Chai Spiced Banana Bread

Hello Friends!  First off, I’d like to apologize for the lack of updates on the blog as of late.  We’ve moved (as some of you may know from Facebook) to a new home in a new city about 2 ½ hours south.  The change has been for the better because we’ve relocated to a city that is 3x more populated than the previous town we were in!  The change has been exhilarating and scary all at the same time.  I’m excited for the new opportunities a large city brings, but I’m also scared about the changes we are going to face.  New places, new faces; I guess that’s all a part of the roller coaster ride we call “life” 🙂

The last thing I baked in our old home was a wonderfully flavorful Chai Spiced Banana Bread.  It was soooo delicious that it also became the first thing I baked in our new home.  Plus, the cooler weather has begun to set in, so it all just worked out perfectly.  Go ahead and give it a shot, I promise you won’t be disappointed 😉

And while you’re at it, please, for the sake of mankind’s sanity, don’t say Chai Tea.

Chai = tea (in Urdu/Hindi).

Chai tea = Tea Tea = Whaaaaaa?




Chai Spiced Banana Bread

Yield:  1 Loaf


For Chai Spice:

  • ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

For Banana Bread:

  • 2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup yogurt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Chai Spice

For Glaze:

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • Chai Spice
  • 1 – 1 ½ teaspoons milk


Make Chai Spice:

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Set aside.

Make Banana Bread:

Preheat oven to 350˚F and set aside a greased 9” x 5” loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat mashed bananas, yogurt, melted butter, and eggs on medium speed until thoroughly combined.  Add sugar and brown sugar and mix to combine.  Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.  Add vanilla and Chai Spice and stir until combined.

Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 60 to 70 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Allow bread to rest for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Make Glaze:

Combine powdered sugar, vanilla, remaining Chai Spice, and whisk enough milk to create a thick and pourable glaze.  Pour over cooled bread and allow it to harden before serving.


27 responses

  1. Salam alaikum again!
    MashaAllah we recently moved home too, it can be very stressful so im sure that chai spiced banana bread made everything easier, I would like try it but im not very keen on cooked bananas taste although I like them in their raw form, do the chai spices mask the banana flavour at all?
    Lol its quite funny when you say it like that tea tea. Where im from (Yorkshire) some people call tea, char so i’ll have a cup of char chai tea please 🙂

  2. Love the twist on the banana bread…will have to give it a try! Picture is awesome too!

    Glad to hear the move went well! Kitchen looks so nice. When we moved from an apartment to our current townhome I actually got a smaller kitchen..amazing we have more square footage but less storage 🙂 Will get back to you FB soon….

    I never noticed the tea tea thing before…LOL!

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