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 350ΒΊF. 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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10 Responses to “Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins”

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    Molly Jean — October 26, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Mmm those sound great. And they would go PERFECTLY with my coffee this morning πŸ™‚

    Looking forward to the next installment of Pumpkin Week!

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    Lindsey — October 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    So glad you enjoyed them!! Your pictures are great!!

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    stephchows — October 26, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    a whole week of pumpkin! i’m in heaven πŸ™‚

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    Jelli Bean — October 26, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Looks yummy. I love muffins, and Husband loves finding them in his “snack” containers at lunchtime too! Mmm.

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    Andrea — October 27, 2009 at 2:53 am

    OT

    Hi! Congratulations for your blog! I’m Andrea, an Italian guy who created and managed a Food&Drink blog.
    What do you think about a link exchange? πŸ™‚

    Sorry for my bad English! πŸ˜‰

    Ricette Blog

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    nutmegnanny — October 27, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Pumpkin is the best! It always says fall to me:) I ended up making my own puree this year and I really think it tasted better.

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    Andrea — October 27, 2009 at 3:02 am

    OT

    Hi! Congratulations for your blog! I’m Andrea, an Italian guy who created and managed a Food&Drinks blog.
    What do you think about a link exchange? πŸ™‚

    Sorry for my bad English! πŸ˜‰

    Ricette Blog

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    Sweet and Savory — October 28, 2009 at 4:06 am

    I love this recipe also. I think, I should stop looking at your blog. You will keep me baking for weeks. I am not really complaining.

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    bridget {bake at 350} — October 31, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Mmmm…pumpkin AND cranberries! I could totally use one (or 3) of these this morning!!!

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    SnoWhite — October 31, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    pumpkin and cranberry are delicious together. thanks for another wonderful recipe.

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