Holiday Food Fest ~ Banana Bread

Welcome to our third week of the  Holiday Food Fest! If you missed the last two weeks, I shared my Pumpkin Mousse Pie and Veggie Twist.

Today, we are sharing Gifts of Good Taste over at Cents to Get Debt Free. Do you bake or make your own gifts for the Holidays? Since I bake every week, and often share with friends, I haven’t, in the past, done alot of baking for the Holidays. But this year, I have some great motivation, my blog and my fellow bloggers.

My plan for family this year is to bake and create several homemade items and assemble them in a basket. Today I’m sharing several Quick Bread recipes with you, including this yummy Banana Bread.

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  • 2 c. less 2 T. Flour
  • 1 c. Sugar
  • 1 t. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 t. Salt
  • 1/2 c. Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 Very Ripe Bananas
  • 1 t. Vanilla
  • 1/2 c. Nuts (optional)


Sift and mix together dry ingredients. Add oil and eggs, one at a time. Beat after each addition. Add mashed bananas (I put my bananas in the food processor) and vanilla. Fold in nuts , if desired. Pour into pans, bake at 350 degrees, 1 hour for large loaf and about 40 minutes for mini loaves.

Some other great quick breads that you may like

~Cranberry Bread

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~Pumpkin Bread

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~Zucchini Bread

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Some other goodies that I plan on including in their baskets are

~Apple Butter and Homemade (Bread Machine) Bread

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~Pretzel Rods dipped in chocolate  (with Christmas sprinkles though)

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I am also planning on starting a new tradition this year, I will be delivering Cinnamon Rolls and Hot Cocoa Mix, on Christmas Eve, to our friends, so they can enjoy a yummy Christmas morning treat. I will be sharing those recipes soon. But here’s a picture to tempt you of the Cinnamon Rolls I made using The Finer Things in Life recipe.

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Need some more ideas for Gifts of Good Taste Giving? Head on over Cents to Get Debt Free.

Update: I’m updating this post to include my Edible Ornaments and join in the fun at the Christmas Bash hosted by TaterTots and Jello.

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  1. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I love your cinnamon roll and hot chocolate delivery idea. It’s so sweet! I know for my boyfriend and I Christmas morning is not the same without cinnamon rolls :)
    .-= Nutmeg Nanny´s last blog ..Maple Pecan Shortbread – Kooky Cooky Challenge =-.

  2. L-O-V-E the banana bread! It is a great way to use up those that are past their prime.
    .-= Susie’s Homemade´s last blog ..Gifts of Good Taste =-.

  3. I love making mini-loaves of bread for our baskets. My grandma gave me an uh-mazing recipe for pound cake that I do the same way.

    Such great ideas! Thanks for linking up!
    .-= Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free´s last blog ..Packaging Ideas for Edible Gifts =-.

  4. I love banana bread – it’s a fabulous way to use up all those over-ripe bananas. I have a gallon bag of them in the freezer just waiting to be made into something special.

    Did you know that bananas keep getting sweeter in the freezer? Just learned that little tid bit of info.

  5. Yvonne says:

    I wish I were your friend. What a thoughtful and yummy gift. Those cinnamon buns look so good!
    .-= Yvonne´s last blog ..Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes =-.

  6. Who can resist banana bread? I know I can’t. When I give banana bread, I often add mini chocolate chips … those just make the bread completely irresistible. My cousin told me that her teenager was turning her nose up at the banana bread offering until she saw the chocolate chips! ;-)

    Those pretzel rods look soooo good! I will definitely have to buy some gluten-free pretzel sticks to make those.

    Thanks, Liz!
    .-= gfe–gluten free easily´s last blog ..Homemade Vanilla Extract and Honey Butter =-.

  7. I love quick breads and you have lots of GREAT!!! recipe for them. I think they make WONDERFUL!!! gifts.
    .-= Geri@heartnsoulcooking´s last blog ..LEMON-PECAN COOKIES =-.

  8. Kristen says:

    These are all fabulous gifts! I have often made little mini loaves to give away during the holidays. Time is getting away from me this year….after next week I am going to have to start Really baking. Thanks for the ideas.
    .-= Kristen´s last blog ..Pumpkin Pie with Cranberry Pecan Crust =-.

  9. Joyce says:

    I wish I was your neighbor so that you could deliver me those cinnamon buns for Christmas morning:)

  10. Alta says:

    Those pretzel rods look cool!
    .-= Alta´s last blog ..Kids in the Kitchen: Swordfish Souvlaki =-.

  11. Brian says:

    I love quick breads. I think banana is my favorite. I need to try your recipe for apple butter, it looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    .-= Brian´s last blog ..Gluten Free Almond Toffee =-.

  12. Taking Christmas treats to friends on Christmas Eve is a terrific idea!
    .-= Almost Unschoolers´s last blog ..Homemade Gifts and A Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash =-.

  13. Debbie says:

    Your recipe for Banana Bread couldn’t have come at a better time. I just came back from the market with 12 overripe bananas for 99 cents! Can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m always searching for different quick bread recipes. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. jennykate says:

    Those breads sound so yummy…as do all the other tasty treats! Great gift ideas!
    .-= jennykate´s last blog ..Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash – Homeade Gifts =-.

  15. jenjen says:

    Wow – everything looks so delicious! I love the idea of baking hot cinnamon rolls and hot cocoa and bring them around to the neighbors. Yummy!

    Thanks for linking up!



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