Banana Cranberry Bread

I think that one of the easiest things to bake is banana bread. Most recipes don’t call for too many ingredients, and most ingredients are ones that you most likely already have at home.

Baking banana bread is one of the best ways to fill your house with an amazing, drool-worthy scent, and is absolutely delicious too eat, both warm and at room temperature (although I prefer mine warm, especially when it’s fresh out of the oven).

This bread is a fun spin on classic banana bread, with the incorporation of cranberries. Before trying this, I don’t think I have ever had fresh cranberries before. I have had dried cranberries before, as well as cranberry juice and cranberry sauce (which I love with chicken or turkey), but never fresh cranberries, so it felt a little weird going to the grocery store and buying a bag of these little, red oval shaped fruits.

Fresh cranberries are sour and bitter, and even baked, they still have a bit of a sour flavour. The sweetness of this banana bread does help to balance the tastes out nicely, but overall, I don’t think I am a huge fan of fresh cranberries. It’s just me, not them 🙂

Banana Cranberry Bread


3 to 4 ripe bananas, smashed
1/3 cup melted salted butter
3/4-1 cup light brown sugar, depending on the level of sweetness you prefer
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon bourbon
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
1 1/2 cup of flour
1 cup fresh cranberries


No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, vanilla and bourbon, then the spices. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour, mix. Add the cranberries, and stir until just incorporated. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Source: Joy the Baker

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  1. Oooh, what a nice twist on banana bread. Cranberries are pretty tough to eat on their own, but accompanied by something sweet, they add a nice tartness.


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