Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread

Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread

Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread-The most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread ever!  No butter or oil! It makes a perfect snack or breakfast for the holidays.
This whole wheat Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread is the most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread you’ll ever have! No butter or oil! It makes a perfect snack or breakfast for around the holidays.

Looking for a quick and easy recipe for those extra cranberries sitting in the refrigerator? I’ve got you covered! The Recipe Redux theme of the month is: A Food Memory for Which You Are Thankful. We were asked to share a favorite food memory and the healthier “redo” of the recipe.

I’m thankful for the amazing homemade banana bread my mom used to bake for us as kids. There’s just something so comforting about it. Warm, moist banana bread fresh from the oven.  mmmm.

I know everyone claims to have the best banana bread recipe…but this recipe is definitely the best, most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread! You’d never know it doesn’t have any butter or oil! I typically make it with just some chopped nuts but this time I decided to add some fall ingredients in honor of Thanksgiving. Cranberries and pecans!! It turned out so good!

Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread-The most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread ever!  No butter or oil! It makes a perfect snack or breakfast for the holidays.

Since I have made it plenty of times, I have come up with a much healthier version without sacrificing the taste and moistness of the bread. The original recipe calls for ½ c. butter, which I have exchanged for applesauce and swapped the all-purpose flour for hearty whole wheat. I also used a tad less sugar, about ¾ c. versus 1 c. The bread gets much of its sweetness and soft texture from using lots of bananas! Make sure they are ripe. The darker, the sweeter!

Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread-The most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread ever!  No butter or oil! It makes a perfect snack or breakfast for the holidays.

The added cranberries and pecans lend another dimension of sweet, tart, nutty flavor and crunchy texture. It would make a perfect seasonal bread to serve around the holidays or have for breakfast. This recipe could also be made as a simple banana bread. Simply omit the fruit and nuts. Or try and add some other mix-ins if you’d like! Dark chocolate chips, walnuts, berries, pumpkin, peanut butter, etc.

Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread-The most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread ever!  No butter or oil! It makes a perfect snack or breakfast for the holidays.

My husband  s this bread so much that he will purposely leave 3 bananas in the fruit bowl to turn brown, and then ask if I am going to make some banana bread.   

Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread-The most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread ever!  No butter or oil! It makes a perfect snack or breakfast for the holidays.

Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread-The most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread ever!  No butter or oil! It makes a perfect snack or breakfast for the holidays.

Not only does this Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread taste amazing, it makes your house smell like all sorts of wonderful! Your neighbors will be lining up at the door  

 I recommend making at least few batches of these and storing some in the freezer.  Having the extras can make for a perfect quick snack, breakfast or holiday gift when needed!

Enjoy!

Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread
Serves 8
This whole wheat Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread is the most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread you’ll ever have! No butter or oil! It makes a perfect snack or breakfast for around the holidays.
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Cook Time
55 min
Cook Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 ripe bananas
  2. 1/2 c. applesauce, unsweetened
  3. 3/4 c. sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1.5 Tbsp. milk
  6. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  7. 1 c. whole wheat flour
  8. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  9. 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  10. 1/4 tsp. salt
  11. 1 c. cranberries, fresh
  12. 1/2 c. pecans, chopped
  13. cinnamon sugar mix, to sprinkle (optional)
  14. cooking oil spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Spray a loaf pan with cooking oil and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar until the pan is lightly dusted.
  3. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a large bowl add the bananas and beat with a mixer or mash with a utensil. Add applesauce and sugar stirring to mix. Add eggs one at a time and mix. Add vanilla and milk and combine.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and combine. Gently stir in the fresh cranberries and pecans.
  6. Pour batter into loaf pan and sprinkle with a little more cinnamon sugar on top.
  7. Bake for about 55-65 minutes (definitely check at 55 minutes) until golden brown or until toothpick comes out clean.
Adapted from family banana bread recipe
Adapted from family banana bread recipe
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Serving size: 1 slice Calories: 208 Total Fat: 7 g Saturated Fat: 1 g Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g Trans Fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 35 g Sugar: 18 g Sodium: 253 mg Fiber: 4 g Protein: 5 g Cholesterol: 53 mg

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15 comments

  1. Betty Castillo says:

    I made Paleo cupcakes. I substituted coconut flour & flax seed for the wheat flour. Used splenda and added a pinch of cinnamon, cloves & ginger. They were awesomely delicious!!

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