A fresh sliced banana loaf

Spiced chai banana bread

  • serves 8-10
  • Easy

This gently warming banana bread flavoured with black tea and spices (to mimic masala chai) is a wonderful spin on a classic


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Recipe author Edd Kimber says: “This loaf contains less fat than usual, replacing most of the oil with greek yogurt, yet still has that classic banana bread texture. The key to a fully flavoured banana bread is using the darkest, spottiest bananas possible. You can speed up the ripening process by storing your bananas in a paper bag.”




  • olive oil 50ml, plus extra for the tin
  • ground cinnamon 2 tsp
  • ground ginger 2 tsp
  • ground nutmeg ¼ tsp
  • ground cardamom ¼ tsp
  • black pepper a few grinds
  • black tea bags 2
  • plain flour 225g
  • baking powder 2 tsp
  • crystallised ginger 50g
  • bananas 250g very ripe (weighed without skins)
  • greek yogurt 150g
  • soft light brown sugar 175g
  • eggs 2 large
  • vanilla bean paste 1 tsp


  • milk chocolate 75g, melted
  • banana chips 50g
  • crystallised ginger 25g


  • Step 1

    Lightly oil a 900g loaf pan and line with baking paper. Put the oil into a small pan over a medium heat. Once hot, add the spices and tea leaves (removed from the tea bags) and cook for 1 minute to bloom the spices. Remove and set aside.

  • Step 2

    Whisk together the flour, baking powder and ½ tsp of salt in a medium bowl. Add the diced ginger and toss to combine. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork then whisk in the yogurt, sugar, eggs, vanilla and oil mixture, whisking until smooth. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and use a spatula to mix until just combined.

  • Step 3

    Pour the batter into the tin and gently level out. Bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool until just-warm in the tin, then lift out and onto a plate.

  • Step 4

    To decorate, if you like, drizzle over the melted chocolate and top with the banana chips and crystallised ginger.

Check out more of Edd's baking recipes here

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 277
  • Fat 8.1g
  • Saturates 2.2g
  • Carbs 45g
  • Sugars 26.8g
  • Fibre 1.8g
  • Protein 5.2g
  • Salt 0.6g