Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread

Loaves of delicious bread are perfect for dessert, as gifts, or sliced and packed into a lunch for a sweet surprise. Bake a few loaves in upright heart-shaped canapé pans for a lovely Valentine’s Day treat. Frosted or plain, this Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread will become a new favorite for your family.

You can use a capape pan to bake it into a heart shape. If you don’t have one, you can pick one up inexpensively at amazon: Canape Bread Set

Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread

 

Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread
Makes 2 standard loaves or 3 canapé loaves

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 teaspoon salt
14 maraschino cherries
2 large ripe bananas
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

  • Heat oven to 350 F.
  • Prepare pans by spraying thoroughly with an oil/flour mixture, or by generously greasing with shortening. If you are using canapé pans, place foil over the bottom openings and fit the pans into their metal bases. For more stability, set the pans on a baking sheet.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, chocolate chips, and salt.
  • Chop the cherries into small pieces and roll them up in a paper towel. Squeeze firmly to remove excess juice. Add the cherry pieces to the dry mixture and stir until coated.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the bananas and eggs together with an electric mixer until creamy. (Small lumps of banana are okay.)
  • Add the vegetable oil, milk, and vanilla to the banana mixture and mix well. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Do not over mix.
  • Spoon evenly into prepared pans. If you are using canapé pans, fill them a little over half full.
  • Bake for approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. To test loaves for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center; it should come out clean. For the canapé pans, you will need to use a long wooden skewer.
  • Allow to cool in the pans on a rack for 20 minutes, and then turn out to cool completely.

If desired, add maraschino cherry juice to powdered sugar for a simple icing. Ice the loaves and chill before slicing.

If you’re looking for more chocolate treats, check my friend Jenny’s blog for her delicious homemade Krispy treats made from chocolate and peanut butter!

Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread  

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  1. I absolutely love to make holiday themed goodies. This will be a great thing to take to my ladies luncheon or for teacher treat. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. mel says:

    This looks so good! YUM!

  3. That looks adorable and I bet it tastes good too! I think this would be perfect for breakfast in bed on Valentine’s Day!
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  4. Emily says:

    Aww! This sounds and looks so yummy & cute! We’re trying to save up for some big purchases so I’ve thought about doing a realy simple valentines day this year to try and save money – maybe I’ll make some adorable sweets like this instead of buying store bought ones.
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  5. I’m not sure if a canape loaf is similar to a tube but I love this shape! My Mom would go nuts over this recipe for sure, it has all of her favorites! Bookmarking.

  6. Susan says:

    I don’t really have a Valentine’s themed treat that I make for my kids. This cherry banana bread will score me mom points for sure. Pinning now.

  7. I am drooling! These look so yummy, how on earth did you get them heart shaped? Pinned this!

  8. This looks delicious! My kids love maraschino cherries and would eat them by the ton. I love making banana bread especially when I can score over ripe bananas for really cheap at the grocery store!
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  9. Debbie L. says:

    This bread looks delicious. What a great idea to bake it in a heart shaped pan. I am ordering a set from Amazon (only $12.51) – heart – flower – star. Perfect to make bread for all seasons. Thanks for the idea.

  10. Tina Ashburn says:

    I love banana bread, and I’ll be the addition of cherry makes it really great! I’m going to bake this tomorrow and freeze it since I won’t have time to bake again before Vday!! Thanks so much!

  11. Shauna S says:

    This is just delicious looking. I like the heart shape and pink color too. What a cute food idea for Valentine’s day.

  12. All of my favorite ingredients rolled into one yummy recipe! Can’t wait to try this one out for Valentine’s Day treats. Thanks for sharing.
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  13. Jenny says:

    These are just too cute! I had a similar recipe stewing in my head but didn’t know there was a heart shaped pan I could use!
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  14. Rebecca says:

    Oh my daughter would love this! What a fun and yummy treat for valentines day!
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  15. Tammilee says:

    This sounds delicious! I am going to have to make this for a surprise for my Husbands. He loves cherry anything.
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  16. I will admit that when I saw the title I wanted to make this and I did not care how hard the recipe would be. I do like that this recipe was easy for me to follow.
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  17. Lena says:

    Adorable, delicious and makes me very hungry for some :)
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  18. I’m seriously in love with the heart shape loaf! So cute! And It looks absolutely delicious!
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  19. These are cute and look delicious

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