5 spice powder is a blend of some of my favorite spices. In fact it’s kind of like someone had me in mind when they decided that these spices would be sealed together as their very own entity (And I somehow deny that I can be self-absorbed).
Used a lot in Chinese and Indian food, it consists of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns. It’s a robust and surprising blend of pungent and pleasant.
Blended into a similarly savory and sweet cornbread with fresh basil tucked in, this a gluten-free snack that can be whatever you want it to be, depending on how you top it.
I call it a cornbread cake because it’s made of fine cornmeal and brown rice flour, so it’s a little too fluffy and soft to be just bread, but not quite as delicate as cake.
So this is a big “falls between” dish, which I think is kind of cool. It is its own thing. I love experiencing new sensations and flavors in food and this cornbread cake is a great platform for that.
The basil is nice because it adds just one more layer of weird-good with its bright flavor. But it’s not a super loud taste as it gets baked down, so you could easily skip it.
Here I went savory with it and had it with coconut oil and a little sea salt. A little ghee or butter is nice too. I made my own herbed butter once and man, was that awesome. If you’re really going for maximum flavor punch, try that.
This day I decided to go sweet with it and drizzled a little coconut manna over the top and a little more 5 spice for good measure. You can even sprinkle a little Truvia on too for a dead on throwback to the nostalgic “cinnamon sugar toast” feel.
Each of these 5 spices have their own sets of potential benefits. Anise for example has connections to easing upset stomach, intestinal gas, runny nose, and expectorate and diuretic properties. The most evidence points to its capability to ease menstrual pain.
The eugenol in clove is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It’s used in dentistry for these attributes and can benefit the whole body when ingested.
Both fennel and cinnamon are known to have lots of anti-oxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals to strengthen the immune system. Cinnamon boasts benefits like helping to control blood sugar levels and diabetes, MS, fungal infections and even Alzheimer’s.
I love snacking and knowing that I’m not just enjoying the flavor of my food, but my body is putting what I’m giving it to good use.
Have you ever used 5 Spice Powder?
What’s your favorite recipe with it so far?
- ¾ Cup fine corn meal
- ¾ Cup brown rice flour
- 1 tsp Five Spice Powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 packets Truvia
- 1¼ cup almond milk
- 3 Tbs melted coconut oil
- 3 Tbs yogurt
- 2 eggs
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
- Combine the wet ingredients in one bowl
- Combine the dry ingredients in another bowl
- Pour wet in to dry and stir until just combined
- Pour into a greased ( I used coconut oil) loaf pan
- Sprinkle a little extra Five Spice Powder on top
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until browned and solid in the middle