Sunday, July 7, 2013

Banana Chai Muffins (feat. Bondi Chai)

It's been a while since I was last in the kitchen and baking, but a double dose of inspiration courtesy of this recipe by My Kitchen Adventure and the opportunity to try some new products by Bondi Chai thanks to WordStorm meant that it was definitely time to get back into the swing of things. 

Bondi Chai have just released pre-made packs of chai latte, similar to the coffee-based ones that helped me survive my university exams, that are available in Vanilla Honey and Club Cinnamon varieties. The perfect blend of tea and comforting spices, they're quick to make and deeply satisfying on a cold winter's day. 

Bondi Chai Latte Sticks
While mixing with some warm milk settling down to enjoy them on a comfy sofa is one way to go, I had other plans in mind. A generous bounty of ripe bananas meant that it was baking time in order to make good use of them. 

Ripe Bananas
The chai latte mixture includes a blend of spices, black tea extract, sugar and milk powder is easy enough to incorporate into pretty much any muffin recipe. The recipe I ended up with was pretty simple: 

Combine all the dry ingredients together. 

Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt & Chai Latte Mixture
Combine all the wet ingredients together, and then combine the two batches of ingredients.

Banana Chai Muffin Batter
Portion out into 24 muffin cases, then bake for approximately 15 minutes. 

Banana Chai Muffins
Allow to cool, then dig in, or skip the cooling bit if you really can't resist the heavenly banana-heavy aroma wafting from the oven, and the promised delicious moistness of these muffins. Who's to say you can't enjoy these with a nice warm glass of Chai? No-one, because all you need is a warm fire and things would be pretty much perfect. 

Chai Latte & Banana Chai Muffins

Banana Chai Muffins
Adapted from My Kitchen Adventure
Makes 24 medium-sized muffins

Ingredients:
  •  2 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 sachets Bondi Chai Latte Sticks, Vanilla Honey variety
  • 1 1/2 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 110g butter, melted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 6 small ripe bananas, mashed
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 165°C. Line two 12-hole muffin tins with paper muffin liners.
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl using a whisk.
  3. Combine the buttermilk, butter, vanilla and eggs, then stir in the mashed banana.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry with a wooden spoon.
  5. Portion the batter into the muffin tins, and bake for 15 minutes in the pre-heated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  6. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Banana Chai Muffins