Banana Chai Bread

A nice tall loaf, moist, and full of flavor

My husband loves banana bread, and we always seem to have bananas past their prime on hand.  I’ve adapted an old recipe of mine by adding chai spice and using greek yogurt instead of milk. I prefer to use real butter rather than oil for the flavor it brings.  I also prefer to add maple flavoring rather than vanilla, which is a good thing considering the price of vanilla lately!

Banana Chai Bread

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

1/2 cup real butter

1 tsp maple syrup flavoring (mapleine)

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp chai mixed spice (see below)

2 med/lg bananas, mashed

2 eggs

2 cups flour

1/4 cup ground flax meal

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1 cup walnuts, chopped

In saute pan over medium heat, toast walnuts until lightly browned. Set aside to cool. Using mixer, combine butter & sugars.  Add yogurt, eggs, flavoring, spices, and bananas.  In small bowl combine dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients last.  Use 9×5 baking dish, spray bottom only.  Pour in mixture. Bake at 350 for approx 1 hour.


Chai spice mix:

1 tsp each: cinnamon, cardamom, cloves

1/2 tsp each:  ginger, nutmeg, coriander

1/4 tsp: white pepper

approximate proportions – alter to taste

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