Chocolate Chip-Cherry Banana Bread

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I love trying different variations on banana bread–there seem to be so many! I’ve made a Chocolate Chip Banana Bread before, which is really yummy, so when I saw a recipe at BetterHomesandGardens.com for a banana bread with both chocolate chips and cherries in it, I knew I needed to try it out! I made some changes to the recipe, including using a little more chopped cherries, walnuts, and mini chocolate chips. This quick bread is such a treat and if you want a more elaborate treat, you can add a scoop of vanilla or cherry ice cream on top of a warmed, thick slice of this bread and drizzle chocolate or hot fudge sauce over it all!

Another thing about this bread is that I think it tastes even better after a day or two. It comes out of the oven a little on the crusty side, but when it’s completely cooled, wrapped, and refrigerated overnight, it moistens up and the flavor seems a little more enhanced somehow. You can also freeze this–it thaws out well and tastes great!

CHOCOLATE CHIP–CHERRY BANANA BREAD by NancyC, adapted from BetterHomesandGardens.com

Makes a 9×5″ loaf

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup mashed banana (about 2 small-to-medium bananas)
  • 12 Maraschino cherries, drained and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350˚F.  Lightly spray or grease a 9×5″ loaf pan; set aside.

In large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine Greek yogurt (or sour cream), eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir in mashed bananas.

Add  yogurt (or sour cream) mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until moistened (batter will be lumpy). Fold in chopped cherries, walnuts, and mini chocolate chips.

Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350˚F for 50 to 53 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean–be careful not to overbake, or the bread will be dry. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove bread from pan and cool completely on wire rack.

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Then slice, serve, and enjoy!

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21 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip-Cherry Banana Bread

  1. Marty R

    Years ago, I had a similar recipe that included coconut, banana and a jar of diced maraschino cherries. I lost the recipe over the years, so I appreciate this post.

    Reply
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  3. Eileen

    your recipe shows yogurt but the instructions tell us to add in sour cream! What gives? Is this a substitution?

    Reply
    1. nancyc Post author

      Hi Eileen–The original recipe called for sour cream, but I substituted Greek yogurt–you can use either. I’ve updated the recipe, sorry about the confusion on that!

      Reply
  4. thebubblybaker

    Nancy, this bread looks so delicious! I’m also always on the prowl for different banana bread recipes, and this one is definitely getting bookmarked; thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    Reply
  5. Trish @ Mom On Timeout

    Nancy this bread looks amazing! Pinned and featuring tomorrow! I am also working on a banana bread round-up post and would love to include this recipe and the others mentioned so let me know if that’s okay! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

    Reply
    1. nancyc Post author

      Sorry I’m just now getting back to you, Trish–I was away from my computer all day! Thanks so much for pinning the bread, and yes, that would be great to include it in the roundup if you still have time to! 🙂

      Reply
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