Cran-Banana Bread

Cran-Banana Bread

There honestly isn’t even a story or fun anecdote for my Cran-Banana Bread. I simply had a craving for something with the frozen cranberries I had and thought, let’s make rubied cranberries and then put them in bread. At some point I had the weird idea to make it banana bread. I’ve never considered a banana and cranberry combo, and it doesn’t even sound good at first. But once I made these, I was happily surprised. The cloves and cinnamon really tie everything together.  I wasn’t going to make this a blog recipe, I just wanted to make some Cran-Banana Bread. It turned out so great, I had to share. I love the sugary crumbles on my coffee cakes, I don’t usually add a crumble to my banana breads, but I thought it would be fun! I may add it to my normal banana breads from here on out because it was perfect!

Cran-Banana Bread
Cran-Banana Bread

First we start with making those rubied cranberries. This was my first time trying it out, and I think it worked pretty well. I didn’t really want the cranberries to be whole and unsweetened. So, the cranberries, sugar and water get stirred together in a saucepan and over medium heat, bring to a boil. Once the boil starts, turn down to low and simmer for just a few minutes.  The cranberries should start popping. Stir as they do. Remove from heat and allow to cool while you prep the bread batter. Preheat the oven to 375 and prepare 2 loaf pans by evenly coating with cooking spray. In a bowl, whisk together 1 ½ Cup of flour, baking soda, salt, 1 tsp cinnamon and the pinch of cloves. In another bowl, cream together the 2 TBS unsalted butter and brown sugar. Then we beat in the bananas, vanilla and buttermilk, followed by the flour mixture. Don’t overbeat, just until combined. In a small metal bowl, beat egg whites. Increasing from medium to high until peaks form. This may take several minutes. Then gently, fold the egg whites into the batter, followed by the rubied cranberries and walnuts. Stir and pour into the pans. Last, we do the crumbled topping! Mix the remaining brown sugar, flour and cinnamon and cut in 2 TBS cold, unsalted butter. Stir to get those coarse crumbles and chunks. Sprinkle over the top of the batter.

Cran-Banana Bread

Bake for 10 minutes to cook those crumbles. Then, drop the temp down to 350 and finish baking for 35-40 minutes.  Once done, allow to cool for 10-15 minutes on a wire rack before serving. I love my bread as is, but you can Garnish with a little butter on a warm piece of bread, or a dollop of honey.

Cran-Banana Bread

Just look at how delicious this Cran-Banana Bread looks! The bread is moist, the cranberries sweet, what more could you want?

Cran-Banana Bread

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Cran-Banana Bread
Cran-Banana Bread
Cran-Banana Bread

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Cran-Banana Bread

Cran-Banana Bread

Keyword Cran-Banana Bread
Servings 2 Loaves


  • 1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Water
  • 1 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tbs All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • Pinch Ground Cloves
  • 2 Tbs Unsalted Butter softened
  • 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter cold
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar separated, 1/2 Cup and 1/2 Cup
  • 1/3 Cup Buttermilk
  • 3 Ripe Bananas mashed
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1/4 Cup Crushed Walnuts if desired


  • In a medium saucepan, mix cranberries, sugar, and water until smooth.
  • Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 2-3 minutes or until cranberries pop, stirring occasionally.
  • Allow to cool while preparing bread batter.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°
  • Spray two loaf pans with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the 1 ½ Cup of flour, baking soda, salt, 1 tsp ground cinnamon and ground cloves. Set aside.
  • Cream together the 2 TBS softened unsalted butter and ½ cup brown sugar.
  • Beat in bananas, vanilla and buttermilk.
  • Beat in the flour mixture on low, until just combined.
  • In a small metal bowl, beat egg whites. Increasing from medium to high until peaks form.
  • Fold the egg whites into the batter.
  • Fold in the ruby cranberries and walnuts..
  • Pour into prepared loaf pans.
  • In a medium bowl, mix remaining brown sugar, flour and cinnamon.
  • Cut in 2 TBS cold, unsalted butter and stir until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Sprinkle over the top of the batter.
  • Place on center rack and bake 10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 350 and bake 35-40 minutes.
  • Place loaf pans on wire rack to cool 10-15 minutes before serving.


If you don't have buttermilk, you can make your own by adding 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a liquid measuring cup. Add milk until the level reaches 1/3 cup. Let sit about 10 minutes before use. The mixture will thicken or curdle.
Egg whites can be very finicky to beat. Make sure to use a clean, dry metal bowl and mixing attachments.

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