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Chocolate-Cherry Banana Bread Recipe

Chocolate-Cherry Banana Bread Recipe

I developed this sweet chocolate and banana bread after looking for ways to use extra dried tart cherries. It’s so rich and moist, no one will guess its lighter. —Cindy Beberman of Orland Park, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 164 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 148mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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mrs.mark User ID: 5436322 145947
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2013

"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."

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Kelly E. User ID: 6967483 93865
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2012

"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."

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knatal User ID: 1394816 161193
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

"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."

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compeau User ID: 4924192 208379
Reviewed May. 27, 2010

"Awesome!!!!! So moist!!! I used maraschino cherries. This recipe is a keeper! !!!!"

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frawgee_lady User ID: 4500578 208378
Reviewed May. 20, 2010

"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!!"

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shawllady User ID: 263936 161747
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"My running groups loved this bread. I've made it several times. The chocolate, cherries and banana make it a tasty treat."

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Carol Bishop User ID: 660921 74182
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2010

"I soaked the cherries in apracot brandy oh my god they were great in the banana bread."

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gedmund User ID: 4678058 161119
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2010

"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."

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patpet User ID: 3529012 208377
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2010

"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)."

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jude0256 User ID: 4039212 161111
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2010

"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."

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candndionne User ID: 1097123 161710
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2010

"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."

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wayfarercn User ID: 1262014 145491
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"Awesome recipe. Used frozen cherries instead of dried. Brought it to work and it was gone in an hour."

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Marionperrine User ID: 690264 160984
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"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."

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aronadrive User ID: 577484 93864
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"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."

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sharisa User ID: 3821259 145463
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"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."

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stix User ID: 99055 161511
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"I was disappointed in the recipe. Not enough flavor, dry was baked to directions of the recipe."

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dntheis@embarqmail.com User ID: 3709078 161709
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"the bread is very delicious and would make it again, as my family realy enjoyed it."

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Cathyandysclan User ID: 1939852 161192
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"like it better then plain banana bread"

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dwasmanjr User ID: 942428 145941
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"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."

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debi06 User ID: 3172376 161190
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"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."

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rldaffron User ID: 3036694 161035
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"I made this an brought to the office and everyone loved it. It is a very good and easy to make bread."

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sjh1121 User ID: 4871579 161033
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2010

"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."

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Sueinne User ID: 3735753 167264
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2010

"I't great. i use banan or FF plain yogutrt instead of sour cream"

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Eagle00072 User ID: 1099077 146588
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2010

"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!"

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Haleo User ID: 3141546 99778
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"This recipe has been around for years using chocolate chips and maraschino cherries."

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tkarinas User ID: 4389335 145462
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"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."

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BONEGIRL User ID: 942021 161707
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"1/16 of a 9x5 loaf pan gives portions you can see through."

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