Coffee Chai Spiced Loaf

Do I need to say more after reading that title! You read it right, Coffee Chai Spiced Loaf! I literally put all my food/drink obsessions into a big bowl and baked it, chai spice, coffee, buckwheat, oats and crunchy walnuts. I mean tis the season for Coffee Chai Spiced Loaf while sipping on your favorite hot drink and reading a book, or perhaps Netflix catches your attention more so! I will also mention this loaf has a healthy ingredient list and adds a nutritional punch to your daily intake, who can say no to that.

Are you guys getting ready for the Christmas season?! I swore to myself that this year I would be pro-active in getting the Christmas season shopping started early and be mindful of the spirit of the season, not just the material gifts. I have to repent and tell you all that I used to dread Christmas, I was a female grinch, okay not that anti-Christmas, but I always felt that people missed the mark on Christmas, that it was about lavish gifts and get to as many parties as possible, I let this negatively affect how I felt about Christmas. I am here to declare, the grinchess is NO MORE! I am embracing the season and living it in the way I want it to be celebrated, everyone commemorates it in different ways and I will respect that! I will stick to a holiday which is full of love, tradition, gifts that may not be expensive but that are meaningful and the most important part of all, spending time with loved ones and of course sharing food prepared with love for all of us to gather around ♥ I even bought a stunning door wreath and some outdoor Christmas lights, watch out, soon my house will look like Christmas puked all over it!

So my first goal this season was to bring you all a little recipe gift and start the cheer with my Coffee Chai Spiced Loaf recipe. Easily whipped up in 10 minutes and baked in 35 minutes! For all you chai and coffee lovers out there, this will be potentially dangerous in your house, try to not eat the entire loaf in one sitting! Maybe it can be a gift you make someone as well, thoughtful and delicious.

Here is the ingredient list for one large loaf:

Wet Ingredients:

3 very ripe bananas – mashed

1/4 cup almond milk

2 eggs

2 tbsp instant coffee dissolved into 2 tbsp hot water (I use the Starbucks Via Instant Dark packets)

2 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients:

3/4 cup buckwheat flour

1/2 cup oat flour

1.5 tsp baking powder

1.5 tsp chai spice (I use Silk Road Chai Spice Baking Blend)

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup sugar free chocolate chips (I use Krisda sugar free chocolate chips from Superstore)

Optional:

2 tbsp stevia or sugar of your choice to make it sweeter if you prefer.

How to Make:

Turn oven on 350 degrees Celsius.

Mix all your dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl, set aside.

Mash your bananas (I like to mash them so there are still some chunks of banana), blend in the rest of your wet ingredients, I find a hand hend blender works best!

Add your dry ingredients slowly to your wet, bland until just mixed. Fold in your chocolate chips!

Add your batter to a lightly greased loaf pan, top with crumbled walnuts if you want.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clear with no wet dough.

Let cool for 15 minutes, slice, then drool, then EAT EAT EAT!

I really hope you guys love this Coffee Chai Spiced Loaf and that you all can celebrate the holiday season in a way that feels right to you, includes your traditions and surrounds you with those you love and care for! Thanks for taking the time to check out this post and tag me on Facebook or Instagram with your loaf if you make it! XOXO

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Honey & Orange Infused Macaroons

Hey you guys! Here I am attempting my baking skills again and pushing myself to explore that side of the foodie world, I would much prefer be that mad food scientist in the kitchen cooking, throwing spices around and ingredients that I know will marry perfectly together into a delicious meal. But, you have to step out of your comfort zone to push yourself right?! So here is a recipe that is simple, always a favorite for all you coconut lovers, no refined sugars and darn right drool worthy, Honey & Orange Infused Macaroons made within 20 minutes, only need one bowl and a few ingredients, you’re gonna love love love!

I myself am a huge coconut lover, so when I got the opportunity to learn and bake a coconut macaroon recipe while partaking in a cooking class last month in Morocco, I jumped on the opportunity. The only problem, Moroccan’s LOVE their sweets extra sweet (as in loads of sugar) and pair these macaroons with their sweet delectable mint tea! So, as you know, I take inspiration from recipes around the world and put my “healthier” twist on them 🙂 I made a couple of versions of my healthy macaroons and finally came out with a batch that was perfection! The honey sweetens them just enough, then you get a subtle hint of citrus from the orange and the vanilla hits your palate after a couple bites, YUM!

I packed some Honey & Orange Infused Macaroons with us yesterday for a winter hike in the Kananaskis, we hit up the Grotto Canyon trail and brought our husky pup, Nara, with us! We packed a picnic and ended it all off with some macaroons, couldn’t have been a more perfect day out in the mountains, sun peaking through and lighting up a winter wonderland as we made our way along a frozen creek and ended up at iced over waterfall cascades, stunning! This is when I feel overwhelmingly lucky to live in Canada!

Alright, let’s get to the recipe for these Honey & Orange infused Macaroons shall we!

Ingredients: 

2 large egg whites

2 tbsp liquid honey

2 tsp orange juice

2 tsp orange zest

1.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

1 tbsp coconut flour (this is optional, I liked the consistency better when I put this in, without works)

1/2 tsp pure vanilla or extract (I used fresh vanilla bean that I got in Hawaii, not necessary though!)

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp pink salt (regular salt is fine, put a bit less)

How to Create:

Serving size: 12

Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone lining.

In a medium bowl add your egg whites, honey, orange juice, zest, vanilla, and salt, whisk/blend on high until frothy, approximately 4-5 minutes.

Stir in your shredded coconut and coconut flour.

I let it sit for a few minutes for the coconut to absorb some of the liquid, then take a small handful and create balls in your hands with some pressure so they hold together, layer on your baking sheet.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until edges brown, watch carefully they bake quickly.

Let cool completely, very important, they will hold their shape when cooled, serve them up!

There you have it, easy as that, Honey & Orange Infused Macaroons that are good for ya! Have a wonderful week everyone and thanks for checking out my blog for recipe inspo! I love hearing from all of you, thank you for the messages and ongoing support, XOXO!

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