Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread is sure to quickly become a new favorite. The chocolate and cherry combination is the perfect complement to this tasty banana bread recipe. Exceptionally moist and tender, you won’t be able to stop at just one slice!
Love all things cherry? Make sure to try these favorites: Cherry Cheesecake Dip, Cherry Limeade, and Cherry Cheese Danish!
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.
More Cherry Recipes
- Cherry Coconut Magic Bars
- Cherry Almond Cupcakes
- Baked Cherry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole
- Cherry Frosting
- Chocolate Cherry Lush
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.
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.
The result of an over-productive cherry tree and over-ripe bananas…necessity never tasted so good!
More Banana Recipes
- Banana Bread
- Banana Split Dessert
- No Bake Banana Cream Pudding Cheesecake
- Banana Pudding
- Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies
How To Make Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread
Chocolate Cherry Banana Bread
- 1 cup bananas 1 to 2 ripe mashed bananas
- 4 tbsp butter softened
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup cherries chopped or halved – if using frozen, thaw first and pat dry with paper towel
- 2 tbsp flour
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Peel and mash the bananas.
- Stir in the egg, butter, Greek yogurt, brown sugar and vanilla and mix until well combined.
- Combine one cup of flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Do not overmix.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Toss cherries with two tablespoons of flour and fold into batter.
- Grease and flour a 9 in x 5 in loaf pan and then pour the mixture in.
- 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.
More cherry recipes to enjoy:
Cherry Cheesecake Magic Ice Cream
Chocolate Cherry Marshmallow Crunch Bars
Cherry-Filled Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
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Five stars for sure! I’ve made this several times and results are fabulous. Only change is I sometimes substitute vanilla greek yogurt for the plain–just a 1/4 cup and the added vanilla flavor is pretty awesome. Every time I serve up this bread I know my local bakery/coffee shop would charge a lot for something this yummy. Also, when I’m in the mood for “plain banana bread”, I use this recipe. I add a scoopful of walnuts and omit the cherries and chocolate chips. Delicious! In fact, a loaf is cooling on the counter now.
Pamela Gentile says
This was so good! We didn’t have Greek yogurt so we substituted with key lime yogurt we had. So yum!
Darn it, this is too tasty. Totally irresistible.
Catherine Timmins says
can I use dried cherries?
Shirley Fenstermaker says
Trish - Mom On Timeout 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!”
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
Yay! This banana bread recipe is my FAVORITE!
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!
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
Totally healthy Lauren 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Yum Girl says
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!
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?
Donna Horwood says
This recipe looks amazing. I will be trying it out tomorrow after I go get some more Vanilla; yummy Idea
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
i love banana bread and any variation on it is a winner in my books. looks delicious and so moist!
Amallia @DesireToEat says
Hallo Trish, what a beautiful recipe, I’ll try this for sure. Great pictures.