Nothing beats this Cherry Banana Bread. Is there anything better than biting into a sweet, moist piece of banana bread? How about if that banana bread is studded with cherries. This cherry banana bread is the perfect quick bread for springtime. It’s easy to make and it’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread
When you are craving something sweet, Cherry Banana Bread is the perfect solution. It’s a delicious snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth and give you the energy you need to get through the day.
I love all things banana bread. I have made it all in different ways, and banana bread no matter how I have changed it up has been a favorite of my family. You won’t be able to resist this cherry banana bread. It is loaded with cherries and bananas, two of my favorite ingredients.
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Are There Secrets to Making Moist Quick Breads?
There is one big secret to making the perfect quick bread. First make sure you do not over mix the ingredients. You only want to mix long enough for the ingredients to incorporated. When the ingredients be over mix, it becomes tough.
Can I use frozen or canned cherries for this recipe?
When I make cherry banana bread recipe I use frozen cherries. Make sure the frozen cherries are thawed completely before adding them to the batter. If you want to use canned cherries, make sure to drain them well. Cherry pie filling can not be used in this recipe.
Can I use Frozen Bananas?
If you do end up with times where you had an over abundance of over ripe bananas and you froze bananas then you can use them. Just make sure that the bananas are fully defrosted before you use them to make your bread.
If you have never froze bananas, be sure to check out how to freeze bananas.
Tips and Tricks for making Cherry Banana Bread
You want to use 1 cup of cherries, roughly chopped. I measure the cherries whole and then I chop them for the bread.
The pan size matters. If you use a pan that is a different size, it will change the baking time. My pan is 8 ½ x5 x 2 ½. If you pan is smaller, the bread will take longer to bake. If you pan is larger, it will bake faster. To check if the bread is ready, stick a toothpick into the center of the cherry banana bread. It should not have any wet batter on it when you bring it out of the bread.
Making the Bread Look Pretty. I like to place whole bananas that are sliced in half to decorate the top of the bread. You can do this for appearance or you can skip it.
How Many Bananas Are Needed for Banana Bread
You want to have about 1 cup of mashed bananas for this recipe. That means if you have small bananas you will need to have 3 bananas or larger ones you might only need 2 bananas.
Can I use oil instead of butter?
If you prefer to use oil in this recipe instead of butter that is fine. Make sure you chose an oil that have a neutral flavor. The oil will change the taste slightly but it will still taste amazing.
How to Store Cherry Banana Bread
I love the bread as soon as it comes out of the oven. However, it will last for up to 2 days. Store the bread in an airtight container and keep it at room temperature. It can also be stored in the refrigerator to make the bread last another day.
Can the Bread be Frozen?
You can freeze the cherry banana bread. Wait for the bread to cool completely. Wrap the bread well in plastic wrap. You can freeze the bread whole or you can freeze it in slices. The bread will last in the freezer for up to 1 month.
How to Freeze Cherry Banana Bread
To freeze cherry banana bread you want to be sure the bread is cooled all the way. First, remove the banana bread from the loaf pans and cool completely on a wire cooling rack. Once the bread is cooled you can slice it if you are going to freeze it in slices. If not, then just leave the loaf whole.
Wrap the bread with two layers of plastic wrap, then a layer of tin foil, and then store in Freezer ziploc bags. It is important to make sure your bread is wrapped tightly so that it stays fresh and doesn’t get freezer burnt in the freezer.
Store cherry banana bread in the freezer until you are ready to enjoy it. Chocolate Cherry Banana bread keeps in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Can I Reheat the Banana Bread?
If you love that fresh from the oven taste of banana bread, you can place a slice of cherry bread in the microwave and heat it for 10 second intervals. When the bread was is stored at room temperature, it will take about 1 0 seconds. If the bread is in the refrigerator, it will take about 15 seconds and about 20 to 30 seconds for a bread that is still frozen.
- 3 bananas (2 mashed and 1 whole)
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup whole pitted cherries, chopped
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
How to Make Cherry Banana Bread
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a loaf pan by lining it with parchment paper and spraying it with pan spray. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the mashed bananas, vanilla extract, eggs, and melted butter.
Add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix until well combined and no streaks of flour remain.
Fold in the walnuts, chopped cherries, and chocolate chunks.
Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan.
Slice the remaining whole banana in half horizontally and place both halves seedy side up in the center of the batter.
Bake at 350°F for 1 hour. The bread may take as long as 75 minutes to bake.
Remove the bread from the pan after 10 minutes. Cool completely before slicing.
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Cherry Banana Bread Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a loaf pan by lining with parchment paper and spraying with pan spray. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the mashed bananas, vanilla extract, eggs and melted butter. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix until well combined and no streaks of flour remain.
- Fold in the walnuts, chopped cherries and chocolate chunks.
- Pour the batter in the prepared loaf pan. Slice the remaining whole banana in half horizontally and place both halves seedy side up in the center of the batter.
- Bake at 350°F for 1 hour. The bread may take as long as 75 minutes to bake. Test it with a toothpick to make sure it is cooked through.
- Remove the bread from the pan after 10 minutes. Cool completely before slicing.