Cherry Chocolate Banana Bread

Hi there– Well, if you love banana bread and also are fond of cherry bread and, of course, it’s a given you probably are crazy about chocolate chip bread, then here you go!!  All three breads rolled into one!

Made this for friends on a Sunday morning and there wasn’t a crumb left.  I thought you might like a Sunday morning treat too.

1 cup dried cherries*
2 ripe bananas
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup unflavored yogurt
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tab. amaretto (or 1 tsp. vanilla)**
1  1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Pour the dried cherries in a heat proof bowl and covered them with hot water for 5 minutes.  Drain in a strainer and set aside.

In a mixing bowl mash the bananas until they are a creamy pulp.  Then sit-in the oil, yogurt, brown sugar, egg and amaretto until it’s all blended.  Next mix in the flour, baking powder and salt.  Finally stir in the chocolate chips and drained cherries.

Spoon the batter into a standard 9″x 5″ bread pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray (I used two half size pans for 2 loaves).

Bake it all up at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.  Let it cool for 30 minutes or more before you slice it.  Enjoy!

*I used cherry flavored dried cranberries, because I had them sitting in the cupboard.
** Use amaretto in place of almond extract because you can find a large bottle that will last forever for less than a tiny bottle of almond extract.


32 thoughts on “Cherry Chocolate Banana Bread

  1. I like the look of this Rhonda. Definitely one I am going to make. It looks so good I might have to make it this weekend. My husband isn’t going to believe his luck he loves banana bread, and chocolate and cherries and you’ve given me a recipe which gives him all his favourites. Thank you. I can see I am going to get all those jobs done that I’ve been asking him to do for ages he will be so pleased!!

    • ha ha ha! Rosie– I hope he likes it. My Larry retired in August and now he has time to putter around the house and get those kinds of things done. It’s lovely! How was your weekend?? Any cooking adventures? xox

  2. Hi Rhonda- Our nana always made the BEST chocolate chip banana bread.She always had it on hand! She passed away a few years ago. even though we have the recipe we still cant seem master it like nana! I will have to give this one a whirl! num-num…If you ever need a taste tester I usually available ! xx

  3. Cherry and Chocolate are becoming a fave combo for me lately. Another glorious Banana Bread! I made Banana Bread when I was in GA with the grandkids. I wish we would have used one of your recipes!! It was sad! Next time!

    • I can’t imagine you baking anything “sad!” (or maybe I can because I know all the sad things I tried that never made it to my blog!!) Anyway, thanks Mollie. Hope your week is rolling along well… xox

      • We have a few feet of snow in our yard. I’m working on a post about the last storm we had…I just need photos. Have a wonderful trip to Wisconsin and bundle up! My brother and his family used to live there but a few years back he moved back to NH. Blessings and hugs to you😉😍❤️

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