Banana Cranberry Bread
I always have leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving, so I created this recipe which is very moist and delicious.
I always have leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving, so I created this recipe which is very moist and delicious.
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!Read More
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.Read More
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!
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)
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.
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.
This is a great recipe! I always have mashed ripe bananas in my freezer and often cranberries so it's a dandy. I, too, might add a handful of whole cranberries to my next batch and would perhaps add a few more walnuts. For extra flavour, I toasted the walnuts lightly in a non-stick pan first - no oil, just medium heat and remove before they burn! Lesley, Hamilton, ON, Canada.
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.
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.
I cut the recipe in half to make just one loaf (but kept the 3 bananas (very ripe) and 1 cup cranberry sauce). I also made some changes to make it healthier. I used only 1/2 cup brown sugar and substituted apple sauce for the shortening. It turned out moist and delicious.
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.
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.
This is really good! I used jellied cranberry sauce but added in some dried cranberries and it was awesome. Will make for the holidays for gifts in mini tins. Thanks a bunch!
Great recipe! I did make a few changes: 1 cup of sugar only, used nonfat yogurt in place of shortening, used 4 bananas, used 100% white whole wheat flour instead of all purpose, used fat free milk. Came out perfectly moist, the kids raved about it. Will definitely be making this again!
These are quite delicious. I didn't have 3 bananas so I I just used 2. still has plenty of banana flavor. I also made them into muffins where the cook time was about 25 minutes. It made 18 muffins. Very good recipe.
I had a 303 can of cranberry sauce I needed to use and used this recipe with very good results. I reduced the sugar to 1 1/2 cups (more like bread than cake), 1/2 cup shortening was enough to cream the fat, sugar and eggs with plenty of volume, and I used water instead of milk and stirred into the sauce. The extra 3/4 cup or so of cranberry sauce in the can gave extra needed moisture. I added 1/2 teaspoon salt to help bring out the flavors (probably not necessary if using salted butter as someone suggested). I omitted the vanilla since vanilla tends to mask the banana flavor in banana bread. It was somewhat crumbly when still warm but sliced very nicely when completely cooled, which is typical of using shortening I think. Also, next time I am adding 1 teaspoon of dried orange peel. I always add this to regular banana bread with good results and it is always a good combination with cranberries. This recipe is definitely a keeper.
I mostly followed the recipe. I had little bits of stuff to use up, so I got a little creative. I didn't have a full cup of cranberry sauce, but I did have an aging mango, so incorporated that into the recipe. Between cranberry sauce and mango, I had about 1 1/2 cups of "liquid", so I left out the milk. I had 1/8 cup of brown sugar hanging around, so I added white sugar to make 2 cups total, and the recipe was still sweet enough. I didn't have any shortening, so I used 1-1/3 sticks of butter and 3/4 c of oil and beat those in with the sugar til it was light and fluffy. I put orange extract to up the "tang" factor after reading other reviews. I baked 1/2 of the batter into a loaf and 1/2 into muffins. Came out great! I would definitely make again and want to try with more cranberry sauce and chopped cranberries. Surely a keeper!
My son chose this recipe to make and of course I supervised since he is only 10. I found the bread a little dry don't know if it's because we used whole cranberry sauce?! My son loves it...We also put in a few dried cranberries since we all love cranberries. If we make it again, I'll add another very ripe banana and frozen cranberries to help with moisture issue. The nutmeg was quite strong and took over some of the banana and cranberry taste. Overall, it's really good and my son is gonna take a loaf to share at his sleepover tonight.
Great recipe and I loved that I didn't have to just throw out the cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving that wasn't eatten. I did use the suggestions from someone else to substitute sour cream for the shortening and used pecans instead of walnuts. Very good!
Okay. Be sure to not use the cranberry gel.
very good. I had to substitute oil for shortening, I used splenda instead of sugar and I used fresh cranberries instead of cranberry sauce.
I used pureed fresh cranberries and 2 c whole wheat flour and 2 c white flour. Cooked it in muffin tins for 40 min. Very sweet and light.
I cut the recipe in 1/2....but doubled the cranberry and banana's. This came out moist and delicious...and has left people at work begging for the recipe!! Thanks!
yummy, needs more cranberry sauce.
Excellent. I used 1/2 cup margarine instead of shortening, and the whole can of whole cranberry sauce. I agree with the other reviewers that more berries are needed, and next time I will probably reduce the sugar to 2 cups as well.
Not enough cranberries, I should have read the reviews. I substituted butter for the oil and turned out excellent but took a little longer to cook the top center of the loaf. So perhaps I don't have the conversion right but it tastes better then using the oil.
absolutely loved this recipe its a great way to use up leftover cranberry sauce. Turns our very moist & the kids dont even know it has cranberries. Thanks Linda
This is very good bread, but it's a little too sweet for my tastes. I halved the recipe to make just one loaf and it turned out very well. I chopped up some frozen cranberries and added those to the batter. I did forget to add the nuts (oops). Thank you! :)
This was very good! I did not use 2 1/2 cups of sugar because it just seemed like too much. I only used one cup and it seemed sweet to me. I totally forgot the nuts too until my husband said "This would be 5 stars if it had nuts in it!" Go figure! I will make this again :)
this bread was AMAZING. i replaced the shortening with butter and repaced the milk with cream, also added no walnuts. the batter was almost better than the bread! in my opinion, you could use a little more cranberry sauce but overall, it was outstanding!
I didn't know how I'd ever use up the rest of my Thanksgiving cranberry sauce until I found this recipe. Moist and delicious---thanks!
My first batch did not come out very well, but after I altered the cranberry sauce component to include equal parts of jelly and whole cranberries (as opposed to the first batch where I purposely picked out the whole berries only), doubled the amount of cinammon and watched my baking time more closely (remember, the 50-60 minutes cooking time is for 9x5 loaves, and I was making smaller ones) it came out pretty good. I personally did not like it, but my husband and a lot of family liked it and even asked for the recipe.
Yummy! My kids really like this as muffins. I made 1 large loaf and 24 muffins. I used Blue Cranberry sauce (not really blue, has blueberries)found on this site. I was out of vanilla so I used lemon extract. It was very simple and a great way for the kids to get in some extra fruit and fiber without them knowing. Thank you!
didnt live up fully to its name but i liked it and i may of made it wrong
This turned out quite nicely. I really liked the combination of the cranberry sauce and bananas. However, I think next time I'll use whole cranberries in addition to the cranberry sauce just to give it a little more texture. Very good recipe.
WOW!! I Love It!! I Have Found the recipe where I can use my leftover homemade cranberry sauce every year. What a wonderful tasting bread!! Great for the winter!! I love that it makes two loves! My daughter took one to a cast party and they gobbled it up! The other loaf was a great after school snack, warmed up w/ a tab of butter and hot chocolate. My kids are still asking for more! Sorry Grandma, but I have found a new banana bread recipe.
Oh so good! I only had 1-1/2 bananas, so I halved the recipe. Because there was plenty of juice in my whole cranberry sauce, I didn't add the milk. Used butter instead of shortening and 1/2 cup each of brown sugar & white sugar--it was plenty sweet. Next time (and when they're in season!) I'll use whole cranberries. The taste & texture is moist and tender like regular banana bread, and the cranberry flavor is not pronounced, but it adds a definite flavor boost!
Fantastic, even better as muffins.
After making only half the recipe for Tyler Florence's cranberry sauce on Food Network's website, we had tons left over. Looking to use up the leftovers, I found this recipe. Have to say, while I'm a pretty good cook - I've never tried baking before. The bread came out perfectly moist, tangy and yummy! Delish!
This is the BEST bread I have ever eaten! I put the chunky cranberry sauce in and my husband and I loved it. Thank you Linda! This is my number one bread!
I, too, was looking for a way to use up leftover cranberry sauce (and some extra-ripe bananas). I was a little nervous about this recipe at first, as I had homemade cranberry sauce on hand and I didn't know if it would work. IT DID!!! This recipe is excellent!!! I only have one loaf pan, so I was able to make one loaf of bread and 24 (reg-sized) muffins. I baked the muffins for about 15 - 17 minutes (they were done at 15, but I wanted them to brown a bit more, so I left them in for another 2 minutes). I followed the instructions as noted in the recipe for baking the bread. They smell delicious and tasted even better! THANK YOU for this "keeper"!!! Will definitely be making it again!!!
I made the cranberry sauce in this recipe from scratch (http://christmas.allrecipes.com/az/CranberrySauce.asp) and even though the sauce was very tasty, I couldn't taste any trace of cranberries in this bread. I do believe the cranberry sauce makes it more moist, though, as it was VERY moist! I made 4 mini loaves and 1 regular loaf in stone pans, and I may bake at 325 next time; the "crust" was sort of hard. also, I put 1 cup walnuts instead of 1/4 cup, and I could have stood more!! Enjoy!!
Good! Very good- much better than plain banana bread. Everyone liked it. I used canned whole cranberry sauce but made sure to add it last and give it only a few mixes so the whole bread wouldn't turn pink.
The flavors of cranberry and banana didn't work together as well as I expected -- it felt strange to be eating sweet banana bread and suddenly hit a pocket of tart cranberry. I didn't include the walnuts -- maybe the flavors work better together when nuts are included too.
I changed the recipe by using 1 C sugar, 1 stick of butter, 5 ripe bananas - what I had on hand, 1 t nutmeg, and pecans instead of walnuts. I also added 1/4 C of crasins, which I had on hand, and made muffins instead of loaves. The recipe makes 36 muffins baked at 350 degrees for 35 minutes until golden brown, maybe a bit longer would be better - watch for doneness. After cooling, I wrapped each muffin in plastic wrap and gave them to neighbors as a Christmas gift. Recipe was a success.
Very Good :) I used whole wheat flour- and I wonder if thats why the loaf wasnt as moist as all the other reviews comment. I would also add alot more cranberries, I can barely taste them. Overall very nice and will use again!! Thanks!
This was a great hit at our family Thanksgiving feast. I think it could use even more cranberries next time. A terrific new twist on cranberry bread.
Used butter instead of shortening, added more walnuts and cranberries. Otherwise made according to recipe. I made this recipe and a chocolate chip banana bread recipe, thinking my husband would like that more. He actually liked this one better. Very moist and declicious.
This didn't turn out well at all. I wasn't crazy about the taste or the texture. Might have been the incredients, but I probably won't make it again.
I was not very impressed with this recipe. I used hm cranberry sauce plus added some fresh cranberries as others suggested and still it really had no flavor of cranberries and only a hint of banana flavor. It did make a moist bread but mine fell in the middle-not sure what was up with that. I might make this again next thanksgiving when I have leftovers to use up but wouldn't bother if I didn't already have the cranberries.
moist, tastey banana bread. Cranberries did not make the bread taste tart. Good way to use up that leftover cranberry sauce.
Excellent receipe. Great change from just banana or cranberry bread.
Very good when fresh cranberrys are added w/out them it is not nearly as good. Very moist ...... if you dont have ripened bananas try sautaeing them in some butter w/ somee nutmeg. Gave it a nice flavor.
This is the BEST bread I have ever made! EVERY one of my guests loved it, and two even asked for the recipe.
Yum! Excellent bread and very simple to make. I used fresh cranberry sauce this time, but would even consider using some whole cranberries in the next batch. Definately will make this again!
excellent! excellent! I used left over home made cranberry sauce from thaksgiving(I'm from Canada. Our Holiday is in October). Even kids who don't eat cranberry sauce ate this banana bread.This is now my favorite banana bread recipe.
This is a very nice change to typical banana bread. It has a strong banana flavor and the cranberries made me feel I was eating somewhat healthier.
Only changes I made was use half butter/half margerine and omit the walnuts. (I didn't have any.) This worked out perfectly for me. Took a bit longer to bake and I had to place a piece of foil over the loaves to keep them from burning, but that really wasn't an issue for me. The loaves were really fluffy, but I think that's because I took the time to beat the fats in with the sugars before adding the other liquid ingredients. I also alternated the milk in with the dry ingredients when adding them in. I made these for Dustin's pool league members. I'll update again when I know how they liked it. EDITED 08/18/08: This was a hit. Will make again.
I wanted to do just one loaf so I changed the recipe as follows: 1 cup sugar, ½ cup margarine, 1 egg, 2 large bananas, 1 cup cranberry sauce, NO milk, about 1½ TBS orange juice (half of an orange), 1 tsp vanilla, 2 cups flour, just under a tsp of both baking soda and powder, 1/4 tsp cinnamon (got allergies in the house), a couple good shakes of nutmeg, and around ½ cup walnuts. The batter was pink when I put it in the oven, and it came out sort of a purpley-tinged baked loaf color. That's fine, I KNOW there's cranberries in it! If it offends people, they don't have to eat it... Oh, and it took closer to 75 minutes to bake. I increased the temperature to between 350 and 375 after an hour and, luckily, the top didn't overbrown. If it does seem to be browning too quickly, try covering it with foil. A great way to use up cranberries and yet the bananas took away some of the over-tart flavor. Thanks, Linda!
Have to keep making it, it's a HIT with friends and Family
Just fantastic - I left out the nutmeg and walnuts, and used butter instead of shortening. Really moist and delicious.
I couldn't believe the response I got from this recipe. People raved over its moistness and that it wasn't too sweet. I baked it in a 13x9x2 pyrex pan, and just slices the pieces in small sample sizes. A great way to use up those bananas.
Although the idea was good, there was too much white flour and white sugar, plus the recipie was too large for an ordinary loaf pan
This is a great recipe! It was a huge hit with my co-workers and friends! It's a little involved to make and I was nervous when it first turns "blue". But in the end it all came together!
This bread is amazing. It is moist and the cranberry gives it a nice tart pop of flavor. I used whole fresh cranberries instead of cranberry sauce.
moist and flavorful.....will sure make alot of those!
Awesome recipe!! I had about an extra quarter cup of Cranberry sauce than the recipe called for and I added the little juice with it so I left out the milk(I used both kinds of Cranberry sauce and just cubed the jellied into cranberry sized squares--and I added them dead last and barely mixed them in)Also, I had small bananas so I used 4 instead of 3. It was tasty, light for a bread, moist and delicious-almost like cake. I might add a small amount of salt (1/4 tsp)the next time I make this but it was terrific-banana bread with some pazzaz. It made 1 5x7 and 2 4x7 loaves and they are all gone!!!
This is really good. For the cranberry sauce I used the Cranberry Gelatin Salad by Sharon Wolfe that is on this site. Other than that followed directions. I didn't have any 9x5 inch loaf pans, but did have 9x3 and it made 3 perfect loafs. Thanks.
I made this bread for Thanksgiving company and they raved about it, although I personally would lighten up on the nutmeg and cinnamon -- I thought the spices were a bit overpowering and got in the way of the banana flavor. Next time I think I will skip those spices and simply use vanilla extract. I used homemade cranberry sauce (cranberries, OJ and sugar), which worked well, and doubled the nuts. The bread was very moist. My mother made me promise to make this recipe again for Christmas, so I suspect it is going to become a tradition for us. Thanks, Linda!
VERY yummy, but no cran taste, as other reviewers mentioned. I thought I'd get cute and make 1/2 a batch of bread, since I only had 1/2 cup of cranberry jelly leftovers (btw, how do you "halve" an egg? heehee, I did my best!). I also tried to cook it in a cake pan instead of a loaf pan to cut down on cooking time - what a disaster! The center was still mush, and the top was getting pretty crusty. My husband and I chowed down on the cooked parts, though. Excellent flavour! I will follow the recipe next time, and add some craisins or something to get that "cran" flavour.
loved it. It was very moist.
This was a nice change from traditional banana bread, although i didn't even taste that much banana in this one. if you get a banana bread craving, this might not quite satisfy it, but i definitely would try this again
Couldn't taste the cranberries, so it was really a banana bread. Baked well as muffins, but in loaf pan, the center was not done.
WONDERFUL BREAD! Great use of leftover cranberry sauce. I used my homemade cranberry sauce along with some of the jellied canned stuff. It is so moist and delicious. My husband who doesn't like cranberry anything loved it! Will make again!!!
This recipe is delicious. It makes much more than regular banana bread recipes do. I split mine up into two cake pans because I ran out of baking loaves (baked about 40 minutes) I made my own cranberry sauce to cut down on the sugar. This recipe is super moist and perfect for sharing with lots of friends.
Tastes more like pumpkin muffins than banana bread, but very good.
Great recipe! Used a can of sauce with whole cranberries in it instead. But I did like cream cheese instead of the shortening, then a sprinkling of brown sugar and connamon mix across the top halfway through cooking to add a sweet crunch to the top. Awesome!
Very moist and delicious! Great way to use up the leftover cranberry sauce.
I love reading the extra little comments and suggestions in the reviews section, but people like Pamnoud below who rewrite the entire recipe...here's an idea: Submit YOUR OWN recipe to AllRecipes. Just a thought...
I used 1 can of Whole Cranberry Sauce and added 1 cup of dried cranberries. Used only 2 cups sugar. Excellent!!
Easy to make and very tasty.
very easy to make and yummy to eat
Used half brown sugar and butter instead of shortening. Excellent. Will make again.
I only had a can of jellied cranberry sauce, but I added about 1/2 cup of dried cranberries. SO glad I did! The only cranberry taste came from the dried ones (I'd use a whole cup next time), but the canned sauce did keep it nice & moist. This was my first time making banana bread & it was perfectly delicious! Thanks for a great recipe. I highly recommend!!
I made this with my leftover homemade cranberry sauce. It came out so moist & full of flavor, that I am DEFINITELY adding this to our holiday traditions. Update 12/22 Small gifting loaves are baking in my Ninja oven/grill/fryer.
this is really good.
I feel it needs something more. It comes out pretty bland with this recipe.
Very tasty and a great way to use up your leftover cranberry sauce, however don't be fooled into thinking this takes 15 minutes to prepare!
After reading other reviews, I decided to be bold with substitutions. Surprisingly, the bread turned out really well and I already have requests for more. I substituted as follows:
It turned out pretty good. I made one full sized loaf and 3 mini loaves. The full sized loaf had to bake 10 minutes longer than the recipe says for me. Be sure to do the toothpick test! It could use a little more flavor. I think I’ll add some orange zest next time. Family liked it as is...
I made this delicious recipe and it was a hit!!! I did, however, make a spread to go with it. I saw it on Allrecipes as well. It was 1/2 cup softened butter, 4 ounces of cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of honey and 1/2 a cup of whole cranberry sauce. I also made a drizzle of powdered sugar and milk and drizzled it over the loaf cakes. Yummy!!!! I’ll certainly make it again!!
Very moist, great burst of real cranberry flavor.
nice recipe i changedto sour cream instead of lard i also squeezed an orange for juice and reduced with powdered sugar for a glaze
This bread came out incredibly moist. I substituted 1 1/2 cups of coconut sugar for the white sugar. Will definitely make it again.
I made a few changes, I added an extra banana and I used a little canola oil instead of shortening. I will definitely make it again.
Used 1 cup of sour cream in place of shortening, a whole can of whole berry cranberry sauce and dried cranberries in place of nuts. It is a huge hit with the fam!
I haven't made it yet but wht is shortening does it mean liquid like canola oil or is it crisco.
Great recipe as is however as most cooks do I tweaked it. I used Splenda for baking and cut it down to 1 and 3/4 c. , light sour cream in place of shortening, cut the white flour to 3 c. and added 1 cup pumpernickel meal. Added the zest and juice of one orange, omitted the milk entirely. I used homemade cranberry sauce and folded it in as the last step so that I did not have pink batter. I happened to have pecans on hand so used them instead of the walnuts. I also cut the baking time down to 50 minutes and may cut it a couple more minutes the next time. All other ingredients stayed the same. it was a not too sweet delicious comfort bread and served with a lovely cup of tea made my day. Thank you for a wonderful recipe that is a keeper in my book as it can be tweaked so many ways. I am thinking blueberries.
I would cut back about 1/4 cup of sugar I thought it was a little sweet! I will make it again! I loved it!
The first time it burned with at least 15 minutes cooking time. We did eat the inside and it was really good. The second time we cooked it even less time. The outside was gorgeous, but the inside was raw (toothpick came out clean) and fell. Won't make this again!