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Super moist chai tahini banana bread cut into thick slices.

Super Moist Chai Tahini Banana bread

Lauren Regnier
This moist banana bread with with black sesame seeds, warm chai spice, and a kick of tahini is anything but basic.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American Fusion
Servings 1 loaf


For the chai spice blend

  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp allspices
  • 1 tsp ground clove
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tsp ground ginger

For the bread

  • 4-5 overripe bananas +1 for topping (less ripe)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour can sub 1:1 gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 1 tbsp chai spice blend
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup walnuts toasted and chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp black sesame seeds + extra for topping


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper by using a little cooking spray or coconut oil to get the paper to fit snugly.
  • Combine tahini and chai spices until smooth and set aside. Toast walnuts in a pan, then give them a rough chop. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Add the bananas, eggs, chai tahini mixture, brown sugar, coconut oil, and vanilla to a blender and blend on low speed until combined. You can also do this in a mixing bowl—just mash the bananas with a fork before adding the other ingredients.
  • Pour contents into the bowl with the flour mixture and fold with a spatula to combine. Gently stir in walnuts and 1-2 tbsp black sesame seeds until just combined. Don’t over mix.
  • Pour batter into loaf pan and sprinkle a bunch of black sesame seeds over the top. Slice banana in half lengthwise and place on top of batter with the cut side face up.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes until a small knife or toothpick comes out mostly clean. I like to test in at least 3 places. Remove from the pan immediately and cool completely on a wire rack before storing in plastic wrap, foil, or an airtight container at room temperature.
Keyword banana bread, chai, tahini