Banana Nut Fruitcake Recipe
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Banana Nut Fruitcake Recipe

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Combining two popular baked goods - banana bread and fruitcake - yielded this treat. Even people who don't care for fruitcake will like this version!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chopped candied cherries
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied pineapple

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 399 calories, 19g fat (2g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 245mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein .


  1. In a large bowl, beat sugar and oil. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add bananas. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda; add to banana mixture just until blended. Fold in the pecans, cherries and pineapple.
  2. Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Originally published as Banana Nut Fruitcake in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2006, p34

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Mistymindy 134921
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"I have made this recipe twice now and it has been great both times. I used walnuts in place of the pecans and added coconut-yum. This recipe makes a wonderful presentation for Christmas."

tommypoo 66676
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"I'm making this every X-Mas from now on!!!"

msjchloe 106835
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"Wonderfully easy with a dynamic taste"

gaildr1 160404
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"is the calorie count correct? 400 for 1 slice??!"

lchun1218 137723
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

"i've always made banana nut bread... but making it into a fruit cake was my first and it was a HIT!!! i would definitely make it again and again every year~ or maybe throughout the whole year so easy, simple, and delicious."

bettyelm 156670
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"I was impressed with this, it actually tastes like xmas cake ...I will definetily make again ."

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