Spring (well, we like to call it Summer here in the UK) has been dancing around in full force for the last few weeks. I have relished the time outdoors, exploring new places, watching the trees become green again and breathing in the crisp air. Time outdoors keeps me sane, and I often forget how important it is to me. Winter can make me cranky and irritable, Spring gives me hope again. We are lucky enough to live right next to some woods, where we often go for a quick explore. If you need me, I’ll be wandering.
With wandering comes eating, snacking and all that refuelling. Refuelling with baked goods like this Chai Banana bread. Exploring wouldn’t be half as fun without the supplies, remember? We are lucky to live in Bath with an abundance of fine, independent producers. Once a month there is a brilliant market in the centre, with some of Bath’s finest showcasing their goods. One such company is Henny and Joe’s. Using the finest natural ingredients, they have produced a fantastic quality Masala Chai. Over the years, I have tried a variety of different chai blends, many often laden with additives and excessive sugar, to say I was excited to discover Henny and Joe’s was an understatement. It works beautifully in this Chai Banana Bread, and I am already tinkering with some summer dishes to test it in.
Chai Banana Bread
A twist on a classic bake.
- 75 ml melted coconut oil + greasing
- 200g spelt flour
- 3 + 1 ripe bananas
- 25 ml agave / brown rice syrup
- 50 ml Henny and Joe's Chai syrup
- 100 ml almond milk or other dairy free milk
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking powder
- handful cacao nibs
Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3
Add 3 of the bananas, agave, milk, chai syrup and melted coconut oil into a food processor – blitz until mixed
Add spelt flour and baking powder cinnamon and blitz again
Stir through cacao nibs
Pour batter into a lined loaf tin and spread evenly around tin
Slice a banana down the middle in half and push down into batter slightly
Bake for 1 hour 10 mins, or until a knife comes out clean.
Leave to cool for 10 mins, then turn onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.
A vegan bake! Add more chai syrup if you prefer a more fragrant taste.
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Disclaimer – Thank you to Henny and Joe’s for providing the Chai syrup featured in this recipe. All opinions are my own. Support your local suppliers!