Take your banana bread to the next level with chocolate chips, cherries, and nuts to make it Banana Split Quick Bread.
I don't know about you but I always have leftover bananas. It doesn't matter if I buy 3 bananas or 10 bananas I almost always end up with 2-3 bananas that are turning black on my counter.
Most often I make myself banana bread or banana muffins but sometimes that gets old. While I like banana bread I can only eat so much of it.
I have put a spin on banana bread with different mix ins and toppings like Nutella or chocolate chips which helps to switch it up a bit. It's nice having a sweet bread to enjoy for breakfast or in the evening after dinner.
So when I came across this Banana Split Bread I was pretty excited. I checked out the ingredients and found that I had them all in the house so I set to work making the bread.
- baking powder
- baking soda
- chocolate chips
- maraschino cherries
To Make the Bread: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar. Add in the eggs and vanilla. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add half the flour to the butter mixture and mix well. Add in the bananas and mix until combined. Stir in the remaining flour. Fold in the chocolate chips, cherries, and pecans. Pour into bread pan and bake for 1 hour.
The base of this bread is just like the original banana bread. The only difference is with the add ins.
One note about the add ins; the original recipe called for crushed pineapple but I didn't have any so I just skipped it and added in another banana for moisture.
I also use pecans instead of walnuts because I just like pecans better. Feel free to use walnuts if you have them or prefer them.
What is a banana split?
The classic banana split takes a banana and slices it in half. Then three scoops of ice cream are placed in the banana. Usually the ice cream is vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Then there is pineapple sauce on one scoop, chocolate sauce on a second scoop, and strawberries on the third scoop. The ice cream dish is finished off with whipped cream, nuts, and cherries on top.
How do you ripen a banana?
If you don't have ripe bananas in the house you can ripen your bananas. You can put them in a brown paper bag and close it. It should ripen in 24-36 hours. If you are looking for a faster way preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Bake on a baking sheet for 30 minutes or until the banana peel has blackened and is soft to the touch.
Do I have to add the nuts or can I add different nuts?
You do not have to add nuts to the batter. It just adds to the banana split flavor. The original recipe calls for walnuts but I like pecans better so I used those. You could also use peanuts or wet nuts if you'd like.
The bread was super easy to make. It only takes about 10 minutes to whip up and get it into the oven.
I liked that the cherries added some color to the bread. I always think banana bread just looks boring but the cherries and chocolate add some color to it.
The bread smelled amazing as it was cooking. It was sweet and I could smell the chocolate and bananas baking in the oven.
Once I pulled it out it looked really good. I could see all the chocolate, cherries, and nuts standing out and I couldn't wait to try it.
More Banana Recipes:
- The Best Banana Bread
- Chocolate Hazelnut Banana Bread
- Banana Bread French Toast Cupcakes
- Banana Nutella Muffins
- Bananas Foster Muffins
When I sliced the bread I was really excited. I could see the little flecks from the bananas but I could also see all those yummy additions to the bread.
The first bite was amazing! The chocolate melted in my mouth and the cherries added a nice bit of flavor. The nuts gave the bread a little bit of a crunch.
All in all it did taste somewhat like a banana split. It was very different from regular banana bread which was my goal. I could totally make this once a month and be happy about it.
I enjoyed this bread as dessert after dinner but it was also a nice breakfast treat. It's one of those breads that you can eat any time of the day.
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- 6 Tablespoons butter, softened
- ½ c. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ¾ c. flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
- 1 c. chocolate chips
- ½ c. maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
- ½ c. pecans, chopped
- Preheaat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
- In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Add half the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix well. Stir in the mashed bananas. Add the remaining flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until just combined.
- Fold in the chocolate chips, cherries, and pecans.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes. Turn onto a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
Recipe adapted from Taste of Home