Cranberry Banana Bread

Cranberry banana bread is a deliciously moist healthy addition to your baking list. I’m using dried cranberries as opposed to fresh cranberries meaning it’s not just for Christmas it’s for all year round!

This deliciously moist cranberry banana bread is not only a fantastic healthy addition to your Christmas baking list but as you use dried cranberries here, as opposed to fresh cranberries, you can make it all year round!

Actually, it came about completely by accident, the using of the dried cranberries that is, because I couldn’t get actual cranberries anywhere, when I started putting together this recipe.

I needn’t have worried that they might burn or go rock hard whilst baking because the wet batter mixture actually prevented that – happy days!

So, get stuck into this low calorie, low fat healthy non butter alternative cranberry banana bread. I think you’re going to love it!

This deliciously moist cranberry banana bread is not only a fantastic healthy addition to your Christmas baking list but as you use dried cranberries here, as opposed to fresh cranberries, you can make it all year round!

The good folks at my work have become my “guinea pigs” for recipes like this cranberry banana bread.

In the case of this bake, I simply left the box in the kitchen at work with a note of what it was, returning an hour later to find it all gone.

Now I think that’s testament to what they thought of this!

This deliciously moist cranberry banana bread is not only a fantastic healthy addition to your Christmas baking list but as you use dried cranberries here, as opposed to fresh cranberries, you can make it all year round!

As with my other banana bread recipe, this cranberry banana bread recipe makes 15 slices, which can easily be frozen, and individually removed from the freezer when required.

If you have any leftover cranberries after making this recipe then how about some chocolate cranberry truffles?

If you follow Neil’s Healthy Meals regularly (subscribe below 🙂 ) you’ll know I have an infatuation with cranberries – even more so at this time of the year!

But, if you don’t believe me, check out my other cranberry obsessing recipes like my wholemeal cranberry scones or my no bake cranberry flapjacks! Ha ha ha! Ho ho ho!

African Adventures

Lady Lynne and I are back. 🙂

Back from our African adventures. Back from what I can only describe as a holiday of a lifetime.

Now, I thought that our honeymoon, a safari in Kenya two years ago, was extra special, a holiday of a lifetime and it was. But now this, actually trekking through a rainforest, in Uganda, a guide chopping down the way forward with a machete, to see one of the rarest creatures in the world…….what can I say……you decide…….

I took that little video standing only a few metres from that magnificent creature.

And, I’m looking forward to sharing more like that with you, in Vegan January. I promise a re-cap of the highlights from our two weeks in Uganda and Zanzibar. I just need to whittle down the 300 photographs I took!

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This deliciously moist cranberry banana bread is not only a fantastic healthy addition to your Christmas baking list but as you use dried cranberries here, as opposed to fresh cranberries, you can make it all year round!
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Cranberry Banana Bread
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hrs
Total Time
1 hrs 30 mins
 
Make this deliciously moist and healthy cranberry banana bread at any time of the year.
Course: Home Baking
Servings: 15
Calories: 187 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients:-
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 100 g wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 100 g dried cranberries
Wet Ingredients:-
  • 4 medium sized ripe bananas
  • 200 g no fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 medium eggs whisked together
  • 15 g coconut butter melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C fan and grease a 20cm x 12.5cm / 8” x 5” loaf tin.
  2. Put all of the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, add and mix all the wet ingredients together, first by mashing the bananas, then by combining them with the yogurt, eggs, coconut butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the liquid wet ingredients into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and fold everything together into a batter with a spatula.
  5. Pour the batter into the greased loaf tin and bake in the centre of an oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the loaf has risen well and is golden brown. Check the centre is cooked by inserting a wooden skewer, which should come out clean.
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before removing from the tin and placing on a wire rack.
  7. Once cooled slice into 15 slices and keep in an air tight container.
Recipe Notes

Can be frozen and individual slices removed when required.

Nutrition label details are per slice.

Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Banana Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 23
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.6g 4%
Saturated Fat 0.8g 4%
Cholesterol 25.7mg 9%
Sodium 201.3mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 38.2g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2.3g 9%
Sugars 18.7g
Protein 4.3g 9%
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 4%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This deliciously moist cranberry banana bread is not only a fantastic healthy addition to your Christmas baking list but as you use dried cranberries here, as opposed to fresh cranberries, you can make it all year round!

Merry Christmas And Enjoy Your Cranberry Banana Bread!

But, for now folks, in case you hadn’t noticed, its Christmas, and having only just returned home late last Friday, you’ll have to excuse me with just this one cranberry banana bread recipe post this week. Though it is a rather good one, even if I say so myself! 😉

There’s rather a lot to be done here in preparation for the arrival of my parents on Christmas Eve, and a sumptuous dinner on Christmas day to be prepared for.

Then Lynne and I will be sharing Boxing Day, and another festive feast assisted by me, at her parents in Greenock.

So, until next week, and hopefully the first batch of holiday photographs to bring you, prior to a whole raft of Vegan recipes for January, Lynne and I would like to wish you all a very healthy, happy and peaceful Christmas, hopefully which you will be sharing with your families and friends too. 🙂

Thanks Amanda at running with spoons, for the opportunity to share this recipe too.

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Comments

  1. AH! I can’t wait to see more videos and photos!!! Amazing!!!
    And I see the cranberry love you have 😉 Fabulous idea to pair them with sweet banana! I would gobble this bread up!!!
    Merry Christmas Neil!!!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Rebecca! 🙂

      Hopefully I’ll have a first post for next week of some of the photographs (that’s the plan anyway) I took. There’s a couple more little videos too.

      I see you approve of my cranberry obsession! Thanks 😉

      Merry Christmas to you too Rebecca!! 😀

  2. WELCOME BACK! I’ve missed you! I’m so glad that you indeed had the adventure that you anticipated, and I can’t wait to hear more. Until then, enjoy your Christmas, and send me over some of this goodness, will you?
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Hey Susie, missed you too! 😀

      There were times by the pool in Zanzibar, that I reached for my tablet to check on all my favourite bloggers but unfortunately I didn’t have a spare hand to type anything cause I was holding my cocktail in it. 😆

      Have a fabtastic Christmas. I’ll get Lynne to eat some of this cranberry banana bread on your behalf? 😉

  3. I love banana bread and my husband loves it even more!!! Great idea with the cranberries! I’ve got to try that addition!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Hi Natalie, thanks. 🙂

      That’s exactly the same for Lynne and I! I love banana bread, and she literally devours it, lol

      I hope you love it with the added cranberries, as much as we do, and I hope you and Matt have a wonderful Christmas!

  4. I love homemade bread! Banana bread is such a great way to use up overripe bananas! Your banana bread has perfect texture, and dried cranberries add such a nice touch!
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    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Thanks Melanie.

      Both Lynne and I have loved banana bread for a long time now and there’s nothing like giving it an extra special “boost” at this time of year with the cranberries!

  5. welcome back! what a holiday! love the videos. can you take me next time? and feed me this bread? please?

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Hey thanks Lindsay!

      More videos and photographs to come in January, and I’d quite happily feed you this bread, but you would have to pry it away from Lynne first. 🙂

      Hope you have a great Christmas. 😀

  6. You went to Uganda and Kenya??? I went to Uganda about 2 years ago, and it was one of the best experiences of my life! I’ve never thought of banana and cranberry going together, but this looks good.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      We were so blown away by the beauty of the country and the wonderful people of Uganda, Emily!

      We’re definitely going back. Our guide kept telling us of all the other places, like Queen Elizabeth National Park that we’re love to visit in the future too. 🙂

      Thanks for commenting and I hope you and your family had a wonderful, peaceful Christmas together. 😀

  7. Oh wow – that video is amazing – thanks so much for sharing it – and this recipe Neil! This cranberry banana bread sounds delicious – GAH now if only I can con my way into being one of your co-workers every tie you bring treats like this to work! 🙂
    Hope y’all had a wonderful Christmas and I hope y’all have a wonderful NYE! Wishing you and lady Lynne much joy in 2016, Neil. Looking forward to those posts about Uganda and Zanzibar!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

      Hey Shashi, great to hear from you and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too!

      Just working on finalising the first of the four planned posts of our African adventures, hopefully that’ll be up later this week! 😀

      Have a fantastic New Year yourself and thanks for your amazing comments about my cranberry banana bread. You know I’d always save a slice for you. 😉

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