Banana Bread In-A-Jar: DIY Favors

homemade banana bread

I’m crazy about DIY wedding favors that are edible, so naturally I love this banana bread in a jar recipe. It’s the perfect favor for a barn wedding – or any rustic wedding!

I’ve made banana bread countless times, but this is the first time I attempted it in a jar. I honestly thought it would be much more difficult than it is. Read on for the recipe and wrapping instructions.

Also, check out Peach Crisp in a Jar.

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Banana Bread in a Jar Recipe (adapted from allrecipes.com)

(Makes one dozen 250 ml jars)

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2 2/3 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups mashed bananas
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves (I used half a teaspoon because I didn’t want mine too ‘clovey’.)
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

You will also need:

  • 12 250 ml canning jars
  • funnel

If you are planning on storing these for a while, you will need to sterilize your jars. Follow the instructions here for how to sterilize jars. (Some reviewers on Allrecipes.com said the jars will keep up to a year in your pantry if sealed properly. To be safe, I wouldn’t make these more than a week before your wedding. We don’t endorse keeping for long periods because we are NOT food scientists and cannot speak to longevity canned bread. In fact, this article on canning bread, which was sent over by a reader, strongly advises against it.)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease insides of a dozen 250ml canning jars. (I wiped mine down with vegetable oil.)

In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.

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 Mash bananas.

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Beat in eggs, bananas, and water.

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Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, and cloves.

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Add to banana mixture. Add nuts and stir them in with spoon.

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Insert canning funnel into mouth of jar and pour mixture into greased jars, filling half full.

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Place jars directly on rack in oven.

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Do NOT put lids on jars for baking. Be careful to keep the rims clean, wiping off any batter that gets on the rims. Bake for 45 minutes.

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Don’t worry if a few rise over the top of the jar a bit like this one. You can press it down with the lid.

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While jars are still warm, add lids. Screw on tightly. If you sterilized your jars (as I mentioned, I didn’t because I didn’t plan on storing mine), listen for the ping once you have added the lids; this means that the jar is sealed. If you miss the “ping”, wait until they are completely cool and press on the top of the lid. If it doesn’t move at all, it’s sealed.

edible favors

Find some pretty vintage fabric and trace a circle. I used a bowl and traced around it with a pencil.

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Cut out the circle.

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Make a ‘ribbon’ by ripping a piece of vintage fabric.

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Fringe the edge of the circle and tie the ‘ribbon’ around the jar. Add a tag and you are good to go!

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I love the look of mix n’ match vintage fabrics! Especially vintage fabrics. (Most of the fabrics I used were from vintage bed sheets. Just like these buntings.)

To remove the cake, simple slide a butter knife around the loaf and it will pop out.

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  1. Posted by Karen Julia on July 11th, 2012 at 4:35pm

    This is such a cute idea for favours! Love it!
  2. Posted by Miranda on July 13th, 2012 at 6:55pm

    May I ask where did you find your vintage sheets? We don't have many clean thrift stores in my area, they are mostly homeless shelter drop off places. I have looked online but they are spendy!
  3. Posted by Leah on July 17th, 2012 at 10:25pm

    Just curious..how long do you have to let them cool? Do you pop the bread out so it can cool completely then put it back in the jar? It just seems like it could get soggy if it couldn't cool all the way. I LOVE the idea, though and can't wait to try it!! Thanks for sharing!!!! :)
  4. Posted by Christina on July 17th, 2012 at 11:51pm

    Miranda, I found most of my sheets and vintage linens at Value Village.

    Leah, you can let them cool completely. They won't get soggy.
  5. Posted by Barbara on July 18th, 2012 at 10:33am

    Its a very cute idea...but how easy is it to get out of the jar?
  6. Posted by Christina on July 18th, 2012 at 11:28am

    Barbara, as long as your jars are greased they will pop out easily. (I wiped mine down with vegetable oil, but you could also use cooking spray). To release the loaf, just run a knife around the edges and it will slide out.
  7. Posted by CatChick on July 23rd, 2012 at 1:49am

    I can hardly wait now to get started on my holiday baking. How cute is this to tuck down into stockings? And chances are they'll eat the cake right then and there and leave your jar to use again. LUV it !!
  8. Posted by Sarah Jackson on July 25th, 2012 at 1:37pm

    Great idea... so beautiful :)
  9. Posted by Diana on July 25th, 2012 at 2:23pm

    These are so adorable, I can't wait to make them! What temperature do you cook them at?
  10. Posted by Christina on July 25th, 2012 at 4:39pm

    Thanks Diana. Bake them at 325 degrees.
  11. Posted by Billi Buker on July 25th, 2012 at 10:55pm

    Have you tried this with carrot cake & if so do you have a recipe yet? My husband is in Afghanistan & one of the ladies suggested these jar cakes, however, I'm notice of a baker but this looks easy! Thanks for the wonderful idea :)
  12. Posted by Christina on July 26th, 2012 at 8:26am

    No, I haven't tried it with carrot cake. Let me know if it works out.
  13. Posted by Cherene on July 27th, 2012 at 4:49pm

    Do you need to prepare the lids by soaking in boiling water before putting them on the jars? Do you put the lids on the jars right out of the oven?
  14. Posted by Hebe B. on August 2nd, 2012 at 8:02am

    LOVE the idea.
  15. Posted by Pam P on August 2nd, 2012 at 5:41pm

    Hello, can you tell me the size of the jars not sure what 250ml is
  16. Posted by Julie on August 3rd, 2012 at 12:52pm

    It works with a wide mouthed jar filled half full & lasts about 3 months if sealed!
  17. Posted by Tammy on August 6th, 2012 at 1:01am

    What can I use in place of the shortening?
  18. Posted by Judith on August 6th, 2012 at 5:08am

    Is it really safe to put the bottles in the oven without breaking with a high temperature?
  19. Posted by Lindsay on August 11th, 2012 at 2:36pm

    How do you recommend properly sealing them? I'm guessing it could be done in the oven but am not sure.
  20. Posted by Rita McCollum on August 15th, 2012 at 11:39pm

    Better buy the jars NOW because at Christmas they will be HARD to find, if not impossible because canning season is OVER. I'm going to buy mine now.
  21. Posted by Brittany on August 23rd, 2012 at 1:43am

    Love this! I make banana bread like this all the time and send it to my Hubby while he is deployed! Its perfect for that!
  22. Posted by Christina on August 23rd, 2012 at 8:50am

    Glad you like the idea Brittany!
  23. Posted by Connie on August 25th, 2012 at 4:15am

    Can you use a boxed mix for this?
  24. Posted by Christina on August 25th, 2012 at 10:41am

    Not sure Connie. Why not give it a try?
  25. Posted by Mary on August 25th, 2012 at 10:00pm

    Are there other bread recipes you can use? The smell of bananas makes me highly sick, so I can't use them.
  26. Posted by Christina on August 26th, 2012 at 3:12pm

    Not sure Mary.
  27. Posted by Connie on August 26th, 2012 at 10:13pm

    Ok thanks. I will give it a try :)
  28. Posted by Connie Mays on August 28th, 2012 at 1:06pm

    I love baking things in jars! I only fill enough so it doesn't bake over the top, then as soon as it comes out of the oven, pop on the seals and rings. Set them on a dry towel on the counter til they 'ping' seal. I've shipped goodies all over the world sealed in canning jars.
  29. Posted by Melanie on August 28th, 2012 at 2:22pm

    Banana Cake is my signature dessert, I am so going to try this and give away for gifts.
  30. Posted by Beth on August 28th, 2012 at 3:54pm

    Do you have to leave the bread cool before adding the lids?
  31. Posted by Shannon O'Neall on August 28th, 2012 at 4:48pm

    These are so adorable. I want to make some for Christmas. Is there a substitution for the shortening?
  32. Posted by Christina on August 28th, 2012 at 7:20pm

    Maybe you could substitute butter or margarine for shortening, but I am not sure how this would work in this recipe as I haven't tried it. You'd have to give it a whirl and see if it works out.
  33. Posted by Christina on August 28th, 2012 at 7:20pm

    Beth, no you don't.
  34. Posted by Jenny on September 5th, 2012 at 11:05pm

    I wonder if this would make a good fundrazier for our church mission trip. Do you know about how much it cost to make these?
  35. Posted by Terry on September 18th, 2012 at 3:47pm

    What great ideas! Can you use pumpkin bread as well as banana bread
  36. Posted by Christina on September 18th, 2012 at 9:56pm

    I don't see why not Terry. That said, I haven't tried anything other than Banana Bread in a jar. Let me know how it turns out!
  37. Posted by Betty on September 22nd, 2012 at 12:11pm

    Love this idea! We are going on a ladies retreat next month and I know what I will be bringing each lady. I remember being able to buy banana nut cake in a can but have not been able find that in years.
  38. Posted by Tawny on September 29th, 2012 at 2:09am

    Love this! I am doing in now, they are in the oven ... mmmm I can smell the banana bread, cant wait! Thanks for the awesome idea! This is my practice before the holidays :)
  39. Posted by Carrie on October 7th, 2012 at 11:19pm

    Hi, I love this idea. I bake banana bread all the time and it's my grandmothers recipe. Would this work for any recipe? Mine recipe doesn't have any shortening in it.
  40. Posted by Christina on October 8th, 2012 at 11:11am

    I'm not sure Carrie. I haven't tried any other recipes. Let me know how it turns out.
  41. Posted by jennifer torres on October 12th, 2012 at 7:49pm

    i love this idea! i have a friend who loves oatmeal raisin cookies,i make them for him in bars instead and i was wondering if i could do the same thing in a jar?
  42. Posted by Misty on October 17th, 2012 at 9:48pm

    Love your idea! I made pumpkin bread in the jars and they turned out perfect. Thank you for this great idea.
  43. Posted by Christina on October 18th, 2012 at 6:50am

    Thanks so much for letting us know about your pumpkin bread in a jar, Misty. I will have to do some experimenting:)
  44. Posted by Michelle on October 21st, 2012 at 8:42pm

    Should you use Pam spray on the jars before filling them or noy?
  45. Posted by I.J. McLeod on October 22nd, 2012 at 10:18am

    Re your question of jar size, 250ml is about one cup (about 8 liquid ounces). It's metric and here in Canada we use it all the time. It's a standard size for canning jars. You can usually get these all year round at Walmart or perhaps your K-mart. As for the fabric to cover, something you might find also at Walmart in the fabric department is pre-cut squares of fabric for quilt making. This are easily cut to cover this size jar and there are many design choices at a very reasonable price.
  46. Posted by Christina on October 22nd, 2012 at 10:22am

    Michelle, I wiped the inside of my jars down with vegetable oil, but cooking spray would also work.
  47. Posted by Christina on October 22nd, 2012 at 10:23am

    I.J... Thanks for your input! Quilt squares sound like a great idea!
  48. Posted by Linda J. on October 24th, 2012 at 11:29pm

    I have been making this recipe for over 20 yrs. as Christmas gifts. I was the one that submitted the recipe to AllRecipes.com. Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water. Spray the jars with Pam Cooking Spray. Be sure to wipe the rims after baking before screwing on the lids or they may not seal. Because the jars are vacuumed sealed, the Banana Bread will keep for at least a year. Just as moist and good a year later. Makes good emergency refreshments to serve with coffee for drop-by guests or for breakfast. Just take out of the jar (Be sure to use WIDE MOUTH jars, and they'll slip right out) and heat in the microwave for a few seconds.
  49. Posted by Jill on October 29th, 2012 at 3:40pm

    What a lovely idea! Super cute and simple to make, and I've never seen anything like it before so I doubt my wedding guests will have either. Thank you :)
  50. Posted by I.J. McLeod on November 2nd, 2012 at 11:29am

    Saw another great idea on Pinterest even though I didn't pin it. Will remember for sure. For a great Christmas gift idea with these jars, cut out circles of old (or new ) Christmas cards to insert as the decoration (on top of the flat part of the cover before screwing on the final part). I guess you could also use your favorite Christmas gift wrap as well. Guess I could take that one step further, and spray paint the screw on part in red or green for Christmas. Your kids could certainly help with this part, cutting out and deciding the cards and feel part of the gift.
  51. Posted by mary seavey on November 12th, 2012 at 11:01pm

    Do I have to use cloves? Can I bake it in a loaf pan?
  52. Posted by Stacey strock on November 17th, 2012 at 10:31pm

    Would this work in a typical mason jar, or is it best to use wide mouthed?
  53. Posted by amy on November 24th, 2012 at 1:18pm

    Can you use the pint jars for this
  54. Posted by Renee on November 27th, 2012 at 6:49pm

    You can use the 1lb metal coffee cans too! Grease well, fill 1/2 way, decorate the outside or remove from can and slice. I've been making holiday bread of every kind for years using my saved cans.
  55. Posted by Christina on November 28th, 2012 at 7:32am

    I've heard of bread in a coffee can... I will have to try it out Renee!
  56. Posted by Jamee on December 1st, 2012 at 3:02pm

    Where do i find 250ml jars? They don't quite measure out to be 8 oz. would that affect the recipe if i just made it in 8oz canning jars.?
  57. Posted by Liz on December 13th, 2012 at 10:28pm

    I just made these and sealed them. They are cooling now! Some of mine went way over the top because I used 6 500ml jars instead of 12 250ml jars. I cut the tops off before I put on the lids and got to eat them. This bread is delicious! Thank you for the recipe and the jar idea
  58. Posted by Christina on December 14th, 2012 at 10:10am

    You're welcome Liz!
  59. Posted by Cori on January 18th, 2013 at 12:07pm

    I think this is a perfect wedding favour for me to do for our upcoming wedding!!! thank you so much for this! Im soooo excited!
  60. Posted by Christina on January 18th, 2013 at 1:08pm

    You're welcome Cori!
  61. Posted by Linda J. on February 7th, 2013 at 12:44am

    Use wide-mouth pint size canning jars. I have used several different recipes besides banana nut bread - pumpkin, zucchini, apple, cranberry, brownie nut bread, etc. You could even use cake mixes mixed according to directions on back. Just be sure not to fill jars over half full to allow for rising as baked. Take the jars out of the oven one at a time and wipe the tops of jars with paper towel to be sure there is no oil or moisture on top to seal properly. Screw lid on tightly. Then remove next jar and repeat. As they cool, the lids will pop. This is a sign that they have sealed properly. To make sure there is a good seal, press on lid after cooling. If it moves up and down, it is not sealed. If sealed properly, it will not give. Mine always seal, but if it doesn't, eat within a few days. If sealed properly, it will keep at room temperature for a year.
  62. Posted by Deborah Hayes on March 2nd, 2013 at 1:29pm

    Great idea, but I didn't pay close enough attention to canning jar type. Therefore, I used one with a curve on the top. I now realize they will not slide out! So, just note the proper type jar! They look delicious, but will have to be dug out. It was my experiment, so thankfully, I only made 2!
  63. Posted by Sonja on March 4th, 2013 at 11:19am

    Looking good I will try it.
  64. Posted by mena on March 7th, 2013 at 11:51am

    banana bread in a jar
  65. Posted by Vianely on March 7th, 2013 at 5:27pm

    I'm concerned about something: Do the jars crack? Could it happen or am I worrying in vain? Another concern: If I want to storage these for long, I guess I have to cap 'em closed immediately, no? Thanks!
  66. Posted by Christina on March 7th, 2013 at 5:46pm

    As long as they are canning jars they will be fine. As far as storing them, I'm not sure as we ate ours up pretty quickly.
  67. Posted by Diane on March 10th, 2013 at 3:27pm

    You better tell me, how do You get the bread out of the jar? :) Fab idea, I need to try it!
  68. Posted by Christina on March 10th, 2013 at 4:16pm

    Make sure you spray the jar or wipe down with oil. When it's cool, just go around the edges with a butter knife.It will slide out easily.
  69. Posted by Megan on March 17th, 2013 at 1:24am

    Im pretty sure that canning bread and storing it for long periods is considered unsafe. I have taken canning classes and they always said you could not can bread.
  70. Posted by Sally Kiesel on March 20th, 2013 at 11:41pm

    This is such a neat idea. I love it! I plan to make some and hand them out to my family members. Do you happen to have a zuchinni bread recipe for this?
  71. Posted by Sandy on March 29th, 2013 at 10:21pm

    Love your web site. Love things made in a jar.
  72. Posted by Sadie on March 30th, 2013 at 10:28pm

    Thank you so much! I just made these and they turned out beautiful and delicious. I only had 2 jars so I used the rest to make mini loaves for my family. :)
  73. Posted by Kathryn on April 3rd, 2013 at 3:32pm

    I agree with Megan, canning bread does NOT make it shelf stable for long periods of time. The PH is not high enough to kill off botulism (or other dangerous bacteria) even if you use a water bath for canning. Be careful!

    Cute idea to bake in jars though if you eat them right away! I love that you used vintage fabrics too! :)
  74. Posted by Rachel R on April 18th, 2013 at 7:58pm

    These are adorable. I would only serve within a day or two or freeze. There is not a safe way to can bread for an extended period of time.

    http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/factsheet/FN-FS_250_10.pdf
  75. Posted by Joanie weaver on June 11th, 2013 at 1:49pm

    Love your website!
  76. Posted by Christina on June 11th, 2013 at 11:36pm

    Thanks Joanie!
  77. Posted by Rachel Booth on June 28th, 2013 at 10:00am

    I tried making these but I wasn't comfortable canning the bread, so I froze it and it worked amazing. I set hawed on the counter lid in and it tasted the same as the day I made it. This way I can make a lot ahead and pull out as needed.
  78. Posted by Tracee on August 30th, 2013 at 9:37pm

    Any idea id you can use any banana bread recipe? I have one that I love that is all healthy and whole grains. Our family can't do all of the other ingredient stuff and I would love to try this to send with my college daughter to school.
  79. Posted by Christina on August 31st, 2013 at 11:57am

    Hi Tracee, I'm not sure if you can use any other recipes - but why not give it a try?
  80. Posted by Megan on September 1st, 2013 at 10:00pm

    hi. I'm making this for my husband and his friends who just deployed three days ago. Its the only thing I could think of that would survive the travel. Thanks so much!!!
  81. Posted by Agnes on September 13th, 2013 at 11:24pm

    Do you need to grease or spray the Jars in order to get the banna bread to slide out easily in your receipe for banna bread in a jar?
    Thanks
    Agnes Sabel
  82. Posted by Margaret Schroeder on September 18th, 2013 at 9:45pm

    I think that is a wonderful idea,I just wonder how it would to do Christmas Cake,if that would work as well..Thankyou!
  83. Posted by Mary on September 19th, 2013 at 11:51am

    Can U double the recipe & use quart jars?? Would the baking time increase?Thanx!
  84. Posted by Betsy on September 19th, 2013 at 12:30pm

    Great Idea for friends that don't cook, but love home baked goods for one.
  85. Posted by Christina on September 19th, 2013 at 12:59pm

    Hi Mary, I'm not sure, as I didn't try that size.
  86. Posted by Wilma Peterson on September 23rd, 2013 at 11:16pm

    Think it would be a good idea to use dish rags as toppers and then you can get towels to match in a small basket and that would be a wonderful Gift and they could use it all !!!!!!
  87. Posted by Ada Smith-Martin on September 26th, 2013 at 12:57pm

    I am so going to make this and give them away for Christmas presents. Thank
    you.
  88. Posted by April Houser-Mashburn on September 26th, 2013 at 1:22pm

    Thank you very much for this great idea! I will for sure use this one this year for the holidays that are approaching!
  89. Posted by scott sutherland on September 27th, 2013 at 4:40pm

    looks wonderful will deff have 2 try this love 2 can anyways jus gave me a new idea thanks 4 ur receipe love banana bread as well......... glenda
  90. Posted by scott sutherland on September 27th, 2013 at 4:58pm

    love this will have 2 try it love 2 can an love banana bread so its a must on my list of things 2 do thanks 4 th idea ......... glenda
  91. Posted by Jane Ellithorpe on September 27th, 2013 at 5:41pm

    Just wonderful. Just may have to try this for myself! Thanks for the idea! Jane
  92. Posted by michelle on October 8th, 2013 at 4:40pm

    Is it safe to cook the jars in the oven at such a high temp? I am afraid of having them explode when exposed to the cool air after baking. Any tips?
  93. Posted by Amber Leigh on October 26th, 2013 at 11:08pm

    I was wondering if you could use a smaller jar. I'd love to make a bunch of these for my husband for breakfast but think 250ml may be a bit much for breakfast.
  94. Posted by Christina on October 27th, 2013 at 1:23pm

    Hi Amber, I'm sure you could use a smaller jar, but you would have to adjust your baking time.
  95. Posted by ALisha S on November 4th, 2013 at 3:56pm

    Love this idea. I really think this would look great on my table for each guess at the tea party that I am given.
  96. Posted by connie on November 14th, 2013 at 10:20pm

    Please be sure not to use a metal knife to go around the jar it might chip the glass maybe a plastic one thanks c.
  97. Posted by Fernando Ortega on November 19th, 2013 at 4:41pm

    How can print a copy of the recipe? no photos
  98. Posted by Debbie on December 3rd, 2013 at 7:03pm

    Do you think this would work with any type of cake? I would love to do it with carrot cake and frost it and then give out as gifts. I've done this in coffee cans before, but not mason jars! Thanks.
  99. Posted by Julie on December 10th, 2013 at 9:15pm

    I just had question my husband loves banana nut bread, I wanted to send him this for xmas in his care package. My question is would it be safe to send it overseas (to Korea) TIA :)
  100. Posted by Kathy on December 13th, 2013 at 10:14am

    Can you use any type of banana bread recipe or does it have to be this one?
  101. Posted by Christina on December 13th, 2013 at 1:03pm

    I'm not sure Kathy... I've only tried this one.
  102. Posted by Barbara on December 21st, 2013 at 5:37pm

    Looks great, nice idea's Barbara
    12-21-13
  103. Posted by Terri on April 3rd, 2014 at 9:51am

    Just made the banana bread in the jars. Came out awsome. What a great idea..

    Thank
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