I never knew how much I loved chai flavored things until a few years ago! Honestly, now I can’t get enough! It’s perfectly spiced, so flavorful, and always pairs beautifully with cream cheese icing (my favorite)! This bread is everything I could want and more. The icing really brings the bread up a notch! You can always skip it if you prefer, but I highly suggest it! Enjoy!
For the Bread:
-1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
-3/4 cup cane sugar
-1/2 cup brown sugar
– 2 eggs, room temperature
-3 ripe bananas, mashed (1 1/2 cups)
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-2 tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp cardamom
-1 tsp ground cloves
-1/2 tsp ginger
-1/4 tsp nutmeg
-1/2 tsp sea salt
For the glaze:
-2 oz cream cheese, room temperature
-1/2 cup powdered sugar
-2-3 tbsp milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 9×5 loaf pan with oil or butter. Using an electric mixer, combine butter & sugar until light and fluffy. Add in mashed banana, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Add in flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, and sea salt. Mix until incorporated, but don’t over mix.
Pour banana bread mixture into your loaf pan. Bake for 55-65 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Around 40 minutes, check the bread & cover with foil if it’s starting to get browned to prevent the top from burning before it’s cooked through.
While the bread is cooking, in a small mixing bowl, using your hand mixer, whisk together the glaze ingredients. You can add more or less milk depending on how thick/runny you prefer it. If you REALLY like glaze, double the recipe so you have extra and can pour more on your slice (like above!) Let bread cool completely, add glaze, & ENJOY!
Storage: Store in a closed container on the counter for up to 3-5 days! Or in the fridge for longer! Individual slices also freeze wonderfully!