Cranberry Banana Bread

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This Cranberry Banana Bread recipe is a lovely combination of the subtle but pervasive flavor of banana next to the tart and tangy taste of cranberry. Even the colors are complementary in this bread recipe, with the soft yellow of the banana a sublime complement to the bright and cheerful pop of red from the cranberry. Together, they make a great flavor sensation, and one that could work in either savory or sweet dishes. Think about how to make a chutney using these two ingredients, and serve that with every meat, chicken or even fish dish that you can think of making. Yum. Banana and cranberry, a natural, yet still unexpected combination in any recipe, let alone a cranberry banana bread recipe! This will be one bread to really enjoy.

Cranberries are a super fruit, loaded with anti-oxidants and plenty of great nutrients. It is also among those red fruit that are so good for us to eat. Eaten whole, they also provide lots of fiber in addition to the vitamins and minerals they can provide. Bananas are another terrific food to eat, loaded with potassium that can help ease muscle cramps. Bananas have been researched for their ability to restore energy to athletes while they work out, and although the research is not fully conclusive, a banana every half an hour appears to offer the same restorative vitamins and minerals as any energy drink. And a banana is a lot cheaper. Bananas are also another one of those fruits that also does not necessarily have to be purchased as an organic product. That is because you can peel off the skin, which, as a protective outer coating, can keep the herbicides, insecticides and other chemicals out of the fruit itself when it is sprayed. Berries and grapes and cherries are examples of fruits where there is plenty of debate about whether the chemicals infiltrate the fruit, and some pundits will advise eating only organic varieties of these fruits, when you can. In this bread banana bread recipe, that could include the cranberries, which you might want to check out. However, I do not think organic cranberries have any wide spread availability.

This makes a huge cranberry banana bread recipe, which, if you do not want to freeze one of the loaves, can likely be easily cut in half. The extra addition of egg whites will ensure a nice light loaf, as will the buttermilk. Buttermilk will also add plenty of tangy taste, and result in a crumb that is tender and moist. So this cake will be quite delicious. It will not need any glaze or icing, either, since the flavor of bananas and cranberries will create a great sour and sweet contrast.

Nutrition Facts for: Cranberry Banana Bread From Cozy Country Living
Ingredients: Unsalted butter, eggs, vanilla, brown sugar, bananas, al purpose flour, salt, baking soda,baking powder, buttermilk, cranberries.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 20 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 288, Calories from Fat 93, Total Fat 10.3g 16%, Saturated Fat 6.2g 31%, Cholesterol 49mg 16%, Sodium 336mg 14%, Potassium 241mg 7%, Carbohydrates 45.5g 15%, Dietary Fiber 2.0g 8%, Sugars 23.1g, Protein 4.5g, Vitamin A 7%, Vitamin C 10%, Calcium 4%, Iron 8%

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