Christmas Banana Bread

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!

Christmas Banana Bread, everyone's favorite banana bread all dressed up for Christmas! Recipe, insider tips, nutrition, Weight Watchers points at #KitchenParade.

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!

More Ideas for a Christmas Cookie Plate

(hover for a description, click a photo for a recipe)
Chocolate Ginger Crinkle Cookies Fresh Cranberry Drop Cookies Graham Cracker Toffee
No-Chill Cutout Sugar Cookies No-Roll Christmas Sugar Cookies Frosty Christmas Trees

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  1. Catherine12/02/2014

    This is such a good idea. I used to have a recipe for a regular loaf cake made with walnuts and maraschino cherries. It was good, but I lost the recipe.

  2. Catherine ~ Thanks! I love maraschino cherries in banana bread but when I did a loaf with cranberries for Thanksgiving last week, frankly I was surprised how quickly it disappeared, even with lots of other sweets on offer. The fact is, people love banana bread! Thanks for commenting!

  3. Anonymous12/02/2014

    Great idea!

  4. You know, my Mom always made banana bread for Christmas buffets, which was always our Christmas dinner. We had a huge sit down meal for Thanksgiving, but for Christmas, my Mom wanted to take it easy so she made cook-ahead stuff and then put together a great buffet for dinner. She made 3 or 4 kinds of quick breads, and banana was always one of them. I think I will try your version this year - it sounds like a great flavor combo to me!


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