Bread Machine – Cranberry Banana Bread

Cranberry Banana Bread Machine Recipe

This cranberry banana bread machine recipe produces a moist & delicious “quick” bread. This is an improved version of Grandma’s traditional banana bread!

This is not a sandwich-type bread recipe. Rather this bread machine cranberry banana bread recipe produces what is known as a quick bread. Quick breads use baking soda and/or baking powder as a leavening agent (versus sandwich breads which use yeast). Quick breads are usually a sweeter muffin-like “bread” that is often eaten as a dessert.

When making this banana bread recipe, please make sure you use the quick bread setting on your bread machine or your bread could burn. If you like banana bread, you should also try our Blueberry Banana Bread or Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

Since this banana bread recipe is done in a bread machine, it is simple & easy to make. It should take you only 10 minutes or so to prepare and then you let the bread machine do the rest of the work. For more great recipes, please visit Bread Dad’s main Bread Machine Recipes section. Bread Dad also has a printable and “pin-able” recipe at the bottom of the page.

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Key Ingredient – Ripe Bananas

Ripe Banana

Key Ingredient – Dried Cranberries

Cranberry Banana Bread Machine Recipe

Finished Product – Delicious Cranberry Banana Bread

Banana Bread Machine Recipe

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Ingredients – Bread Machine – Cranberry Banana Bread

Instructions – Bread Machine – Cranberry Banana Bread

  • Prep Time – 10 minutes
  • Baking Time – 140 minutes
  • Bread Machine Setting – Quick Bread
  • Beat the eggs.
  • Mash bananas with a fork.
  • Soften the butter in microwave.
  • Mix the water and instant nonfat milk powder together.
  • Pour this instant milk into the bread pan and then add the other ingredients (except the dried cranberries). Try to follow order of the ingredients listed above so that liquid ingredients are placed in the bread pan first and the dry ingredients second.
  • Start the machine going after checking the settings.
  • After the first kneading and before the second kneading, add the dried cranberries.
  • When the bread machine has finished baking the bread, remove the bread loaf pan and place it on a wooden cutting board. Let the bread stay within the bread loaf container for 10 minutes before you remove it from the bread loaf container. Use oven mitts when removing the bread machine container (bread loaf pan) because it will be very hot!
  • After removing the bread from the bread loaf pan, place the bread on a cooling rack. Use oven mitts when removing the bread.
  • Don’t forget to remove the mixing paddle if it is stuck in the bread. Use oven mitts as the mixing paddle could be hot.
  • Before using your bread machine, you should read the bread machine manufacturer’s  instructions in order to use the bread machine effectively and safely.

Tips – Bread Machine – Cranberry Banana Bread

  • If you dislike dried cranberries, you can replace them with raisins, dried cherries, etc.
  • Make sure to gently scrape sides of bread loaf pan with rubber spatula after first kneading and before second kneading. This will help to mix all of the ingredients. It will also help to prevent flour sticking to the side of the bread when it is finished baking. Use a rubber or silicon spatula in order to avoid damaging the interior of the bread loaf pan. Do not use a hard spatula (i.e. metal spatula).
  • You need to leave the bread in the bread loaf container for 10 minutes after you take it out of the bread machine. Denser quick breads take a little longer for the interior dough to be fully baked.
  • Since you are letting the banana bread “harden” for 10 minutes in the bread loaf pan, the mixing paddle might rip more of the bottom when removed (versus removing it immediately after baking).
  • If you use unripe green or hard yellow bananas, your banana bread might not be as tasty. Unripe bananas have more starch and less sugar than ripe bananas. The natural sweetness of ripe bananas works best for bread machine banana bread recipes.
  • We use aluminum free baking powder in our bread machine banana bread recipes. Read the label of your baking powder because some brands may use ingredients such as sodium aluminum sulfate. Making your own bread allows you to screen out unwanted chemicals.

Bread Machine – Cranberry Banana Bread Questions

What is a quick bread?

Quick breads use baking soda and other types of leavening agents. They do not use yeast as a leavening agent (unlike traditional breads used for sandwiches). Quick breads also tend to be moister, sweeter, denser and have a muffin-like consistency. Examples of quick breads include banana bread, beer bread, carrot bread and zucchini bread.

What is a ripe banana?

A ripe banana generally has a yellow banana peel with some brown spots. The ripe “interior” banana will be sweeter & softer than unripe hard bananas. As a banana ripens, natural enzymes coverts the banana’s starch into sugar. Therefore, unripe green or yellow bananas have more starch and less sugar than ripe bananas. This results in a lower quality banana bread.

For more on the banana ripening process, please read this Wikipedia article.

How to store banana bread?

Homemade banana bread will last only 1 or 2 days on the counter (and it will spoil even faster in a hot & humid environment). After baking and when the banana bread is completely cooled, you can store it on the counter in a large resealable plastic bag or an airtight container. You can also place a paper towel around the bread in order to absorb any extra moisture. For long-term storage, you should freeze the banana bread. It should be completely wrapped in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and then placed in a resealable plastic bag. Place the wrapped banana bread in the freezer and it should last for several months.

Luckily, our bread machine banana bread recipe is so delicious, it is likely to be completely eaten within a day. Storage problem solved!

What is aluminum free baking powder?

Baking powder is used as a leavening agent in some bread recipes (i.e. banana bread). However, some baking powder brands have ingredients like sodium aluminum sulfate. If you would rather not add aluminum into your family’s meals, you should consider using aluminum free baking powder. Aluminum free baking powder is sold in stores or online.

Cranberry Banana Bread Machine Recipe
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Bread Machine - Cranberry Banana Bread

This cranberry banana bread machine recipe produces a moist & delicious “quick” bread. This is an improved version of Grandma’s traditional banana bread!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread machine recipe, banana bread recipe, banana bread recipe bread machine, banana quick bread recipe, cranberry banana bread, cranberry banana bread machine recipe, cranberry banana bread recipe
Servings: 12 Slices
Author: Bread Dad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup - Water (warm)
  • 1 Tablespoon - Instant Nonfat Milk
  • 2 - Eggs (beaten)
  • 8 Tablespoons - Butter (melted)
  • 1 Teaspoon - Vanilla Extract
  • 3 - Bananas (Ripe), Medium Sized (mashed)
  • 1 Cup - White Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Cups - Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon - Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons - Baking Powder (aluminum free)
  • 1 Teaspoon - Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup - Dried Cranberries

Instructions

  • Prep Time - 10 minutes
  • Baking Time – 140 minutes
  • Bread Machine Setting – Quick Bread
  • Beat the eggs.
  • Mash bananas with a fork.
  • Soften the butter in microwave.
  • Mix the water and instant nonfat milk powder together.
  • Pour this instant milk into the bread pan and then add the other ingredients (except the dried cranberries). Try to follow order of the ingredients listed above so that liquid ingredients are placed in the bread pan first and the dry ingredients second.
  • Start the machine going after checking the settings.
  • After the first kneading and before the second kneading, add the dried cranberries.
  • When the bread machine has finished baking the bread, remove the bread loaf pan and place it on a wooden cutting board. Let the bread stay within the bread loaf container for 10 minutes before you remove it from the bread loaf container. Use oven mitts when removing the bread machine container (bread loaf pan) because it will be very hot!
  • After removing the bread from the bread loaf pan, place the bread on a cooling rack. Use oven mitts when removing the bread.
  • Don’t forget to remove the mixing paddle if it is stuck in the bread. Use oven mitts as the mixing paddle could be hot.
  • Before using your bread machine, you should read the bread machine manufacturer’s instructions in order to use the bread machine effectively and safely.

Notes

  • If you dislike dried cranberries, you can replace them with raisins, dried cherries, etc.
  • Make sure to gently scrape sides of bread loaf pan with rubber spatula after first kneading and before second kneading. This will help to mix all of the ingredients. It will also help to prevent flour sticking to the side of the bread when it is finished baking. Use a rubber or silicon spatula in order to avoid damaging the interior of the bread loaf pan. Do not use a hard spatula (i.e. metal spatula).
  • You need to leave the bread in the bread loaf container for 10 minutes after you take it out of the bread machine. Denser quick breads take a little longer for the interior dough to be fully baked.
  • Since you are letting the banana bread “harden” for 10 minutes in the bread loaf pan, the mixing paddle might rip more of the bottom when removed (versus removing it immediately after baking).
  • If you use unripe green or hard yellow bananas, your banana bread might not be as tasty. Unripe bananas have more starch and less sugar than ripe bananas. The natural sweetness of ripe bananas works best for bread machine banana bread recipes.
  • We use aluminum free baking powder in our bread machine banana bread recipes. Read the label of your baking powder because some brands may use ingredients such as sodium aluminum sulfate. Making your own bread allows you to screen out unwanted chemicals.
 
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Sarah

I love banana bread. If you add cranberries, it should be twice as good. 🙂

Paulina

This is an absolutely delicious banana bread. My family loved it.

Diana

Love this recipe. Please add some more banana bread recipes.

Elizabeth

Great recipe. Next time, I am going to sprinkle some cranberries on top to make it even more cranberrier!

Rhonda

Just made this recipe. My kids loved it!