Bake Banana Bread In a Jar – Easy Homemade Gift Idea!
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Easy one bowl banana bread baked in jars as a homemade gift or single-serve portion!
Banana bread in a jar makes for a really cute and thoughtful gift idea for friends, family, or neighbors. If you simply can’t bear to part with the jars after baking (because believe me, they smell heavenly), these can also just be a fun way to enjoy little individual servings of warm banana bread for a snack or breakfast idea. Honestly, everything is cuter in a jar! 😄
The result is yummy individual jars of soft homemade banana bread.
I love to use my favorite recipe for this, banana bread with sour cream, but if you have a special recipe you love, I’m sure you could use it for this idea instead!
Baking banana bread is my favorite way to use up overripe bananas and this simple one-bowl recipe is excellent! I first saw this jar idea on KitchenFunWithMy3Sons, and am so glad I decided to try it with my recipe using some of her tips.
Tips for baking amazing banana bread in a jar:
- Make sure to use quality 8 oz. canning jars for this idea since they will go in the oven. I used these Ball glass jelly jars and they turned out great. It’s recommended to sanitize lids by boiling them first for a few minutes before using them. Since I made these for gifts, I took the extra effort to do that.
- The part of this project that fascinated me most is that if you secure the lids on the jars tightly while they are still hot, they will seal as the jars cool and you’ll hear a little popping sound! Then when you go to open them you’ll hear that sealed jar sound.
- Use overripe bananas that are past their prime so that the bread will have that stronger, sweet banana flavor and lots of speckles. I actually was able to pick up a whole bundle of overripe bananas at my grocery store for just 80 cents!
- Jazz up the bread however you like by adding in 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts or chocolate chips before baking! I added mini chocolate chips to my batch, but you could always use nuts instead, or omit add-ins altogether.
- Once baked, banana bread jars can be stored in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month.
- My teammate Chelsey has this additional tip: “I actually tested out a 16 oz jar, filled halfway just like the 8 oz., and cooked for the same amount of time and they came out perfect! I also had some jars that I filled too much and I just pushed the bread down with a fork and then put the lids on and it still sealed great.”
Banana Bread In a Jar
yield: 8 SERVINGS
prep time: 20 MINUTES
cook time: 45 MINUTES
total time: 1 HOUR 5 MINUTES
Our classic banana bread recipe baked in a jar as a thoughtful way to gift some delicious treats, or to enjoy as a single-serve portion.
This method worked beautifully and now I love making banana bread in a jar! 😍
I want to make these the next time I host a special brunch or maybe for Christmas morning. Banana bread jars are such a smart make-ahead brunch or breakfast idea because all you have to do is warm up a jar in the microwave and take it to go! It’s such a simple idea that is way yummy too.
Here’s what my teammate Chelsey thought about making banana bread in a jar:
“This banana bread in a jar recipe is the easiest thing to make and they taste delicious! My daughter rarely eats banana bread but thought they were so fun because they were in a jar — she’s been eating them every morning!
They freeze great if you don’t end up eating them all right away – and as a huge fan of homemade gifts, they’ll be perfect for family and friends. I printed out cute little paper labels that will make them great for gifting this holiday season!”