Spiced Banana Indulgence

Banana Bread with a Creamy Chai Spice Topping aisling larkin
Banana Bread with a Creamy Chai Spice Topping aisling larkin

Banana Bread with a Creamy Chai Spice Topping

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aisling larkin banana bread
creamy chai spice frosting
lunchbox staples
modern classics
simple baking
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10


Banana Bread

  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp chai spice 2 tsp cinnamon + 1 tsp ground ginger + ½ tsp cardamom + ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 220 g plain flour
  • 100 g Irish butter
  • 250 g brown sugar

Creamy Chai Spice Topping

  • 400 g icing sugar
  • 200 g cream cheese
  • 50 g butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp chai spice mix

Cinnamon & Sel De Fleur Butter

  • 100 g butter
  • 1 tsp sel de fleur sea salt any sea salt is fine
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


Banana Bread

  • Preheat the oven to 180℃ fan, 200℃, gas 6.
  • Grease or spray a 2lb loaf tin or insert a loaf tin liner.
  • Weigh and measure all the ingredients.
  • Mash the bananas in a bowl, pour in the vanilla and combine, Set aside.
  • In a small bowl mix cinnamon, ground ginger, cardamom and nutmeg together to make the chai spice mix, set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar together.
  • Crack in the eggs and mix until it forms a smooth batter.
  • Sieve in the flour, baking powder, salt and chai spice mix.
  • Incorporate the banana-vanilla mix into the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin. I love to sprinkle a little brown sugar and spice over the top here too.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a cake skewer comes out clean, and you see the cake moving away from the edges of the tin.

Creamy Chai Spice Topping

  • Dollop the cream cheese and butter into a bowl, stir with a spoon, sprinkle in the chai spice and vanilla, and stir again.
  • Sieve in the icing sugar until you reach a thick, spreadable, dolloping texture.
  • When the cake cools, spread the icing on top and then garnish with a delicate sprinkle of chai spice.

Cinnamon & Sel De Fleur Butter

  • Beat the softened butter, with sea salt and cinnamon until well combined. Set aside until required.
  • After a few days, if there is banana bread left, toast a slice of the banana bread and spread on a little cinnamon and sel de fleur butter.

4 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    Aisling can’t wait to make this banana bread recipe. All my favourite spices in there.
    Thank you for recipe🤗

    1. Thanks so much Anne. Honestly, when you make this, you will never use another recipe. I was thrilled to partner with the National Dairy Council to be able to create this one.