How is Christmas already two sleeps away?! Festivities start tomorrow morning for us, which is crazy to think about! If you are in a pinch for a simple but thoughtful gift, consider a baked banana bread loaf, linen tea towel and wooden bread board!
I have baked A LOT of banana bread loaves over the last couple of years and this one just might be my best one yet! My Granny use to always make banana bread around the holidays and it was always my favorite… she passed just before Christmas in 2020 and unfortunately, none of us have her recipe since she never wrote it down. I like to think by baking and enjoying a banana bread loaf with my family around Christmas is a way of carrying on her tradition and memory… even as simple as it may be.
Maybe you are all set on gifts and just want to bake something different this Christmas season… below, I am sharing my recipe! I hope you (or whoever) enjoys this recipe and it warms your hearts and bellies this holiday season.
Merry Christmas, my friends!
Banana Bread Recipe
- 3 Ripe Bananas
- 1 Stick of Butter at Room Temp
- 1/2 c Sugar
- 1/2 c Brown Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 1/2 c Flour (I use GF King Arthur)
- 1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 c Mini Chocolate Chips (optional)
- Crushed Pecans & more Brown Sugar for topping (also optional)
01 Preheat oven to 350º
02 Cream together sugars and butter
03 Add in smashed bananas, 2 eggs, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine
04 In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon
05 Pour dry ingredients into wet, stir with a wooden spoon until just combined- Be sure not to overmix
06 Stir in chocolate chips
07 Spray baking dish and pour batter into loaf pan
08 Top with crushed pecans and sprinkle brown sugar overtop
09 Bake 55 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
10 Let sit for 15-20 minutes for removing from pan