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Christmas Banana Bread

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
    1 loaf (16 slices)


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large 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


  • 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.
  • Pour into a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 70-80 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 235 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 184mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • james
    Dec 7, 2017

    thanks for the information

  • DianeMom
    Jul 6, 2013

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

  • mullenpm
    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
    Aug 30, 2012

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

  • dontknowhowtocook
    Dec 5, 2011

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  • lurky27
    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
    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
    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
    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!!!

  • chilipepper99
    Nov 9, 2008

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