Chai Spiced Banana Bread

 Transform regular banana bread into a slightly sweet & spiced loaf with this Chai Spiced Banana Bread.

Transform regular banana bread into a slightly sweet & spiced loaf with this Chai Spiced Banana Bread.

There’s just something so wonderful about banana bread.

Think about it. It takes bananas that are almost past their prime, mixes it with a few simple other ingredients and with minimal effort (no electric mixer, no crazy techniques) you have a delicious treat that goes perfectly with your morning cup of coffee or a big dollop of whipped cream for dessert.

Plus, it’s just so versatile! Like walnuts? Chop some up and add them in. Looking for something a little sweeter? Toss in chocolate chips for a sweet surprise. Banana bread is one of those “go-to” recipes templates I think we should all know. Then get to work adding in the ingredients you like and making it perfect for your tastes. That’s the real fun when it comes to cooking & baking.

 Using Bob’s Red Mill Chai Protein Powder means this banana bread comes together quickly and will keep you full a little longer thanks to their unique gluten-free & vegan protein blend.

Using Bob’s Red Mill Chai Protein Powder means this banana bread comes together quickly and will keep you full a little longer thanks to their unique gluten-free & vegan protein blend.

For this version, I wanted a banana bread that was perfect for these chilly fall days. Something a little fancier if you wanted to bring it as a gift for your Friendsgiving host but still chill enough to be enjoyed as a breakfast treat. When I thought about the flavor that would work best, the warming aromas and flavors of chai tea immediately came to mind.

This Chai Spiced Banana Bread comes together with the help of Bob’s Red Mill Chai Protein Powder. I had come across this protein powder a few months back and actually liked it! To me, most protein powders taste chalky and artificial, however, this vegan & gluten-free blend has just the right amount of sweetness and a delicious vanilla chai flavor. I’ve loved adding it to my smoothies, oatmeal and this banana bread.

 Try this Chai Spiced Banana Bread today and have a little taste of fall.

Try this Chai Spiced Banana Bread today and have a little taste of fall.

So if you’re looking for an easy way to spice up your normal banana bread, try out this version perfect for fall. If you’ve tried it out don’t forget to tag #wellnessbykristen in your social media posts!

Chai Spiced Banana Bread

Serves: 6-8

Time: 1 Hour

Ingredients:

For the Banana Bread

4 ripe bananas

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted & cooled

2 large eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup whole wheat flour

2/3 cups Bob’s Red Mill Chia Protein Powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice


For the Chai Sugar Topping

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch ground cloves

Pinch ground allspice

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350F and grease a 4x8 inch loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl, mash three of the bananas well with a fork or a whisk. Whisk in the melted butter, maple syrup, eggs and vanilla extract. Set aside.

3. In a separate large bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, Bob’s Red Mill Chai Protein Powder, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, ground cardamom, ground cinnamon, pinch cloves and pinch of allspice.

4. Add the dry mixture to the mashed banana mixture and stir to combine well. Pour the batter into the pan.

5. In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the Chai Sugar Topping. Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the top of the batter. Split the remaining banana in half lengthwise and nestle each half, cut side up, into the batter.

6. Bake the banana bread for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

7. Remove the banana bread and let cool for 5 minutes in the pan. After 5 minutes, remove from the pan and let cool completely on a wire rack before serving.