Cranberry Banana Bread

A fantastic way to use up fresh Fall cranberries, this Cranberry Banana Bread is fluffy and flavorful!

Cranberry Banana Bread

Oh it’s that time of year, people!

I’m cranberrying (pretend that’s a word) ALL THE THINGS!

Though some may want to fight me on this, the have way more uses than plain ole cranberry sauce.

We love them tossed into salads, swirled into cornbread, and roasted with butternut squash to sweet caramelized perfection!

Up next is this fluffy and fantastic Cranberry Banana Bread!

Banana Bread with Cranberries and Walnuts

Cranberry Banana Bread

There’s a deliciously sweet, mild banana flavor in the bread itself with little jewels of cranberries flecked throughout to shake things up with their tangy tartness.

The nuts add fantastic texture to to the bread but if you’re either out of or avoiding nuts entirely, they can 100% be skipped as needed!

When this bread is hot from the oven the cranberries are downright assaulting with their tartness. I’m talking a high-five and a half to the tastebuds here, people! The WOAH-factor mellows as the bread cools. So be sure to give it some time to cool down.

If you find fresh cranberries too tart, you can actually use chopped dried cranberries in this bread.

Cranberry Banana Bread with Vanilla Icing Glaze

You can also take a walk on the sweeter side and serve the bread with a sweet vanilla icing on top.

The sticky-sweet glaze mellows the cranberries and gives this cranberry banana bread a total dessert bread vibe. It’s tastes a bit like a breakfast cake when you do this and I have to admit, I’m a fan!

Optional Vanilla Icing

  • 2 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 3 or more TBSP heavy cream, as needed, to thin the icing
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Sift confectioners sugar into a medium-large bowl. Add heavy cream, one Tablespoon at a time while mixing to reach desired consistency. Stir in vanilla extract and drizzle over cooled bread.

Cranberry Banana Bread
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Cranberry Banana Bread

A fantastic way to use up fresh Fall cranberries, this Cranberry Banana Bread is fluffy and flavorful!

Course Bread, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cranberry Banana Bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 325 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • cup   sugar
  • 5 TBSP unsalted butter softened
  • cup mashed ultra-ripe banana*
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2   large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • cups   all-purpose flour
  • tsp  baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, and/or pistachios)
  • 1.5 cups coarsely chopped fresh cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Set oven rack to center position.

  2. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch loaf pan. For easy bread removal, you can also place a "sling" of parchment paper into the pan horizontally with a bit hanging over the edges to help you lift out the loaf. I love this trick!

  3. Mix sugar and butter in a medium mixing bowl until completely blended.

  4. Add banana, milk, vanilla, and eggs. Mix well.

  5. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until moist. Stir in nuts and cranberries.

  6. Spread batter evenly in the loaf pan.

  7. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean. Remove from pan, cool on rack.

Recipe Notes

* The darker the banana peel, the sweeter the bread! For best results, use super-sweet over-ripe bananas.

Recipe is written for a 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch loaf pan. Baking time will vary based on size and darkness of loaf pan used, as well as altitude conditions. Adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 325 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 112mg5%
Potassium 206mg6%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 211IU4%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe adapted from Food.com.

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  • Brenda

    Why is 1/2 cup nuts mentioned twice in the recipe?
    And why is there no mention of the vanilla in the recipe?
    Thanks

    • Hi Brenda! So sorry for the delay; I just got my computer/internet access back. Somehow the duplicate write up escaped my recipe testers and myself and I’ve updated the recipe to clarify. You’ll add 1/2 cup total chopped nuts (sometimes I’ll even add a little extra) and vanilla will go in along with wet ingredients.

  • Audrey

    Trying cranberry/ banana nut bread. I’d like to find fairly easy recipes.

  • Patrice

    5 stars
    This bread is delicious! It’s incredibly moist, but not heavy. You can definitely taste both the bananas and cranberries individually, and they complement each other, I made it last night, and I’ve already eaten nearly half the loaf – a keeper, for sure!

    • Thank you Patrice; I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the recipe! I cannot be trusted around a loaf of this stuff – it gets devoured so fast, haha!

  • Ginny

    5 stars
    Just made this and boy is it good! I used a small Bundt pan (made for the instant pot) so I also got a few muffins. Next time I’ll add the nuts, decrease the sugar just a tad and maybe add a little orange zest. Can’t wait to try it again!

    • Yay!!!! So fun to use a small bundt pan!

  • Linda Hanley

    5 stars
    Oh My Goodness! Just the best!! I used Ocean Spray dried cranberries in mine, and it is sweet, moist, and just the yummiest!! Thank you! It smells like a lil piece of Heaven in my kitchen! This is the most perfect bread I have ever made —- rose to top beautifully and was popping open. Cooked it exactly as you stated —- 1 hr and 10 mins! Nailed it!! I would give you 10 stars for that Award Winning Cranberry Banana Bread!! ❤️❤️👍👍

  • Julie Whitehair

    5 stars
    This bread was delicious! Moist, tender crumb was so good with the sharp cranberries. I topped mine with turbinado sugar, which gave it a great crunch. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you Julie! So stoked you enjoyed the banana bread! xoxo

  • Julie Whitehair

    5 stars
    This bread was delicious! I am definitely adding this to my recipe file!

  • Anonymous baker!

    5 stars
    Made it exactly as says only adding dark chocolate chips. Crispy, soft and absolutely perfect <3 droooollll thank you!

    • I love the addition of dark chocolate chips! So glad the recipe was a hit!

  • Milan

    Can you use dried cranberries? Is there a trick on how to pick cranberries?

    • Hi Milan! I use dried cranberries in my Cranberry Orange Pumpkin recipe if you’d like a recipe written for dried cranberries. It’s delightful! As far as picking cranberries, the season should be starting up so you should be able to find them in your local grocery store soon. I like to go with organic bagged cranberries when I can find them and sometimes my store even has them fresh in a little makeshift “bog” where you can pick out exactly how much you need. So fun! xo

  • sandy hoynoski

    Can you make this with frozen cranberries?

    • Hi Sandy! I haven’t tested it with frozen yet, so I’m not sure if they bleed a bit and change the batter color like frozen blueberries can? Let me know if you experiment!

  • Susan T-O

    5 stars
    Super yummy! Mine came out slightly underbaked despite an extra 10 minutes cooking time, probably due to my wonky oven, and it’s still delicious. I love how tangy it is, with the sweetness of the bananas keeping it from being overly tart. Alas, my husband doesn’t like it, so I will have to eat the whole loaf myself, woe is me, whatever shall I do.

    • Bahahaha! I say the same thing any time my spouse snubs something and it’s mine alllll mine! So glad the recipe was a hit! xoxo

  • Ann

    What a cool recipe! This bread looks so delicious and airy! I made cranberry bread and banana bread separately, but it never occurred to me to combine them, although this is such an elementary idea. Thank you for that I always can find something interesting on your blog, and everyone will surely like it.

  • Justine

    5 stars
    I’m kind of in love with this recipe. I’m so excited for cranberry season to start!

  • 5 stars
    The nuts made this banana cranberry bread special. I recommend it!

    • So happy to hear it Helene – thank you!

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