Chai Tea Loaf (Gluten & Refined Sugar Free)

Gluten free chai tea loaf

I am *a little* bit obsessed with chai at the mo. I banged on about the stuff enough in my last post.

I always feel like chai is the taste of autumn and all the warming, comforting loveliness that comes with it.

Soy chai latte is my current Pret order and regular PG Tips have been swapped for Twinings spicy chai OH BEBEH. Alas, I haven’t yet tried it in bake form. Apologies in advance for saying chai about 23948 times throughout this post hehe.

I was craving a big ole loaf of autumnal lovin’ with warming chai, cinnamon and vanilla, but couldn’t quite find the recipe I was looking for – so I made it up. ?

I adapted it from my banana loaf recipe, swapping the ‘nana for a cup of steeped chai. I am V happy to have found a gluten and refined sugar free cake recipe that actually works and tastes pretty good too. If you fancy giving this bake a chai (try… ho ho ho) here is what you need:

Loaf tin & baking paper

300g ground almonds

175g unsalted butter, softened

3 large free range eggs (whisked)

1/2 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup 3 steeped sachets of chai tea

1 1/2 ground cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

I whipped up a quick buttercream icing to top my bake, however it is completely optional! I think this loaf would be perf as a slightly more savory breakfast snack too. ?

First tings first, line your loaf tin with baking paper and pre heat your oven to around gas mark 6 /200C.

Boil your kettle and steep your chai (the longer, the stronger).

gluten free chai tea cake

Start by measuring out your ground almonds. Add into a large bowl, then measure your butter.

Combine the almonds and butter, then gradually add your whisked eggs into the mix.

Pour in your honey and mix through. Add in your vanilla extract, steeped chai, cinnamon and baking powder. Mix through, then pour into your loaf tin. It will be quite a liquid-y mix, but don’t worry about that! Pop in the oven, set a timer for about 40 mins and go put ya feet up!

Check your bake at 40 mins – it should be almost there! Give it the ole skewer test, it if comes out clean, she’s ready to go! If the skewer comes out coated in cake mixture, ya gal needs a few extra mins.

Once out the oven, leave to cool for a few moments. Then take your chai babeh out the tin and leave to cool completely if you want to ice it. If not, grab a cuppa tea and dig in! Nothing better than a bake fresh out the oven. MmmmmMMM.

gluten free chai tea loaf

gluten free chai tea loaf

Let’s av a slice…

gluten free chai tea loaf

gluten free chai tea loaf

gluten free chai tea loaf

Very moist, light and tasted like sweet chai. GET IN SON. We gobbled a slice with a cup of tea then carried the bake on the bus and to my mummas for pudding. It went down a treat, even with the younguns (I didn’t tell ’em it didn’t have any sugar in it hehe).

What do ya think? Is chai your thang?

I wish I had a few slices left for GBBO tonight dammit! Will you be watching?


  • This looks divine Immy! Perfect for Autumn baking and not too naughty! (Though I’d defo be adding the icing too).

    • Thank you so much Polly :) Yes it isn’t so bad for ya which is a plus! Definitely deeelish with the icing, ooft. Hope you are well lovely lady. Immy x

  • I wish I could enjoying baking, it looks so delicious!!!!

    Caterina |

    • Aaaah and I wish I could send you a slice hehe! Immy x

  • This looks sooooo yummy!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • Ah thank you Lucyyyyy! :) I can’t believe it is all gone now, noooo! Immy x

  • Laura Emilia

    This looks amazing! I LOVE chai lattes too, but haven’t been able drink them for a while due to my stomach not being a fan of caffeine (sniff!), but I wonder if I could have it in cake form… Hmm… Worth a try, I think haha! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Ah oh no my love :( Yes possibly, cake form may dilute the caffeine slightly? Let me know if you do give it a whirl :) You could always substitute the tea with some of the chai spices, cloves, cardamoms etc? Immy x

      • Laura Emilia

        Ooh that’s a good idea – might do that! Thanks lovely xx

  • Courtney Hardy

    Oh my gosh that looks like heaven!!! I just love how good it looks.

    • Eeeeep thank you Courtney! Was so delish, wish I had some left for GBBO this eve! Immy x

  • Yummmm it looks so good! I would love a slice with a cuppa xx

    • Ooooh yes that would be perfect right now, wish I could send you a slice! Immy x

  • ninegrandstudent

    This looks SO good, totally craving cake now!

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

    • Ah thank you so much Chloe! Me too… I left half of it at my mums… regretting it now haha! Hope you are well chick :) Immy x

  • Jessica Thoma

    OMG this looks sooooo good! I’m defo gonna make one this weekend :) xx

    Jess |

    • Ooooooooooooo thank you lovely lass! Always love a weekend bake, let me know how it goes if you do give it a whirl :) Immy x

  • First time on your blog and oh my god chai tea is my favourite – feel like this was fate haha! Definitely trying this soon, I always get a Chai Tea Latte from Costa as it tastes like Christmas. Looking forward to reading more of your posts

    Holly /

    • Ah I am glad ya found me Hollyyy :) YES it is my favourite too! I am a little bit addicted to chai lattes at the mo, I need to try Costa’s version! Thank you so much for stopping by chick :) Immy x

  • well would you look at that goooorgeous MOIST little baby!! ♥♥ killin’ it again with the food posts missus!! **droooool**

    i dont think ive ever had…chai?! don’t hate me!! haha gonna give this a little whirl tho and see what i reckon and whether ill be joining ya on that bandwagon…

    katie. xx

    • SO MOIST <3 <3 <3 Ay thank you chick! My favourite kinda post heheh. Oh RELI!? Give a chai latte a whirl, I reckon you will like it. V cosy and warming <3 Immy x

  • This looks incredibly tasty, I’m literally squealing at work! Totally trying this recipe!

    Anika xo |

    • Aaaaah hehe thank you Anika! Let me know what you think :) Immy x

  • I LOVE chai latte, so I definitely need to make this!! Looks so yummy!

    Have an amazing day!

    xx Kris |