Cherry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread | Mostly Homemade Mom

Cherry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

January 17, 2015
This recipe makes two loaves of moist banana bread, and with the addition of maraschino cherries and chocolate chips your family will be asking for more!





I think I've had intentions on trying different banana bread ideas I've had for a long while now. You know what happens every time I buy a bunch?

They disappear.

These boys with fruit, oh my word. I used to buy loads of marked down fruit and produce at a local grocery outlet. I actually did most of my weekly shopping there because I could get things so much cheaper. We're talking 10+ bags of groceries for $60, I mean who can argue those prices?

But we moved in May and while the grocery outlet is still within driving distance, it still takes me about 30 minutes one way. There's probably half a dozen grocery stores closer to me so while I do try to get there twice per month, it's not practical on a weekly basis. Thankfully, there is another discount grocery store VERY close to our new house.

Aldi. Ever heard of it?

I think I've fallen in love. For years I had seen bloggers spout their love for this store and now I live within 5 minutes. And NO, Aldi is not sponsoring this post - haha! 

Their prices on fresh fruit and vegetables just CAN'T be beat - especially in the winter when berries are out of season in our area. They had blackberries the other week on sale for $.79 per pint! Is it weird that I get excited on Wednesdays when they come out with the new ad for the week?

I usually buy 2 large bunches of bananas and about 4 pints of berries each week. I'm not even kidding you - I'm lucky if all that fruit lasts 3 days in this house!! I told the boys if they saved only 3 bananas, I'd make them a banana treat and they actually did. This Cherry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is such a fun twist on a classic! The maraschino cherries give the bread a slight pink hue, perfect for a Valentine's Day treat as well. 

Cherry Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Yield: 2 loaves
Ingredients
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 10 oz jar maraschino cherries, drained
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
Cooking Directions
  1. Place bananas in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until completely mashed. Add butter, eggs, and sugar, and beat until smooth.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together flour and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat until well combined.
  3. Add in drained cherries and beat again. Gently stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Divide batter between two greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes. Cool completely.

I really love recipes like this because you get two loaves out of one set of dirty dishes! This bread would be perfect for a bake sale or a hostess gift as well. Just wrap it up in some wax paper and tie some baker's twine around. Perfect and yummy!





Here are some more of my favorite banana treats:


Skinny Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Yogurt




Banana Walnut French Toast Casserole




Whole Wheat Banana Muffins




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  2. Blair @ The Seasoned MomJanuary 18, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    We LOVE banana bread around here, and my kids would go NUTS for the addition of the cherries and chocolate. So perfect for Valentine's Day! Pinned and sharing on FB!

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  3. My little one is a huge marachino cherry fan. She would go crazy for your bread.

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  4. I love the chocolate and cherry combination...yum!

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  5. Chocolate and cherry is such an underappreciated flavor combo... love that you've brought it to banana bread! Yum :)

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  6. Well, it too me long enough to find out how good this recipe is. My DW presented me with 3 very ripe bananas and wanted to throw them out. So I looked up Banana Bread Recipes and decided to try yours. WOW, how moist and just super great. I did add 2 more large bananas that were not overripe, and it worked out real well. I added 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground nutmeg and 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Absolutely excellent. I baked 8 in large muffin pans and 1 in a mini bread pan. The muffins were ready in 30 minutes and the bread pan took an additional 15 minutes. This is now a must to make at least once per month if not more often. Thank you for posting and sharing this great recipe with us. "Uncle Bill" And here is mine banana bread http://www.hochzeitsfotografnurnberg.de/images/bb1.jpg

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