Festive Winter Time Banana Bread with cranberries, chocolate chips and walnuts

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Festive Winter Time Banana Bread!
Festive Winter Banana Bread, fresh out of the oven.

Our Thanksgiving was interesting this year. It was just us, "us", meaning my dear husband and me, and that was new for me. Fortunately my grown and wise children have other folks to enjoy holidays with and now alternate between "home" and "in-laws", so as to not miss anyone. And while I like and encourage this concept, this was the first year, and thus Thanksgiving was just a bit different with only the two of us.

And to top it off, the turkey was not thawed, you see........

I had stayed longer at work on Wednesday, to bring one of my tenants home from the hospital. She had the opportunity to be discharged on Wednesday and be home for the holiday. But no ride home, so I volunteered. Usually, I am free to leave early when my tasks are completed and this is especially appreciated before a holiday. But it is important to be home for the holidays, so I stayed to help out.

Discharging from a hospital and all the necessary checks and balances really does take a lot of time. While this gave us the opportunity to talk and get caught up, the clock was ticking and ticking. Finally 3 hours later, we were on our way. Of course, once getting her settled and happy to be home, I also have a commute across the bridge, on the start of a holiday, and it appeared that everyone else had waited to leave from where they were to go to where they needed to be, all at the same time.......

I finally pulled into the driveway at 6:30 having left that morning at 6:45 to begin my day. A bit tired and off my game, and I did not check on the turkey. Fast forward a few hours to the morning on Thanksgiving day and time to get cooking, and what do we have here, but a frozen bird. Now, this bird had been in the refrigerator for a week and was still solid frozen. I don't understand it, but on Sunday when we did roast the thing, it still was a solid block of ice in the breast cavity.

It has been a bit cold here.....

We had a unique Thanksgiving dinner, to say the least! 

But now let's talk about this banana bread. It is delicious, really delicious! I first made it several years ago and the flavor combination is wonderful. The banana flavor is soft and pairs well with the chocolate and cranberries. It is not specific to holiday time and yet is very festive, and perfect to serve for the holidays! 

Let's get started, shall we?

This bread is full of flavor, yet not too sweet, making it a delicious choice to share and enjoy anytime.

Another Banana Bread, this time dressed up with cranberries, chocolate and walnuts.
Festive Winter Time Banana Bread with Cranberries, Chocolate, and Walnuts.

Festive Winter Time Banana Bread
by the seat of my pants!
350-degree oven

1 c whole wheat flour
1 c all-purpose flour (you may use all whole wheat if desired)
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1/3 c white sugar
1/3 c brown sugar

1/3 c oil

2 eggs - beaten
1/3 c milk
1 c (about 3 bananas) mashed banana

1 c dried cranberries

1 c semisweet chocolate chips
1 c chopped walnut pieces - these should be about the same size as the cranberries, for easier slicing

In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients, breaking up brown sugar if needed. 

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, add wet ingredients, mixing well. (you can use a two bowl method for wet and dry ingredients if you prefer)

Fold in the cranberries, chocolate, and nuts. 

Turn batter into a prepared loaf pan or several smaller pans, bake 40-50 minutes or until done in your oven. 

Let cool in the pan 10-15 minutes, turn out to finish cooling. Wrap and store for 24 hours before serving.

Makes 1 large loaf or several small loaves for sharing. 

Festive Winter Time Banana Bread, ready for slicing.


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  1. This bread does sound festive--and delicious. You are always so sweet to your tenants.

  2. That does sound like a great bread. Thank goodness you weren't having a bunch of people over - with a frozen turkey!

  3. This sounds delicious and a great way to dress up banana bread for the holidays!

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  5. Hi Melynda,
    Oh my what an adventure on Thanksgiving. It has been really cold here and we are still in an Ice Storm. Your Bread looks awesome and would be perfect for my afternoon tea. Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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