Blackberry & Pear Tea Loaf

Everyone loves a slice of something sweet with a cup of tea, which is where the inspiration for this fruity loaf came from. Thanks to TEA+ for sending me their new caffeine-free Sleep Vitamin Tea, this variety is a soothing bedtime blend made up of passion flower, magnesium, rooibus, chamomile, lavendar and vitamin C, all to help relax the mind and body and promote a restful nights sleep.

Coupled with apple pieces, blackberry leaves and cinnamon, I thought TEA+ Sleep would be the perfect addition to infuse a fluffy spongey loaf packed with juicy blackberries and chunks of pear for a mind morning or mid afternoon treat served with a (TEA+!) brew. With banana, coconut sugar, ground almonds and extra cinnamon, this is one of my favourite dairy-free, no refined sugar recipes to date!

Ingredients:

  • 150g oat flour (I used Buy Wholefoods Online oat flour)
  • 50g ground almonds (I used Whitworths)
  • 100g coconut sugar (I used The Coconut Company)
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 120ml boiling water + 1 x TEA+ Sleep Vitamin Tea bag)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large pear, diced
  • 75g frozen or fresh blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or alternative (I used Sweet Freedom)

Get making!

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease and line a loaf tin.
  2. Mix together the flour, ground almonds, coconut sugar, mixed spice and baking powder in a bowl.
  3. Leave the tea bag to brew in boiling water for 10 minutes then leave to cool for 5-10 minutes (save 2 tablespoons and set aside). Whisk with the eggs, mashed banana and vanilla then pour into the bowl.
  4. Mix well then fold in the pear and blackberries then spoon into the tin and spread out evenly. Bake for 35-40 minutes until risen and golden.
  5. Remove from the oven and insert a knife or skewer all across the loaf. Whisk the remainder of the brewed tea with the maple syrup then pour over the whole loaf to sink in. Leave to cool.
  6. Remove from the tin and onto a chopping board then slice up and serve!