Welcome Chai Lovers,
Christmas is all about giving. Giving to friends, family and loved ones.
All out of Christmas gift ideas? Consider us your go-to. We're all about handmade, artisan and all natural gifting that brings back the magic of surprise (don't make recipients say, "You shouldn't have". And MEAN it). We are here to make choosing a thoughtful gift so easy.
This month, we had a cup of chai with Kat John, she is an expert in positive psychology, self empowerment and Optimal Self Coach. She helps people remember who they are, so they can live a happy, fulfilling and meaningful lives. We discovered her guilty pleasure, what her typical breakfast looks like and what makes her get out of her bed each morning. She shares words that she lives by, goals and why she loves Prana Chai.
We also have lots of exciting news about Prana Chai, including meeting one of the team at the Prana Chai HQ, a recipe for Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Coconut Chai Glaze too.
We have a special limited Christmas edition of our gift box of #onlythegoodstuff which was a collaboration with local pottery artist Kaz Morton. She crafted a very special mug that is right up our alley, handmade, honest, raw and natural. The cup also has a thumb groove for better handling so you’ll never let it go. We have put this little beauty in a starter/gift box for you just in time for Christmas. We also have cold brew starter kit which is perfect for the hot summer days. It is our hope that our Chai can bring time for your loved ones to slow down and be in the moment.
So get cosy with your cup of chai and enjoy this month’s edition of Prana Chai insider news.
Mario, Koray, Vincent and whole Prana Chai family.
Limited Edition Kaz Morton Ceramics Xmas Starter Box or Cold Brew Kit
We are so excited to have had the opportunity to collaborate with one of our favourite local ceramic artist Kaz Morton. Our brief was to create a cup that would reflect our brand values, handmade, honest, raw and natural. Kaz came up with a wonderful design that enabled us to enjoy a sip of Prana Chai as it was intended, pronounced flavours, sophisticated depth and a layered profile. You can read more about Kaz in our recent interview here.
This box consists of all the essentials in one place and makes a great gift for Prana fans. 250g Prana Chai Masala Blend + stainless steel stove top pot + fine mesh strainer + Limited Edition Kaz Ceramics Cup and the Prana Chai Recipe Booklet. The real combined value is almost $75 so it’s a hell of a deal! Hurry up this box is limited edition only for this Xmas. We don’t want you to miss out this special deal.
The coldbrew kit includes 1 x 250gr Prana Chai Masala Blend + 1 x #onlythegoodstuff glass flask with filter basket and bamboo lid + the new Prana Chai recipe booklet. A perfect gift for hot summer.
A cup of chai with Kat John
Words I live by:
Never be afraid to face yourself. Face what causes you pain, suffering and did-ease because when you do, you heal, you open up and reveal more of who you are.Guilty pleasure:
Spending time alone. I love it!! Introverting gives me life, energy, answers and insight.
What’s my typical morning breakfast look like?
Bone broth, brown rice, tuna, 1/4 avocado, coconut latte.
Reasons I love Prana Chai
One word. Delicious!
A goal that lights me up:
I have always had a vision of being on stage at Oprah's Super Soul Sessions with lights blinding my eyes, my hand up in the sky feeling the power of God move through me me and hearing a roar from the audience; a roar that says, "YES, Ï remember who I am!
What / who inspires me
People inspire me. People who have been through pain or experienced horrific injustice and have found the power within themselves to rise up and live beyond what they've been through.
What are you most grateful about?
My connection to God. I lost it for so long and to rekindle my connection to faith has been the most profound relationship.
Where can people find you
Meet the team - Koray Gencel, Co-founder
What I wake up for in the morning?
My daughter and my wife.
I am happy seeing smiles on their faces and I want to make sure that I do my best to support and love them.
My passion apart from Prana Chai?
I have been volunteering to teach and mentor kids under 14 as their basketball coach every Thursday. It has been 3 seasons (almost 2 years) and I am really passionate about it. I love seeing them improving their skills and looking at them listening to what I have to say is a very humbling experience. I get overwhelmingly fulfilled when seeing that positive change in them even outside of the basketball court. I used to play basketball when I was in highschool competitively and I can see my young self in them and this brings me back the memories! Very grateful!
I also love reading books from my favorite writers John Fowles, Paul Auster, Orhan Pamuk and last but not least Noam Chomski. Their books allow me to shut my mind off and send me to my own world.
My guilty pleasure?
Netflix and midnight trips to fridge fruit & yoghurt. Oh and peanut butter cookies and mid day coffee.
Who is my role model and what is the qualities I admire about that person?
Elon Musk. No doubt. He creates a very successful business and sells it for a huge sum at a very young age and follows his dream to make electric cars work. When he can not find investors for the initial phase he risks everything and puts his own money to make it work. His self belief and the way he backs himself up every time amazes me.
Also the guy who literally shorted the housing market before the GFC, he saw that we were all in it for the worse and he played against it. Michael Burry I guess was his name.
Favourite way to enjoy Prana Chai?
Can't beat cold brew. 4 hours of gentle extraction in the fridge and you end up with a sophisticated, layered liquor at the end. I have attended enough trade shows to test this method and I can easily say that it is a winner. Easy to make, fun to drink.
What I am most grateful for:
I am grateful for the people that I have met in my journey because each person impacts my life somehow and I think that is a wonderful. I am also grateful for myself for the effort in finding my inner power to live/change my life the way I like.
Knowing what I know now, what would be my life advice to 20 year-old self?
Just do it, don't be afraid of failure, fail better. (Fail forward)
P r a n a C h a i R e c i p e:
Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Coconut Chai Glaze
According to her boyfriend “these doughnuts are the best recipe from her blog”. He has a very strong love for doughnuts (the deep fried ones made from white flour and sugar) and even he thought these healthy ones were darn good! The sweet potato gives them a fantastic texture, that is perfectly 'doughy’, if you will. She added #OnlyTheGoodStuff @pranachai to the mixture for the most delicious flavour. These doughnuts are very healthy and super easy to make.✨
Makes 6 doughnuts
1 small sweet potato (230g when peeled)
½ cup of brewed and sweetened chai tea (Prana Chai and rice milk)
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup raw honey/maple syrup
1 free-range egg or flax/chia egg
½ cup oat flour (blend rolled oats into a flour)
½ cup brown rice flour
¼ cup tapioca flour
1 ½ tsps. baking powder
¼ tsp. bicarbonate soda
2 tsps. flaxseed/linseed meal (I just ground the seeds in my coffee grinder. Chia works too)
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. cardamom
½ tsp. ginger
¼ tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. cloves
Pinch of sea salt
Coconut Chai Glaze:
½ cup coconut cream (place a tin of coconut cream/coconut milk in the fridge and use the hardened part that sets on top)
2 tsps. raw honey
A sprinkle of each of the spices listed above (mostly cinnamon and ginger)
Coconut Cinnamon Sugar:
¼ cup coconut sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius and grease a 6 hole doughnut tin with coconut oil.
- Peel the sweet potato and slice it into thin rounds, then halve each round and place it all in a small saucepan with ¼ cup water. Cover with a lid and bring to a gentle boil before reducing the heat and allowing it to steam for about 10 minutes or until softened. Allow to cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, brew the chai tea according to the packet instructions. (Prana Chai requires 1 heaped tbsp. of tea for each cup of milk and a little bit of honey). Strain and set aside to cool slightly.
- Melt the coconut oil and blend the oats into flour and flaxseeds into meal, if not already ground.
- Place the sweet potato, chai tea, coconut oil, honey and egg into a blender and process until smooth.
- Add all of the remaining dry ingredients and process again until you achieve a smooth batter.
- Carefully pour the batter out of the blender into the doughnut tin, until evenly distributed.
- Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the doughnuts bounce back when pressed on top (mine only took 12 minutes).
- Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, before moving them onto a wire wrack to cool to just warmer than room temperature.
- Meanwhile, to make the Coconut Chai Glaze, simply whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl (you can gently heat them in a small saucepan if the honey is too thick to whisk when cold – you’ll just have to allow the mixture to cool before you dip the doughnuts in). Mix the coconut sugar and cinnamon together in a different bowl.
- When the doughnuts have cooled but are still a bit warm, smear a little bit of coconut oil on the outside of three of them. Dip these three into the coconut cinnamon sugar and set aside. Dip the other three into the Coconut Chai Glaze. Eat immediately and enjoy!
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