Banana Split Bread Recipe
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Banana Split Bread Recipe

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I developed this recipe in an effort to add pizzazz to my plain banana bread. I was pleased with the results, and so were my family and friends! —Janis Allnatt, Rochester, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium)
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) red maraschino cherries, chopped and well drained
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 225 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 117mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with bananas and pineapple. Fold in the chocolate chips, cherries and walnuts.
  2. Pour into two greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until 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).
Editor's Note: Four 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans may be used; bake for 50-55 minutes.
Originally published as Banana Split Bread in Best of Country Breads 2000, p27

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Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

"This bread was delicious , nice & moist. I substituted miniature white chips for the chocolate & chopped pecans. We loved it, almost like fruitcake, but not dry at all."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

"I love to bake quick breads for Christmas and I made this one and my family loved it.

It is a great quick bread to make anytime of the year but by adding red and green cherries it makes it more festive.
Nancy Foust FE"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"very easy to make..."

Reviewed May. 9, 2014

"I've been making this for at least 20 years. When I'm in a really big hurry I use a yellow or spice cake mix and just throw everything in...the cherries, chocolate chips and chopped pecans. Throw a little extra pumpkin or apple pie spice in as well. I make it for our Preacher every year and many of the Seasoned adults at our church. they ALL love it...My cookbook calls it "Bishop's Bread". My family can't wait for fall to come so I start baking more."

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"Hi everyone, captain obvious checking in. To those thinking this sweet bread is too dessert like, you are adding pineapple, chocolate and cherries. Of course it is... Don't serve WITH soup, serve after. Sorta like dessert."

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