Tomorrow is the first day of December! Are you ready for the Holidays? Every year I try to really have a plan when it comes to shopping for gifts and planning menus. For the most part I do a good job and in the last few years I have really become aware that not everything is going to go as planned and that there may not be time for everything. December is a busy month, but you should do your best to enjoy it and to focus on spending time with your family and loved ones. Even the simplest things like waking up and enjoying a slice of this delicious & festive Cranberry Banana Bread is a great way to start a chilly Winter morning with your family this season!
I’ve used cranberries in quite a few recipes lately. Of course those bright red cranberries are beautiful added to our favorite foods this time of year, but the truth is that cranberries are also very, very good for you. Cranberries are known as a “Super Food”. They are a good source of Vitamin C, fiber, Vitamin E & are full of antioxidants. You can find fresh cranberries almost anywhere this time of year, so consider adding them to a few of your favorite meals to make them festive while reaping the health benefits they offer.
I make banana bread at least twice a month. We always have bananas and I have many extra loaves stocked up in my freezer. I love adding different things to banana bread and trying new recipes. This Cranberry Banana Bread is really one of my favorites though. Every slice of this moist banana bread is studded with those bright and beautiful berries! I pulsed the berries a few times in my food processor to cut them up a bit, sprinkled them with a little sugar and then mixed them into the delicious, banana and buttermilk batter. Because the Holidays are right around the corner, I got out my little ceramic, Christmas loaf pans and baked a few loaves in those too. How great would a few of these Holiday loaf pans be for a gift with a fresh, yummy bread already baked inside?!
Every bite of this flavorful bread is full of banana sweetness with a hint of tartness from the cranberries and it goes wonderfully with a hot cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate this time of year! I do hope you give it a try!
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