Chocolate-Cherry Banana Bread Recipe
- 1 cup boiling water
- 2/3 cup dried cherries
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 egg whites
- 1 egg
- 1 large ripe banana, mashed
- 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup baking cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans
- 1. In a small bowl, pour water over cherries; let stand for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg whites and egg until smooth.
- 2. In a small bowl, combine the banana, sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with banana mixture. Drain cherries and coarsely chop; fold into batter with pecans.
- 3. Pour into a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
1 slice equals 164 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 148 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.
Reviews for Chocolate-Cherry Banana Bread
"We love this bread. I've made it many times, but since I never have dried cherries I just leave those out and do everything else according to instructions. It always turns out moist with great chocolate flavor."
"Fantastic! Lovin every bite of it. I'm going to try it as muffins next. You can taste the chocolate, cherries and the bananas in every bite. Soooo moist! It will also be incredible with chocolate chips."
"I made this recipe into 12 muffins and I loved them! Us ed Fage 0% greek yogurt in place of sour cream and walnuts instead of pecans just because that's what I had on hand. Also added a bit of ground flaxseed for extra fiber and Omega 3. Perfect with morning coffee on the weekends."
"Awesome!!!!! So moist!!! I used maraschino cherries. This recipe is a keeper! !!!!"
"Oh so yummy! I doubled the recipe since I had more than one banana ready to go out, and used three eggs versus the egg white combo. Came out beautifully and was gone within 24 hours! This is like chocolate cake in disquise!!"
"My running groups loved this bread. I've made it several times. The chocolate, cherries and banana make it a tasty treat."
"I soaked the cherries in apracot brandy oh my god they were great in the banana bread."
"I have to say I made this recipe exacly as was instructed, but I found it came out very dry, even my husband thought so and he has quite the sweet tooth. I will make this recipe again but I think I may experiment a little to see if I can't make it a little more moist this time."
"I've made it twice so far. Loved it. Gave some to my daughters, and they loved it. I actually substituted the dried cherries for dried cranberries (craisins)."
"some members of my family said it was a great bread with coffee, some thought it was too bland, I agree with the ones who said it was a great coffee accompaniment."
"Excellent chocolate flavor; very moist. I left out the cherries (and boiling water) and added dark chocolate chips. Wonderful!!! I will certainly make this again."
"Awesome recipe. Used frozen cherries instead of dried. Brought it to work and it was gone in an hour."
"I am glad to read the reviews. I was going to get dried cherries today but at $10 a bag I backed off. I have the marechino cherries here so will try those. Thanks for posting the reviews."
"Loved it. I used one cup of cut up maraschino cherries instead of the dried cherries. It's great. It's a make again recipe."
"We really enjoyed this bread recipe. I like to make different breads and put them in the freezer and this one was different and great."
"I was disappointed in the recipe. Not enough flavor, dry was baked to directions of the recipe."
"the bread is very delicious and would make it again, as my family realy enjoyed it."
"like it better then plain banana bread"
"I didn't have dried cherries, so I used maraschino instead. It was good but I thought it was dry. I cooked it the least amount of time suggested. I probable won't make it again."
"Nice quick recipe although I think the next time I make this I will put in chocolate chips. I like more of a chocolate flavor."
"I made this an brought to the office and everyone loved it. It is a very good and easy to make bread."
"I made this the past weekend, but used cranberries because that is what I had on hand. It turned out great and everyone I gave it to loved it. I will definitely make it again, it was great for a healthy recipe."
"I't great. i use banan or FF plain yogutrt instead of sour cream"
"Excellent! If one would want to add chocolate,I would not add chocolate chips but a good chocolate melted, one that has at least 80 per cent cocoa. Chocolate chips have stablizers in them that only allow them to expand and would not produce the flavor one would want. The cherries complement the chocolate very well. I -did put them in a cup of boiling water to plump them before adding them to the batter. It also helps adding the true flavor of the fruit and makes them taste more like fresh juicy cherries. I can't wait until fresh cherries are in season!"
"This recipe has been around for years using chocolate chips and maraschino cherries."
"Chocolate cherry banana bread is a delicious treat that my family absolutely loves. We make it very often and use it for special meals, as it tastes so very good. It's a keeper, for sure, and one we'll be making many more times."
"1/16 of a 9x5 loaf pan gives portions you can see through."