes. After 40 min, add foil or another cover to stop the outside burning and allow it to cook through.
Allow it to cool before removing from the pan. Serve with butter and/or coconut yoghurt.
Recipe by Kate Dalton, Images by @michaelaltaylor