Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread

My new favorite banana bread – Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread!  Exceptionally moist and tender, you won’t be able to stop at just one slice!

Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread!  Exceptionally moist and tender, you won't be able to stop at just one slice! |

Our cherry tree was LOADED this year.  I spent the better part of Memorial Day weekend picking cherries and there are still more to go…  I’m about ready to just give up and let the birds at ’em.

Every year I try to come up with new ways to use our cherries.  Fritters, ice cream, smoothies…all excellent ways to get through our crop.  The boys would make themselves sick (and have…) eating dozens of cherries at a time.  They can be a bit hard to resist.  Bright red, super juicy, and just perfect sweet…no one can deny that fresh cherries are a real treat.

Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread!  Exceptionally moist and tender, you won't be able to stop at just one slice! |

I was gone for several days last week and arrived home late Saturday night to a whole bunch of ripe bananas.  After picking bowls and bowls and more bowls of cherries I finally put the two together and came up with this gorgeous Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread.

Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread!  Exceptionally moist and tender, you won't be able to stop at just one slice! |

Loaded with fresh cherries and studded with sweet chocolate chips – this bread is definitely hard to resist.

I tweaked my favorite banana bread recipe and replaced some of the butter with Greek yogurt. If anything, this bread is even more moist and delicious than the original.

I never get tired of trying new types of banana bread and thankfully – neither does my family.  It seems like each loaf is better than the last is this one is no exception.

I used fresh cherries, because, well, I’ve got LOADS of them right now :) But you could easily substitute frozen cherries.  Just thaw and pat dry with a paper towel before chopping.  I quartered some cherries and halved others. When I make this again, I think I will just halve the cherries because there is just something amazing about getting a big bite of cherry when enjoying this bread.

Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread!  Exceptionally moist and tender, you won't be able to stop at just one slice! |

The result of an over-productive cherry tree and over-ripe bananas…necessity never tasted so good!

Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread
  • 2-3 ripe bananas (approx 1 cup mashed)
  • 4 Tbls butter softened
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¾ c light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped or halved cherries (if using frozen, thaw first and pat dry with paper towel)
  • 2 Tbls flour
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Peel and mash the bananas.
  2. Stir in the egg, butter, Greek yogurt, brown sugar and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  3. Combine one cup of flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Do not overmix.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Toss cherries with two tablespoons of flour and fold into batter.
  6. Grease and flour a 9 in x 5 in loaf pan and then pour the mixture in.
  7. Let the bread bake for 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the bread cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes before removing.

Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread!  Exceptionally moist and tender, you won't be able to stop at just one slice! |

More cherry recipes to enjoy:


Cherry Oatmeal Crumble Bars


Cherry Fluff


Cherry Cheesecake Magic Ice Cream

Chocolate Marshmallow Cherry Crunch Bars

Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Crunch Bars


Cherry Italian Cream Sodas


Cherry-Filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

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  1. I really love cherries and this is such a great recipe, I’m definitely going to try it!
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  2. So your tree cage worked?? :) I’m jealous. I want to enclose my house in one of those. #darnbirds
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  3. Trish I love banana bread and know that this would be a total winner for me! Fruit, chocolate, and soft banana bread — mmm, so good! pinned

  4. Excellent recipe!
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  5. Wow, you have a cherry tree? That is so cool! I’ve always dreamed about having fruit trees!
    Love this bread. Colorful, moist, delicious. Everything a banana bread should be, and more!
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  6. Could you also use canned tart cherries?

  7. Michelle says:

    Wow! I’m not a fan of banana bread, but your pictures are making me drool….I think you may have converted me. Pinned!

  8. I am so jealous of your cherry tree! I can see why this is your new favorite banana bread, it looks amazing!
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  9. I love good, moist banana breads and with chocolate and cherry!! I bet it is heavenly!
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  10. Cherries and bananas sound like a match made in heave Trish!! This bread looks so good!
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  11. I love anything cherry! It’s my favorite fruit, flavor, and color! That banana bread looks divine!
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  12. Wonderful recipe …. so happy I stumbled upon this on Pinterest. I had too many RIPE bananas and cherries that needed to be used up. This was perfect use to those and so, so, yummy! This recipe is pinned for next time and shared to my Facebook friends too! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  13. I adore banana bread, and chocolate, and cherries. This is pretty much a perfect adaptation! <3 I can't wait to make this!!
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  14. Could I used dried cherries? If so, do you think I would need to change anything about the recipe? Thank you!

  15. I have everything on hand…except the yogurt. Is there something I can use as a substitute?

  16. Hallo Trish, what a beautiful recipe, I’ll try this for sure. Great pictures.
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  17. i love banana bread and any variation on it is a winner in my books. looks delicious and so moist!
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  18. This recipe looks amazing. I will be trying it out tomorrow after I go get some more Vanilla; yummy Idea

  19. For some reason I can’t get over the unmelted chocolate chip right in the centre of the main photo. Did someone just stick it in there after it was sliced to make it look … what?

  20. This looks so darn delicious! Thanks for submitting the recipe a while back to YG – I hope you will continue to submit! Sharing today on FB for national banana bread day!

  21. Saw this recipe over at Charm of Home — I am SO making this today! I especially like that you use the yogurt and there’s not a ton of butter in it — can I pretend then that its really healthy??? Thanks for sharing!
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  22. Ibdmama says:

    I tried it once with cocoa instead of chocolate chips and again with frozen cherries instead of fresh. This is a no-lose recipe, a total homerun! Thanks for sharing the “yum!”

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