Photo: Mary Britton Senseney/Wonderful Machine; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 33 Mins
Serves 16 (serving size: 1 slice)

You'll find all the delicious spices of Chai tea in one melt-in-your-mouth loaf of Chai Banana Bread.These spices work really well together and are a good contrast with the sweetness of the banana.





How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed just until blended. Add sugars; beat at medium just until blended.

Step 3

Weigh or spoon flour into dry measuring cups. Combine flour, soda, and salt. Add flour mixture to banana mixture; beat just until blended.

Step 4

Combine cardamom and next 3 ingredients. Stir 1 1/2 teaspoons spice mixture and 1 teaspoon vanilla into batter. Pour into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 65 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on wire rack. Remove from pan; cool.

Step 5

Combine remaining spice mixture, remaining vanilla, powdered sugar, and milk. Drizzle over bread.

Ratings & Reviews

Something new

May 29, 2015
Turned out great. Took notice that several reviews thought there was not enough chai flavor so I 1 1/2 the spices, except for the cinnamon, I doubled it. Made double recipe to try one with and without glaze. My children were anxious to try right out of oven. Loved it as is. Did not glaze the second one. It is a keeper.Our favorite banana bread recipe is the oatmeal banana bread from Cooking Light 1999.

carolfitz's Review

February 11, 2013
Nice change-up -- made exactly to recipe using Greek nonfat yogurt and resisted the urge to add chopped nuts. The loaf was done at 55min so recommend you check earlier than 65min due to variables. Wonderful to bake when the weather's got everyone shut-in. Yeah, the icing isn't necessary but it's a nice & tasty splurge.

hilarysara's Review

September 28, 2012

corgimom's Review

August 30, 2012

IoneTaylor's Review

August 05, 2012
The bread is nicely and delicately spiced. It's delicious without the glaze, although the icing helps to highlight the delicious chai spices. It's easy to make. I substituted plain Greek yogurt for the regular yogurt.

mwheeler11's Review

June 03, 2012
Very disappointed in this recipe. I followed the recipe to the letter, and the result was dense and gummy. The flavor is nothing spectacular. I've made several other of the banana bread recipes--like the coconut lime bread smd1212 mentioned--with much better results, so I'll stick to those.

PongoUSA's Review

May 22, 2012
Great recipe. I used half whole wheat flour, half regular. Only 4 tb butter instead of 5, but 2 % greek yogurt instead of fat free. Only 1/4 c white sugar instead of 1/2 c and about double amount of spices. I agree, that the icing is a very nice addition. I would not leave it off. Recipe is fairly simple, def. a keeper.

sdthiessen's Review

May 03, 2012
I've tried similar recipes that were much more complicated, but this one turned out just as good! I agree that the sugary topping isn't necessary.

JackieP021's Review

May 01, 2012
My thoughts were the same as smd1212. I have also tried the coconut-lime banana bread and both recipes are subtle variations on a classic. Yes, the bread recipe without the glaze is excellent, but the glaze gives it a nice zing that I wouldn't want to leave off!

smd1212's Review

April 28, 2012
This was an amazing bread - hubby and I love chai tea, so this was a natural for us! I love the glaze especially, the way you add spices and vanilla to the same old milk/powdered sugar - it's an amazing flavor and makes the bread really special. I'll definitely make this again, it's right up there with our other CL fave banana breads, the Jamaican coconut-lime bread and the Bananas Foster bread - yum!