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Make banana bread a little extra special by stirring in dried cherries and cocoa powder. You can give this delicious banana bread recipe as a gift, or save it for yourself -- we won't tell.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Adam Albright

Recipe Summary

30 mins
10 mins
40 mins
1 hr 20 mins
2 loaves


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of two 7 1/2x3 1/2x2-inch loaf pans or 7x4x2 1/2-inch paper lined wooden baking pans; set aside. In a small saucepan combine cherries and amaretto. Heat over low heat just until mixture comes to a simmer (do not boil). Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.

  • In a large bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; set aside.

  • In a medium bowl combine eggs, bananas, sugar, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in soaked cherries and pecans.

  • Spoon batter into prepared pans; spread evenly. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. If necessary to prevent overbrowning, cover loosely with foil for the last 15 minutes of baking.

  • Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans (if using wooden pans, do not remove from pans). Cool completely on rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

173 calories; fat 7g; cholesterol 19mg; saturated fat 1g; carbohydrates 26g; mono fat 2g; poly fat 4g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 15g; protein 2g; vitamin a 97.2IU; vitamin c 1.2mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.6mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 24.2mcg; vitamin b12 0.1mcg; sodium 106mg; potassium 112mg; calcium 30.3mg; iron 0.9mg.