Christmas Banana Bread Recipe
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Christmas Banana Bread Recipe

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This bread is a pretty addition to the table during the holidays. Cherries, walnuts and chocolate chips give fast festive flair to the loaf of moist banana bread. —Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 70 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 70 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 235 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 184mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Beat in bananas just until combined. Stir in the walnuts, chocolate chips and cherries.
  2. Pour into a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 70-80 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
Originally published as Christmas Banana Bread in Quick Cooking November/December 2003, p62

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DianeMom User ID: 6108454 52224
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2013

"Make it all the time. Everyone loves it, and requests it."

mullenpm User ID: 749523 130169
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2012

"I have made this banana bread for many years; since I first saw it on TasteofHome. At Christmas I use the cherries; rest of the year I substitute golden raisens or apricots. I is a family favorite."

doxie9 User ID: 1088060 60384
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

"love this recipe.. I do put 1 tsp vanilla in it. and i use the mini chips"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 65953
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2010

"This bread was not what I expected...just a bit blah. Plus, I baked it for 70 minutes and it was definitely a bit too browned. Bummer!

~ Theresa"

purplefrog User ID: 1776402 129042
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2010

"This recipe is so moist and so easy to make. The girls at work have even requested that I make it for our gatherings."

Vicky Bilski User ID: 3589455 90467
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2009

"My grandmother gave me this recipe but called it fruit bread. We make it and bake it in small loaves. It is good to give away as a gift."

Softa User ID: 3726407 130167
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2008

"This is my favorite banana bread recipe! It is a wonderful symphony of flavors! Too good just to make at Christmas time!!!"

gfer1973 User ID: 2787013 74467
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2008

"My family loves this recipe. This is the only banana bread that they will eat. I buy extra bananas so I can make this delicious treat."

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