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Banana Cranberry Bread Recipe
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Banana Cranberry Bread

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"I always have leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving, so I created this recipe which is very moist and delicious."

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Original recipe makes 2 - 9x5 inch loaves Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, and mix in bananas, cranberry sauce, milk, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Gradually blend flour mixture into the banana mixture. Fold in walnuts. Pour into the prepared loaf pans.
  3. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack, and cool completely.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 29, 2002

I used a can of whole berry cranberry sauce, no shortening, 3 T of dry milk powder (in place of liquid milk), and only 1 cup of sugar. It is now my family's favorite banana bread recipe, even beating out the cocoa chocolate chip banana bread.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 29, 2003

I thought this recipe was just okay. I made it into muffins and it worked well, I just didn't find them particularly flavorful. Adding some dried or fresh cranberries might add some needed zing.

May 15, 2006

This was GREAT! Made it for our Mother's Day get together. I never use shortening and always sub it with sour cream, I also used a whole can of whole cranberry sauce. I also made one loaf with nuts, the other without. Otherwise, I followed the recipe. I will make this again!

Dec 06, 2006

EXCELLENT base recipe. Thanks for the start! bananas and cranberries -- what an awesome combination! The result is a kind of "spice bread." I think that the nutmeg is key!! Here's my healthier version. Note: bananas -- Using VERY RIPE ones, and more of them, gives the moisture AND sweetness. Banana Cranberry Bread 2 1/2 c. sugar --> reduce to 3/4 c. sugar 1 c. shortening -- eliminate this entirely 3 eggs 3 mashed bananas --> increase to 10 VERY RIPE (brown) mashed bananas 1 c. cranberry sauce --> substitute 1 bag = 12 oz. whole cranberries instead 1 orange, peeled and mashed -- ADD this 1/2 cup milk 1 t. vanilla extract 4 c. all-purpose flour --> substitute 3 c. self-rising flour 1 1/2 t. baking soda 1 1/2 t. baking powder 1 t. ground cinnamon 1/2 t. ground nutmeg --> increase to 1 t. ground nutmeg 1/2 c. chopped walnuts 2 loaf pans (9x5") --> 3 loaf pans 350 for 50--60 m --> 40 m (less cooking time means more moistness)

Dec 10, 2003

Absolutely delicious. I was looking for a recipe for moist Cranberry-Orange bread. This was it. The first time I make a new recipe I try to make the original recipe but this time after reading the reviews I used 1 cup of chopped fresh cranberries instead of the sauce and I used the zest of one orange. This recipe made 6 mini loaves. I used a toothpick to make sure it was done. This will go into my Hall of Fame.

Oct 07, 2005

My husband (who hates cranberries!), loved this recipe. I used homemade cranberry sauce (recipe on this site, Cranberry Sauce I submitted by Toni) and while the actual cranberry sauce was excellent, I have to agree with other reviewers that there didn't seem to be enough cranberries. Should consider adding some whole cranberries next time. I substituted margarine for the shortening and made them into muffins instead of loaves. Worked out well.

Dec 12, 2002

This recipe was very good. The only thing I substituted was using 25% less flour and butter instead of shortening. I will surely make this again. This tops the list for cranberry bread recipes.

Nov 28, 2002

I used my leftover candied sweet potatoes instead of banana and WOW. Very moist, very delicious and very happy to use my leftovers in such a creative way.


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  • Calories
  • 292 kcal
  • 15%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 45.4 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 24 mg
  • 8%
  • Fat
  • 11.2 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 3.7 g
  • 7%
  • Sodium
  • 116 mg
  • 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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