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.
CHERRY CHOCOLATE BANANA BREAD
1 cup dried cherries*
2 ripe bananas
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup unflavored yogurt
3/4 cup brown sugar
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.