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Banana Split Bread Recipe

Banana Split Bread Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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 9x5-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).

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: Four 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans may be used; bake for 50-55 minutes.

Nutritional Facts

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

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eva_dewolf User ID: 39788 243576
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."

_nlfPA User ID: 1879224 239246
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"

shortytalk User ID: 1598556 47990
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2014

"very easy to make..."

angelhairred User ID: 3409183 87132
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."

CaptObvious User ID: 7719379 89115
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."

gaylene2 User ID: 3368539 120813
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

"My family didn't like this recipe as well as I thought it would. They thought it was too much like dessert. We have banana bread with soup and it didn't work for them. They said it had "too many things in it.""

gaylene2 User ID: 3368539 36090
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2013

"My family didn't enjoy this as much as I thought they would. They preferred a simpler version of banana bread. It was too much like a dessert. They said there were "too many things in it"!"

[email protected] User ID: 2061061 30776
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"YUMMMM ~ This is now my favorite banana bread recipe. So moist and just so good. I didn't add quite as many choc chips after reading another review but messed up and doubled the cherries . . . I think it was even better, but then I like cherry. Adding coconut like another reviewer suggested will be my next addition. Thanks for this recipe."

emit1961 User ID: 4614913 99773
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"I made the recipe exactly as written, but instead of regular chocolate chips I used the mini cc....and only 1 cup. Plenty of chips. MMMMM good! Beautiful presentation as well. Thanks for the awesome recipe."

AnitaMiller User ID: 248247 79702
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2013

"I followed the recipe exactly. Way too many chocolate chips. There is a lot of prep involved for a very underwhelming result. Did not put this in my "keeps" file."

joanna68 User ID: 1957602 89101
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013

"This is outstanding. Problem is it's too good.

I made this with optimum yellow bananas as I don't like ripe bananas."

andi99 User ID: 6166145 79701
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2013

"I baked it in smaller loaf pans and they turned out great. We really enjoyed it."

mams987 User ID: 1571769 31970
Reviewed May. 18, 2013

"Very disappointing. I was making this for a bake sale at my Senior Center - so glad I tasted it first. This sounded so good and I couldn't wait to try it. Entirely tooooo much chocolate and I love chocolate. Dry and crumbly and no distinct flavor (other than the chocolate). A complete waste of my time and effort, not to mention the cost. Unfortunately it ended up in the trash. Definitely will not try again."

omaannie User ID: 4305601 72899
Reviewed May. 12, 2013

"Always looking for new twist for old favorites and this one was a hit for family and friends"

menkens User ID: 5877182 204308
Reviewed May. 8, 2013

"I did not have 2 small cans of pineapple so used a large 20 oz one and also used white chocolate chips ... omitted the nuts and probaly 1-2/3 cup banana. I also substituted butter for the shortening. Folks at Church really enjoyed and I will be making again -- was thinking about strawberries so thanks for the heads-up!"

munchable User ID: 6643216 89099
Reviewed May. 5, 2013 Edited Dec. 1, 2015

"Yes. I would make it a gain, but I would cut back on the chips. My husband liked it but also agreed too many chips. So next time I am going to use only one cut and see if the flavor of the other fruit stands out more. Also using strawberries sounded like a great idea. Thanks to all of you for your great ideas."

porkyd User ID: 5114187 78784
Reviewed May. 2, 2013

"Just made this. 2 small problems. To much chocolate chips and you couldn't taste the pineapple. I will use this recipe again."

CiCiB User ID: 2258133 30766
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2013

"I wanted to try something new and had bananas to use, This was wonderful. It was a hit with my family and also at work. I might cut back on the chocolate chips next time, I thought they over powered the fruit flavors. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe."

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 204307
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2013

"Oh, my gosh, is this GOOD! I did as another reviewer suggested & replaced some of the cherries with an equal amount of fresh strawberries. It was a good change. The only thing I noticed was that the flavor of the pineapple wasn't very distinct. No one complained about that, though. This will be the banana bread recipe I use from now on!"

Padlft User ID: 5835073 204306
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2013

"I made 3 loaves-2 for work, 1 for home

They are all gone - FABULOUS RECIPE!
Love love love this!"

Red Hat Milli User ID: 4954609 54705
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

"I really enjoyed this recipe. I did replace shortening with butter and reduced the amount of cherries which I diced and replaced with diced fresh strawberries. All banana splits have some form of strawberry. Other than that made per recipe. The baking time was spot on for my oven. Make two big beautiful loaves. Would definitely make again."

fredaevans User ID: 6360805 36578
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

"Have the 'kid-lets' work with you on making same. It's 'killer good eats.'


gigimarie User ID: 5854245 31965
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2013

"This is only okay. Although it has a good texture, I expected it to be more flavorful. Maybe I drained the pineapple too well because I think it could have been moister. Or maybe the bananas I used weren't flavorful enough. Of course the chocolate chips and cherries made the bread more than edible but I'm going to keep looking for a similar recipe. I really wanted to love this!"

Pita59 User ID: 3829599 54632
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013 Edited Dec. 1, 2015

"I have been making this for years"

[email protected] User ID: 5006846 54630
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"Made this tonight.this is a wonderful recipe. Iwill make this many more times."

maryteen User ID: 3471177 47989
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"At this moment I am waiting for the loaves to cool. The kitchen smells great. With the pans that I have it made 3 tins. Can't wait to test the flavour."

LadySullen User ID: 3595759 204305
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"This is good enough to be sinful--an added bonus that it's not!! Very yummy. Always great to get a wonderful recipe from a fellow Rochesterian."

nanwhar User ID: 1487874 87347
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013 Edited Dec. 1, 2015


MEMOMCH User ID: 3403535 30754
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013


redheadhansen User ID: 2047811 54594
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012

"Best I've found!"

doxiesthree User ID: 4054252 87344
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2011 Edited Dec. 1, 2015

"This is a great tasting recipe, I cut back to one cup chocolate chips and add 1 cup coconut, another great tasteing banana bread."

fionacatmom User ID: 4916287 36088
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"love this recipe! my kids even request it for their birthday party. The only change I made was leaving off the nuts and using whole wheat flour instead of all purpose bleached flour."

meanmary5 User ID: 5028997 30752
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2010

"I kept looking at this recipe and could not figure out why, I don't really care for Banana Nut Breads but this kept getting my attention. I finally paid attention and figured that this was Banana Nut bread run AMOK! I make this during the holidays and instead of baking in loaves as called makes 30 regular sized muffins and I bake at 30 minutes 350 degrees. Everyone begs for these."

hollyjepsen User ID: 3638525 120560
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2009

"I made this according to the recipe except I only used 1C of chocolate chips 2C would have been way to much. It did not taste anything like a banana split! All I can taste is the cherries and chocolate chips. Sorry but I won't be making this again"

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