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Cheesecake Chai-Spiced Banana Bread

  • 30 m
  • 1 h 30 m
Diabetic Living Magazine
“Classic banana bread gets a delicious twist with chai spices and a cheesecake layer.”


    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
    • ¼ cup regular rolled oats
    • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
    • ¾ teaspoon ground cardamom
    • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • ½ teaspoon baking soda
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
    • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
    • 4 egg whites
    • ⅔ cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
    • ⅓ cup canola oil
    • ¼ cup honey
    • ¼ cup fat-free milk
    • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), softened
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper, if desired. Set aside. In a large bowl stir together the 1½ cups flour, the oats, baking powder, cardamom, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, cloves, and allspice. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; set aside.
  • 2 In a medium bowl combine 2 of the egg whites, the bananas, oil, the ¼ cup honey, and the milk.
  • 3 In another medium bowl combine cream cheese, the remaining 2 egg whites, the 2 tablespoons flour, the 1 tablespoon honey, and the vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed just until combined; set aside.
  • 4 Add banana mixture all at once to flour mixture; stir until evenly moistened. Spoon two-thirds of the batter into the prepared baking pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture over batter in baking pan; spoon the remaining batter over all. Using a thin metal spatula or a table knife, cut down through the batter and pull up in a circular motion to marble the cream cheese layer.
  • 5 Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. If necessary to prevent overbrowning, cover loosely with foil for the last 15 minutes of baking. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Wrap in plastic wrap or foil; chill in the refrigerator overnight before slicing.
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