The Best Chai Bread

After Jojo was born my friend Stephanie stopped by with a bunch of breakfast stuff for us.  One of the things she brought were these chai muffins.

They were pretty much the best muffins I’d had before.  Between the sweet spiced cake and the cinnamon-sugary tops, I was such a fan.

The other week I thought, “I should make those muffins in loaf form!”  So that’s what I did.  I took the muffin recipe and decreased a few of the spices (because nutmeg and clove aren’t my favorite) and came out with a really great bread.  I enjoy it most at breakfast with a side of eggs and a latte.

If you are a chai fan…this recipe is a MUST.

Chai Bread

Yield: 1 loaf of yum

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: an hour


1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamon
1/4 tsp ground clove
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 large egg
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
scant 1/4 tsp cardamon
scant 1/4 tsp nutmeg
3 tbsp melted butter


Preheat oven to 350ºF.  In a bowl, combine bread dry ingredients (the first 9 ingredients).  Then make a well in the center and mix in wet bread ingredients.  Pour into a greased loaf pan.  Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cover with foil for last ten minutes to prevent the top from getting too brown.  Let cool completely.

Pop out of loaf pan.  Now make your topping.  In a small bowl, combine all ingredients (except the butter).  Brush the top of the loaf with melted butter and then sprinkle on the sweet spice mix.  Slice and serve.


I kept mine in the fridge.

slightly adapted from this recipe


  1. I am a huge chai fan, so I will definitely need to make this bread!!

  2. I have plans to make this with eggs for Sunday brunch!!

  3. I need this bread in my life!!!!! Not one of your recipes has ever let me down!!

  4. I’m making this asap!!

  5. love me all things chai so this will definitely be a delight with more chai!

  6. This sounds absolutely incredible! I am a huge chai fan and I’ve definitely been meaning to bake more. I feel like this it a perfect cozy recipe to make before it gets too warm out!

    I shared a post on my blog with my favorite coffee shops which were chosen mostly based on their chai because I am not a coffee person!

  7. I’m a chai fan, and definitely a bread fan, so I’m gonna have to try this!

  8. Thinking about making these in my donut pan!! looks delicious :)

  9. This sounds amazing! I will definitely be making this soon! Thanks for sharing :)

  10. I can’t wait to make this! I have bananas that are screaming to be made into a bread, so I may attempt to morph this into a banana chai bread. The chai-spiced sugar topping sounds delicious!

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  14. Just made this with my toddler and it is so good! I love recipes like this where I always have all of the ingredients for spur of the moment baking days :)

  15. Excited to make this…maybe in donut form:)

  16. Crowd sourcing any ideas for how to make this at a high altitude? I just moved and I’m desperately craving this tasty fall treat but have no idea how to altitude adjust. Any tips/suggestions would be helpful :)

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