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Cinnamon Chai Banana Bread

Cinnamon Chai Banana Bread ~ A tea-lover's #banana bread #recipe from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

An idea came upon me … I wanted to combine two of my most-loved culinary delights: chai and banana bread. For a bit, I pondered, how to do such a thing. Should I somehow steep a strong mixture of chai and add it to the bread? The answer that came to me was pure simplicity. Simply put the TEA in the bread.

So I mixed up my favorite banana bread batter, cut open a dry chai tea bag, emptied the contents into the batter, stirred in a little more spice, baked it up and voila! I had cinnamon chai banana bread. Delightfully simple and delicious.

I made a simple chai glaze by mixing a couple tablespoons of brewed chai with some powdered sugar. Then I savored a slice of my tea-speckled bread with my chai. Mmm … just as I imagined it would be.

Cinnamon Chai Banana Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 1 loaf of banana bread

Cinnamon Chai Banana Bread


  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white whole-wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
  • A pinch of cloves
  • 1 chai tea bag or 1 teaspoon loose leaf chai
  • For the glaze: 2 Tablespoons brewed chai + powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 325° F. Spray a 9x5 inch bread pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas, then mix in the sugar, buttermilk, oil, vanilla and egg and stir well until fully mixed.
  3. Add the flours, flaxmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt & spices. Open the chai tea bag and empty it into the batter. Stir just until everything is fully mixed and there are no clumps of flour in the batter.
  4. Sprinkle with raw sugar and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until a wooden pick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the bread cool a bit before glazing.
  5. If you like, make a chai glaze by putting a couple tablespoons of brewed chai latte in a small bowl and mixing in powdered sugar until it's a thin glaze. Drizzle it over the bread.


I used a Tazo chai tea bag in my recipe. If your loose-leaf chai has any large pieces in it, grind them up with a mortar & pestle or spice grinder before adding to the batter.

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Cinnamon Chai Banana Bread ~ A tea-lover's #banana bread #recipe from Sumptuous Spoonfuls

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9 Responses

  1. These are my favorite flavors. And in banana bread they would be even better. I can’t wait to make this. Thanks for,sharing.


    February 13, 2014 at 7:49 am

  2. Vicki

    You say to add the yogurt but not the buttermilk so I am assuming it should say buttermilk since my regular banana bread recipe uses buttermilk. It’s snowing here and I am baking this bread. I’ll let you know how I like it.

    February 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

    • Ann

      Oh you are right, Vicki! Fixing it now …

      February 15, 2014 at 10:25 pm

  3. Wow, I love all the spice flavors in this bread! It must smell amazing 🙂

    February 15, 2014 at 12:24 pm

  4. I would just love y our Cinnamon Chai Banana Bread, the Chai will make it very special. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    February 16, 2014 at 7:19 pm

  5. I would be to scared to try something so bold, glad it came out the way you hoped.

    February 20, 2014 at 6:47 pm

  6. I LOVE any kind of chai and I love banana bread. It sounds like a great combo. I’m gonna try this lovely recipe soon!

    October 20, 2014 at 10:58 am

    • Ann

      Oh I’m so excited you’re going to try it, Del! I am a chai fanatic too and banana bread is WAY up there on my list of favorite foods. I hope you love it as much as I did 🙂

      October 20, 2014 at 9:25 pm

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