I love baking….it seriously is like therapy for me.
So it’s always fun to create a new baking recipe that is both healthier and feeds my desire for a delicious little thing to have with an afternoon cup of tea. This is my version of a tea cake, made way better for you – and still delicious! And because I love tea so much, I put the tea right in the cake.
I created a series of five plant-based recipes for So Fresh Oat, including this Earl Grey Tea Loaf. I have been delighted to work with So Fresh on the launch of their new Oat Beverage. As someone who chooses to drink plant-based milks, I am always looking for something that tastes really good and has more nutrition than the average pick.
So Fresh Oat is a sustainable food made with 100% Canadian oats and 100% non-GMO ingredients. It contains no added sugar and has 4g of naturally occurring protein. Oh, and it tastes really damn good.
This fall weather has me feeling all cozy, so there is nothing better than turning the oven on and making some feel good food. I’ve used 100% sprouted spelt flour so it is high fibre and easier on digestion. If you can’t find sprouted spelt, use regular whole grain spelt or whole wheat pastry flour. You may want to add just a bit of extra liquid if you do.
Earl Grey Tea Loaf
- 2 1/2 cups spelt flour I used Anita's Organic Sprouted Spelt Flour
- 2/3 cup So Fresh Unsweetened Oat Beverage
- 1/2 cup cane sugar
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 bags good quality earl grey tea I used Numi Aged Earl Grey
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C). Lightly grease a 9-inch loaf pan with extra virgin olive oil. Cut a piece of parchment into a long rectangle that fits down the centre of the pan and up the sides and place onto the oiled pan. This will make removing the loaf easy!
- In a large bowl, mix the spelt flour, baking powder and salt. Cut open the tea bags and empty the tea into the flour mixture and stir to combine.
- In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, sugar, oat milk, lemon juice and vanilla. Then add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture. Stir until combined, taking care to avoid over-stirring.
- Bake on the centre rack for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of the loaf comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for five minutes, then using the parchment, lift and remove loaf to a rack to cool completely.
Disclosure: I was paid to create these recipes for So Fresh and act as their spokesperson for the launch. As always, I will only work with a product I truly think is a healthful choice and that I enjoy serving in my own home. This one fits the bill, big time.