Remember how I talked about wedding season being all-up-in-my-everywhere in my last post? Well, this weekend it’s bachelorette party number TWO!

chai banana bread // warm vanilla sugar

At this party, we’re celebrating cottage-style and low key – just how I like it.

chai banana bread // warm vanilla sugar

I love how bachelorette parties are all girls. It’s more than a girls night out or a birthday party – it’s the celebration of a gal who’s head over heels in love and…well, can’t go off with that hot bartender anymore.

I think that’s good?

chai banana bread // warm vanilla sugar

I was thinking about something fun, travel-worthy, and easy to pack for the trip and thought “BANANA BREAAAAAAAAAAD”. My inner thoughts are all caps.

chai banana bread // warm vanilla sugar

This recipe is essentially classic banana bread with some extra spices and a simple glaze. It’s perfect on its own, but sometimes I like a little extra glaze “oomph” for the car ride. This bachelorette is a four hour drive away after all!

chai banana bread // warm vanilla sugar

Wishing you all a happy, love-filled weekend!

chai banana bread // warm vanilla sugar


Chai Banana Bread

Yield: One 9x5-inch loaf

Serving Size: 8-10


  • 1 and 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3)
  • 1/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 and 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour**
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • Cooking spray
  • For the glaze:
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. In the bowl of your standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a medium bowl with a hand mixer), combine the banana, Greek yogurt, butter, applesauce, and eggs, mixing until combined. Add both of the sugars and the vanilla and continue to beat until blended.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and beat until it just starts to come together. Pour into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray.
  4. Bake the bread for 65 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  5. For the glaze: combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Drizzle over the cooled bread.


*Recipe adapted from The Curvy Carrot

**If you don't have whole wheat pastry flour, simply substitute it with 2 cups of all purpose four and a 1/4 cup of cornstarch

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37 Responses to Chai Banana Bread

  1. I love the addition of the Chai…. and that glaze, a must have. Enjoy your girls weekend!

  2. Mmm, that looks delicious! Never tried combining chai and banana bread flavors, but I will have to do so sometime soon! 🙂

  3. Yes, purrrlease!

    This looks absolutely delicious! A simple frosting can add just that little bit of extra sweetness, neat 🙂

    Haha I was just thinking the other day how the bartender type of guys usually (note* not always) seem to not stick around for too long like… in general, even in movies. So that’s definitely a good thing, and I wish your gal-pal all the best 😀 x

  4. Ashley says:

    Combining chai and banana bread?? That’s such an awesome idea! Definitely need to try this next time I have bananas hanging out on the counter!

  5. Meg says:

    This sounds and looks fantastic! I’m all about the banana bread these days . . . somehow I can’t keep up with my fruit and wind up with a ton of brown ones by the weekend. Baking on Saturday or Sunday morning has become my new tradition, and I love it!

    Have a great time at your bachelorette — sounds like such fun!

  6. tahnycooks says:

    Low key is the way to go! The pic with the glaze dripping down made me drool! Love the classic banana bread with a twist! I can close my eyes and smell it already!

  7. Zainab says:

    This bread!!! This bread!! Just saying 🙂 Love it!

  8. Yummm this sounds delicious. You would be more than welcome at my bachelorette party with such treats in tow. 😉 And I love that your inner thoughts are all caps… mine are too!! Hehe. Food blogger problems. Xo

  9. CHAI BANANA BREAD?! My two favorite things, all up in one glorious bread! WANT!

  10. I found some very, veeery ripe bananas in my kitchen today and was wondering what to do with them…sorted!

  11. Girl, I love chai and adore banana bread!! What more can I SAY?!!

  12. Mmm, I LOVE chai flavors in quick bread. This loaf looks lovely. Have a great weekend!

  13. Mmm, I love chai…i bet it goes awesome with banana bread.

  14. I love the idea of adding chai spices to banana bread. Looks delicious! Have a great time at your bachelorette weekend!

  15. Ohhhh my gosh. This looks so dang amazing. Banana bread is my FAVE, and you took it over the top with adding chai. Wow. Have a super fun time at your party!!

  16. This banana bread looks amazing! Love the flavours- super delicious!

  17. This looks fab! Chai + Banana Bread = amazing combo!

  18. cynthia says:

    Yes!!! Chai in banana bread sounds SO GENIUS. And perfect for a bachelorette shindig. Hope you have a fabulous time 🙂

  19. amber says:

    Yum! Spiced banana bread is so delicious! I love making glazes for banana bread, too… Even though banana bread is sweet on it’s own, I feel like it changes more of the consistency of it. The whole texture is a lot more moist with glaze. Love it! Can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for posting!

    And hoooooray for wedding season!!! (And bachelorette parties!)

  20. Monet says:

    It’s official. All girls weekends MUST have banana bread. Especially a loaf as lovely as this! I hope you have an amazing time, my friend!

  21. Joanne says:

    Perfect road trip snack food! I love the chai spices in here. They add so much pizzazz.

  22. So pretty – love that glaze! Want some of this deliciousness!

  23. Banana bread AND chai? You may finally have broken me of my Starbucks habit. GENIUS.

  24. sippitysup says:

    I like how you equated banana bread and love so seemlessly. GREG

  25. Now THIS is an interesting banana bread. I think the spice selection is inspired!
    The glaze just adds that special zip that quite often you don’t get it.

  26. Hey Katrina! You just rocked my world! I love Chai! I love Banana Bread. Normally, I’d just make some Chai tea and eat it with a piece of banana bread, but this will be SO MUCH BETTER! Thanks for the awesome recipe…and it’s beautiful, too!

  27. Ta-dah! Finally got to post this bad boy. Tested and approved of…highly!

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