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Homemade Banana Bread Recipe

Homemade Banana Bread Recipe

“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 YIELD:10-12 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 1 loaf.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 4304840 220394
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2015

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

jennritch11 User ID: 3464947 215242
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4211076 88651
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3595759 88597
Reviewed 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!"

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