A great family favorite cake recipe, using ripe bananas, pineapple, cherries, nuts and chocolate chips to give you a lovely soft bread, perfect for breakfast or a snack.
This is a lovely easy recipe full of delicious ingredients which make this cake moist, and full of lovely colors too!
For this simple loaf cake recipe, we've used a mixture of pineapples, cherries, bananas, chocolate chips and nuts, and when all combined, you really do get a delicious cake!
It's a cross between a fruit cake and a banana bread, and much quicker and easier to make.
The fruits add texture, moistness, and flavor, and what better than to make a cake using overripe bananas too!
The colors are just wonderful.
There are lots of delicious pantry ingredients in this cake and it is certainly a keeper recipe, and an old family favorite, perfect for any time of the year, and great for breakfast, brunch, or just to have as a snack.
Recipe by Lisa Hiibner
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20 servings or 2 Loaves
Ingredients you'll need
- Flour - All purpose or Plain Flour is needed
- Ripe bananas - Ripened bananas give the bread a sweeter flavor as the bananas will be naturally sweeter when over ripened
- Pineapple - use canned crushed pineapple.
- Chocolate chips - we've used milk chocolate but feel free to swap for dark or a mix of chocolate
- Red maraschino cherries - this adds a lovely color to the cake. You can also add a mixture of red and green cherries if you wanted to make the cake over the Christmas holidays.
- Walnuts or nuts of your choice
See the recipe card below for quantities.
1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Slowly add the eggs.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt then add to the creamed mix, alternating with the pineapples and bananas until everything is combined.
4. Gently fold in the chocolate chips, cherries and walnuts.
5. Pour into two greased 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes.
Allow to cool for 5 - 10 minutes before turning out of pans.
If you've got any crushed pineapple left over, this Hawaiian Dream Cake is a good way of using it up!
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Banana Split Bread
A great family favorite cake recipe, using ripe bananas, pineapple, cherries, nuts and chocolate chips to give you a lovely soft bread, perfect for breakfast or a snack
- ⅔ cup butter
- 1 ¼ cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 medium mashed ripe bananas
- 2 x 8 oz cans crushed pineapple, drained
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 x 10 oz jar red maraschino cherries, chopped and well drained
- 1 cup chopped walnuts or nuts of your choice. I don't use walnuts but it is common for this cake to have them in.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Slowly add the eggs.
- In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt then add to the creamed mix, alternating with the pineapples and bananas until everything is combined.
- Gently fold in the chocolate chips, cherries and walnuts.
- Pour into two greased 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes.
- Allow to cool for 5 - 10 minutes before turning out of pans.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 427Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 257mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 4gSugar: 42gProtein: 6g
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2 oz x 8 cans crushed pineapple, drained
1 oz x 10 jar red maraschino cherries, chopped and well drained
I’m an old hand at baking, but I’ve never seen a recipe with ingredients listed like this. How many ounces of pineapple and cherries do you use?
On the Banana Split Brea recipe, I usually have no problem with the ingredients, but I couldn’t figure out how much pineapple and cherries to use.
Hi Barbara, if you scroll down to the bottom, there’s a printable recipe card with the exact ingredient quantities for you.
Hope that helps!
This Recipe looks like something we’d like to try,but i can’t figure out what the &frac23 for the Butter at the top of the Ingredients means.Nowhere can i find that Measurement .
Please help me understand this one.,lol
Hi Mike, the 2/3 cup of butter equates to 5 &1/2 ounces or 150g if you prefer to use scales. Hope that helps!
Excellent! This bread has everything you could want in a loaf of sweet dessert bread. It’s moist, sweet and loaded with goodness. I think my loaf pans must be a bit smaller because I ended up with three beautiful loaves. I drizzled each with a glaze and then froze them. Such a lovely recipe.
Hi Jo! I would like to clarify the amount of the following ingredients:
2 oz x 8 cans crushed pineapple drained, it means that 2 ounces (roughly 60 grams) of crushed pineapples from an 8 oz can, right?
1 oz x 10 jar red maraschino cherries chopped and well drained, roughly 30 g of cherries from a 10 oz jar of cherries, correct?
Thanks much for the attention to this communication.
It means 2 – 8 0z cans or 16 oz.
This is my favorite banana bread recipe but I use frozen strawberries instead of cherries!
I have added a cup of roasted coconut and roasted the nuts. But this is the best banana bread recipe I have found yet. Not afraid it is better than my own recipe.