Thursday, November 10, 2011

Two Yummy Treats

Woo-hoo. It's Week 7 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies. This time, I bring you two treats - Chai Spiced Zucchini Bread and Cinnamon Banana Bread. Both of them would make wonderful Christmas breakfasts.

The Chai Spiced Zucchini Bread was so moist, not to mention flavorful with all the spices added into it and you don't even taste the zucchini at all.

Chai Spiced Zucchini Bread (from Del Sisters Kitchen)

3 1/2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger powder
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cardamom
1 1/2 tsp. orange zest
2 c. grated zucchini
3 eggs
3/4 c. oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1/3 c. hot water

Combine the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients and stir to mix. Divide into two large greased bread pans and bake at 350F for 60 min. or till center is clean when tested. Remove and cool.

As for the Cinnamon Banana Bread, it's also nice and healthy since it's made with oats, bananas, and hardly any butter/oil at all. That means you won't feel guilty from eating all the molten cinnamon chips that are also added into it. The bread comes out a little dense, but full of delicious cinnamony banana-y flavor that is sure to please.

Cinnamon Banana Bread (from the Beantown Baker)

1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon (I'd double this next time)
1 c. uncooked old fashioned oats
1/2 c. cinnamon chips
1 Tbsp. canola oil (I used melted butter)
2 eggs, beaten
3 large bananas, ripe (1 cup)
cinnamon-sugar (for sprinkling)

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a loaf pan. Stir together the first 8 ingredients. Mash the bananas then add the oil and eggs and mix thoroughly. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Pour the batter into the pan and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake until top of loaf is firm to touch, 45-50 min. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 5 min. Flip out and cool on a wire rack for another 10 min.


  1. These both look wonderful. This is my first visit to your blog so I've just taken some time to browse through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll defintely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  2. I can always use a few more banana recipes! These look amazing and I'll have mine with some herbal tea, please :) XOXO

  3. Your cinnamon banana bread looks awesome!

  4. Keeping up that spice theme. ;)
    Quick breads are also perfect for small loaves as gifts. They both sound great!

  5. Oh my...I love all kinds of breads, and these just look fabulous! I'm especially interested in the chai-spiced zucchini, although I have a feeling I'll end up trying both! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Ohh i have to try this cinnamon banana bread sounds soo good.

  7. My kids love quick breads. I definitely want to make some cinnamon banana bread! What a perfect treat!

  8. Wow does that bread looks fantastic. I just imagine how wonderful it smelled warm from the oven. Come visit. Cranberry couscous on the menu.

  9. I'd love a slice of each one of these right now. Yummy!

  10. Yummy for sure! I'm pinning both these lovely recipes. YUUUMMM!!!

  11. I have never heard of banana bread that way, but it makes perfect sence! Sounds wonderful!

  12. Hi Lisa, came across your blog recently and love all the yummy sweet treats! This double treat is really great! The pics are mouthwatering and I liked the addition of the "chai spiced zucchini bread"...
    Btw, I tried linking up my blog post about 5-6 times for your blog hop, but don't know why I have been unsuccessful every single time...after I enter all the details and select the pic (using the autocrop option), the page just does not include my recipe...wonder why? I have already linked up to this post using your widget on my blog post...could you please see if there is anything you could do to include my link here? Thanks in advance!

  13. Wow - a double dose of yumminess! Both breads look incredible, Lisa!

  14. I love banana bread - never heard of cinnamon chips though, they sound great! And I agree; both breads would make perfect Christmas breakfasts :-)

  15. Chai spiced zucchini bread...BRILLIANT!

  16. Chai spiced zucchini bread? I can tell myself this is yummy and healthy!

  17. I Love breads at Holiday time! Especially the mini ones

  18. These are both lovely, but I am swooning over that chai bread. Can't wait to try it!

  19. I have the chai bread in the oven and it smells fantastic, but I was disappointed to discover that the original recipe from delkitchen has 1/3c chai tea while yours is 1/3c hot water... just thought I'd post in case that's a mistake. I'll likely make another batch with tea soon.

  20. I have the chai bread in the oven now and it smells fantastic, but I was disappointed to see that when I followed your link back to the original recipe, they had used 1/3c tea while your copy lists 1/3c hot water. Is there a reason for the change? I'd like to make it next time with the tea, I love chai!

    1. The reason for the change is that chai tea is made with black tea which I cannot drink. So, I subbed in hot water instead. But, by all means, feel free to make it with the chai tea. Hope you enjoy the bread.

    2. Thanks for your reply! I only commented to make sure it wasn't a mistake. It came out amazing last time, and here I am (1 week later) making it again with the tea. We've been eating 1 loaf and giving the other away, making us very popular!