When the whole house smells of freshly baked banana bread✨😌😌 as you all know, my favourite way to spend a windy afternoon is baking up a storm⚡️ The result: soft, fluffy #vegan chai-spiced Banana Bread (recipe from my Ebook!) which is also gluten, oil + refined-sugar free and seriously delicious👅
Perfect to take with me on the long plane flight ahead!🐒🐒
Late night phone calls, limo rides, summer evenings, great hugs, swimming in too-cold oceans, crappy parks, rowing, best friendship, climbing up balconies, doing things you really shouldn't, support
Late summer night video game sessions, horror movies, secret parties, Halloween, blond hair, earl grey tea, doors with stiff hinges
Floral shirts, hair gel, palm bay, rainy driving, spontaneous messages, sarcasm, laughing with strangers, spilled drinks, Wes Anderson, spiced rum, being "something else", loose ends
Bare feet, little hands, pianos, wild hair, red cheeks, making vegan cupcakes, chai tea, honey sticks, getting your shoes so soaked the soles fall off
Trips to Paris, tank tops, maxi skirts, Disneyland, big sunglasses, rhinestones, flip flops, brunch in foreign cities
Sneaking out of your window, leather jackets, opinions, secret stashes, fast driving, alternative music, licorice, insomnia, black coffee
Days below freezing, lying on the floor in silence, surprise kisses, ginger hair, white shirts, decaf coffee, vodka, scented candles, souvenir shot glasses, callused hands, soccer pants, desire
Curly hair, New Years Eve, doc martens, loud laughter, public bathrooms, getting to know someone, crying with strangers, yellow raincoats, piercings, gin, holding onto hands too tightly, flying & dying, exhaling
basements, nights in with friends, running through the streets on rainy days, bridges, forests, scotch in ikea glasses
Getting in trouble for talking in class, massages, lying but coming clean half an hour later, classic rock music
Turquoise jewelry, walks on the seawall, shuttling someone back and forth, ratatouille, tennis games, mermaid costumes
mugs, a Monroe beauty mark, almond eyes, infinity scarves, making out with a stranger in a stairwell, grade 6
5 medium bananas (frozen overnight)
1tsp bourbon vanilla
1/2tsp ground star anise
a splash almond milk
The night before prepare the bananas by cutting them to a 2cm pieces and freezing them at least overnight. In the morning defrost them for 5-7 minutes and place in the blender / food processor with the rest of the ingredients for the nice cream. Process until creamy. Move to a bowl and add your chosen toppings.
I used ROOBAR cacao bar chunks , star anise , frozen blackberries , raw cacao bean nibs , raw buckwheat groats ‘n carob syrup.
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Is it too much of a stretch to assume that the tea served was Chai? Then again, it is very aromatic in spice. And a mocking taunt since we’re now leaving winter firmly behind. I could fool myself for a brief moment, with the magical heavy aroma of spices that time had rewritten itself and had become Autumn again. If you’re currently on a recreating trip like me, you’ll be using various spices frequently over the next month, so despite its volume, they would not go to waste. Powdered spices tend to release a bitterness as opposed to its whole seed incarnation. And yes, I learnt my lesson here when I used powdered cardamom. The bonus here is that it’s incredibly easy to make, and you now have autumn in a bottle ready for when you desire to delude yourself that it’s cooler as you’re sweating your own body weight. #lifehack
Hayama Akira’s Chai Tea syrup
5 cups water, 10 black teabags, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 vanilla bean, 2 cinnamon sticks, small piece of ginger, peeled and sliced thinly, 10 whole cloves, 8 cardamon pods, crushed to release seeds, 2 star anise, ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Bring all the ingredients to a boil in a saucepan.
Lower heat, simmer for 30 minutes. Adjust sweetness if needed.
Strain, cool and decant into bottles.
Mix with hot milk according to your tastes. Serve with delicate pastries, enjoy the personification of Autumn.
Ingredients: Wet: ½ cup brewed chai tea 1 cup almond milk (or any other plant based milk) 2 flax ‘eggs’*
Dry: 2 cups gluten free self raising flour* 1 cup almond meal ½ cup coconut sugar Lots of cinnamon & all spice (as desired)
*1 flax 'egg’ = 1tbsp flax meal mixed with 3tbsp of water and left to set for five minutes. *You can sub this flour for regular flour, buckwheat flour, rice flour, sorghum flour etc, just add 2tsp baking powder to ensure it rises.
Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c (fan forced) & grease a cake tin. 2. In a bowl, whisk together the brewed chai tea, almond milk, coconut sugar and flax 'eggs’. 3. Next, whisk in the almond meal. 4. Gradually whisk in the gluten free self raising flour. 5. Lastly, stir through the cinnamon and all spice (the more you use, the more chai taste). 6. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared baking tin and pop into the oven, bake for approx 1 hour until golden and a skewer comes out clean. 7. Remove from the oven and allow the cake to cool! 8. If desired, top with the 'Maple icing’ from my Banana cake recipe, all I did was add some cinnamon and walnuts on top :)