Banana Chai Bread

Posted on March 9, 2011


I am not a fan of brown bananas.

Any hint of brown speckles on my banana skins and I know that they’ve ripened to far for me. It’s a constant challenge of Helen vs. the fruit bowl to eat them before they get to that stage! Thankfully, there is a way for me to rescue bananas in this ageing state, and that is in cakes!

I am a fan of baked bananas.

Baked bananas take on a whole new flavour. Sweet, deep and treacley. They mingle magically with chocolate or honey or nuts (or all three), to become a comforting and satisfying treat for your taste buds.

Here, I’ve combined bananas with the spicy sweetness of chai tea. Step 1 of this recipe is to make your tea (if only all recipes started like this!), Now, you can shortcut  this entirely and buy some ready-made chai tea from the supermarket, but actually making it yourself is low effort and it’ll be a new string to your bow! If you’ve got a healthy spice rack, you’re likely to have what you’ll need to make it so there should be no additional purchasing required. Then, you can enjoy your homemade chai tea alongside your muffins, rightly feeling rather pleased at your domestic prowess!

This recipe is somewhere between a bread and a cake and it’s also low-fat with no oil and butter in the ingredients. As such, I think it’s makes a perfect breakfast option. I’ve chosen to serve it in muffin cases for ease and to speed-up cooking times, but you could just as easily make it in a loaf tin and serve in thick slices with some extra honey drizzled over the top.

Banana Chai Bread


Homemade Chai Tea: 100ml water, 1 tbsp honey, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (makes 1 cup) , 1 teabag (any plain black tea), 2 cardamom pods, 2 cloves, 200ml milk

Boil water. Add honey, vanilla, teabag and spices. Infuse for 3-4 minutes. Add milk and return to boil. Strain to remove spices/teabag and serve.

Chai Banana Bread: 250g plain flour, 3 tsp baking power, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 medium bananas (mashed), 125g light cream cheese, 2 eggs, 4 tbsp chai tea, 150g caster sugar

Preheat oven to 180c/GM4. Beat eggs, cream cheese and sugar until combined. Mix through flour, baking powder and salt. Add bananas and tea and stir to combine (mixture should be quite thick). Divide into muffin cases or a greased and lined loaf tin. Bake for 15-20 mins for muffins or 40-50 mins if in a loaf tin (top should be golden, use a skewer to check if the middle is cooked through before removing. If top is turning too brown, cover with tinfoil and continue to bake). Recipe makes 10 muffins or 1 medium loaf.

Enjoy eating,

Helen x