Cranberry Banana Bread Recipe
Cranberry Banana Bread Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Next Recipe

Cranberry Banana Bread Recipe

Read Reviews
4.5 9 14
Publisher Photo
Studded with cranberries and nuts, these moist golden loaves make wonderful breakfast treats and gifts for grateful friends. I experimented for years, and this recipe is near perfection! —Eva Rider, Montgomery, Alabama
Featured In: Banana Bread A to Z
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon graham cracker crumbs (about 2 whole crackers)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 230 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 225mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g 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. Stir in bananas. Combine the flour, cracker crumbs, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in walnuts and cranberries. Pour into a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 50-55 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 (12 slices).
Originally published as Cranberry Banana Bread in Simple & Delicious November/December 2008, p35

Reviews for Cranberry Banana Bread

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Loading Image
Sort By :
lovecooker User ID: 6249687 260449
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2017

"I am going to give it 4 stars. Only because I was up very early one morning and thought I would bake this brrad. Thought I had everything and didn't. Had to substitute shortening for stick butter and I did not have dried cranberries only fresh. So with that said I thought it was ok. I will bake again with the unchanged ingredients and see. ??"

Weewah User ID: 8685888 241051
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2016

"This bread was so good, I had 3 slices while it was still warm. There goes dinner!

I used 2 C flour and added some cinnamon and nutmeg to omit the crushed graham crackers. Also, craisins plumped in hot water for 10 minutes (and squeezed out a little) are much softer and nicer than as they come. Next time I would probably add another banana, but as you can see by everyone's changes listed in the reviews, this recipe is very flexible and forgiving. I will make it again soon. Delicious!"

Marykauhi User ID: 6011692 177664
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

"I followed directions exactly and the bread was wonderful. Next time I had some zucchini to use up so I added 1 cup shredded and squeezed zucchini and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and baked it the full 55 minutes. Scrumptious!"

jessicabustard User ID: 6235339 175998
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"Very good bread. I added applesauce to mine"

Born in 1940 User ID: 5899199 92898
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"Would make a good present. I put walnut halves on top to decorate. I used vegetable oil. It was pretty and delicious."

lacourtney User ID: 1302352 142564
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2010

"I really enjoyed all the flavors and textures of the fruit and nuts."

amandagailedenfield User ID: 4640392 95973
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009

"It makes a great Christmas gift. We love it."

jbillitti User ID: 2839492 142563
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"Moist & delicious; it's a keeper"

dee12cook User ID: 2095792 95970
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"this will be a new addition to my holiday baking every year. Tasted soooo good. everyone loved it."

Loading Image