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Cranberry Banana Bread

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling

Makes

1 loaf (12 slices)

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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 8x4-in. loaf pan.
  2. Bake at 350° for 50-55 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: 230 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 225mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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