chai chocolate banana bread

by Eva Felis on April 7, 2014

chai chocolate banana bread

The mother of all questions, at least if it comes to banana bread, is for sure: Do we really need another banana bread recipe? For the last couple of days, knowing I am working on one of those “another” recipes, I paid more attention to blog posts and articles related to this topic – take it from me, there are a lot out there. And this essential topic runs like a thread through a fair amount of articles, don’t we have enough banana bread recipes? I am sure I would gladly find a different recipe for every day until the rest of my life and wouldn’t have to repeat one.

Sometimes I found this question even unanswered or unexplained and yet scrolling down you’ll find another recipe for banana bread on those posts (and I don’t have to tell you how much I appreciate that).  Actually (IMO) there is no answer needed, because it’s a hypothetical question and because we all know the answer don’t we?

Nevertheless or for that very reason that’s why I am coming at you with another banana bread recipe and the answer for the mother of all banana questions: yep.

I maybe should give you some reasons, even if just for the sake of formality. I could say, as long as bananas going overripe on countertop all over the world… a little too dramatic? It just tastes good… too simple? Well I think here applies the law of supply and demand. In fact banana bread is one of the most baked goodies in my heck of the woods. There is always a demand for and I can find the main ingredient always in my kitchen, sometimes even in different stages of ripening. Now that’s a reason. Happy baking!

This chocolate chai banana bread is actually rather a cake. But for the sake of formality, I prefer to title it bread, because this is how I look at it. Although it’s less sweet, it has the same moist and tender texture like a cake.  I like to treat myself with plum butter scattered generously all over the slice for an afternoon snack accompanied with a cup of coffee or if I feel a little British a proper cup of hot tea. Chocolate and spices pair perfectly and are not too overwhelming, just enough to make this bread (ahem cake) perfect. Enjoy!

chai chocolate banana bread


chai chocolate banana bread
  • dry ingredients:
  • 125 g / 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 150 g / 1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
  • 30 g / ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. ground allspice
  • wet ingredients:
  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed (see notes)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ cup canola oil or other
  • ¼ cup milk (2%)
  • 170 g / ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  1. Preheat your oven to 160 C/ 325 F and grease or line a 23 cm / 9 inch loaf pan.
  2. Combine dry ingredients, stir well and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl mix all wet ingredients. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined don’t over-mix.
  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the middle of cake comes out clean.
  5. Let cool for 30 minutes then invert cake onto a serving platter.
I don't even bother mashing the bananas, if they are very ripe. The mixer does a fine job and leaves little banana pieces in the batter.


chai chocolate banana bread

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  1. Haha, I know what you mean. But, honestly, I still love finding new banana bread recipes. Like you said, as long as we have overripe bananas on our counters…why not? This looks like a beautiful banana recipe! I definitely agree that chocolate and various spices go well together. :)

  2. Being an absolute beginner when it comes to banana bread, mayby this will be now the recipe to start my banana bread carrier or, at least, to bake for the first time a banana bread 😉
    The ingredients and especially the spices sound definitely very yummy!
    Hugs, Eva