CHAI-INFUSED FRENCH TOAST

The holidays are the perfect time for indulgences, as we all know we only have the allotted time to really let loose.  By the time January roll around, no one wants to look at holiday cookies or turkey dinner.  Luckily, we're right in the thick of it & I'm taking every opportunity to be festive.  This chai-infused french toast is the perfect wintry breakfast to share with a crowd (perfect for Christmas morning).  Hope you all have the happiest of holidays! XO

CHAI INFUSED FRENCH TOAST (Gluten-free) Serves 4-6

  • 8 slices gluten-free bread, cut diagonally (I used UDI's)
  • About 3 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Dona Chai chai concentrate 
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • Maple syrup, for serving

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Arrange sliced bread on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Spread each slice with a bit of coconut oil.  In a small bowl, mix together sugar, almond meal, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and a pinch of sea salt using your fingers.  Sprinkle about half the mixture atop each slice.  Bake for 5-7 minutes or until bread is browned and caramelized.  Let cool.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together almond milk, chai concentrate, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt.  Reduce oven temperature to 375.

In a greased 9x9 baking dish, arrange toasts in two even layers.  Pour egg mixture over top and let soak for 15 minutes, pressing down to make sure all bread is being submerged.  Top with the remaining spiced sugar mixture and sprinkle with sliced almonds.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until topping is browned and caramelized.  Serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup.

MAPLE BANANA BREAD WITH HEMPSEEDS

I was raised in California, and the closest it gets to cold, wintry weather is dropping below 75 degrees in December.  It's not the most festive place in the world for the holiday months, but we had other ways of making it special.  I always associate banana bread with the changing of seasons, as a seasonal (but not too wintry) way to celebrate Fall.  We always had it in the house during this time & it's the most nourishing snack to have on hand (especially for busy days).  This one is healthier than my family recipe, but you won't notice.   It's the perfect breakfast for the colder months when you need something a little heartier.  

Maple Banana Bread with Hempseeds (gluten-free, dairy-free)

  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted & cooled
  • 2 very ripe large bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons hempseeds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together first nine ingredients until well mixed.  In a separate bowl, add mashed banana, coconut oil, maple, vanilla, almond milk & large eggs.  Beat mixture until well-combined, then mix wet ingredients into the dry.  Using a spatula, mix ingredients until batter resembles heavy cream.

Grease a 8 or 9 inch loaf pan lined with parchment (for easy removal).  Pour batter into loaf pan evenly, then sprinkle hempseeds evenly over top.  Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool for 20 minutes before serving.

Tip: I highly suggest serving warm with a drizzle of warm coconut oil or maple syrup. Game changer!

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MINI MAPLE SPICED DOUGHNUTS WITH MOLASSES GLAZE (Gluten & dairy-free)

I think it’s safe to say Summer is officially over.  It’s  just a little too cold at night for a t-shirt & naturally I’m craving anything spiced. These mini doughnuts are my first transitional treat into the flavors of Fall.  Now that we can all use our ovens happily without resenting it, I think it's time to get baking.  Most of my Summer was spent off-the-oven-grid, making simple salads and avoiding overheating my tiny apartment.  I'm easing into it this time as I know we'll have many (MANY!) months of roasted vegetables, winter squash and soups.  So, for now, something a little spiced for the changing of seasons.

Maple SPICED Doughnuts WITH MOLASSES GLAZE (gluten-free, dairy-free) makes 12 mini doughnuts

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour 
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil (liquified)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated ginger or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 large eggs

Maple Molasses Glaze:

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together first 8 ingredients.  In a separate mixing bowl, mix together maple syrup, eggs, vanilla, ginger & coconut oil.  Using a spatula, fold wet ingredients into the dry until well-combined.  

Carefully add the batter to a large ziplock bag & snip a 1/2 inch hole in the corner.  Use this to pipe the batter into a greased doughnut pan (I used this one).  Fill each one until it’s flush with the top of the pan, but does not come above it (they will rise!).  Bake for exactly 10 minutes & then cool for 5 minutes.  Continue until all the batter is gone.  It will make two batches of mini doughnuts.

To make the glaze: add confectioners sugar to a small mixing bowl & whisk until smooth without lumps.  Then, add almond milk, molasses, maple, vanilla & cinnamon.  Whisk until smooth & thick.  If the glaze is too thin, add more sugar & if too thick, add more milk.  Once desired consistency, dip each doughnut in and let the excess drip off.  Continue until all doughnuts are glazed.  Serve & eat immediately!