Chai Spiced Banana Bread


Snowed in today?  I have the perfect recipe for you.  And I bet you have everything you need to make it already!  I have discovered the most spectacular warm and fuzzy snow day recipe with this Chai Spiced Banana Bread.  It is just so. GOOD.

The base of this recipe comes from my all time favorite recipe from my Mom- her Banana Bread can be made in literally five minutes, and it is awesome.  I took our normal Banana Bread recipe and jazzed it up today with some of our favorite Chai spices.  The amount of spices in this recipe are just enough to make it special without being too overwhelming.  If you want more of a punch, add more of each spice.

Chai Spiced Banana Bread


3 Over-Ripe Bananas

1 Cup Sugar

1 Egg

1 ½ Cups Flour

¼ cup (1/2 Stick) Butter, Melted

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

¼ teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

½ teaspoon Ground Cardamom

½ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

¼ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

¼ teaspoon Ground Allspice


  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Mash Bananas with a fork. Combine and mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the bananas and the rest of the ingredients. Stir until combined.
  3. Pour into a sprayed loaf pan and bake in the oven for 1 hour.
  4. Remove and rest on a cooling rack. Remove from pan and slice, serve warm.

Enjoy this banana bread for breakfast or even dessert 🙂  Stay warm!

Sliced up and ready to go.  I love the texture on the top... the best part!

Sliced up and ready to go. I love the texture on the top… the best part!

Magically Fluffy but Dense.  Perfect balance.

Magically Fluffy but Dense. Perfect balance.

"Where's our piece, Mom?"

“Where’s our piece, Mom?”

Banana Bread in 5 Minutes

I am getting Invisalign!  I’m so super excited 🙂  My teeth aren’t that bad, but I never “needed” braces growing up, so I didn’t get them.  Once I was in probably about high school, I started being really self conscious of my teeth… I don’t really like the way they look!  Getting Invisalign is something I’ve really wanted for so long, and I’m finally doing it.

the waiting room!

My Aunt Lyn just opened up her very own dental practice in Center City Philadelphia last month called Dental Arts of Logan Square.  The office is absolutely gorgeous, and since Aunt Lyn will be doing my Invisalign, I got to visit it for the first time yesterday.  Anyone in the area should go there!  She’s the best!!  And even better- my very own Mom is her Office Manager.  🙂  (WE ARE FAMILY… i got all my sista’s with me!)

Last night when I got home from my appointment, I went into the kitchen to make dinner and noticed that our ENTIRE bunch of bananas were brown.  BOO! What’s the best thing about browning bananas?  That means it’s time for banana bread!

How do you like your ‘nanas? I like mine between green and yellow (almost ripe) and I also put them in the fridge for about a half hour before eating them! I’m weird, i know!

This banana bread recipe is my Mom’s, and one of the first recipes to be added to my personal collection.

It is seriously the easiest thing to make.  Since we had SIX super-ripe bananas, I made TWO banana breads.  I timed myself both times, and both times it took me just under 5 minutes to whip this up.  I love it!

Banana Bread in 5 Minutes

Recipe by:  It’s Good to be the Cook’s Mom
Takes:  1 Hour, 5 Min total w/ 10 Servings
3 Over-Ripe Bananas
1 cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 1/2 cups Flour
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) Melted Butter
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1.  Preheat oven to 325.
2.  Mash bananas with a fork
3.  Combine the rest of the ingredients with the bananas and stir only until it’s mixed well.
4.  Pour into a sprayed loaf pan and bake in the oven for 1 Hour.
5.  Remove and let cool, slice and serve warm.

The banana mix ready to go in the oven

After baking for an hour. For some reason, the 2nd batch was a little darker. Both were perfect!

OMG! Yummmmmmyyyy

I ate my piece warm with just a dollop of light butter ontop. It’s super moist so you don’t even need that if you don’t want too!

Did I mention how deliciously amazing this banana bread is?  I have several recipes saved for fancier BB’s but this one just takes the cake!  This is a great example of how sometimes simpler is better 🙂  

I brought one of the breads into work today and got rave reviews!  I individually wrapped the slices in plastic wrap which makes it really easy to share.