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Christmas Banana Bread

This Christmas Banana Bread recipe can really be made all year, but I call it by this name because my friend Emily would make it and deliver it to us each year at Christmas time. The red maraschino cherries make it festive looking, and the secret ingredient: butterscotch chips, gives this bread a unique and unexpected twist. If you’re not allergic, don’t forget the pecans, because MMMmmm, Mmm, do they make it extra delicious. I’ll often double the batch, which bakes 3 medium bread pans or 6 small pans.

Christmas Banana Bread

This year, I found the cutest polka dot Christmas themed disposable bread loaf pans at Target, and baked the bread for my kids teachers. (Insert the genius idea behind cute disposable bread loaf pans). I wrapped the bread in cellophane and placed it in this mini chrome shopping cart from World Market.

butterscotch banana bread

My kids teachers LOVED their carts, and so did a bunch of their classmates–asking where I found it. Only $8, great deal! I’ve had my own cart for a year or two. In my day-before-scramble to think up teacher gifts, I ran to World Market and I thought, “Who wouldn’t love a mini cart?”

world market mini shopping cart

So here is the recipe for the Christmas Banana Bread

Christmas Banana Bread
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 mashed rip bananas
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking sode
  • ⅓ cup pecans
  • ½ cup cherries (cut in half)
  • ½ cup butterscotch chips (when I double I use the entire bag)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease 9x5 bread pans.
  2. Cream sugar with butter.
  3. Beat in eggs.
  4. Add in bananas.
  5. Mix in baking soda and flour.
  6. Stir in pecans, cherries, and butterscotch chips.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until a toothpick stuck in middle comes out clean.
  8. Double the recipe and bake in 3 medium pans or 6 mini pans.

Go ahead and whip up a batch and serve it this Christmas!

Another great Christmas day food idea is the Cranberry Almond French Toast Casserole

Cranberry Almond French Toast Casserole

 

Ultimate Banana Breakfast

Maybe your kids need fruit in disguise, maybe you like a little extra “oomph” every once in a while.  This souped up banana is a delight for breakfast, snack, or even dessert.

It’s a banana+peanut butter+granola+honey and if you want to make it more of a treat, a little nutella.


I used granola cereal because it’s what I had on hand, but you can also crumble up any granola bar.


slice any ole’ banana right down the middle, and slap on some peanut butter

Then drizzle on some honey…
…and sprinkle on the granola

…and if you’re really feeling naughty, slather on some nutella.  Oh baby, the nutella/banana combo is one of my favorites!

Ultimate Banana Breakfast

1 banana

1 T peanut butter

1 T honey

1/3 cup granola cereal or bar crushed

1 T nutella

Directions:

Slice, slather, drizzle, sprinkle, enjoy

What are your tricks for getting kids to eat fruit?