morning treats

A few weeks ago I made some delightful morning treats. I had taken a long walk by the beach with a friend and really worked up an appetite. It wasn’t lunch time yet, but i really wanted something satisfyingly yummy. I had some milk and bananas I needed to use up pretty quickly…so, what did I make? Spice-Infused Milk and Sweet & Salty Banana Chips. Best morning treats ever!

afternoon snack

The spice-infused milk is very subtle on its own, but more robust when added to other ingredients and/or beverages. It was an excellent way for me to add something extra special to my morning coffee. Such incredible flavor. Later that week, we experimented with pouring a little bit into our homemade chocolate chip cookie milkshakes. Outstanding! Next time I would love to try it in black tea, over my oatmeal or in a hot chocolate!

SPICE-INFUSED MILKspiced milk

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of milk
  • Spices: I used 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 whole nutmeg (sliced in half), 4 star of anise, 1 vanilla bean (split open), 1 Tbsp whole cloves. You could also throw in a dried chili pepper, cardamom or fresh ginger slices.

spice milk

Directions:

  1. Add milk and spices to a small saucepan. Heat over medium and stir occasionally.
  2. Once the mixture begins steaming, cover the saucepan and move it off of the burner. Let the mixture steep for one hour.
  3. Strain over a large jar with a tight lid. Refrigerate up to 3 days. Reheat gently before using. Enjoy!

spice milk 2

SWEET & SALTY BANANA CHIPSbananas

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  •  2 Tbsp. of brown sugar
  • Coarse grain sea salt & black pepper
  • Baking sheet & parchment paper or a Silpat

Directions:

  1. Slice your bananas thin. Lay them on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper or a Silpat.
  2. Sprinkle them with the brown sugar and the coarse grain sea salt and black pepper.
  3. Bake at 400°F for 16-20 minutes. “Every oven is a little different so be sure to keep an eye on these! You want the edges to begin to get crispy but the centers will still be a little soft and chewy. It would be very easy to burn or undercook them (mushy, no good!), so be sure to keep an eye on them.” – Emma
  4. Enjoy!

Before…..banana chips

After…..banana chips 2

YUMMY!!! I am definitely going to be making these again. And with a spiced coffee…too good to be true.

xo sarah

The Spiced Milk recipe is inspired by Martha Stewart Living (December 2012) and the Salty Sweet Banana Chips are from A Beautiful Mess.

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