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Spice Tea Banana Bread with Cinnamon & Sugar

Moist banana bread that comes with a spice tea twist, and layers of cinnamon and sugar inside and out.

The tea I’m using in this recipe was given to me by Adagio Teas however the content and opinions in this post are my own.

Sliced Banana Bread

Banana bread is a year-round delicious treat.

It falls in the category of a “quick bread” which includes any bread with leavening agents (ingredients to make the bread rise) that are not yeast or eggs.

One of the great things about quick breads is that they can be prepared quickly (and generally reliably) without having to master the skills needed for traditional yeast breads.

In this recipe, the leavening agent that makes the banana bread rise is baking soda which is activated as soon as it becomes moist.

So it’s a good idea to get the batter in the pan and into the oven as soon as possible.

This is why I need to make 2 batches when posting a quick bread recipe.

The first batch is for the step-by-step pictures all the way up to the point where I put it in the oven.

Since the batter sits out while taking pictures of each step in the recipe, when baked, the banana bread tends to be on the dense side and doesn’t rise as much as it does when I can put it right into the oven.

So the second batch I make is for the final pictures of the baked banana bread, where I put the batter directly in the oven.

And the bread not only rises nicely but it’s also more on the light side.

Spiced Tea Banana Bread

This banana bread recipe has 2 twists to it.

The first twist is that brewed spice tea is included in the batter which adds moisture to the bread and a very subtle spice flavor that tastes wonderful in combination with banana.

I used decaf spice tea that was given to me by Adagio Teas.

A teabag is brewed in just 1/3 cup of hot water and steeped for 20 minutes.

The second twist is that the banana bread has a layer of cinnamon and sugar in the middle and on the top which adds a wonderful sweet cinnamon swirl and light crunch to each slice that’s reminiscent of coffee cake.

It tastes so good.

Here are more quick breads you may like “Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake with Lemon Glaze“, “Biscoff Cookie Butter Blondie Recipe” and “Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins with Peanut Butter Streusel“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Spice Tea Banana Bread

Hot water, a spice tea bag, very ripe bananas, all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, granulated sugar, butter, eggs and ground cinnamon

Also, a one-pound loaf pan (8-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches; or 9 x 5 inches).

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease Pan with Butter

Grease the inside of a one-pound loaf pan (bottom and sides) with softened butter, or nonstick spray.  Set aside.

For the Bread Batter:

Spice Tea Bag in Water

For the Spice Tea – In a heat resistant cup, add 1/3 cup hot water.

Spice Tea Bag in Water

To the cup add a spice tea bag.

Spice Tea in Glass

Let steep in hot water for 20 minutes.

Add Flour to Bowl

For the Dry Ingredients – In a medium size mixing bowl, add…

Add Flour to Bowl

…flour…

Add Salt to Flour

…salt…

Add Baking Soda to Bowl

…and baking soda.

Stir Flour Mixture in Bowl

Whisk or stir together with a spoon and set aside.

Add Melted Butter in Bowl

For the Batter – In a small microwave-safe bowl, add butter.

Heat the butter in the microwave for just 30 seconds (not any longer so that the butter doesn’t get too hot for the batter).

Once out of the microwave, stir the butter until it’s completely melted.

To a large mixing bowl, add the melted butter…

Pour Sugar in Bowl

…granulated sugar…

Raw Eggs in Bowl

Beaten Eggs in Bowl

…and…

Pour Eggs in Flour Mixture

…eggs.

Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat until smooth and creamy (about 2 minutes).

Spice Tea in Glass

After the tea has steeped for 20 minutes, discard the tea bag and…

Pour Spice Tea in Batter

…to the large mixing bowl,

Banana Bread Batter

add the tea.

Banana Bread Batter in Bowl

Beat the ingredients until combined.

Spoon Flour in Batter Bowl

To the large mixing bowl, add the flour a little at a time while mixing the batter on the lowest speed (this should help prevent the flour from flying out of the bowl).

Beat until combined (don’t overmix).

Banana Bread Batter in Bowl

Set the batter aside for just a moment.

Peeled Bananas in Bowl

In a small bowl, add the peeled bananas.

Mash Bananas in Bowl

With a fork, mash the bananas so that there are still some small pieces of bananas.

Add Mashed Bananas in Bowl

To the batter, add the mashed bananas.

Mashed Bananas in Batter

Next,

Banana Bread Batter in Bowl

…with a mixer (set on low speed), mix just long enough to combine the bananas in the batter (don’t overmix).

Banana Bread Batter in Pan

To the prepared pan, spoon in 1/2 of the batter.

Banana Bread Batter in Pan

With a soft spatula spread the batter evenly so that it’s level in the pan.  Set aside for a moment.

For the Layers of Cinnamon and Sugar:

Cinnamon and Sugar in Bowl

In a small bowl, add granulated sugar and ground cinnamon.

Cinnamon Sugar in Bowl

Stir together.

Cinnamon Sugar on Batter

Sprinkle 1/2 of the sugar mixture evenly over the batter in the bread pan.

Banana Bread Batter in Pan

To the bread pan, spoon in the remaining batter.

With a soft spatula spread the batter evenly so that it’s level in the pan.

Cinnamon Sugar on Batter

Cinnamon Sugar on Batter

Sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture evenly over the batter.

Banana Bread in Oven

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F. until a toothpick (or thin wooden skewer) comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the bread (about 55 to 56 minutes).

Baked Banana Bread in Pan

Set the pan on a rack and let the bread cool completely before removing it from the pan.

Spice Tea Banana Bread on Plate

Once the bread has cooled, carefully remove the banana bread from the pan (it’s best to do this over a large plate in case a little bit of the cinnamon and sugar mixture comes off of the top of the bread).

Sliced Banana Bread

Just before serving, cut slices of banana bread for each serving.

Spiced Tea Banana Bread

TIP – It’s best to keep the loaf whole rather than slicing it in advance of serving so that it doesn’t dry out.

Sliced Banana Bread

Serve at room temperature or warm with butter or…

Spice Tea Banana Bread

…just by its delicious self.

Spice Tea Banana Bread on Fork

Enjoy this banana bread for breakfast, dessert or a snack anytime of the day.

Sliced Banana Bread

TIPS for making Moist Banana Bread:

  1. Use bananas that are very ripe.
  2. As soon as the batter is mixed put it in a loaf pan and into the oven as soon as possible.
  3. Don’t use the measuring cup to “scoop” out flour from the bag or canister because scooping compacts the flour.  Instead, use a spoon to transfer the flour into the measuring cup/cups.

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Spice Tea Banana Bread

Spice Tea Banana Bread with Cinnamon and Sugar

Classic banana bread made with a spice tea twist and layers of cinnamon and sugar inside and out.
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Prep Time: 19 minutes
Cook Time: 56 minutes
Time to Steep Tea: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana Bread, Bananas
Servings: 8 slices

Equipment

  • One pound loaf pan (8-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches; or 9 x 5 inches)

Ingredients

For the Bread Batter:

  • 1/3 cup hot water for steeping the teabag
  • 1 spice teabag (steep in the hot water for 20 minutes)
  • 2-1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter for the batter (heated in the microwave for 30 seconds so that the butter isn't too hot)
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 3 medium size very ripe bananas (should equal 1 heaping cup when mashed)
  • 1 teaspoon butter softened (for greasing pan)

For the Layers of Cinnamon and Sugar:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease the inside of a one-pound loaf pan (bottom and sides) with softened butter, or nonstick spray.  Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, add granulated sugar and ground cinnamon. Stir together and set aside.

For the Bread Batter:

  • For the Spice Tea - In a heat resistant cup, add 1/3 cup hot water. To the cup add a spice teabag. Let steep in hot water for 20 minutes.
  • For the Dry Ingredients - In a medium size mixing bowl, add flour, salt and baking soda. Whisk or stir together with a spoon. Set aside.
  • For the Batter - In a small microwave-safe bowl, add butter.
  • Heat the butter in the microwave for just 30 seconds (not any longer so that the butter doesn't get too hot for the batter).
  • Once out of the microwave, stir the butter until it's completely melted.
  • To a large mixing bowl, add the melted butter, granulated sugar and eggs. Using a handheld or stand mixer, beat until smooth and creamy (about 2 minutes).
  • After the tea has steeped for 20 minutes, discard the tea bag and pour the tea in the large mixing bowl.
  • Beat the ingredients until combined.
  • To the large mixing bowl, add the flour a little at a time while mixing the batter on the lowest speed (this should help prevent the flour from flying out of the bowl).
  • Beat until combined (don't overmix). Set the batter aside for just a moment.
  • In a small bowl, add the peeled bananas.
  • With a fork, mash the bananas so that there are still some small pieces of bananas.
  • To the batter, add the mashed bananas.
  • With a mixer (set on low speed), mix just long enough to combine the bananas in the batter (don't overmix).
  • To the prepared pan, spoon in 1/2 of the batter.
  • With a soft spatula spread the batter evenly so that it's level in the pan.  Set aside for a moment.

For the Layers of Cinnamon and Sugar:

  • Sprinkle 1/2 of the sugar mixture evenly over the batter in the bread pan.
  • To the bread pan, spoon in the remaining batter. With a soft spatula spread the batter evenly so that it's level in the pan.
  • Sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture evenly over the batter.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F. until a toothpick (or thin wooden skewer) comes out clean when inserted in the middle of the bread (about 55 to 56 minutes).
  • Set the pan on a rack and let the bread cool completely before removing it from the pan.
  • Once the bread has cooled, carefully remove the banana bread from the pan (it's best to do this over a large plate in case a little bit of the cinnamon and sugar mixture comes off of the top of the bread).
  • Just before servings, cut slices of banana bread for each serving (it's best to keep the loaf whole rather than slicing it in advance of serving so that it doesn't dry out).
  • Serve at room temperature or warm with butter or just by itself.

Notes

TIPS for making Moist Banana Bread:

  1. Use bananas that are very ripe.
  2. As soon as the batter is mixed put it in a loaf pan and into the oven as soon as possible.
  3. Don't use the measuring cup to "scoop" out flour from the bag or canister because scooping compacts the flour.  Instead, use a spoon to transfer the flour into the measuring cup/cups.

TIP for Serving:

  1. It's best to keep the loaf whole rather than slicing it in advance of serving so that it doesn't dry out.
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