Do you think of banana bread as "Christmas-y"? Me either! But then again, maybe it should be. How to jazz up banana bread for the holidays with one simple change? Think fresh cranberries!
Now I adore my long-time favorite recipe for banana bread. Some time forever ago, I started adding maraschino cherries to the batter. (And poppy seeds. And wheat germ. But those are other stories.) The cherries are dense, sweet and wet and so totally unexpected in banana bread. Yeah, I'm a sucker for surprises like that. Are you too?!
But for the holidays, fresh cranberries are an easy, totally seasonal substitute. So your choice. Pick maraschino cherries, pick fresh cranberries. Either one transforms everyone's favorite banana bread for the season, jazzes it up with the beautiful red color that symbolizes all things holiday.
Here's the recipe I adapted, it's Cheery Cherry Banana Bread. But if you already have a favorite banana bread recipe, use your own recipe and add fresh cranberries. After all, isn't that what's so fun about the holidays, blending old tradition with new ideas? Who knows, Christmas Banana Bread might just become a new tradition!
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