Care Package with Banana Cookie Bread Recipe

This Banana Cookie Bread is a yummy recipe to make for gifts, care packages, hostess gifts, or an after school snack for the kids!

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I think of November as “count your blessings month,” although every day of the year should be the same. Do we have food, clothing, a home, and love? Yes, a zillion times yes!

We ponder, we plan, we make our dreams come true. Most of us have holiday get togethers to look forward to, and if not, we’re invited to one. We are truly blessed!

I love this quote: We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. -Ray Bradbury

Banana Cookie Cake

I loved hearing the other day my daughter on the phone with a friend at college. The laughter, happiness, blessings … it was evident that she was reaching out and having a good time on Face Time.

She then told me she wanted to put together a care package for her friend, and mail it off to the college.

Care package.

The next thing that happened is the butter, mixer, bananas, chocolate … and other ingredients were quickly laid on the kitchen counter.

I knew what was happening … banana … something.

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Banana Cookie Bread.

Sure enough, Abby whipped up a batch of what she called Banana Cookie Bread for her friend. I love her hospitable. spirit.

It was baked.

We packed several loaves in a box.

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And mailed it off the next day.

We call it cookie bread, because when sliced, it’s thick, rich, and gooey like a cookie–slightly different than a loaf of bread. Another one of my daughter’s brilliant recipes she developed … creative girl.

Do for others.

It’s good to think of others!

This time, a college student would open her box from a friend, and feel “a little at home.”

What is your favorite treat to send off in a care package?

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Banana Cookie Bread

Yield: 4 small loaves

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

This recipe is easy to double and freeze, or give away as gifts in care packages, hostess gifts, or to neighbors.

Ingredients:

3 bananas, mashed
2 eggs
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups oats
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup peanut butter chips
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Directions:

This recipe is easy to double and freeze, or give away as gifts in care packages, hostess gifts, or to neighbors.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 4 small loaf pans with cooking spray.

Mash the bananas on a plate and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, both sugars, butter, and vanilla. Add in the mashed bananas and gently stir.

Add the flour, oatmeal, and other dry ingredients. Mix with a wooden spoon.

Add in the chips and nuts. Mix together.

Spoon the mixture into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Allow the loaves to cool 15 minutes before removing from the loaf pans. Cool each loaf; wrap with plastic and freeze or give away!

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17 comments

  1. This bread looks delicious and I LOVE that quote!!!

  2. Yum!!!! you say “oatmeal”….so is that cooked oatmeal, or raw oats? I just had never heard it referred to in a recipe as oatmeal so wanted to check.

    I can’t say as I’ve sent a food care package before, but this looks awesome and what a treat to receive.

  3. Sounds wonderful, I’m going to make this and give for gifts. Can you use Steel Cut Oats, or does it need to be regular oats? Thank you

  4. I adore this recipe!! Abby’s friend is going to feel so loved!! And that quote, I love it!

  5. Yum!! That’s one of the things I miss most about college. Puppy chow was my favorite thing to receive…tasted just like home :) Maybe I’ll send out some care packages to my good group of girl friends!

  6. Sandy,
    I can’t wait to try this recipe. It looks delicious.
    Annamaria

  7. Gorgeous banana bread! What a sweet care package for abby’s friend! I am printing that quote, love it! Have a beautiful weekend Sandy! xo

  8. Definitely remembering this bread for hostess gifts for our upcoming holiday gatherings! Love the quote!

  9. Bananas, cookies, carbs? It’s like the holy carby trinity!! Lovely!

  10. I had 4 overripe bananas on my counter and made this bread when I got home yesterday. It. Is. The. Best. I could not believe that it stayed so moist and flavorful given the whole wheat flour and oats. OMG. This is now my “go to” recipe. My daughter, who is not quite 2 yet, was pulling my piece out of hand while exclaiming “mine” and “it’s good”! YUM.

  11. I was wondering can we make these into muffins

  12. this looks really good, but have children with nut and peanut allergy- afraid it might lose lots of flavor if I omit the nuts and chips- any suggestions to replace these flavors?

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