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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10 Responses to “Strawberry Cobbler”

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    Stephanie — May 31, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I don’t eat strawberries but Alex does so I am looking forward to all the great recipes you’ll be sharing with us this week!

    Btw, I gave you a blog award 🙂

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    We Are Not Martha — June 1, 2010 at 2:20 am

    This looks like the perfect little summer dessert 🙂 I, too, am happy just popping strawberries in my mouth, but always welcome a more desserty type option. I love your little dessert cups, too!

    Sues

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    kelly — June 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THESE, THE LOOK WONDERFUL!

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    Elina — June 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    I love love love strawberries and love your idea of doing a whole week of recipes featuring them. I must stop by the farmers market on Friday to pick some up!

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    yumventures — June 1, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    I LOVE individually sized desserts! And strawberries! Looks amazing 🙂

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    Carrie — June 3, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    My husband goes Strawberry picking every year and my mom makes him Jam, I think I might have to make these for him this year too.

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    alexandjess — June 21, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I hate to be negative, but this recipe was a little disappointing for me.
    I loved! the cobbler topping. But the filling was way too sweet. It was like eating strawberry jam straight from the jar. And I even cut the sugar down to 1/3 cup and used about 3 cups of strawberries.
    Thanks so much for sharing it though. I look forward to trying the cobbler topping with other fruit fillings.

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    Jen — June 29, 2010 at 2:19 am

    alexandjess – sorry to hear you didn’t like the fruit filling in this recipe. I wasn’t using the ripest berries when I made it. Maybe that’s why it was too sweet for you? Bummer either way 🙁

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    Memória — July 4, 2010 at 4:45 am

    What a beautiful cobbler! The filling looks pretty and bright.

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    Sophia — July 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living’s Fall Cobbler Recipe Contest! It looks delicious!

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