Eat Drink & Be Mary: Banana Pear Bread


Banana Pear Bread

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chiquita Banana for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love getting gifts as much as the next person.  Every time I get something in the mail I do a little happy dance (tell me I'm not the only one); even if I bought it myself -- it's like a surprise present in the mail.  Any snail mail fans out there?

Something I love more just as much?  Giving to others.  I've signed up for several swaps this Christmas and can't wait to start picking out all of those gifts for my swap partners.  But even better than that, I love baking for my family and friends.  Nothing is better than a gift made with love, except winning contests like the #ChiquitaCookingLab. ;)

And so today I'm sharing with you a gift from the heart, that your loved ones, friends, and co-workers will fall in love with.  

Seriously, my family was raving about this bread for days.

What's better than banana bread?  Practically nothing, until I discovered this version.  Banana Pear Bread, not to mention it has chocolate.  Are you sold yet?  

One thing I love about this bread is how moist it is.  It is not a dry bread at all.  And I really think the pear and cinnamon in this recipe elevate it to taste like the holidays in a loaf.  

Banana Pear Bread
What you'll need:
+ 3 Bananas (very ripe), mashed
+ Canned Pear Halves, drained and chopped (roughly 5 small halves) 
+ 1 tsp Cinnamon
+ 1/2 cup of Dark Chocolate Chips
+ 3/4 cup of Sugar
+ 1 Egg
+ 1 1/2 cups of Flour
+ 1 tsp Salt
+ 1 tsp Baking Soda
+ 1/4 cup of Vegetable Oil
+ 2 tbsp Sour Cream

What you do:
preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.
1. Mash the bananas in a large bowl.  Mix in eggs, sugar and oil.  Stir well.
2. In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.
3. Slowly add in dry ingredients into the banana mixture.  Stirring throughout.
4. Chop the pear halves; then fold in the chopped pears and chocolate chips.
5. Grease, banana pan and bake at 350F for 30 minutes.  Then lower the oven to 250F and continue to bake for 25-30 more minutes.

Not only am I sharing a gift idea for you to use this holiday season.  But I want to give you the chance to win BIG too!  What better timing than to win $4000 right before the holiday season hits full force with the #ChiquitaCookingLab?  

Chiquita is having a Cooking Lab Contest  that goes until November 24th.  And it couldn't be easier to enter!

Contest entry is easy!  Simply submit your recipe on the contest website ( or through the official Chiquita FanFun app.  You can enter a new recipe every week, if desired!

In fact, I'll be entering this recipe as we speak.  $4000 come to momma!  And you best be creating and entering to win the same!  Enter your recipe here!

What is your favorite treat to give around the holidays?  What is your favorite type of bread loaf to make/eat?  Do you prefer gifts from the heart or from the store? ;)

 Say hello to this month's sponsor, Chelsea!

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  1. HUGE fan of snail mail right here! I'm glad you joined in on the Food Blogger Cookie Swap this year because it will be a first for us both. Can't wait to see who my matches for that are because I think baking and cooking for others is one of my favorite things in the world. I like the addition of the pear to your bread, it's interesting and unique! Plus you had me at dark chocolate chips. Dark chocolate>regular chocolate any day. ;)

  2. Mmmmm... this sound good. I would have never thought to add pears to banana bread! Thanks for sharing!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  3. Yum! You've combined two of my favourite things, bananas and chocolate chips and I like the twist on the classic with the pear. Can't wait to try it

  4. I've had banana bread before and I'm obsessed with it! I love pears too! I'll for sure have to try mixing the two together! Sounds amazing!

  5. Yummm I love banana bread and I love pears...never thought of mixing the two!!

  6. This sounds AMAZING! You always have the best recipes girl! GOOD LUCK!

  7. This sounds so good! Definitely saving this recipe!

  8. This looks super good, and what an awesome contest! :D

    I like making healthy muffins/bread around this time of year for people! :]

  9. Definitely worth entering! I've loved giving baked goods as a gift since I was younger, and muffins/bread are always a great go-to. Especially when you can put a twist on the original.

  10. Try it out and let me know what you think! It's a good twist on the traditional banana bread recipe, for sure.

  11. Thanks so much Emelia, you're too sweet. :) I definitely wouldn't mind winning 4,000 ;)

  12. Go for it girl! You may not think to pair them together, but it definitely works in this recipe.

  13. Banana bread is the bomb, and a little twist is always good to mix things up. Let me know how it goes if you do make it!

  14. Let me know how it goes if you end up trying it. My family loved it, and I hope you and yours will too.

  15. Chelsea, it's a good one! Thanks for stopping by.

  16. It's definitely not a classic pairing, but works in this recipe. Not to mention adding chocolate chips never hurts, according to my taste testers.

  17. I got my partners today, and can't wait to start baking away. I've already started brainstorming different cookie ideas. Baking for others is always fun! If only we lived closer, we could swap all the time. :)

    Chocolate is always a hit with my taste testers.

  18. Wow this looks good! Banana bread is my favorite :) Thank you for sharing!

  19. What?! I haven't gotten my baking buddies sent to me yet! Weird...I guess I'll wait today and see if they send me something by tonight and then if they don't I'll have to email them. Yes! Wish we could do that! We could always exchange a food package sometime perhaps?...Put a spending limit and just send a gift package of assorted treats (doesn't have to be just food) back and forth. Good luck with this contest by the way!

  20. Oh no! I hope you get yours soon, or definitely send them an email. We definitely should, or a foodie exchange and open it up to others? Maybe after the holidays (I've already signed up for 3 swaps, at least)...maybe we should just discuss over email haha.

  21. Oh then I hope you love this twist. My mom makes the best banana bread, but I'm always up to try a twist on a loved classic. Enjoy!

  22. Omg this looks absolutely delicious! I love banana nut bread but I've never tried it with pears, so I will have to do that.

    --Me and My Mini Me

  23. That sounds like such a delicious combination, I don't know why I never thought of it before! Can't wait to try it!

    -Lindsay from Dearest Darling

  24. Ooh I love banana bread, the addition of pear is a genius move! Can't wait to try this one!

  25. not big on pears BUT the chocolate may have sold me.

  26. I love banana bread, but I've never done Banana Pear. Looks delicious.

    -Kay @ Kay Bueno

  27. This looks delish!

    Summer Ann

  28. Give it a go, my family loved it and I hope yours does too!

  29. Let me know if you do, it's defintely a pairing you wouldn't think of right away but it works.

  30. Chocolate is always the seller in my house! ;)


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