This week is Afternoon Tea Week and if there’s one thing we know in the office, it is how to create the ultimate afternoon tea! From way back when we used to host our cream free cream tea parties, to now when every week is basically afternoon tea week in the office… we want to show you how to create the perfect afternoon tea at home!
See below our most loved recipes for the perfect afternoon tea with a twist.
Savoury Oat Sandwiches
This oat bread is a total game changer! It’s quickly become the favourite snack in the office and it’s the most delicious replacement to regular afternoon tea sandwiches. We topped ours with smashed avocado and delicious dairy free Nush Almond Cream Cheese Spread with thinly sliced cucumber.
Oat Bread (10 slices)
100g melted coconut oil
500ml oat milk
200g porridge oats
300g oat flour
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
A big pinch of salt
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Mix all of your oat bread ingredients in a bowl until combined.
3. Line a tin (10cm x 20cm) and pour in the bread mixture. Bake for 20 minutes until the top is golden.
4. Leave to cool slightly and enjoy!
5. We usually slice it, put it in a bag and freeze it so that it keeps for months. You can toast it straight from the freezer.
Avocado Spread (4 slices of oat bread, serves 6)
The juice of 1 lime
A pinch of salt
1 tsp dried chilli flakes
1. Mash the avocado with a fork and mix in the lime juice and salt.
2. Put the avocado spread on your toast and spread it out. Cut each slice into 3 squares. Sprinkle some chilli flakes on top and enjoy.
“Cream” Cheese Sandwiches (4 slices of oat bread, serves 6)
½ tub of natural Nush Almond Cream Cheese Spread
A pinch of black pepper
1. Toast the bread and spread the Nush on top. Cut each slice into 3 squares.
2. Slice your cucumber lengthwise into thin strips. Cut each strip into half. Put the cucumber strip on top of the Nush spread and zig zag it back and forth to create the pattern in the picture. Sprinkle some black pepper on top and enjoy.
Strawberry Jam & Almond Butter Scones
Scones are a classic for the ultimate afternoon tea. Our dairy and gluten free recipe is filled with lovely spices and raisins. We topped our scones with smooth almond butter and strawberry Cham. For decorations we use some white chia seeds and freeze-dried strawberries. Find the recipe for the scones here! This time we swapped out the lemon juice and zest for some cinnamon powder instead – yum!
Any afternoon tea needs to have a good selection of treats. While there are many great options on the blog we picked 3 of our favourites: Peanut Butter Cups, Brownies and Mini Blackberry Tarts. These treats are all easy to make and not very time consuming which is great when you’re catering for bigger crowds.
Peanut Butter Cups
There are so many good recipes for cups on the blog, but one of our favourites is a classic Peanut Butter Cup (link to recipe here). If you’re not a PB fan you can always try our delicious Chocolate Orange Caramel Cups instead, they’re so good!
Chocolate Fudge Brownies
We couldn’t do an afternoon tea post without including an indulgent gooey brownie. Brownies are loved in the office and we make them regularly, it’s impossible to get enough of them! The brownies in the pictures are our staple fudgy brownie recipe on the blog and we used the chocolate nut butter spread from this post as a topping.
Mini Blackberry Tarts (makes 7-8 mini tarts)
Tarts are so simple to make but they always look impressive. We used blackberries to top them as they’re currently in season, but you can use any berry you like!
20g melted coconut oil (2 tbsp)
30ml maple syrup (2 tbsp)
75g oat flour (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp)
A pinch of salt
125g vanilla coyo
1. Mix all of the ingredients for the pastry in a bowl.
2. Divide the dough into 8 mini cupcake cases and press out to cover the sides.
3. Bake for 10 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius and leave to cool completely.
4. Fill the pastry cases with vanilla coyo and put one blackberry in each case.