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Cozy Cinnamon Chai Banana Bread

Cozy Cinnamon Chai Banana Bread | Well and Full | #plantbased #recipe

Quiet, dark mornings. Evenings spent wrapped in blankets, illuminated by candlelight. The scent of spices and sugar baking in the oven, while leaves fall sinuously to the ground.

This year, I’m really trying to be present in all of the moments that make fall so wonderful. And there’s already been a noticeable difference in the way this season has felt to me. Last fall was my first time not going back to school in 17 years. Experiencing autumn when you’re in school/college and when you’re working a 9-5 job in an office is completely different. In college, I actually experienced the season… I would walk outside with leaves crunching under my shoes, try pumpkin beers with my friends, and go home and rake leaves with my parents. I had time to be outside while it was still light out, and that made a huge difference to me. But last fall, I would leave my apartment while it was dark and come home to darkness. I rarely had time to leave my desk at work, as the year-end is our busiest time in finance. I was living in an apartment where I would have hot water for my shower on a good day (which was rare).

There was also a resounding feeling of guilt, knowing that I was lucky to even have a job straight out of college, and have the means to live in an apartment. And that’s something I still struggle with. But I’m starting to realize that you can be grateful without being complacent. If you’re in a bad situation, ultimately you are the only one who can change it.

So I’m going to be making some big changes in my life, soon. I’ll give you guys more details once it’s all been sorted out. Suffice to say that I will not be complacent in my current situation anymore. I am grateful for where I’ve been and what I’ve learned, but it’s time for me to live my life, MY way.

Cozy Cinnamon Chai Banana Bread | Well and Full | #plantbased #recipeCozy Cinnamon Chai Banana Bread | Well and Full | #plantbased #recipe

Cozy Cinnamon Chai Banana Bread | Well and Full | #plantbased #recipe
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Cozy Cinnamon Chai Banana Bread

This cozy cinnamon chai banana bread is perfect for fall. Best enjoyed with a hot cup of tea and a warm blanket.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 Bananas approx. 2 cups, mashed
  • 2 Cups Unbleached Flour
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/3 Tsp Cardamom
  • 1/3 Tsp Cloves
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil melted
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbs Almond Milk
  • Slivered Almonds for Topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients (flour, spices, baking powder, and baking soda). Whisk together until evenly combined.
  3. Add in wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Top with slivered almonds, if desired.
  4. Pour batter into a bread pan lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes. At 40 minutes, stick a toothpick in the bread to ensure it comes out dry. If not, keep in the oven for a few more minutes.
  6. When done baking, let bread cool for a few minutes.
  7. Serve with a cup of hot tea or coffee. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Banana bread can sometimes be finicky depending on the size and ripeness of your bananas. Before taking your bread out of the oven, be sure to test the doneness with a toothpick or knife. If toothpick/knife comes out wet, keep baking in 5-10 minute intervals until the bread is done.

Cozy Cinnamon Chai Banana Bread | Well and Full | #plantbased #recipe

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51 Comments

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    October 7, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Follow your intuition girl…and eat this bread…everyday…my goodness, it’s stunning!

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      Sarah
      October 7, 2015 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks Rebecca ;)

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    Maya | Spice + Sprout
    October 7, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Sarah! That is such an inspiring and happy thing to hear. I love how you put it so simply but strong at the same time. It is so important to be happy and feel good about where you are in life. I am about a year away from that post-university lost feeling, I will bookmark this page to remind me what I need to do (as well as to make the banana bread) <3

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      Sarah
      October 7, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Aww thanks girl!! Honestly, the transition from university to the real world can be pretty jarring. My best advice is to find what YOU love, and don’t listen to what society/your parents/your friends think you SHOULD do. <3

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    Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist
    October 7, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Amen Sarah! I look forward to reading about it. Yummy looking bread!

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      Sarah
      October 7, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks girl ;)

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    Sophie | The Green Life
    October 7, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    YAY! I’m SO happy to read this! You deserve to be happy and to live life on your own terms. Follow your heart, you can never go wrong. So so so happy for you and can’t wait to read more about it. This bread looks so cozy and delicious. xo

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      Sarah
      October 7, 2015 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks Sophie!! I’ll let you guys know what happens <3

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    October 8, 2015 at 2:55 am

    It can definitely be tough to be and stay present during those special quiet moments, that’s for sure, but I agree that trying is worth it!! And sitting at home with a blanket and a slice of this banana bread sounds pretty darn great right now. I love all the bananas in this!

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      Sarah
      October 8, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Bananas are the best!! :D

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    Susannah (Lemon and Coconut)
    October 8, 2015 at 5:23 am

    Thanks for your beautiful words and recipe. I’ve never made banana bread, looks like it’s time to try! :) xx

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      Sarah
      October 8, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Oooh girl you’re missing out!! You gotta get on that banana bread train ;)

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    Clem @ The Vegan Cookie Fairy
    October 8, 2015 at 7:27 am

    I totally understand how you feel, and this post resonated a lot with me. I’m very tempted to make this banana bread (ALL MY FAVOURITE FLAVOURS!!) this weekend, to enjoy with a hot cuppa and a movie :)

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      Sarah
      October 8, 2015 at 8:54 am

      Making big life changes is scary business :( I’m getting through it with lots of coffee + banana desserts ;)

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    Jessica | The Joyful Hearth
    October 8, 2015 at 9:21 am

    So, so many congratulations. Your post made me so happy to read – and I will be trying your banana bread recipe! It has been many years since I have tasted banana bread.

    The transition out of 9-to-5 presents its own emotional challenges. Thankfully, the freedom to enjoy so much more out of life makes it much easier than the other way around :) I can’t wait to hear what’s next for you.

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      Sarah
      October 8, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks Jessica! :D

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    Amanda Paa
    October 8, 2015 at 11:38 am

    i was in the same boat, extremely grateful for a great job right out of college, and for the next 7 years. but i wasn’t happy, and i was missing out on the things that make life vibrant. so i made a leap, a change, a chance. and i’m so happy i did. giving you all the positive vibes. now if only we could share this bread and a cuppa. xo

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      Sarah
      October 8, 2015 at 6:04 pm

      Ahh I’d love to share some banana bread + a cup of tea and hear about your journey!! I feel so lost right now, and hearing what others have done shines light on my path, you know?

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    The Vegan 8
    October 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Loved reading this Sarah, what a wonderful attitude and appraoch to life. We really should appreciate each moment and be IN IT and enjoy it. So, this bread is just gorgeous! But the flavors, wow, I love cinnamon more than any other flavor and chai is my absolute obsession and I drink cinnamon and chai tea like daily. So I’m in love with this beautiful bread!!

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      Sarah
      October 8, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks so much Brandi!! <3

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    Donna @thehangingspoon
    October 8, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    love the ingredients you used for this bread! beautiful photos and good luck with your future endeavors!

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      Sarah
      October 8, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks so much Donna!! <3

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    Meg @ Noming thru Life
    October 9, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Go get ’em little lady! Personally, I don’t think we were really meant for 9-5’s in this life. Did you hear about Sweden making changes towards a 6-hour work day? I {heart} Sweden. Seriously, mad crush on their environmental, family and work outlooks. For me Fall/Winter is hard even when having the opportunity to be outside and soak up as much sun as I can. It never seems like enough light for me. I’m heavily dependent on that good ‘ole sun. It kind of dictates my mood right from the get-go. I NEED my sun!
    My two cents: I think you should follow your heart… wherever that may lead. That’s where true happiness lies :)

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      Meg @ Noming thru Life
      October 9, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      P.S. Chai <3! And banana bread!?!? Om nom nom. :)

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        Sarah
        October 9, 2015 at 8:46 pm

        Ahh Meg <3 Sending you a big virtual hug. I heard about Sweden! They are so smart!! Even in France, the durée hebdomadaire is only 35 hours a week - 7 hours a day. And the people there are so much happier than the people in America. We live at such a breakneck pace, and I think that it's starting to show in our overall health/wellbeing. *Sigh*.

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    Leslie @ flora foodie
    October 9, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Dang this looks spectacular. Your post is beautiful, too. I felt a very noticeable shift in being able to appreciate the little moments when I started working in an office (largely because I had no other choice.) Looking forward to hearing what’s in store for you…

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      Sarah
      October 9, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks Leslie :)

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    Crystal Bonnet
    October 10, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    This looks amazing Sarah, perfect for fall!

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      Sarah
      October 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks Crystal!! :D

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    Traci | Vanilla And Bean
    October 12, 2015 at 9:46 am

    This bread…those ingredients!! This post… Oh Sarah. I feel for you. I honor your courage, your voice, your decision. It’s so hard… we’re lead to believe that this notion of success is the kind of car one drives, clothes one wears, or how big one’s house is as a measure in this country. It takes some a lifetime to figure out what their true desires are, others break out of this mold earlier than others… some suffer far too long. I too just learned of Sweden’s efforts to improve domestic gross happiness. Something we are lacking in this country. I broke free a bit over four years ago.. and it’s one of the best decision I’ve ever made, for my well being, and my family. When you can, grab those dreams! I’m so looking forward to hearing what’s in store!!

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      Traci | Vanilla And Bean
      October 12, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Oh, OH!!! —– > Oh my goodness… Bon Iver!! Thank you for this!! WOW!

    • Reply
      Sarah
      October 12, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Thank you so much, Traci! Making big changes can be really difficult / scary so I’m trying to hang in there! <3

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well
    October 12, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Excited for you and all that is to come, Sarah :) cannot wait to hear about it all! Lots of hugs an happy, warm, cozy fall vibes. I read this quote on a wall in our city this weekend, it said “forever is full of nows”. Cheers to living “now” and to this yummy chai banana bread <3

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      Sarah
      October 12, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks girl :) You da best!! ;)

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    Audrey @ Unconventional Baker
    October 12, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Good luck with those changes, Sarah! And I love your bread photos — they capture the autumn coziness of this recipe beautifully <3

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      Sarah
      October 13, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Thank you so much Audrey!! They’re a little different than my usual style so I was a little nervous about using them, so I’m so glad you liked them :D

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    Emily
    October 14, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Oh this just looks so comforting and cozy for fall! Love of of those warm spices and crunchy toppings. Beautiful! And yes to being present in the moments that make this season so special. :)

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      Sarah
      October 14, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks Emily :)

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    Lilly
    October 18, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    New reader, and very much feeling this post! My current job is the first time post-university where I feel comfortable in my own skin/love coming in to work, and don’t feel as much of the same pressure to be super grateful for a situation that I hated (when you’re one of three people in your graduating class who landed a full time job, you do NOT complain! Oh, Journalism – you were lovely and I learned but I’m so glad I’m not in that field anymore.) I’m a few years out and it took getting laid off for me to realize that I had been stuck, so I’m glad you’re making changes your way!

    Recipe’s gorgeous and so cozy too ;) I’m going to attempt a variation with my favourite apple bread recipe, if that’s not sacrilegious… I’d need to go buy bananas specifically for this and it’s not a going-outdoors evening, it’s a baking evening.

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      Sarah
      October 18, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      Oh Lilly I’m so so glad you stopped by!! Thank you so much for sharing your experience a little with me. You really hit the nail on the head – I feel a lot of pressure to be grateful in a situation I hate. That takes a lot out of you. But I’m looking at other opportunities and hopefully one of them will pan out <3 And let me know how your apple variation of this bread turns out!! Can't wait to hear!! :D

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    jessica
    November 8, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    this has become my go-to banana bread recipe. it is amazing. all of my favorite things together!!

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      Sarah
      November 8, 2015 at 10:04 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that Jessica!! Your note made my night! :D Thanks so much for stopping by! :) :)

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    Fiona S
    October 26, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Of all the comments above, did anyone actually make the banana bread? & am I only the first person to notice there’s no chai ingredient in this recipe?

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      Sarah
      October 26, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Hi Fiona! Thanks for your note :) I didn’t use actual chai tea in this recipe, instead opting for chai spices – cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. If you try the recipe, please let me know how it comes out! :) – Sarah

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    Carri
    October 30, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Hi,

    If I wanted to make these into muffins, would the cooking time change?

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      Sarah
      October 30, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Hi Carri, I’ve never made these into muffins so I couldn’t tell you exactly how long to cook them for. But I do know that it would take less time because the batter would be cooked in smaller shapes as opposed to a large loaf. So I’d maybe try cooking the muffins for 20-30 minutes, then testing with a tooth pick to see if they’re done. If the tooth pick comes out wet, keep the muffins cooking in the oven, re-checking at ten minute intervals. Hope this helps! :)

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    Rose
    March 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I made this recipe this weekend! It was a great texture and very light in flavor. However, I thought the chai flavor was difficult to detect. Maybe I will double the amount of cloves and cardamom, and add ginger next time!

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      Sarah
      March 19, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Rose! :) I definitely encourage you to experiment with the recipe, as everyone’s tastes are different!

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