Chai Spiced Banana Bread

Hands up if you have been craving a little spice to warm up the body since the temperatures have dropped? We sure have, and this Chai Spiced Banana Bread Recipe shared by Olivia Scott from LOVE, By Olivia – is hitting the spot. The perfect warming sweet treat that is healthy too. This is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free.

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2 1⁄2 cups (250g/8.8oz) almond flour
1 cup (160g/5.6oz) flaxseeds
1⁄2 tsp vanilla bean powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground clove
1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1⁄2 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
1 Tbsp ground ginger
4 bananas
1⁄2 cup (150g/5.3oz) maple syrup
1⁄3 cup (83ml) filtered water
1 cup (160g/5.6oz) dates, soaked
1⁄2 cup (65g/2.2oz) hazelnuts, chopped, plus extra to garnish
1⁄2 cup (50g/1.8oz) walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 140 degrees. Line a 25.5 x 13.5 x 6cm loaf tin with baking paper. Place the almond flour, flaxseeds, vanilla bean powder, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pepper, sea salt and ginger in a blender or food processor and blend until fine. Add bananas, maple syrup, filtered water and dates and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and stir in hazelnuts and walnuts.

Press the mixture into the loaf tin and garnish with extra hazelnuts. Place in an oven for 1 hour at 140 degrees celsius. Place tin on heat proof benchtop to cool for 45 minutes.

Gently remove the loaf from the tin, peel back the baking paper from the edges and enjoy.

Store in an airtight container and eat within seven days.

Makes one 25.5 x 13.5 x 6cm loaf

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