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January Baking Challenge

Recipe By Tessa Arias
January 1st, 2019

Announcing the official recipe for the January Baking Challenge! All of the details and rules for how to participate in the challenge for a chance to win the PRIZE are detailed below.

Today I’m announcing the recipe for the January Baking Challenge – the first official challenge to kick off 2019!

I had so much fun seeing all of your Gingerbread Cookies from December’s challenge. So many of you got super creative with the shapes and designs for your cookies!

Stay tuned for a recap post on that challenge soon, where I’ll also be announcing the winners.

This next challenge recipe is one of my favorites to make year round.

The January recipe is…


This easy recipe makes moist and tender banana bread that you can customize with any add-ins, toppings, or frostings your heart desires.

I’ve also included a bunch of tips for how to make the BEST banana bread in the recipe post.

Here’s how to participate in this challenge:

(Read completely!)

Step 1: Make a loaf of Banana Bread.

Step 2: Take a photo of your loaf and share it before January 31st 11:59pm MST.

Here’s how to share your photo:

Click here to access the challenge landing page. This is where you can get all the latest details, enter the challenge, and see other entries.

Click the button that says “SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY” – this will pop up a little widget where you can submit your photo:

  • You can select your entry photo from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, OR upload directly from your computer, tablet, or smart phone.

You MUST submit your photo using the entry widget. If you simply upload to social media without directly submitting your photo through this widget, your entry will *not* be counted.

There’s also a new optional bonus entry! If you refer a friend who also joins the challenge, it doubles your chances of winning.

The more people who enter the challenges, the more exciting prizes I can provide so it’s truly a case of the more the merrier!


Every person who submits a photo following those directions will be entered into a random giveaway to win one $150 digital gift card.

The winner will be selected randomly; so don’t worry about taking a perfect picture. Your photos may be put on display to share with my entire audience – that’s hundreds of thousands of people! I will email the winners. Winners must reply within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Anyone who shops at Amazon across the world is eligible for the prize. I will purchase the gift card through your country’s Amazon webpage.

Official rules are listed in the entry widget.

So what do you think? Are you up for the challenge? I can’t wait to see your banana bread 🙂

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Cheryl — January 2, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Please pick a more challenging recipe next month. I want something like a special cake, cheesecake, a yeast bread such as French bread.

    • #
      Tessa — January 3, 2019 at 5:18 pm

      Hi Cheryl – the simpler recipes have proven to be much more successful as recipe picks with significantly more people joining in 🙂

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