Cranberry Raisin Almond Banana Bread

Here’s another banana bread recipe. Like the one I posted the other day, this banana bread kicks things up a notch with some great mix-ins. I hadn’t planned on using raisins and crans, but I didn’t have enough crans for the recipe, so I went with a combination of the two. It added great color and flavor to use both.

I really enjoyed the almond and banana combination. By using almond extract, there was a great almond scent to the bread, and of course the chopped almonds helped to enhance the almond flavor while also adding texture to the bread.

This bread came out pretty dense, I think due to all the add ins and the fact that I used white whole wheat flour in the bread. This bread made a great breakfast for me and Hubby for quite a few days. And, of course, it also freezes really well.

I always toast nuts that I use in any recipe. Toasting them really brings out their nutty flavor. I usually toast them in a skillet on medium heat for just a few minutes until they become fragrant.

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Cranberry Raisin Almond Banana Bread

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup mashed banana (2 medium bananas)
1/4 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 cups white whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup almonds, toasted and chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 -inch loaf pan.

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

Add banana, milk, eggs, and almond extract, mixing well.

Add dry ingredients, mixing just until moist.

Stir in almonds, dried cranberries, and raisins. Spread batter evenly in a loaf pan.

Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool.

Recipe adapted from Ocean Spray, as seen on Sweet and Savory Tooth

 


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7 Responses to “New York Style Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce”

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    Jigginjessica — May 11, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Besides the top being a little brown it looks like a perfect cheesecake! I absolutely must try this recipe. Thanks for sharing

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — May 12, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Yes!

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    Amber — March 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Can I use dried blue berries for the sauce.

    • beantownbaker — March 25th, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

      I haven’t tried this sauce with dried berries. I am not sure it would work very well without the addition of some liquid. Maybe some fruit juice?

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    Carol Schu — June 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Just made this cheesecake for dinner guests. It was a big hit. I didn’t have any trouble with burning but the top came out spotted with brown instead of the lovely smooth top. No matter, I covered it with blueberry topping and no one cared. Oh, and… It didn’t crack but I left it in the oven until it was completely cooled. Thanks!!

    • beantownbaker — June 10th, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

      Glad it was a success for you! And yay for no cracking 🙂

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    marie williams — January 19, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Blueberry sauce…
    I looked at least 20 recipes and this was the best for simplicity of ingredients.

    It didn’t require vanilla, or zest of lemon (which would require a grater$$)

    And best of all it did not require a ton of sugar. I am not much of a cook however your easy to understand directions. And it was great.
    Thank you

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