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Healthy Chai Banana Bread with Cashew Vanilla Glaze

Healthy chai banana bread that will have your house smelling cozy and delicious. Topped with a simple cashew vanilla glaze!
Course Bread, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chai banana bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 slices
Calories 195 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • For the bread:
  • 3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled (can also use melted butter)
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk (or sub almond or coconut milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or can use white whole wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional add-ins: ½ cup chopped nuts (I like walnuts or pecans)
  • For the cashew butter vanilla glaze:
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cashew butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cashew milk (or almond milk)
  • Sea salt, for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8x4 or 9x5 inch pan with parchment paper and grease the inside of the pan to prevent sticking.
  2. Add mashed banana, eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, cashew milk and vanilla extract to a large bowl; mix until well combined and smooth.
  3. Next add in the dry ingredients: whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, allspice, ground cloves and salt. Mix until just combined and no pockets of flour remain. Do not overmix.

  4. At this point you can fold in 1/2 cup of the nuts if you are using them.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a tester inserted into the middle comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. 
  6. Allow bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  7. In a small bowl mix together powdered sugar, cashew butter, vanilla extract and cashew milk until smooth. Pour over bread, then sprinkle the top with a little sea salt. Cut into 12 slices and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To make into muffins: Line a 12 cup muffin tin with muffin liners. Bake for 18-25 minutes or until tester comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Chai Banana Bread with Cashew Vanilla Glaze
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 195 Calories from Fat 59
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.5g10%
Saturated Fat 4.3g27%
Carbohydrates 31.2g10%
Fiber 3.6g15%
Sugar 12.1g13%
Protein 3.6g7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.