Chai Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Chai Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Chai Chocolate Chip Banana Bread - Jennine Rye/Tasting Table
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Although the delicious taste of chai has been somewhat shoehorned into the flavors of fall in recent times, chai has been enjoyed all year round for thousands of years. While there are a wide variety of different spice mixtures used to make chai, this traditional Indian elixir shares common ground with the ever-popular pumpkin spice blend; perhaps why chai has become synonymous with autumn-time in the West.

This banana bread recipe, created by Tasting Table developer Jennine Rye, incorporates the delicious spices of chai with the moist, rich sweetness of banana bread, and this baked treat is finished off with a hearty dose of chocolate chips. To enhance the chai flavoring, the recipe includes Earl Grey-infused milk in the batter, as, although the first recipes for chai didn't actually include tea leaves, it wasn't long before they became a staple part of chai. And, whatever you do, try to avoid using the phrase "chai tea"; the word "chai" simply means "tea" in Hindi, so you are essentially calling it "tea tea".

This chai chocolate chip banana bread is the ideal way to use up any browning bananas you may have lying around, and pairs perfectly with a nice hot cup of chai, a simple Earl Grey tea, or a comforting cup of coffee. It is best enjoyed still warm from the oven, and will make the house smell amazing as it cooks!

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Gather The Ingredients For This Chai Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Chai banana bread ingredients
Chai banana bread ingredients - Jennine Rye/Tasting Table

To begin this chai chocolate chip banana bread recipe, first, you will need to gather the ingredients. For the batter, you will want milk, Earl Grey teabags, overripe bananas, flour, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, white sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and chocolate chips. To make the chai spice mix you will additionally require cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, and black pepper.

Infuse The Milk With Tea

Straining earl grey infused milk
Straining earl grey infused milk - Jennine Rye/Tasting Table

To bring a delicate tea flavor to the banana bread, start by infusing the milk with Earl Grey tea. To do this, heat up the milk in a small saucepan along with the teabags. Once it begins to simmer, remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool completely before straining to remove the teabags.

While the milk-infused tea is cooling, it is the perfect time to line a loaf tin with baking paper and to roughly mash the overripe bananas.

Prepare The Dry Ingredients

Mixing flour and spices
Mixing flour and spices - Jennine Rye/Tasting Table

There are many different spice blends for chai; this recipe uses cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, and a touch of black pepper, creating a deliciously cozy and warming mix. To prepare the dry ingredients, simply whisk together the spices along with the flour, baking powder, and salt. This will help to thoroughly and evenly infuse the spices throughout the banana bread.

Mix The Batter

Mixing banana bread batter
Mixing banana bread batter - Jennine Rye/Tasting Table

To prepare the banana bread batter, beat together the sugars and the butter for a few minutes until light and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs and the vanilla extract, before folding in the mashed banana. Then, fold in half of the flour and spice mixture, before mixing in half of the cooled earl grey infused milk. Repeat the process to combine the remaining flour and milk, to create a thick and fragrant batter.

Bake The Banana Bread

Banana bread batter in tin
Banana bread batter in tin - Jennine Rye/Tasting Table

To complete the banana bread batter, fold in the chocolate chips, making sure not to over-stir the mixture. Then transfer it to the prepared, lined loaf tin and smooth down the top. If you would like, you can finish off the banana bread by adding a few more chocolate chips to the top, or, if you still have a few brown bananas hanging around, slice one in half and place the two halves on top of the batter results in a very striking and attractive finished look.

Place the tin into the oven and allow the banana bread to bake until it is risen and springs back to the touch. Enjoy warm or cold, and allow it to cool fully before storing it in an airtight container at room temperature.

Chai Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

Chai Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Chai Chocolate Chip Banana Bread - Jennine Rye/Tasting Table

Prep Time: 25mCook Time: 50mYield: 10 SlicesIngredients

  • ¾ cup whole milk

  • 2 Earl Grey teabags

  • 3 overripe bananas

  • 2 ½ cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature

  • ⅔ cup brown sugar

  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  1. In a small saucepan, add the milk and the Earl Grey teabags, and then gently heat up the milk until it just begins to simmer. Remove it from the heat and set it aside to cool, before straining the teabags from the mixture.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a 2 pound loaf tin with baking paper. Mash the bananas in a bowl using a spoon, and set to one side.

  3. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, and black pepper.

  4. In a stand mixer, or using a large bowl and an electric whisk, add the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar to the bowl and then beat it for 3 to 4 minutes until it is light and fluffy.

  5. Beat the vanilla extract and the eggs into the butter and sugar mixture, before folding in the mashed bananas.

  6. Using a wooden spoon or a spatula, fold in half of the dry ingredients, before pouring in half of the cooled Earl Grey milk mixture. Then, fold in the other half of the dry ingredients before finishing off by mixing in the remaining milk.

  7. Fold the chocolate chips in to the banana bread batter, making sure to not over-mix it, and then transfer it to the prepared and lined loaf tin. Smooth out the top and then bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour.

  8. When a skewer inserted into the banana bread comes out clean, remove the banana bread from the oven and set it aside to cool a while, before slicing and serving.

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