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Homemade Banana Bread

“I served this quick bread to a group of ladies I had over for lunch,“ writes Carole Lanthier from Courtice, Ontario, “and every one of them asked for the recipe! It was a big hit.“ Moist, tasty and studded with cherries and walnuts, this pretty loaf is easily doubled. TIP: This bread freezes well and also makes a lovely holiday or hostess gift.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1 loaf


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, bananas, butter, coconut and extract. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in walnuts and cherries.
  • Transfer to a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan. 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: 285 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 304mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • shirleydimples
    Feb 13, 2015

    This is a good Banana Bread recipe. I did substitute chopped strawberries for the cherries. So good.

  • jennritch11
    Dec 18, 2014

    I have made this recipe for years. I received it from a friend, but her recipe calls for 3/4 C chocolate chips,. Everything else is exactly the same. It has become a holiday tradition in our house and I give it as gifts as well. Yum!

  • manga
    Sep 5, 2012

    This was a very moist and tasty bread. But, I really didn't taste the coconut. I will add more coconut, since I like that next time .I don't like maraschino cherries and it didn't take away from the taste.

  • LadySullen
    Mar 9, 2011

    This bread was moist and very yummy. I didn't have any maraschino cherries but, strangely, I did have some cherry-flavored dried cranberries, so I used those instead and they added an interesting, somewhat tart flavor. The almond extract is perfect with the cherry flavor!