Chai Pumpkin Bread

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This may be my favorite loaf of bread I’ve ever made. Maybe. Pumpkin and chai were just made for each other. Remember my sweet potato chai muffins? This recipe is better.

As I type this, I’m flying back out to California. I was back home from Pittsburgh for just a week, but cookbook work had to be done, so I’m back off to the west coast. Hopefully you’ve heard the news that I’m coming out with my second cookbook!! The first time around, I wrote it by myself. This second time around, I’m going with a new publisher AND writing it with another person, which is pretty awesome because it’s George from Civilized Caveman. We decided to come together and collaborate to make a ton of brand new, never before seen recipes. With George’s amazing photography and my ability to destroy his kitchen while creating recipes, we are bound to come up with some pretty stellar dishes. He loves when I’m in the kitchen. Just loves it.

I’m excited that I finally have the chance to tell you all about the cookbook and share some pictures of the recipes that will be in the book! Especially the failed recipes. Those are funny to see. Not for us, because we become extremely annoyed when it happens, but it’s funny for you. And remember, when I go to visit George in California, we spend 6-7 days with each other. And annoy each other. I get all up in his space, eat a lot of his food (he always has the best food ever) and spill food into every crevice possible. So when a recipe fails, it makes things worse. We become almost like little children, throwing small tantrums. Baking has seemed to be our biggest downfall. Mostly because we are trying new ingredients that we haven’t worked with much. We tried some cinnamon rolls and monkey bread…both failed. They still tasted good, so of course we ate them, but looks wise and texture wise, not so much. Hopefully we can pull our sh*t together and figure out those recipes. How bomb would that be? Bomb.

Crying babies are the worst. And there is one in close proximity to me on the plane. No wait, crying babies on planes are the worst.  I know, I know, I will never get it until I am a mom, but what if I don’t plan to be a mom? What if I plan to do other things? Then will I never understand it? I felt really bad for the mom on the flight. Even though everyone understands, they all still secretly hate her, because you can’t hate the child. That would just be effed up.

You know what’s effed up? That show ‘The Walking Dead’. I see why it’s so addictive, but daaaaamn are your dreams messed up afterwards. I didn’t have zombie dreams, oh no. I had dreams of creepy people, doing creepy things. Like smearing pumpkin pie on my friend and jumping up and down on her. You think that wouldn’t be that freaky of a dream, but you had to see their faces. Chainsaw massacre meets hills have eyes. I escaped up a mountain with wolves following me. Then I woke up, and couldn’t go back to sleep. Pretty sure my brain told me to wake up so I wouldn’t witness my own death. I’m sad I won’t be watching The Walking Dead anymore. But I like living in my dreams.

THE CRYING WON’T STOP.

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Chai Pumpkin Bread

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond butter (or other nut butter or seed butter)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup honey (optional- i like it sweeter)
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 2 chai tea packets (tea spices removed from packets)
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together almond butter, pumpkin, banana, and eggs.
  3. Cut open the two tea bags and remove all the tea spices from the tea bags and add to almond butter mixture.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until well combined.
  5. Grease a loaf pan and then line it with parchment paper.
  6. Pour batter in pan and place in oven. Bake for 45 minutes. Let rest before slicing.

 

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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254 thoughts on “Chai Pumpkin Bread”

  1. This sounds fab! But what exactly do you mean: “2 chai tea packets (tea seasonings removed from packets)” Do you mean the powder stuff or actual black tea leaves with spices?

  2. I have a quick question. Please don’t think me dense, I am on overworked mom whose brain is threatening to go on strike. So bare with me! I just want to clarify that you use the contents of the tea bag and discard the packaging correct? Do you need to steep the tea or just dump it in? Thank you for this! I will be making it very soon.

  3. Was already excited to try this, then noticed it has no added sweetener, and got even more excited! I’ll be starting the 21DSD soon, and it looks like this would be an approved recipe – hip hip HUZZAH! 🙂

      1. Cool – thanks! I haven’t started the 21DSD yet, so I’ll enjoy it with the honey first – just got home from work and about to get baking!

  4. Hi Juli!

    LOVE your blog and can’t wait to make this!! Quick question – when you say tea packets (tea seasonings removed from packets), do you mean literally tea bags or something else like a cocoa mix but chai tea mix packet? If the latter, do you have a preferred brand? Many thanks!!!

    1. literally the tea bags. you just take the chai tea seasonings out instead of soaking them in water like usual tea packets. any brand that doesn’t have added sugar

  5. Recipe looks great! My favorite flavors. I’m guessing we can eat the spices in a chai tea packet? Just choose our favorite flavor?

    Empathize re: baby. On an overnight flight to London, there was a couple who seemed to be letting their baby “cry it out”–on the plane. My kids slept through the noise, thankfully. Who does that, though? It was extremely irritating, and I felt sorry for the baby. (Ours haven’t cried/don’t cry on planes; it’s true. They can be extremely annoying in other locales, but are great on planes.)

      1. W hat chai tea do you use and you just cut the tea bags open and dump all the tea leaves in the mix?

        Is the parchment paper a “need to have” or can you just grease up the pan and cook like your banana bread? (I’m lazy and dont wanna go buy it just for this recipe haha).

  6. Watching the Walking Dead is like cheating on your diet…you know your going to regret it but it’ SO worth it!

  7. Hi! This looks FANTASTIC and perfect for a dinner I’m serving Wednesday with roasted/mashed cauliflower, ground pork stuffed butternut squash and salad. Perfect fall meal!

    What are these chai tea packets with tea parts removed you speak of? Any major brand names? Just not quite sure how/where to find what you’re talking about.

    Thanks!

    1. so you know the chai tea bags you steep in water? those. just cut 2 tea bags open and pour them into the bread mixture. not sure of the brand, just find one without added sugar

      1. I have never laughed so hard over the chai tea. Before someone gets offended, let me first say that I had no idea what you meant at first. I guess for some of us you have to get as elementary as possible. So your comment where you say buy chai tea, cut open packets and dump into recipe just made me laugh. Thanks for the clarification. I guess you aren’t wanting to advertise for any particular company.

  8. nice! I gotta say all the baking recipes I tried from your website always turn out AMAZING! so I will try this one too for sure! what size pan did you use?

  9. Sorry if this is a double post…

    Is the parchment paper a “need to have” or can you just grease up the pan and cook like your banana bread? (I’m lazy and dont wanna go buy it just for this recipe haha).

    Also — what chai tea do you use and you just cut the tea bags open and dump all the tea leaves in the mix?

    1. Made it yesterday and it is delicious! I didn’t use parchment and it stuck. It isn’t bad cutting out one piece at a time but I can’t get the entire loaf out without destroying it. I used coconut oil and liberally greased a metal pan. Next time I’ll try silicone.

    2. I made this last night. I didn’t use parchment paper, I just greased up the pan and used a knife to separate it from the pan after baking.

      This probably calls for parchment paper if you have used your pan for gluten-y cooking before and are worried about contamination.

      Also, these were good, but I couldn’t get past the banana flavor. I wonder what I could use instead.

  10. What size can of pumpkin do you take the half from? I have some pretty big-ass cans and don’t want to over do it on the pumpkin. Thanks!!

  11. This recipe looks delicious! I love Walking Dead, but I have to watch an episode of Big Bang or something funny if I watch it near bed time to avoid weird dreams. Try that before throwing in the towel!

  12. Pretty much obsessed with you! No need to go on, we all know why we keeping updating your blog page to see if you’ve posted yet. I wish you nothing but success! (It’s here!!) Congratulations on your 2nd book! Can’t wait to buy it! XOXO

  13. This looks delish like so many of your recipes. My and my kiddo can’t have egg or banana, do you have any suggestions for alternatives?

    1. I use Ener-G Egg Replacer (health food store) Instructions on the package. You can also use 1/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce per egg. Maybe cut down the honey if you use this method, unless you want a sweeter bread.

  14. I can so relate about the Walking Dead! Have the craziest dreams afterwards, but not zombies! Glad I’m not the only one 🙂 Can’t wait to try this recipe, it looks and sounds amazing! Thanks!

  15. trying this as we speak! i used cashew butter instead of almond and i didn’t see that you had any sweet additive so i put some maple syrup in there because i like my pumpkin bread on the sweeter side, the batter tasted yummy for sure, i will let you know how it turns out:)

  16. Just made these for a post-nap snack for my toddler. She LOVED them! Didn’t have any chai tea on hand, so I used Celestial Seasonings Safari Spice (yes, people, you literally rip open the tea bag, and dump out the contents). I made muffins instead, 350 for 18-20 mins. No parchment, just sprayed the pans, worked beautifully.

  17. I love the Walking Dead. I guess I’m a masochist because I know I’ll have messed up dreams at night, but I still watch it. And, I also watch Talking Dead, I know, I know…

    This season looks to be a good one. They gave us a taste of normalcy on episode one and then yanked it all away!

  18. Juli, if you and George haven’t experimented with arrowroot powder I’d highly recommend it for your baking recipes (I know you’ve used it in waffle recipes). It is seriously the secret for getting my “paleo” baked goods fluffy but stable and lightly browned. For a recipe like this I would add about 3-4 tbsp. I have zero credentials for offering this advice, but it has worked wonders for me! 🙂

    1. Hi Juli, love your recipes. But have a question for KK from Oct. 21st. What is the arrowroot a substitute for? Sorry, I’m just learning to cook.

  19. Answering for Julie: in a previous post she mentioned she used Tazo brand Chai in another recipe, I’m guessing she probably used it again 🙂

    And as a baker, my 2 cents, parchment paper usually isn’t necessary. You could grease the sides and bottom with coconut oil.

  20. I keep seeing nut butter in the recipes. What if I want to use up some almond flour that I have? Would it be an equal amount and would it get the same result? Thanks! Btw, your chocolate zucchini nut bread is an absolute hit in our house!

  21. just tried it and it’s delicious! worked great with the cashew butter and maple syrup! thanks for the recipe!

  22. This sounds delicious! Apparently no one else reads the comments. Can I ask you one more time…. “what do you mean by tea bags/packets? and what kind of chai tea are you using? do you just cut off the top and pour it in?” 😉 haha! Holy hell people.. it’s not rocket science. the recipe is pretty clear.

    1. Bahaha! You know it it’s weird! Cut the bags & pour their contents into anything? But I’ve tried enough of her stuff to trust her. Cannot wait to try! I need more pumpkin in my life.

  23. So excited! I just bought a bunch of chai tea bags yesterday to do pumpkin chai deliciousness recipes… I think this recipe just got bumped to the top of the list!

  24. Hey Julie,
    Love your sense of humour and how you apply it in your blogs….but you know what ROCKs about you most? Your patience and very straight answers when answering THE SAME QUESTION a gazillion times!! I don’t know how you do it…I got the the second post re: tea bags and nearly threw my computer out the door lol!! Keep it up, you make living clean easier by the recipe 🙂

  25. Thanks for the response above. Now that I re-read it and have seen the million other questions about this…I don’t feel quite so dumb. I’m sure it was just an accidental awkward wording on your part. 🙂 Was wondering if I’d seriously have to open tea packets, tweezer out the tea leaves and leave the dried chai spices! lol! I’ll grab a box of Tazo chai or something and gut the innards of a few bags of those. Thanks!

  26. #$*@ me this looks awesome! Love the idea of throwing the contents of a chai tea bag into the recipe. Revenge against the tea bag ARRGHHHHHH! Walking Dead Style GARRRGGHHH!!!!!

  27. Hi Julie,

    I have to admit (sorry!) but I hardly ever read a post of yours all the way through. I’m a nervous person, and I gather you are too.. so I just get more anxious when I have too much to read (and yet I love to write??) …so I usually end up scrolling down quickly to the recipe.

    But I read this post completely and laughed out loud and enjoyed it. You seem like a truly genuine person. I follow both you and George on Instagram and Facebook and wish you all the best with this new cookbook adventure. And I’m totally “there’ with baking failures. It’s so much fun to bake and come up with a recipe that works… but when it fails, it’s like a total swirl into depression mode.. and what’s worse is when the second time around it still fails.. argg.. but that’s part of the fun I guess. And when you finally get it right after all that determination, it’s the best feeling.

    Keep up the great work and best wishes!
    Debra

    PS: I’ve not seen Walking Dead and keep hearing everyone talk about it; but after your description, I think I’ll steer away from it! 😉

  28. Ahhhh, this is so timely! I’m going to make this for a Halloween party this weekend, and then again for Thanksgiving at my folks and my in-laws. Perfect!! Thanks for this! 🙂

    Also, Stash makes an awesome Chai tea…I’m sure it will be perfect for this. It’s available at all the grocery stores here in MA.

  29. Hi Juli, whilst not related to this recipe (which I do plan on making!) I just thought I would comment here due to it being the most recent post.
    Myself and my partner have taken on a 4 week paleo challenge through our crossfit ALL the way over here in sunny perth, west Australia. I just want to say a massive thank you because without your website we would have been screwed I think. We have made numerous recipes that you have posted on here, and although we won’t be sticking permanently with paleo, there will be numerous recipes, mainly from your amazing website, that are in the forever keep pile! Just today we made the slow cooked pulled pork enchiladas, however we had them as soft tacos with the pulled pork, avocado ‘salsa’ (we omitted the stock/broth) and added jalapeños and pineapple. They were amazing! Oh and the sweet potato brownies… Omg!
    You have seriously been a life saver to us so I just thought I would take the time to thank you for all of your hard work. Keep it up and I am now an avid reader 🙂

  30. I have to say, I’ve tried quite a few paleo “bread” recipes. The first two that I’ve tried that have nailed it on texture so far are the ones from your site. I’ve already made the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins twice since you’ve posted it and I made this last night and it is AMAZING. I don’t know if I’ve just been doing things wrong, but so far your recipes are the best! Thanks so much for posting your genius ideas! (Your witty posts are the icing on this delicious cake) These treats have definitely helped keep me on the paleo-wagon during fall since I want absolutely EVERYTHING that has pumpkin in it.

  31. Allison Jeffreys

    Ok these comments are killing me 🙂 I made the sweet potato chai muffins last week and me and my 14 month old tore them up! Do you think I can make this recipe into mini-muffins too?
    P.S. – Discovered your blog about 2 weeks ago and already have made 5 recipes that I’m in love with. Indian chicken last night – 5 stars right there. My toddler has also taken to all of them so far too which is a huge plus as well!

  32. Got this recipe in my inbox this morning! Totally made my morning. Gonna workout then whip this up. Can’t wait for my house to smell pumpkin-y and wonderful!

    Love your blog, thanks for all the great inspiration to stay on track!

    I watched the first season of Walking Dead and couldn’t watch anymore, freaked me out too much. But I did just start watching New Girl on Netflix because of one of your older posts! So funny!

  33. Made this last night, I couldn’t wait! (clearly) One with regular chai and one with almond chai and chopped almonds! Almond overload? Maybe. Delicious? Definitely! Thank you Juli!

  34. You can also add Chai flavoured protein powder to kick it up a notch. Raw protein now makes chai flavour, so I use it in all my pumpkin yummies. Makes it really easy too.

  35. THIS IS THE BEST RECIPE! I loved the combination of spices, it’s absolutely perfect! I can’t wait to share this with people 🙂 I can see myself making this again and again.

  36. A: I love pumpkin bread, so thanks for this.

    B: I am 30 years old. I have no plans to be a mom. I just don’t want to do it, it’s not for me (or my husband). I’ve had to put up with a ton of judgement, and a lot of people asking me to justify my decisions, and then I’ve had to listen to them tell me that I’m wrong, my decisions are wrong, or that I can still have my own decisions with a kid on my hip. I respect their decisions to have children, but some people just can’t respect mine to not. It’s ok, people have a hard time accepting things that are different. I have lots of friends with kids, and those kids are adorable and they’re wonderful and I love them so, and it makes me so happy to see my friends happy. But for me, it’s not. I want to do other things. Not better things, just different things. So if you decide that you don’t want kids, please don’t let anyone make you feel bad or guilty or act as if you have no moral conscience or purpose or worth, or that you’re an insult to womanhood, or that you’re selfish, a bad person, an evil person, a self-absorbed person, etc. That’s all.

  37. i just made this tonight, only problem is i want to eat the whole thing! Soooo yummy. Thank u for sharing 🙂
    Also, i eliminated the banana because i cant have them, and it was still awesome!

  38. I made this last night and ended up eating it for dinner–SOOO GOOOD!!! I added raisins to mine, and it was so moist and delicious. 5 stars!!

  39. I went to Trader Joe’s to get coconut flour… no luck! Any chance I can substitute almond meal for it? I REALLY want to try this recipe!!!

  40. MY word, Juli, you crazy, recipe godess you. This bread is SO GOOD. My husband didn’t believe that I literally cut open two tea bags and put the innards in the bread, but what can you do. Thank you so much for sharing your brilliance!

  41. I was on a plane with my crying baby once. I was getting lots of hate stares, until I nursed him on the plane. Then I got even more hate stares. At least he was quiet and my milk jugs were properly covered.

    So, what kind of scissors do I use to open the tea packets?

      1. Yes! 🙂
        I’ve made this recipe so many times. I’ve added some chocolate chips a few times and the bread/muffins always turn out perfectly. Thank you!

  42. Delish! However, we used sunbutter instead of almond butter and got the dreaded green bread chemical reaction. It looked very strange (perfect for Halloween) with the green blotches…..but it was so so delicious. Anyone planning to sub with sunbutter BEWARE.

    1. I’m so glad you said that. I was wondering why mine turned green. I forgot I even added the sunbutter last minute.

  43. Hi, Just wondering if you have to use a mixer for this or if you can mix it by hand? If I whip the eggs and melt the nut butter with the coconut oil?
    Thanks.

  44. This tastes like Christmas morning. No other way to describe it. I don’t drink black tea and as chai tea is black tea based, I used “Bengal Spice Herbal Tea” which is similar. It surprised me when I saw it has black pepper in it which undoubtedly changed the flavor from your version. But still… So good.

  45. I was very excited to try this, but it was not my favorite. I cooked it until the outside was nice and brown and a toothpick came out clean, but the middle is still soggy. Also, I’m not a fan of the chai flavor. It’s actually made me nauseated the last two times I’ve eaten it. 🙁 Maybe it’s too much nut butter at once for my tummy? Dunno… I’ve loved every other recipe of yours. I do to say, the texture of this bread is great – just like regular bread. Keep the recipes coming!

  46. Meh. Most of your recipes are stellar, but this one just tasted like almond butter. Couldn’t taste the pumpkin or spices much at all. The boyf agreed, said it should be called “almond butter bread.” Unfortunately, it went straight into the compost. LOVE your pumpkin choc chip muffin recipe, so I’ll keep making that one for my pumpkin sweet fix.

  47. Just made this with pumpkin seed butter and regular flour (didn’t have coconut flour). Turned out great! Found your blog today (searched “sausage crust quiche”) and that helped direct me in my breakfast-for-dinner quest. Poked around and found this recipe, had the important stuff and threw it together. YUMMY! It’s going to be a great addition to dinner! Thank you~I think I will be visiting your blog often….LOVE your attitude and approach to cooking. Fits me and my family well!

  48. I made this last night and I also left out the chai. Not a fan of chai. I also added more pumpkin. I found the bread to be spongy and wet in the middle. The taste of the banana was too much for me and it made it taste like pumpkin banana bread. I put it back in the oven for another 10 mins but not much improvement. My husband and I have enjoyed all the other recipes that we tried from this site but unfortunately not a fan of this one.

    1. Please don’t rate a recipe poorly if you failed to follow the directions, if you change the ingredients and it doesn’t turn out well, that is your fault…

  49. These comments are killing me!!! Way to be patient, Juli. I love your sweet potato chai muffins, and I can’t wait to try these. Thanks so much!

  50. First of all, lol @ everyone asking you what tea packets are.
    Secondly, my apartment smells AMAZING from baking this.
    And thirdly, obvi this was delicious. My boyfriend wouldn’t wait till it cooled down, he just had to try it! Yum!
    Thanks Juli!

  51. Yea, I know you have to be freaking out behind that keyboard..

    Re: baby..and yea you won’t know what it feels like until you do have a baby..trust me.

    -Most people do empathize..because most people have kids or at least have nieces/nephews friends with kids etc..it’s just a few people who don’t get it..

  52. I accidentally left out the pumpkin and it was still delish, just cooked a bit faster. Can’t wait to make it again WITH the pumpkin.

  53. Baked in 6 individual small glass containers for about 25 minutes. Perfect. Used protein powder instead of coconut flour. I think it does need a honey – I didn’t put in quite enough, and while good they’ll be better next time with a little more sweet.

  54. I did this using Sunflower butter… and I have to say, IT TURNED GREEN! Ha! But still delicious. I’d just use Almond Butter instead… I was being cheap!

  55. I think I may have added too much flour and/or baked too long, because it came out a little dry. Solution? French toast. YES! oh. em. gee. delicious.

  56. Juli I have just discovered your webiste and I love it. And I’m not even doing paleo – I just love food. Cant wait to try this recipe!

  57. It’s in the oven as I type this AND it smells (and the batter tastes) amazing! I added enjoy life chips and can’t wait to snack on it during The Walking Dead!!!!! I so heart your blog and recipes 🙂

  58. Juli, love your blog, love your recipes, love your videos with George…. I’ve followed you a long time now, but I have a new admiration for you and your patience after scrolling through and reading these comments.

    It never fails, every paleo recipe i look at, if I read the comments, it never fails “I can’t have this, can I substitute this?” For goodness sakes people, try it; experiment yourself, or google replacement options and try that.

    And….your going to come on someone’s blog to tell them you tried their recipe, except you changed this and you changed that….and we’ll it didn’t turn out !?! No kidding, you didn’t follow the recipe! Juli, your sense of humor makes me smile, and I’d love to be a fly on the wall watching you behind your computer replying on here. Thanks for all,the great recipe options!

    P.s. It was you that convinced me to give spaghetti squash a try….LOVE it!!

  59. Okay, so I’ve made this FOUR times since you posted the recipe, and it. is. AMAZING. My non-paleo in-laws, who can be pretty picky eaters, absolutely loved it. I also made it for two Halloween parties, and am definitely going to be making it again for Thanksgiving. So good! Thank you!!

  60. OMG Juli this was awesome. I made it yesterday while prepping my eats for the week and I couldn’t stop eating it. I need to freeze the rest, otherwise it will be gone by the end of the week. Thank you for sharing.

  61. I have loved every recipe I’ve tried from your site but this one was dry, dry, dry for me. I followed it exactly so not sure what went wrong. I slather each slice it in butter so that helps a little.

  62. I love all things pumpkin! I made this bread yesterday and I have to agree with a few of the other comments…it was very dry and I could not taste the pumpkin. This bread only baked in my oven for about 35 minutes and I followed the directions to a “T”. I like the french toast idea that is posted above!

    I also made a double batch of the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. That recipe is a “keeper”!

  63. Juli,

    Do you think protein powder could be added into this recipe? If so would you take out any of the other ingredients like the coconut flour? Thanks!

    PS: can’t wait for the next cookbook!

  64. First time cooking paleo, I’m a fan of pumpkin and a new fan of the comments to your posts! LOL I am on my first week of avoiding sugar, replacing grains, and generally eating healthier. I have not eliminated dairy.

    I did add honey, but it was barely sweet so I’m guessing since I am coming off sugar and comparting this to the last slice of traditional pumpkin bread I had, that I will get used to the “less sugar” taste?

    I added a schmear of cream cheese and it helped!
    🙂

  65. Hi Juli,
    I love your recipes and I am officially going Paleo starting tomorrow and I am grocery shopping tonight. Where can I buy almond meal or coconut flour? I live in Los Angeles.

  66. I don’t think people mean to be rude when they say it didn’t turn out. I personally always read the reviews before trying a new recipe because I like to hear how It was for people who tried it. I made this tonight, followed the recipe except subbed 1/4 c more pumpkin for the banana. Mine was a tad dry on the edges. I am guessing the middle will be more moist. I was a little disappointed in the (lack of) flavor, but I have only been off sugar for 3 weeks and am not used to the blandness yet. Perhaps my chai tea wasn’t as spicy as yours. The texture was great. Thanks a lot for the recipes and the blog. It is a lot of fun. And as I am new to paleo I am looking forward to trying more recipes. It is so nice to be able to find some comfort foods when you’re sick of meat and veggies. 😉

  67. I can’t decide to make this breads or those banana chocolate mini cakes. I actually own mini bundt pans…but I also have some pumpkin I canned last year that indeed to use up….such problems I have. 😉

    1. Nutritional Info for 8 servings size loaf
      1 slice equals:
      Calories: 276
      Sugar: 14.4
      Carbs: 22.7
      Fat: 18.3
      Protein: 8.3
      Fiber: 5.1

      Sinfully delicious!

  68. I just made these into muffins- they are amazing! Baked for 25-30 minutes. Really light and fluffy. I have made several of your recipes and have always been thrilled with the turnout. Thanks Juli!

  69. I love love love the blog. It’s awesome and since I am new to the whole paleo thing I have been looking for recipes that normal people can actually eat. I was finding that alot of receipes were way out there or used ingredients that were all over the place and weird…so your blog has definitely helped. I made the pumpkin bread and myself along with my friends who I made taste it, thought it had a good flavor and was pretty moist. It turned out super dark…doesn’t taste burnt but almost looks kind of burnt and not sure why. Any thoughts/suggestions? Also, do you think if the banana is more ripe…it would come out sweeter?

    1. the honey helps it come out sweeter. try not cooking it quite as long next time. i made it a second time and cooked it a little too long and it came out dark like you’re talking about

  70. Is it necessary to add the coconut flour? Can I leave it out? My daughter has a nut allergy and most coconut flour’s say “May contain nuts”. Yeah… Cooking Paleo for my entire family with a severely allergic-to-nuts child is a challenge :/

  71. I think it’s safe to say that most of us are surprised that you can bake with tea leaves!!! Mind. Blown.

    This looks so great. I’ll be making this very soon. Thank you!!

  72. I’ve seriously considered asking stewardesses before to remove crying babies… would that be terrible of me??

    Can’t wait to try this – just have to pick up some chai tea bags!

  73. Can’t wait to try this……but I have loose leaf chai tea, how will I EVER figure out how to get it in the recipe if there’s no bag to cut?!? heehee. snort. (kudos on having so much patience; your karma must be shiny today)

    “having a child is like getting a tattoo on your forehead, you better make damn sure it’s what you want before you do it” — Eat, Pray, Love.

  74. I made this to the exact recipe. I used the Tazo Organic Chai tea. I came out just as Julie described. I prefer it cold as opposed to warm. I don’t love it, but it is certainly palatable. I am very new to paleo so I’m not sure my palette is quite ready for this bread.

  75. I’ll admit, I almost didn’t make this after reading the comments because I was so annoyed. Are you people freaking kidding me?
    Glad I did, though, it was awesome! I am actually not paleo, but eat mostly whole foods. I used pecan butter (just made it in the food processor) and used an additional 1/3 cup pumpkin in place of the banana. I accidentally doubled the honey and am glad I did. 😉
    I took it out at 40 minutes because it looked done, but the middle of the loaf was undercooked. 45 would have been right on. Thanks for the recipe. Sorry about all the ridiculous comments. 🙂

  76. Rebecca, I just scrolled down to the bottom after reading the first 20 comments and was about to write the same thing. I know they say there are no stupid questions but there are if they’ve been asked already! Juli you are very patient!

    Have the bread in the oven now and if the finished product tastes as delish as the batter did then we’re in for a treat!

    Loving the site, just came across it this week!

  77. Just made this with the sunbutter substitution but added 1/2 tsp lemon juice to prevent the green reaction. This seems to have worked. It looked done at 35 minutes but I left it in 5 more minutes just to make sure. Turned out great, and not green!

    1. I wish I’d read about using lemon juice to prevent the green reaction with sunbutter before…because that’s what happened and it looks pretty unappetizing. Good thing it’s just me eating it straight out of the pan with a fork! I love the chai and pumpkin combo, though! Next time I will try almond butter instead.

  78. In the oven as we speak — Lordy does that smell good — and the ‘licks’ from the bowl were too delicious. Used Ginger tea in stead of Chai for that part!

  79. I used 1/4 of a roasted sweet potato in place of the banana, left out the coconut flour and it was awesome. Made 2 – one for my non-paleo day care lady (bribe the day care at every opportunity…..) and gave it to her with a jar of raw honey to slather on it, got some rave reviews.

    Thank you Juli! Deliciousness prevails, as always.

  80. Just pulled these out of the oven and they smell awesome! For anyone who wants to make muffins, I just changed the baking time to 20 min.

  81. I made this last night using a real hokkaido pumpkin. With the remaining flesh, I made pumpkin soup (paleo)! What I didn’t have with me was the Chai tea, so instead I added all-spice used in pumpkin pie recipes and omitted the cloves. It was still yummy without! I put a little bit of frothy coconut milk on top when it was right out of the oven too!
    Thank you for sharing! I will make this again!

  82. I’ve done this recipe twice now and it was a BIG hit both times! I actually left the tea in its bags and the banana in its peel… but I definitely took the eggs out of their shells. Leaving the shell would’ve been silly.
    Seriously though, this turned out amazing. Thanks, Juli (you patient SOB)! Impressed my partner’s family with this one. Props.

  83. I was just introduced to Paleo about 2 weeks ago and I’m hooked- your site has been INCREDIBLY helpful to find recipes that I actually enjoy making! Just made this tonight and not only did my house smell incredible but it tasted ridiculously delicious. Wonderful Paleo sweetness at its finest =)

  84. If anyone doesn’t love the texture (or finds it a bit wet), leave out in the kitchen over night in some wax paper and it dries it out to more of a traditional ‘cake’ texture

  85. Just made it with sun flowere seed butter. It’s cooling right now and definitely looks much darker.
    I bet it will taste good, but almond butter probably keeps it lighter in color and more appealing.

  86. What modifications would I need to make since I live at low altitude? I live in CA and the bread was very cooked after 30 minutes, but still a bit gooey in the middle. I am assuming this is because of the difference in altitude! Still tastes great though 😀

    1. I’m in CA also (Bay Area, so near sea level) and didn’t need to modify the time. It’s a realyl dar bread, so maybe it just looked like it was done at 30 minutes. The first time I made it, I pulled it out at 40 minutes and wished I’d left it for the whole 45.

  87. Hi
    I like to make my chai tea fresh… can I use that for this recipe or would It be better off for me to just by it? Doesn’t bother me either way but the fresher the better 🙂
    Lynann

  88. Made this yesterday with Vanilla Chai Tea. Didn’t have a banana, so i just used more pumpkin. The smell during baking is like fall-heaven!

    Is it acceptable to eat the entire loaf the same say you bak it? Cause that’s what happened. Couldn’t. Help. It. Well done……well done.

  89. Commenters asking about flour subs-Duh! she answered that 100 times 100 posts ago. no nutritional info, no subs, ever! you can hire a nutritionist for that. But, then again, if you plan to ask that, you probably arent reading this anyway. Psh. Tip for bread with a gooey middle-If your loaf pan is glass or ceramic, some paleo baked goods wont work as well as in they do in plain old disposable loaf tins. Its all in the heat distribution. Making the original version now without any of the aforementioned modifications that ultimately failed. Original paleomg recipes always work for me! I’m thankful for that, happy thanksgiving!

  90. I’ve made this bread three times already and my kids and I love it!!! Super moist and super delicious! Thanks!

  91. Made this twice now. I don’t really measure because I’m lazy, but I eyeballed all the amounts and this came out fantastically both times. It’s moist and the flavors are awesome and fallish even though I didn’t have all the spices (no cloves). Fabulous.

  92. What a great recipe! Thank you so much. I am not an accomplished paleo baker but this came out perfect first go! I used steamed mashed butternut squash as I don’t have access to canned pumpkin in Australia but other than that I followed the recipe exactly as written. The squash might be a bit denser than canned but don’t think it affected the outcome. My child and non paleo husband loved it. Just perfect. 5 stars.

  93. I used twinings chai tea bags and it turned out great! I know Lipton makes a chai tea now too, but twinings.gave me more bags for the same cost. Mine turned out super well, and I’m debating pairing it with berries, thoughts?

  94. This sounds delicious!!! Just curious: any suggestions for substitutes for the banana? My friend and I like cooking from this website together but she’s allergic to banana, avocado, eggs, and pineapple. I know bananas and avocado are really common binding ingredients in recipes like this, but are there any substitutes for banana that we can use so she can enjoy it too?

  95. Hi, I’d love to try this but my daughter can’t have eggs. OK to substitute with flax meal + water or should I buy egg substitute at Whole Foods or the like? Thank you!

  96. Hello, I don’t know if I just haven’t been through your website enough (I just discovered this beauty today), but whats the name of your first cook book? All of your recipes I have looked over so far sound amazing. And is it available in Canada? Thanks!

  97. So when you say tea bags … you mean …
    LOL, Juli, besides being incredibly beautiful and fun to look at you have taken my Paleo to a happy place. I am here at least 3-4 times a week. I really appreciate your posts and the great frequent laughter!

  98. Hey — need some advice. I tried this recipe and it came out really really dry. I know that’s not how it is supposed to turn out and not sure what I’m doing wrong. Pretty experienced baker and following directions exactly but new to paleo. Not over-baking. Same exact thing happened when I made the chocolate banana maple crunch muffins on this website… first time amazing, second time really really dry?? Could it be one of my ingredients? Batter seems to thicken up when I add coconut flour. Any thoughts on how I can troubleshoot this?

    1. it could be the almond butter you’re using! just because those range in texture and oil consistency. i used maranatha almond butter, it is smoother and more on the oily side.

  99. I admit I did not read all of the comments, though I read enough to know for sure what to do with the chai tea packets! Has anyone tried this as muffins? I figure it would work the same as the bread if I adjust the baking time and temp, possibly, but would love to have anyone else share their results if they tried it. Great recipes on here and your posts are hilarious! Thanks!

  100. Hi Juli:

    I tried to make this last night and ran into a problem where the bread did not hang together very well. I believe I followed the recipe but I am not a great baker by any stretch. Also, mine looks considerably darker then yours.

    Is is actually supposed to be mushy or should it hold together?

    1. i think something the almond butter has to do with it. i used jar almond butter, which tends to have more oil than fresh grind almond butter. it should hold together just great, so that may be the problem!

  101. I didn’t read all of the comments, but… any idea if adjustments need to be made for baking this at high altitude?

  102. I have to tell you that this is ammmaazziinnggg bread. I actually substituted the pumpkin with sweet potato and it was/is delic!! Thank you!

  103. Of course, I did this recipe and it is delicious. HOWEVER, I totally left out the baking soda and baking powder. Can’t wait to try it again… oy vey!

  104. So I have some chai spice hot coca mix (powder/fine texture). Think I could use that instead of the tea for a chocolatey take on this recipe? Maybe I should go crazy and just try it. YOLO and stuff.

  105. I love that you dedicate so many recipes to the sweet things in life. This recipe is DELICIOUS!!!!

  106. This is the second time this week I’m making this bread. Just started the paleo eating still not 100% but close!! Love this bread and several other recipes from here. Keep posting recipes!!

  107. This bread is SO delicious!! I’m not even Paleo, but I do try to eat clean which is what brought me to try this. Not sure what all the problems were with this recipe, as it was very simple to follow. I used what I had on hand for tea, which was Yogi Mayan Cocoa Spice. Literally like my favorite tea ever! It has a similar flavor profile to chai so I took the chance, and glad I did! The only other modifications I made were 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/8 tsp allspice. I thought those additions would create more of a chai flavor? Idk but the end result was awesome! Super moist (how did some turn out dry?!), nutty, good pumpkin flavor and wonderful spicy-ness. Oh I also chose to add the honey and glad I did… I feel like the slight sweetness really balances out the spice nicely. Thanks for the great recipe Juli!! 🙂

  108. Umm…. I thought I was cheating. This is SO AMAZING… I think I may end up subbing the honey for maple syrup. I just like the taste of it, and I think it compliments the flavors in the bread. Maybe Ill add a hint of vanilla extract too. Wow… I had this for breakfast with a little maple syrup drizzled on top. Unbelievable. I haven’t had anything “bready” in a LONG time. OH JOY!!! WIll make a again and again! Please never stop posting!

  109. So, in a fit of Juli-type genius, I decided to use this as a base for bread pudding. Yup. I had about half a loaf left. I used your Chocolate Waffle Bread Pudding recipe as a rough guide for the “sauce”, omitted the chocolate chips & subbed raisins, added a bit more syrup (I am a Vermonter after all) and voila. It’s delicious & I just ate it for dinner.

  110. Love this bread!!! It’s heavy and very moist but it tastes amazing. Also, I always have to cook it 5-10mins longer than the recipe calls for. SO. GOOD.

  111. I love the recipe’s flavor and definitely want to make again! couple quick questions.
    first- is the seperated chai for flavor or texture (or both)? reason I’m asking is separating the black tea from the chai is next to impossible as the black tea is small granules. Also there were many pieces of hard ginger and what not adding a sorta bark-esque texture quality.which wasn’t all bad but I’d like to find a better way of adding texture. such as nuts?
    I was thinking of just adding chai spices or brewing up the chai to get the flavors etc.
    the other thing is my first attempt came out pretty dry.
    I’m getting ready to try agian, any suggestions would be appreciated.
    thanks again for this recipe.

  112. This is a really tasty bread! Very delicate in texture and ever-so-slightly sweet. I didn’t have chai tea on hand, but did have pumpkin spice tea. Worked nicely. I’ll make it again with chai when I can get to the store. Even my carb-loving husband said it was really good. Thanks for the recipe!

  113. I’m somewhat new to paleo, and have been sucking at any type of baking in the mountains! This was great and I served with a cranberry sauce from another cookbook…I did have to share that I accidentally doubled the eggs (children were talking at me)—but it turned out perfect! I’m at 7500 feet–so if anyone in the mountains is wondering if this works, just add a few more eggs!

  114. Would love to hear from others if this actually turned out like a “bread.” I don’t mind things dense, but I tried a paleo banana bread recipe that was very similar to this and it was definitely more of a pudding than a bread. Would love to see some photos of this once it is sliced. I understand completely that true “bread” is not paleo so this will be different than the traditional but I was a bit disappointed in the one I made before since it was soooo gooey. Would love to hear about how this worked out for others 🙂

  115. I have a mash up of this and your chocolate banana swirl bread in the oven right now. Basically this recipe, with extra pumpkin subbed for the banana, and the chocolate swirl from the other recipe. Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Chai Bread. Too over the top?

  116. So, about the tea packets… Nah, just kidding. Just made this. Soooooo good. My family gives you a big thumbs up.

  117. I morphed this and your chocolate banana swirl bread to come up with Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Swirl Bread. I’ve made it so many times I don’t have to look at a recipe. And now I just took the Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Bar recipes out of the oven and OMG is right. I may be one of the only people who GAINS weight after going Paleo. I need to give these away quickly before I eat the whole batch.

  118. I made this lovely pumpkin bread last night. It turned out wonderfully. I only used 1/2 cup of almond butter (that is all I had left), no chai seasoning (didn’t have that) and it was a success. Thanks for posting!

  119. So good! I made it without coconut flour (because I forgot) and it turned out super good and mushy. Did it both ways though and both were delicious, just depends what your in the mood for 🙂

  120. Unfathomably, inexplicably delicious! My partner and I cannot stop eating it once it’s made & we have wiped out two loaves over a period of three days. It’s possible this recipe is a little (or a lot) *too* good. We gotta stop while we can still fully zip and button our pants. Lol! But seriously… dangerously NOM!

  121. this bread!! Beautiful. I just made some mini loaves as gifts. I especially love that there is tea IN the bread. Perfect breakfast food on the go!

  122. I had Chai tea from Teavana and put that in. My husband loved it but said he almost broke a tooth. I made again but ground the leaves in my grinder. I also couldnt get the honey out of the bottle. I got discourged and only put 1/8 of a cup.
    It was still delicious.
    Guess I need to also work on strenth training

  123. This recipe turned out tasting delicious, but looks a little off. I used MarthaNana’s sunflower seed butter instead of almond butter, and the loaves have a blueish tint. It was a new jar, and all fresh ingredients. Every time I use sunflower seed butter, there is a blue hue, actually. Any ideas as to why?

  124. Just pulled this bread out of the over Juli, it’s freaking amazing!!
    And no I won’t ask you the “tea bag” question. ????

  125. Isn’t it a bad idea to eat tea? Chai tea is just black tea with spices in it. Is there a particular brand you are buying with just the spices? When I buy chai, its tea with ground spices mixed with it. You can also just get chai tea masala (mix) with spice alone at an Indian grocery.

  126. One day you’ll have a kid, and you’ll be THAT mom on a plane, and there will be nothing to do but suffer in silence because you’ll remember when you were the bitter, single woman with no compassion. Just desserts.

    Thanks for the recipe, though. Looks great.

    And, to Seela, yes, I’m not too keen on putting black tea in mine, either. If anyone on here knows the proportions for just the chai spices, please could you post? Many thanks!

  127. That does it…. I could never write a blog. Rarely do I read the comments but I was seriously dying for a half hour. ???????? how you replied to all the chai questions/flour questions, etc is beyond me ???????? whatever happy pills you take when you sit down to respond to people, I need some of those!!!
    Anyway, making this recipe now. Hoping it’s the bomb! Thanks for being awesome!

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