Whole Wheat Chai Streusel Bread


Oh my yummmmy.

This bread was a sweet little treat on a rainy, gloomy, foggy Charleston afternoon. In my perfect world, I would make bread like this every day and invite you over to drink coffee with me and we would sit and talk about life and love and Jesus all the good long day.

 But really,  when I bake things it honestly looks like my house just blew up and there is flour EVERYWHERE. And thank the good Lord that this recipe doesn’t require powdered sugar… I can’t even touch that stuff. Just envision powdered sugar in the hair, all over the clothes, like a powdered sugar bomb went off. Cute.

In all honesty, I had no idea how much I was going to love this recipe. But now I want to eat it everyday for breakfast. And snacks. With coffee of course. It is perfectly spiced with flavors perfectly reminiscent of chai tea with an extra hint of cinnamon. And the best part? The lightly crispy streusel crumble that tops it all off.

Oh and did I mention that it’s whole wheat so health food right?!! Just kidding. But I did try to health-ify this recipe a bit with the addition of whole wheat flour (I used white-whole wheat flour in this case). You could even try to sub 1/4 cup of applesauce for half of the butter in this recipe to make it even healthier! But I have found that using real butter in breads like these really adds to the overall texture and consistency so your call :).

Whole Wheat Chai Streusel Bread 
1/2 cup butter 
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup almond milk (or skim milk) 
2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
Oatmeal streusel:
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup butter softened 


Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar with an electric mixer and beat until fluffy. Add in the almond milk, vanilla, eggs and mix on low until combined.
In a medium sized bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves).
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. 
Spread  into a greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. 
Bake for about 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. 
While bread is baking, make the glaze by stirring together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. 
Once bread is completely cool, drizzle glaze over bread before serving. 


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