I think this may be the longest winter of my life! It got cold earlier this year than any year I can remember. It snowed before Thanksgiving and the morning of our turkey trot I had to wear two pairs of socks. December felt like February and as a result, when February rolled around, I was already over this exceedingly horrible winter. There was hope though… March was coming and though it was going to come in like a lion, it would go out like a lamb. Only it didn’t. Here we are at the end of March and it’s SNOWING…. AGAIN!!!
All this cold has me pining away for our vacation club in Punta Cana and wishing we had headed there this March like we did last spring. When I was offered the opportunity to review Tisano Teas, I jumped at the chance. I’d first tried Cacao Tea on our trip last year when we toured the chocolate factory and I brought home 4 packages, hoping to enjoy the tea whenever I started missing our trip. My stash was gone in less than 2 months… OOPS!!!! The tea was served with banana fritters that tasted like crispy bites of heaven at breakfast. The second I brewed the first cup of my Vanilla Cacao tea, I knew I needed to figure out how to capture the tastes of the fritters, sans gluten and the extra zillion calories that I couldn’t afford!
First, the tea. I received a full size canister of Mint Cacao Tea and a sample size of the Vanilla Cacao tea. I really enjoy both flavors and have discovered that they both taste excellent on their own but I prefer them a little sweeter, I added one pack of stevia and found it to be the perfect amount. I also found that steaming coconut milk and adding the tea made it taste like a lighter version of hot chocolate. That version made for a perfect dessert drink on a cold night!
Tisano isn’t just great for your taste buds. I really appreciate the commitment that this company has to their cooperative farmers harvesting the organic cacao. In order to ensure their process stays at the highest of qualities, they are paying over market price for the harvests and returning 5% of the profits back to these farming communities. I’m really impressed by their sense of community and commitment to excellence. They have also offered a discount code for any readers who want to enjoy this chocolaty treat for themselves. If you head over to their website, use the code Tisanolicious15% and save 15 % off your order.
Once you’ve gone ahead and ordered. gather together the ingredients for my Banana Coconut Fritters and brace yourself for the feel of the warm sun and total relaxation to take over. If the tastes don’t transport you, you’re doing it wrong!
Banana Coconut Fritters
2 Ripe Bananas (the riper they are. the sweeter your fritters will be), sliced
2 Eggs (beaten lightly)
1/4 c coconut milk (or almond milk)
1/4 cup of coconut sugar (if you can’t find it, or don’t like it, use honey)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c. Gluten Free All Purpose (if you don’t have gluten issues, go ahead and use regular all purpose flour if you like)
1/4 c. almond meal
1/4 c. coconut flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp sea salt
Coconut Oil melted, for frying
In your mixer, combine the sliced bananas eggs, coconut sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth.
In a large zip lock, combine all of the dry ingredients and shake until they are mixed together. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and fold together until they are evenly combined but not smooth.
In a heavy skillet, melt and heat coconut oil and then lower heat. It’s important not to overheat the oil so as not to burn the fritters but not to allow the oil to become too cool, which will cause them to be greasy.
Place small dollops into the hot oil and allow them to cook for about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. If they look to need another minute, flip again and cook for an additional 30 seconds on each side.
Remove from pan with a slotted spoon or spatula and place on a plate covered in paper towels to absorb the extra oil.
You can top with maple syrup, honey, fruit jams, Greek yogurt or cottage cheese. It won’t matter… they will taste delicious, even if you eat them over the plate while they are cooling… not that I would know from experience!
Is there a special treat from a vacation spot that can instantly take you back?