Los Angeles & Vegan Orange Tea Banana Bread


It’s officially winter and with the long months of January and February looming, I find myself craving summer and the beach. Looking through photos today I was reminded of my October visit to the beach in Malibu. IMG_3579

In Los Angeles for business,  I took a few hours off to join a very dear friend on a drive up the scenic Pacific Coast Highway

 to have lunch outside at GladstonesIMG_3592and take a long walk on an uncrowded beach.

For most people, a trip to Los Angeles is about shopping or celebrity sightings. Visiting landmarks like Grauman’s Chinese TheaterIMG_3627

where little hands fill the prints of big ones,IMG_3632

catching a show at the Kodak Theater,


or snapping photos of the iconic Hollywood signIMG_3649are priorities. But for me, being in LA is about afternoons on the beach, catching up with good friends, and indulging in decadent treats like these gorgeous macaroons from Bottega Louie.

photo 4

Los Angeles also hosts some of my favorite vegan restaurants. In fact, my first night in LA is always spent dining at Real Food Daily! And every morning starts at my very favorite coffee chain, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, so it’s no surprise that my California dreaming inspired me to bake this Vegan Orange Tea Banana Bread!

Since this was my first foray into vegan baking, I found this recipe on a vegan blog and made only minor modifications.


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  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups orange tea*
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • cinnamon

*I used Celestial Seasonings Mandarin Orange Spice Herbal Tea, but any tea will work.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a standard loaf pan.
  • Combine first five ingredients in a large bowl; set aside.
  • Meanwhile, melt coconut oil over medium heat and steep tea.


  • In a medium bowl, mash bananas. Combine with tea, oil, vanilla, orange juice, and 1/4 teaspoon orange zest.
  • Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and combine.


  • Add pecans. Pour batter into greased pan.


  • Sprinkle the top of the batter with cinnamon, sugar, and remaining orange zest.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes or until cooked through.


  • Allow to cool completely before slicing.




9 responses

  1. Oh I love LA – are you wishing you cold have saved that trip for the winter months? How is it always so beautiful out there!? We are back in Bangkok and in the middle of our fleeting couple weeks of beautiful weather we get here – maybe you should keep January in mind for your next visit! ;)

    • Luckily, I have a trip to Puerto Rico in a couple of weeks or I would really be disappointed that the LA trip is behind me! I will definitely keep January in mind for a return to Bangkok — still looking for a new travel buddy. :) Miss you guys! xo

  2. After all the dinners and celebrating over the holidays it’s time to get back on track. The Vegan Orange Tea and Bananna Bread sounds delicious and hopefully will help cut back on the calories and still enjoy coffee and a treat, or maybe just for breakfast.

  3. Looks delicious and with rolled oats,orange zest, pecans, and orange tea included in the ingredients, it can’t miss. A really nice change from the average banana nut recipe. (Great photos from LA!)

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