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Chai Caramel Banana Bread

sliced Chai Caramel Banana Bread on a wooden cutting board

Banana bread is one of those things that I just never seem to turn down. It’s one of my ultimate comfort foods. And, it seems I’m always trying to find new ways to change it up and keep it interesting.

Recently, Stonewall Kitchen sent me a couple of their new products to try. One of those was Vanilla Chai Caramel Sauce. I adore chai spices, and we all know I love caramel. With some ripe bananas on my kitchen counter, I knew combining the two was meant to be.

overhead view of Chai Caramel Banana Bread on a wooden board

The banana bread itself holds no surprises. It’s pretty much a traditional banana bread with plenty of brown sugar, nuts, a bit of sour cream, and a hint of cinnamon. You could stop right there and be pretty happy with your freshly baked loaf of banana bread.

Add that Vanilla Chai Caramel Sauce to it, though, and you get something pretty amazing. That swirl of rich caramel and wonderful spices makes this bread pretty irresistible. It’s a perfect combination of flavors in my book. Be sure you have someone around for sharing, or you could easily get in trouble. This one tends to disappear quickly!

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Chai Caramel Banana Bread

Yield 10 to 12 servings
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
sliced Chai Caramel Banana Bread on a wooden cutting board

Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2-3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup Vanilla Chai Caramel Sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Generously grease a standard 9"x 5" loaf pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together butter, sugar, and brown sugar until combined. Add egg, bananas, and vanilla, and mix well.
  4. Add flour mixture in 3 portions, alternating with 2 portions of sour cream. Mix just until combined. Stir in pecans.
  5. Transfer batter to prepared pan and spread evenly. Drop caramel by tablespoonfuls over the batter. Use a knife to swirl the caramel gently into the batter, only reaching about halfway down into the batter.*
  6. Bake for 1 hour or until bread is browned and a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Then, run a knife around the edges of the bread and remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely

Notes

*The caramel sauce will sink into the bread as it bakes. To avoid a mess, keep the swirling to the top half of the bread.

Stonewall Kitchen provided products for my own use and a giveaway. All opinions written are my own.

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    13 Comments on “Chai Caramel Banana Bread”

  1. What a great deep dark color this banana bread has — and the chair spice angle is brilliant! I love Stonewall Kitchen, when we lived on ‘the great island’ we were just over the bridge from their flagship store in Maine!

  2. I would love to try the Spicy Mexican Chocolate Sauce over vanilla ice cream!

  3. Vanilla Chai Carmel sauce. Depending on how thick it is I would use this as a filling for shortbread cookies, or as a vanilla ice cream topping.

  4. I would love to try the Spicy Mexican Chocolate Sauce on my Choco Flan Cake. I know any of the two would be yummy on the Choco Flan Cake.

  5. Hmmmm that’s a tough choice. I really would like to make the banana bread, but I’m loving all things pepper right now with Hatch Chili peppers in season. It’s a tops up.

  6. Banana bread is the best! And that chai caramel swirl sounds fantastic:)

  7. This sounds so good!

  8. Great recipe! Still comfort food, but a little more decadent with the caramel swirl!

  9. Definitely a genius use of this caramel sauce! I mean chai and banana bread were just meant for each other.

  10. The Vanilla Chai Caramel Sauce. I would use it in cookies first I think.

  11. Both flavors look like winners but I am especially anxious to try The Spicy Mexican Chocolate Sauce . Would it be possible for you to post a link where we can purchase these products. I have purchased the Red Pepper Jelly on several occasions but have not seen these new flavors on the shelves. Thanks!

  12. would love the vanilla Chai!

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