Holiday Dessert Gift Ideas: Mini Banana Bread Loaves

J – It’s time to pay the piper …

for a very wonderful gift. I am the year-round beneficiary of baked banana + whatever muffins and mini loaves. Raspberries and walnuts or blackberries or apples. Whatever is available and fresh. I never have to think about what to eat for breakfast. Nice!

Now, it’s my turn to do some more of the writing … like this story … as a big thank you to Christina.

It all started a couple of years ago when Christina asked, “What do you want to do with all these over-ripe bananas?” There must have been a sale.

Muffins?” I replied, not thinking I was starting a tradition.

And, so, it began. A twice-a-month conversation about finding “old bananas” at the store, which conveniently puts them in a big bag for $1.19, making sure we have some walnuts and discovering what berries or other fruit is on sale.

That’s my job. Then, delicious muffins appear magically in the fridge a day later.

They’re all mini-bagged for convenient morning-time selection … especially, if the coffee is still brewing. I am grateful each morning when I have a couple for breakfast.

Christina’s muffin and mini-loaf making has also extended to client-meeting treats from time to time. We always try to have some tasty food at our strategy meetings with clients. Good strategy requires good energy.

A couple of weeks ago, Christina was wondering what make for holiday gifts?

Muffins?” I replied, not really thinking about the practicality of it all.

No way!” she said. “But, mini-loaves would be perfect. Nice size. Super easy to make and to wrap.”

Holiday Dessert Gift Ideas: Mini Banana Bread Loaves
Recipe type: Dessers
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
Serves: 100 pretzels
  • 3⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 7 bananas, very ripe, mashed
  • 4 Tbsp crème fraiche or sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla
  • 2 cups walnuts, toasted and chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray ten 5¾” x 3¼” x 2” disposable mini-loaf pans with cooking spray.
  3. In a mixing bowl, place flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.
  4. Beat sugar and eggs with a whisk or in a stand mixer on medium until light and fluffy. About 10 minutes.
  5. Drizzle in oil. Mix for a for one minute or until incorporated.
  6. Add bananas, crème fraiche and vanilla.
  7. Fold in dry ingredients and nuts.
  8. Pour into a pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until bread is cooked through.
  9. Let cool.
  10. Cover them in aluminum foil and tie with a bow.
  11. Give them out the everyone you know.
  12. Enjoy!


So, I did some shopping. Magically, a couple of days later ten mini-banana-bread loaves appeared all ready to wrap. Sampling was irresistible.

Delicious. Moist. Light and well balanced. Not too sweet, either.