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Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread Gift Jars

These chocolate chip pecan banana bread gift jars make great homemade gifts for the holidays.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread Gift Jars make the perfect Christmas gift for the holiday season |

Ready or not, the holiday season has officially arrived. I’m knee deep in vintage ornaments, snowman everything, and festive coffee mugs. The only thing that’s missing is the third Christmas tree. That’s no typo; I have three–yes, three–Christmas trees, two themed trees and one traditional tree.

What can I say, I’m a sucker for a twinkling tree embellished with shiny bobbles and glitzy garland. I’m like the White House up in here; I have a tree in just about every room.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread Gift Jars make the perfect Christmas gift for the holiday season |

Every year, I make a new homemade item to gift for the holidays. I haven’t met a person who doesn’t love banana bread, so I decided to stuff all of the dry ingredients required to make a deliciously moist loaf of banana bread into a jar to give as hostess gifts this year.

“Hi, thanks for dinner. Here’s a jar of banana bread.” What’s not to love? If someone handed me a cute little jar adorned with a bow, swanky little tag, and custom recipe card, I’d be giddy with joy.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread Gift Jars make the perfect Christmas gift for the holiday season |

My peeps deserve the best, so I packed each jar with a heaping 1/2 cup of toasted Diamond Pecans. Hands down, pecans are my favorite of all the nuts. I keep a jar of toasted pecans in my pantry at all times for baking and snacking, and I keep my overflow in the freezer to stay fresh until I’m ready for more.

Diamond Chopped Pecans |

I also added chocolate chips to this bread…because, why not?

Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread Gift Jars make the perfect Christmas gift for the holiday season |

These gift jars are extremely simple to assemble. All you have to do is layer all the ingredients in the jar, starting with the brown sugar and ending with the chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread Gift Jars make the perfect Christmas gift for the holiday season |

To make this gift extra special, I’ve included a custom recipe card that can be printed and attached to each jar.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread Gift Jars make the perfect Christmas gift for the holiday season |

Each jar produces an irresistibly moist loaf of banana bread studded with sweet chocolate morsels and toasted Diamond Pecans. The batter comes together with minimal effort in one bowl.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread Recipe Card |

Download the free recipe printable here.

Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread Gift Jars

Everything you love about banana bread layered in a mason jar to give as gifts for the holidays.

Yield: 1 jar

Total Time: 65 minutes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes


In the jar: 

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped (such as Diamond)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

For the bread: 

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread Gift Jar (recipe above)


Gift Jar:

  1. Add the brown sugar to the bottom of the jar. Pack the brown sugar into the bottom of the jar using a rubber spatula.
  2. Add granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, kosher salt, cinnamon, and pecans in that order. Press down gently on the pecan layer to make room for the chocolate chips. Add the chocolate chips to the jar. Place the lid on the jar.
  3. Tie a pretty ribbon around the jar and attach the recipe card.

To make the banana bread:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch-by-5-inch loaf pan with butter or nonstick baking spray.
  2. Mash bananas in a large bowl.
  3. Whisk in melted butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and buttermilk until combined.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the contents of the jar until thoroughly combined.
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 60-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean (a few crumbs are okay).
  6. Allow the bread to cool in the loaf pan for 1 hour. Remove the bread from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store the bread in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Or, cut the loaf into thick slices. Place the individual slices into freezer bags. The slices will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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Disclosure: This recipe was developed for the amazing folks at Diamond of California. All opinions in this post are my own. Thank you for supporting my recipes and site while I work with brands I adore.

16 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread Gift Jars”

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    Cookin Canuck — December 3, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I’d be so happy if someone handed me a jar of ready-to-make banana bread (one of my favorites of all of the breads). This is such a cute gift!


    • Jennie replied December 3rd, 2014 at 8:59 am

      I feel the same way! Thanks, Dara.


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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) — December 3, 2014 at 9:08 am

    These are perfect gifts that I know my friends and fam would love!


    • Jennie replied December 3rd, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Thanks, Jocelyn!


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    [email protected] — December 3, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I love these! I will have to make these for my friends this year. Thanks for such a great idea!


  4. #
    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — December 3, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I love giving homemade gifts. So much better than store bought stuff! These are adorable, Jennie!


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    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — December 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    “I’m like the White House up in here.” LOL. When I have a bigger house, I’m gonna need like 4 trees. We have SOOOO many ornaments, it’s just insane.

    These jars are so creative. You see a lot of cookie mix jars, but not a lot of bread mix jars. I’m going to whip up a batch of these to hand out to family as a little “extra” gift this year!


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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — December 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I need to have you over. So you can bring me awesome gifts like these (also so we can hang :P)


  7. #
    Ashley — December 3, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Yup, I would definitely be giddy to get a gift like this! I make different homemade gifts each year too so I’m always looking for new ideas!


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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — December 4, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    This is such an awesome recipe! Banana bread mix in a jar, I never thought of that. GENIUS!


    • Jennie replied December 4th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks, Dorothy!


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    Kristen — December 4, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    What a fun and festive gift idea (and I love the gorgeous photos!)


    • Jennie replied December 4th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Thank you so much, Kristen!


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    [email protected] — December 9, 2014 at 4:47 am

    I am in love with this gift idea!! You are a genius! ;)


  11. #
    Matea — December 13, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    This is such a cute gift idea! I’ll probably need to “gift” one to myself; ha! :)


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    Sandy — March 9, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    I gave a jar of this to a coworker to try out. She absolutely loved it and said she could eat it every day. That to me says it is a definate winner. Thanks for the recipe.


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