Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Banana Bread with Dried Cranberies

Banana bread
The recipe I am going to write about today is a banana bread recipe. It is a recipe that has been a favorite in my family for many years. It is a healthy and tasty breakfast food and after-school treat. This bread is moist, aromatic, and studded with sweet red cranberries. It is delicious!

During my Polish childhood, bananas were a rare treat reserved mostly for children at Christmas and other major holidays. They were so loved that they were eaten quickly, and there was no custom for baking with bananas.

On one of many visits from my parents, I baked this bread for them and they couldn’t get enough of it. We translated this recipe into Polish, and they took it back home, where it has been popular with family and friends and has spread throughout Poland. I know that you will enjoy it as well! 

Banana bread ingredients

2 cups of all purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cup dry cranberries
3 ripe bananas
¼ cup buttermilk or ¼ cup plain yogurt
2 large eggs
1/3 cup Canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Banana bread dry ingredients
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Mix them well. 
Banana bread dry ingredients
Mix cranberries with dry ingredients. 
Banana bread wet ingredients
Peel and mash the bananas, and in a separate bowl, mix them with the buttermilk, lightly beaten eggs, oil and vanilla.  
Banana bread-combining wet and dry ingredients
Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix them until they are just combined. 
Unbaked banana bread 
Transfer the batter into a greased 9 x 5 inch nonstick baking pan. Bake for an hour. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of the bread; when it comes out clean, it is ready. Let it cool before slicing. 
Baked banana bread

Other dried fruit, such as golden or standard raisins, can be substituted for the cranberries, or you can gently fold in a cup or cup and a half of fresh blueberries. Blueberry banana bread is more moist and less sweet and is really our favorite.

This recipe was adapted from Williams Sonoma’s Breakfast cookbook.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I was just about to make banana bread today but didn't want to make it the average way. I'm going to give this recipe a try!
    -B ♡ MsBerryStylish 

    1. Thank you Sierra, I hope you like this recipe and good luck with it. Thanks for visiting, xoxo


  2. YUM! I've been looking for a healthy banana recipe so I will definitely be trying this as soon as I have some ripe bananas!

  3. This looks very good, going to try as well, thanks, Rosa