Banana Bread for the Holidays

When I have over-ripe bananas during the holiday season (well, actually anytime of the year), this is how I transform them.

I can never bring myself to toss brown bananas and making banana bread is the perfect way to put those old bananas to delicious good use.

Thanks to my teenage son, Jordy (my ever-trusty blog helper), this banana bread for the holidays looks better than ever.

He has nice hands, doesn’t he? 

holly berries

Anyway, right after I made these loaves, I got ready to slice one of them and then stopped in mid-cut.

I put the knife down and thought…. “hey, I’ve got perfectly good looking bread here…. I should take a picture of them before I slice them up.”

I do that a lot and I think that’s how food photographers think.

I know I definitely try not to miss any opportunity to practice my photography and styling…. even when it’s unplanned like this.

In this case, following my instincts not only yielded some pretty pictures but also produced a festive idea for decorating banana bread for gifting.

You can scroll down for this recipe too.

wrapped banana bread

Banana Bread for the Holidays
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Servings: 3 mini loaves
  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray loaf pan (or 3 mini pans) with cooking spray
  3. Stir flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl and set aside.
  4. Smash bananas with a fork, add sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla and beat thoroughly until well-blended.
  5. Add flour to the banana mixture and combine until well-mixed.
  6. Scoop batter into the prepared pan (or pans).
  7. Gently tap batter-filled pan (or pans) on the counter to evenly spread batter.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Test bread by inserting a toothpick into the center of the pan (or pans) until toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Dump hot bread onto cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  11. Enjoy

holiday bakers twine

As you can see, it only takes a handful of simple supplies to turn this homemade bread into homemade holiday bread for gifting.

Brown parchment paper, red and white striped baker’s twine , a few pine cones, holly berries and a twig of artificial greenery make all the difference.

Add some more cute factor with small loaf-size berry crates which you can find online.

Slide the bread-filled crate into a clear plastic bag, twist tie it and then tie a pretty ribbon around the bag.

Add a tag (a handcrafted one would be nice and you can see how to make one HERE).

Then, gift to the friends, family and other banana bread lovers in your life.

Oh, one more thing, this homemade banana bread also makes for a delicious hostess gift.

banana bread

I’ve gotta say, it’s also pretty great having a trusty blog assistant in the house.

When I decided to snap these pictures, I asked Jordy to grab a red sweater and help me out as a hand model.

He was right there to help in a flash, cooperative and good-natured as ever.

What am I going to do when he eventually goes away to college?

Happy baking and happy holidays!

Thanks for popping by.

See you back here next time. 


  • Tammy Blake

    MerryChristmas Lisa,
    Always such beautiful and inviting artistry. Your hands are truly anointed to create beauty.

    • Lisa Tutman-Oglesby

      Thanks so much, Tammy.
      Hope you’re inspired to try a few recipes too.
      Happy holidays to you and your beautiful family.
      Safe travels.

  • Barbara F.

    I have to agree, Jordy does have nice hands! That bread looks too pretty to eat. 😊

  • Shirley @Housepitality Designs

    Oh my. You did it again!! Another gorgeous post of amazing photography and great recipes so beautifully presented and packaged! Love your assistant!

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  • Betty

    Great idea, I love to give handmade gifts at Christmas. Your photography is beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing.

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