This month, 11-year-old Matisse Reid shares chai tea-spiced banana bread with family and friends.

March 01, 2012
Photo: Mary Britton Senseney

To field-test one of our kid-friendly recipes, I contacted the food-savviest kid I know, Matisse Reid, who loves the flavors of squid and olives. This month, we sent her adventurous taste buds home with a tea-spiced twist on classic banana bread to share with family and friends. Here's her report. —Phoebe Wu

"Over the weekend I made Chai Banana Bread. I think this recipe would be really good for a brunch or even a dessert. It has a lot of ingredients, but I think the recipe is well worth it. I did need Mom's help, though, just to make sure that every ingredient got included and all the measurements were correct. The spices in this recipe work really well together and are a good contrast with the sweetness of the banana. The texture of the bread is really nice; it melts in your mouth. Mashing the banana was fun—I used a potato masher, but for little kids who like to get their hands dirty, they can squish the banana through their (clean) hands."


  • Spencer (age 10) He loved all the spices and flavors. He even said, "Bring me more!" 10+/10
  • Matisse I liked it, but I think it wouldn't be good for all kids because the spices are quite strong. But my mom loved this recipe and wants me to make it again. 7/10

View Recipe: Chai Banana Bread