Festive Banana Bread Will Replace Fruitcake from Now on for My Holidays!

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Fruitcake is one of those traditions that just won’t go away, so we mine as well change it slightly.

Bananas are a fruit so banana fruit cake can be a thing, right? Well it is now! Same banana bread flavor with a different look, red velvet cake for the holidays and walnuts and chocolate chips for some texture!


  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped
  • 4 ounces white candy melts
  • Festive sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 2 loaf pans with parchment paper and nonstick spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the cake mix, eggs, oil, and bananas on low about 20 seconds, then turn up to medium and beat for 2 minutes. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
  3. Split the batter between the loaf pans, then bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. Melt the candy melts in the microwave on 30-second intervals, stirring between, until fully melted, about 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a piping or ziploc bag, then cut off the tip and drizzle evenly over the cooled loaves. Let set about 20-30 minutes, then slice and serve!
  5. Store at room temperature 24 hours, or in the refrigerator up to 5 days. Enjoy!