Banana Cranberry Bread

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If you have ripe bananas lying around, today is the perfect day to make this wonderfully moist Banana Cranberry Bread studded with tart ruby cranberries!

If you have ripe bananas lying around, today is the perfect day to make this wonderfully moist banana bread studded with tart ruby cranberries!Banana Cranberry Bread

This Banana Cranberry is moist and delicious! I love the contrast of the sweet bananas with the tart cranberries in each bite. Some other banana bread recipes you may enjoy are Banana Nut BreadPetite Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Loaves, and Pumpkin Banana Bread.

It’s snowing here today – the kind of day I look for any excuse to turn on my oven so I can warm up my home with the scent of fresh baked goodness. With ripe bananas on my counter, and some cranberries left over from yesterday’s pear-cranberry crumble, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.

How To Make Banana Cranberry Bread

If you have ripe bananas lying around, today is the perfect day to make this wonderfully moist banana bread studded with tart ruby cranberries!
If you have ripe bananas lying around, today is the perfect day to make this wonderfully moist Banana Cranberry Bread studded with tart ruby cranberries!
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Banana Cranberry Bread

94 Cals 2 Protein 20 Carbs 2 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Yield: 16 servings
COURSE: Breakfast, Brunch
CUISINE: American
If you have ripe bananas lying around, today is the perfect day to make this wonderfully moist banana bread studded with tart ruby cranberries!


  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • baking spray
  • 1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, not packed
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3 ripe medium bananas, lightly mashed
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp turbinado sugar


  • In a small saucepan combine the cranberries water and sugar and bring to a boil. Simmer over medium heat until the cranberries burst, about 4 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a loaf pan with baking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl cream butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Add egg whites, bananas, and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.
  • Add flour mixture and blend at low speed until combined, do not over mix.
  • Fold in cranberries and pour batter into the prepared loaf pan; sprinkle with turbinado sugar on top and bake in the center rack for about 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the pan cool at least 25 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.



Serving: 1slice, Calories: 94kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 4mg, Sodium: 105mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 11g
WW Points Plus: 3
Keywords: Banana Cranberry Bread, banana cranberry bread recipe, cranberry banana nut bread, low fat banana bread
If you have ripe bananas lying around, today is the perfect day to make this wonderfully moist banana bread studded with tart ruby cranberries!


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  1. This is now my favorite Banana Bread recipe. I’ve made it  3 times in the last 3 weeks. I use 1/2 bread flour and 1/2 oatmeal flour (I don’t like whole wheat flour) and use 1 large whole egg and a heaping tablespoon  of apple sauce. It comes out delicious. 

  2. Fabulous flavor with very little sugar. No one will suspect this is low cal and healthy. Recipe is easy to follow. Minimal ingredients and bursting with flavor. I added chopped walnuts for added texture. A quick bread just needs nuts. Used 1/4 cup chopped. Takes exactly 60 minutes to bake. I spray the pan but also use parchment paper.. highly recommend this recipe. I’ve made it twice within 3 weeks. Great gift to give the hostess of your holiday parties.

  3. I swapped out the vanilla for almond extract and baked two small loaves for about 45 min. Delicious! 🤗

  4. Fantastic! I was not sure about banana and cranberry….although I love both separately. This bread turned out great. I used coconut sugar for the brown sugar and coconut oil instead of butter. It baked about 55 minutes. SO good and 2 of us ate over 1/2 the loaf for breakfast! Huge winner recipe! Thank you:o)

  5. Added 1/2 cup of chopped pecans. Just delicious.

  6. Made this and absolutely delicious. Next time will add some nuts.

  7. I LOVE THIS RECIPE. I make it more times a year than I can rightly keep track of it! Just made it right now and thought, I had really better write a comment. I’ve been using this recipe for years! Thank you! It’s so good. This is my go-to recipe anytime I want to make bread or muffins. Every time I make this recipe everyone just loves it and asks for the directions so I send them your link.

    I’ll change it a bit depending on what I have around the house.
    Here are some of the ways I often mess around with this recipe:
    – I find just throwing the cranberries right into the batter (especially, right into the flour mixture) works great – don’t cook the cranberries ahead of time! Too lazy? You betcha! :0) But seriously, tastes great anyway.
    – I used whole eggs and don’t separate whites and yolks.
    – I add cinnamon and cardamom, because I can never get enough.
    – Also, I usually add nuts and chocolate chips, because, oh that’s delicious.
    – I often just use 1/4 cup sugar because I like them nearly devoid of sugar, hahaha, especially if I add chocolate chips. I did this at my mom’s and she was angry, but she ended up liking them anyway.
    – Orange zest is awesome in this recipe.
    – I make muffins a lot, only cook for 12-15 minutes @ 350 F, and then I can store a bunch in the freezer for later.

  8. My favorite muffin, so far but no matter how many times I checked, it still came out to 4 points on green, not the stated 3 points on the recipe. Not sure if Gina’s recipe has not been updated. Nevertheless the muffins are great!

  9. I made these as muffins rather than a quick loaf, but they turned out great. Super moist.

  10. I only had 2 very ripe bananas but had some cranberry sauce with whole cranberries, so I substituted about the same amount as one banana. would be. Otherwise I followed the exact directions. It came out perfectly. I appreciated the way the directions were written so that there was no guessing.–even down to the utensels. . Very delicious–highly recommend.

  11. This is so good!!  Used brown sugar replacement sugar for cooking cranberry as well as in bread and smart balance butter spread.  On WW so used whole eggs. Got 12 generous slices  for 2 points (blue). Never thought to use cranberry and bananas together but works so well. Great bread and recipe. 

  12. Just made this today – so good! I’m on WW so looking for healthy snacks; loved the combo of tart cranberries with the sweet of the banana. Another winning recipe!

  13. I made this today except I made it even “skinnier” because I used a natural no calorie brown sugar substitute. Also, I didn’t have turbinado sugar, so I just baked it as is. It is delicious!  

  14. Just made these and got 12 delicious muffins ! 

  15. Just made this tonight and it’s absolutely delicious!!! Even my 2 year old was all over it. Thank you so much! 

  16. Delicious and easy! Feels like I am cheating and eating bad. After it cooled and I cut it in half, it was a little under done in the middle, even though the toothpick came out clean, so I popped the 2 halves back in the oven for 10 mins – perfect. . Only thing is I have no idea how this would be cut into 16 slices- i got 12. Has anyone tried muffins?

  17. If I make these in mini loaf pans how long should I cook it?  

  18. Can you use AP flour? 

  19. This is one of my favorite breads to make now. I make it gluten free with equal parts trader joes gluten free flour and omit the sugar on top. The result has always been a delicious, moist and not overly sweet bread. My husband LOVES it and I just made mini loaves (cook for 28-0 minutes) for my clients. Delish!

  20. How do I store overnight? I plan to share this for coworkers in the morning. 

  21. I love this recipe. Have made it twice. And it’s the type of recipe that can be tweaked depending on what you have in your cabinet or your taste – I used avocado oil once instead of butter or used a bit more flour or two whole eggs.

    One question – both times I’ve made it, I found that it sticks to my glass bread loaf pan more than other banana bread or quick bread recipes. (I usually spray it first with canola spray.) I can’t quite figure out why. Any idea?

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  24. 🙁 Made this, used all white flour and no sugar on top. Flattened out once it cooled and the inside was much more wry than I care to bite into, even though my testing knife came out clean. Disappointing

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  26. Could I sub the brown sugar for stevia? I have a huge bag I purchased that said it was great for baking and measures just like sugar.

  27. I just made this.I have to say this is the best banana and cranberry bread I have ever come across of. It is so moist and tasty.The cranberries add a pop of flavor in your mouth. This recipe I am definitely keeping. So glad I came across this.

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  29. I just baked this and the whole house smells incredible. I baked it for 50 minutes instead of 60 and it’s a little burnt on the outside. Not a big deal, I’ll just cut off the outsides. Can’t wait to try it tomorrow for breakfast!

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  31. I’m allergic to banana so what can I substitute it with? 

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  33. Is it ok to use whole eggs rather than just the whites?

  34. If I’m making with dried cranberries do I prep them like it says at the beginning of the recipe?

    • I personally wouldn’t add the sugar since they’re already sweet. But you can add the water and rehydrate them on the stove the same way. 

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  36. I made muffins and used Craisins instead of cranberries and skipped cooking the cranberries. Also added a pinch of cinnamon. Very yummy! Thanks Gina!

  37. Using frozen cranberries, can this bread be frozen?

  38. Good but the cranberries are VERY tart… No way my kids will eat this. 🙁

    Ps I used a whole egg instead of the two whites and used white flour bec I didn't have whole wheat. I didn't have the turbinado sugar either. The bread part is good but I don't know what's up w the cranberries.

  39. Great recipe! I'll definitely be making this again!

  40. To substitute the cranberries for chocolate chips, would you keep the amount the same and add 1 cup of chocolate chips?

  41. What would you substitute for the 2 egg whites? We have an egg allergy in our family. Thank you!

  42. hi! I don't have an electric mixer, can I mix it with a whisk or a spoon or will the consistency change?
    Thank you 🙂

  43. Have you tried making this gluten free? If so, wondering on suggestion for flour/flour mixtures. Thanks!

  44. wow this was so easy and SO yummy!! i added a bit more cranberries…
    will definitely be making again and again! thanks for the great recipe 🙂

  45. Great taste. I used white flour, and added walnuts. Wonderful !

  46. agree, this is definitely a keeper; one question though,
    do you suppose Gooseberries could be substituted (saw these at a farmers market, looked interesting, have tried them in yogurt, they're a bit tart)?

  47. This was delicious, and so easy to prepare!

  48. Just made this and it smells delicious Gina! Sounds more complicated than it actually was!

  49. came out perfect. I initially thought ity is not done. So baked it 15 min more. I believe even at the end u see some crumbs. correct me if I am wrong. Very little though.

    Thx Gina. Loved this more than banana bread


  50. Thanks for the grate share
    You can also try this great stuff.

  51. how can i sub the white whole wheat for either all purpose or whole wheat flour.

  52. I got 12 muffins from this recipe. I baked them 23 minutes. I used regular white flour and they turned out fine. I also added about 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg.

  53. I don't have an electric hand mixer…can i use a food processor or do by hand? what would you recommend?

  54. Can you use regular white flour?

  55. Outstanding……will make this over and over, it was a huge hit.

  56. This is DEFINITELY happening in my kitchen this week!

  57. Hi, Gina. I love cranberry bread. Love the "tartness" of the cranberries! Yummy!

  58. Wow what I nice idea. I love banana bread. I only tried with chocolate so far but will try for sure your cranberry version very soon 🙂

  59. This looks so delicious! I have cranberries and ripe bananas in my freezer right now.

  60. Looks scrumptious! Thanks for sharing this.

    xoxo Zoe

  61. I, too, would like to know if you can use dried cranberries????

  62. can you use dried cranberries

  63. Do the cranberries need to be cooked or can they be chopped?

  64. This looks fantastic! I love baking with cranberries!

  65. Gina,

    How do I store this? Do you store it on the counter or in the fridge during the week? Let me know!

  66. Gina, Have you heard about "The Chew's" contest for the best chef for Weight Watchers recipes? You would be awesome,please sign up I would love to see you I know you would win.

  67. If I "veganize" this, can I add one flax egg substitute for the egg whites?

  68. I made this yesterday — it turned out perfectly and is delicious! Thank you!

  69. I don't have turbinado sugar. 🙁

  70. can you make them in the small loaf pans?

  71. What is turbinado sugar?

  72. This looks so good and I have bananas just waiting for something delicious! What size loaf pan did you use?

  73. Perfect timing! I, too, an in the northeast and am looking forward to a day of baking for gift giving. I need to clear my freezer of all the bananas…at least 20. And, I have been wanting something to make with the cranberries I recently bought. The problem, though, is I am addicted to skinnytaste recipes and really wanted a cranberry bread. THANK YOU, GINA!

  74. I have this in the oven now. I was able to get 16 muffins out of the recipe. Can't wait to try them!

  75. I think I know what I'm going to do with the cranberries I have in the fridge! Recently made a WW friendly cranberry bread in the slow cooker using leftover cranberry sauce, which turned out really well too.

  76. Looks so good! If a serving is one slice, how many slices does it make?

  77. How delicious does this look! Delish!

  78. Need bananas STAT!

    Would this work in a bread machine?

  79. I love cranberries and happen to have some ripe bananas, making this today, thanks.

  80. The trouble is this looks too good…hard to resist more than 2 slices….;)

  81. This looks so delicious, I'll have to try it!

    Much Love,
    -Stephanie Eva