you know all those delicious recipes on pinterest, the ones that look so good, and have beautiful photos attached? well, i have been trying to get back “into” pinterest again and doing some of the things i have pinned. so, here it is… chai banana bread. i have been thinking about making this for months now, and i am kicking myself for not doing it sooner! it had been adapted from a magazine, and i altered it just a tiny bit as well. not everyone in our family cares for baked bananas, so half of us ate it, and the other half missed out.  it has a glaze that coats the bread after resting for a short time.  the aroma that we had to smell for an hour before removing it from the oven was plenty of time to wait, so we decided to cut into it while it was still warm. however, if you are serving it and want the slices to be smooth, i’d recommend letting it rest and cool a bit longer.  otherwise, go for it.  unevenly slice each piece and eat warm and full of delicious flavor.



1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3)
1/3 cup plain yogurt or buttermilk
5 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
10 ounces all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, divided
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2-3 teaspoons milk

Preheat oven to 350° F. Butter and line a loaf pan with parchment paper, and butter again.

Mix bananas, yogurt, cooled melted butter, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until it just comes together.  Add sugars and mix until blended.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. In a small bowl combine the cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and allspice.  Add 2 teaspoons of the spice mixture to the dry ingredients.  Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and stir just until combined.

Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake for 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in the pan set on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Remove from pan and allow to cool completely.

Make the glaze by combining the powdered sugar, remaining spice mixture, 1/4 tsp vanilla, and milk until it forms a smooth and pourable consistency. Slowly add more milk if the glaze needs a smoother consistency.


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