A moist chai banana bread topped with chai streusel. So perfect for the weekend!

A moist chai banana bread topped with chai streusel. So perfect for the weekend!

I recently saw a hilarious parody article on banana bread. The title: “Man Who Baked Banana Bread Spends Entire Party Watching It Anxiously Go Uneaten.”

I just about died with laugher. The struggle with banana bread is all too real; it truly looks like an inedible brown brick.

But inside that brown brick is the most delicious, moist, flavorful quick bread out there. Yes, despite how it looks, banana bread is the best ever.

Like part of me actually thinks bananas should only be eaten with peanut butter, in a smoothie, or in banana bread. Wait no all of me thinks that. 

A moist chai banana bread topped with chai streusel. So perfect for the weekend!

The secret to making a fantastic banana bread is the moist factor; you want to make sure that your ingredients maximize the moistness of the bread.

My secret to creating this? Greek yogurt. Due to Greek yogurt’s high acidity, it creates both a tanginess and a fluffiness without drying out the bread.

In this banana bread I used Chobani’s Plain Whole Milk Greek Yogurt, which has a slightly higher fat content than non-fat Greek yogurt. This helps keep my banana bread extra moist and gives it the most wonderful texture.

A moist chai banana bread topped with chai streusel. So perfect for the weekend!

And then there’s the chai spice part. Bananas pair wonderfully with warm cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. It’s a match made in heaven.

Plus, who would say no to streusel? I have a feeling that if you brought this baby to a party, it would be eaten in minutes. 🙂

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Chai Streusel Banana Bread

  • Author: Sarah Fennel
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Ingredients

for the chai spice mix

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon fresh ground cardamom
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves

for the banana bread

  • 3 extremely ripe (even brown) bananas, mashed
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup Chobani whole milk plain greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the streusel

  • 1/2 cup cashews, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • remaining spice mix

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a tiny bowl, combine all spices to make your chai spice mix. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas with the melted butter, stirring to combine. Mix in both sugars, the eggs, greek yogurt, and vanilla.
  4. Fold in flour, baking soda, salt, and a little over half the chai spice mix, mixing until well combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together the cashews, sugar, flour, melted butter, and the remaining chai spice. Use your hands to work the streusel together, then sprinkle the streusel evenly over the loaf, covering it entirely with streusel.
  6. Bake the loaf for 45 minutes or until a knife comes out clean when inserted into the center of the loaf. If your streusel begins to get golden before the first 30 minutes of cooking, gently cover the top of the loaf with tin foil. This will prevent excess browning.

This post is sponsored by Chobani. All text and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that help make Broma possible!

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Sarah | Well and Full
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I had a good laugh over that onion article too 😉 Banana bread is one of like, two things I can actually bake, so it’s always my go-to for parties and get-togethers. Maybe I need to start incorporating streusel topping on my breads? That could be the missing x-factor 😉

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? So funny! Oh you should totally incorporate streusel in– it’s the creme de la creme!

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Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
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Love the addition of the chai spices and that streusel topping! Bet that loaf didn’t last long!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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You bet right!

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Tieghan
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I am obsessed with all things chai right not and i LOVE banana bread. This is perfect!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? Cardamom is my ultimate weakness!!

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Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy
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1. We <3 Chobani. 2. This bread. Is everythingggggg. So cozy!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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OH so glad you two agree! It’s my fave <3

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
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You know, Idk why banana bread gets such a bad rap, I freakin’ LOVE it. You can pretty much never go wrong with a good loaf and yes to the greek yogurt! Always in ALL my breads 🙂

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom
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I loooooovveeee banana bread. . can’t wait to try this one! love the chai spice mix!

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Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow
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Banana bread is one of my favorite things in the world and I promise if this were in front of me it would NOT go uneaten. Especially not when laced with chai, brilliant idea, my friend! Happy December, Sarah! xx

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Brooke! Love you!

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Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com
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Banana bread is one of my all time favourites – love the addition of Chai spices and streusel!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you my dear! So appreciate the love 🙂

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Denisse | Le Petit Eats
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I feel the same way about bananas! For some reason I loooove them IN things but will rarely eat one on its own! Great recipe- looks so moist!

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Allie
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Just made this bread, and I’m so obsessed I felt compelled to comment. I used whole-wheat pastry flour instead, but this recipe is my new all-time favorite. The flavor is incredible and so perfect for winter. I’ve loved exploring your site and trying out your recipes over the last few months!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Allie! OMG, thank you SO much! Isn’t it just lovely?! So glad you enjoy, and thank you so much for following along!! Keep in touch 🙂

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Ana
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This recipe combines two of my favorite things: bread and chai. The bread is absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

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Ana
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This bread is so good and a lovely take on a classic quick bread. Thanks for the recipe!

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