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
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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 serving (1 slice) equals 399 calories, 19 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 245 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g 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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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."

Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

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

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

"Wonderfully easy with a dynamic taste"

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2011

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

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."

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