Cranberry Banana Bread – Easy Dessert Recipe

easy cranberry banana bread

This easy cranberry banana bread recipe is delicious & simple to make. You will love the taste of sweet bananas combined with slightly tart cranberries. Cranberry banana bread is fantastic as a breakfast snack or a lunch/dinner dessert. Our recipe calls for fresh or frozen cranberries. However, you can also use dried cranberries if you want a sweeter banana bread. Nevertheless, whether you use fresh, frozen or dried cranberries, cranberry banana bread is the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving, autumn harvest festivals or any special occasion.

Our banana bread with cranberries recipe should take you only 10-15 minutes to prepare and clean up. Please be aware that this is an oven-baked banana bread recipe. It is not made with a bread machine. For more delicious banana bread ideas, please visit Bread Dad’s main section on Banana Bread Recipes. You will also find a printable and “pin-able” recipe at the bottom of this page. If you liked this recipe, please leave a comment below and give us a 5 star rating.

Cranberries Being Added to the Banana Bread Batter

Cranberry Banana Bread

Ingredients – Easy Cranberry Banana Bread Recipe

  • 8 Tablespoons – Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 2 – Large Eggs
  • 3 – Bananas (ripe & large sized)
  • 2 Cups – Flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1 Cup – White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cups – Cranberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 Teaspoon – Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon – Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon – Baking Powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon – Salt

Servings – Roughly 12 slices

  • Equipment required for this recipe – Measuring cup & spoons, mixing bowl, long wooden spoon, 9 by 5 bread pan, oven mitts, silicon spatula, cooling rack and an oven.

Sliced Cranberry Banana Bread

easy cranberry banana bread

Instructions – Easy Cranberry Banana Bread Recipe

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Mash bananas with a fork.
  • Soften butter in a microwave.
  • Stir eggs, bananas and butter together.
  • Mix in remaining ingredients (except the cranberries). Stir until the batter is fully mixed.
  • Add the cranberries after the batter has been completely mixed. Make sure the cranberries are evenly spread throughout the batter.
  • Pour finished batter into a nonstick bread pan. Smooth out the top of the batter within the bread pan.
  • Optional (for decorative purposes) – Sprinkle some cranberries on top of the batter before placing into the oven.
  • Bake in the oven for 65-70 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Take out of oven and let the banana bread cool down in the bread pan for 10 minutes. Do not remove the banana bread from the bread pan during this 10 minute cool down period. Use oven mitts as the bread pan will be very hot coming out of the oven.
  • After 10 minutes, remove the banana bread from the bread pan. Place the banana bread on a cooling rack in order to completely cool. This cool down may take 1-2 hours. Gently slide a silicon spatula between the banana bread and the bread pan walls if the banana bread is stuck in the pan.

You Can Even Turn This Recipe Into Delicious Cranberry Banana Muffins!

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Tips – Easy Cranberry Banana Bread Recipe

  • The tips below are designed to help banana bread “novices” and/or people with limited baking experience.
  • I like to use frozen cranberries with this recipe because they retain their shape better during the stirring of the batter and baking (less likely to rupture during the mixing & baking cycles). In addition, fresh cranberries can be harder to find in the supermarket (versus frozen cranberries).
  • Frozen cranberries do not have to be thawed before baking the banana bread. They can be added directly to the banana bread batter and will thaw during the baking process.
  • You can also use fresh cranberries. They are delicious but tend to “bleed” a little more (rupture in the bread when mixing & baking).
  • You can also use dried cranberries if you want a sweeter cranberry banana bread.
  • Use RIPE bananas for improved taste. Ripe bananas are soft and usually yellow with small black spots. Hard yellow/green(ish) bananas are too starchy and have less banana flavor.
  • Make sure to use 3 large bananas (not 3 medium bananas). Otherwise, the banana bread with cranberries might turn out to be a little dry.
  • In case, you like to use cups versus banana “sizes”… 3 medium-sized bananas equal roughly 1 to 1 1/4 cups of mashed bananas (not sliced bananas). 3 large-sized bananas equal roughly 1 1/3 to 1 2/3 cups of mashed bananas (not sliced bananas). Of course, banana sizes can vary greatly… and my version of medium and large-sized bananas may differ from yours!
  • If you looking for an easy breakfast snack, you can also turn this recipe into delicious Cranberry Banana Muffins.
  • In case you are interested, here are some interesting cranberry facts. Cranberries are a decent source of vitamin C, antioxidants and magnesium. In addition, according to Wikipedia, the United States, Canada, and Chile account for roughly “98% of the world production of cranberries” and “95% of cranberries are processed and used to make cranberry juice and sauce”. Juice & sauce? Well, we prefer them in banana bread!
  • This doesn’t happen often but if the top of the banana bread looks too moist or under cooked, you should try the “toothpick test”. Gently push a toothpick into the top of the bread and see if any batter sticks to the toothpick. If batter is sticking to the toothpick then it hasn’t completely cooked. Place the bread pan back into the still hot oven for another 2 or 3 minutes. Make sure to wear oven gloves because the bread pan will be very hot. After the 2 or 3 minutes, remove the bread pan and test the banana cranberry bread again with a tooth pick.
  • If you like cranberry-based desserts & snacks, you should try our recipes for Applesauce Cranberry Bread, Cranberry Bread (with Dried Cranberries), Cranberry Bread (with Fresh Cranberries) and Pumpkin Cranberry Bread.
  • If you have a problem with a banana bread recipe, please make sure that you are following the recipe exactly (i.e. using the correct oven temperature), using the correct amounts of ingredients (i.e. don’t eyeball the measurements versus using a measuring cup or accidentally add a tablespoon when a teaspoon is called for), using the correct ingredients (i.e. baking soda/powder versus yeast or all purpose flour versus bread flour), etc. Please don’t “wing” things with recipes.
  • In addition, you should always try to use relatively fresh baking soda & powder for the best results. For example, using baking soda from an open container (that has been deodorizing your refrigerator for months) may lead to subpar results. Old & hard baking soda/powder may lead to rising problems and/or leave small bitter clumps in your banana bread with cranberries.
  • For more easy banana bread recipes (i.e. blueberry, cranberry, chocolate chip, vegan, oatmeal, etc.), please visit Bread Dad’s main Banana Bread Recipes section.

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Questions – Banana Bread with Cranberries

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. Types of sweet quick breads include banana bread, beer bread, carrot bread and zucchini bread.

Of course, cranberry banana bread is a delicious example of a sweet quick 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.

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.

What are dried cranberries?

Dried cranberries are dehydrated fresh cranberries. The reduced water content in dried cranberries makes them sweeter than fresh or frozen cranberries. In addition, many commercially produced dried cranberries have added extra sugar. FYI – Banana cranberry bread can be made with frozen cranberries, fresh cranberries or dried cranberries.

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Cranberry Banana Bread - Easy Dessert Recipe

This easy cranberry banana bread recipe is delicious & simple to make. You will love the taste of sweet bananas combined with slightly tart cranberries. This cranberry banana bread is perfect as a breakfast snack or a lunch/dinner dessert. This recipe is for a 2 lb loaf. Please visit Bread Dad (BreadDad.com) for more great banana bread recipes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread, banana bread recipe, banana cranberry bread, cranberry banana bread, cranberry banana bread recipe, cranberry bread, cranberry bread recipe, cranberry quick bread
Servings: 12 Slices
Calories: 251kcal
Author: Bread Dad

Ingredients

  • 8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 2 Eggs (large)
  • 3 Bananas (ripe & large sized)
  • 2 Cups Flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1 Cup White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cups Cranberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Mash bananas with a fork.
  • Soften butter in a microwave.
  • Stir eggs, bananas and butter together.
  • Mix in remaining ingredients (except the cranberries). Stir until the batter is fully mixed.
  • Add the cranberries after the batter has been completely mixed. Make sure the cranberries are evenly spread throughout the batter.
  • Pour finished batter into a nonstick bread pan. Smooth out the top of the batter within the bread pan.
  • Optional (for decorative purposes) – Sprinkle some cranberries on top of the batter before placing into the oven.
  • Bake in the oven for 70 minutes.
  • Take out of oven and let the banana bread cool down in the bread pan for 10 minutes. Do not remove the banana bread from the bread pan during this 10 minute cool down period. Use oven mitts as the bread pan will be very hot coming out of the oven.
  • After 10 minutes, remove the banana bread from the bread pan. Place the banana bread on a cooling rack in order to completely cool. This cool down may take 1-2 hours. Gently slide a silicon spatula between the banana bread and the bread pan walls if the banana bread is stuck in the pan.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Slice | Calories: 251kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 299IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

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