I have a love-hate relationship with bananas. I love they way they taste, how easy they are to peel, and that they are a budget fruit. But I have a banana intolerance. I can’t eat a whole (or half) of a banana or I get terrible stomach pains and feel nauseous for half a day. However, my intolerance isn’t so severe that I can’t eat just a tiny bit of banana at a time . . . so I am incredibly grateful that banana bread is not off-limits for me.
I really love this recipe because it has all the flavor and texture of banana bread, plus delectable chai spices that give it a little extra complexity. Since this bread bakes for so long (one whole hour!) you get to enjoy warm banana bread smells for quite a while. Feel free to forgo the icing drizzle if you want to make this a little healthier. Just remember, life is short, and icing makes it all the lovelier.
- For the Bread:
- • 1 stick unsalted butter
- • 1 cup light brown sugar
- • 2 large eggs
- • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- • 1 teaspoon baking soda
- • ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
- • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- • ¾ teaspoon salt
- • 1 cup ripe mashed bananas (2-3 bananas)
- • ½ cup plain yogurt
- For the Glaze (optional):
- • ½ cup powdered sugar
- • 1 tablespoon strong brewed chai tea
- Pre-heat the oven to 350º. Grease a nonstick 9x5 loaf pan.
- In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat the eggs in one at a time.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and beat gently until combined.
- Add the bananas and yogurt and mix on low speed until combined.
- Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 60-70 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
- For the Glaze (optional): Once the bread is finished cooking and has cooled, whisk the powdered sugar and chai tea together in a small bowl. If glaze seems to thick, add a bit more tea/water. Drizzle glaze over cooled banana chai bread.
Adapted from Once Upon a Chef