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This Banana Split Quick Bread is a fun spin on a classic banana bread recipe that I’ve been using for many years. It’s sweet and chocolatey, and the added cherries make it playful and fun, just like a banana split!

Banana Bread

I got my love of baking from my mom. When I was young, she was always baking something – pies, cookies, cupcakes. And this delicious Banana Split Bread.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I’m not sure if this is the same recipe that she always used, but I’ve been using it for years. So long that I can’t remember where it’s from! But it’s easy to whip up and the perfect use for those super ripe bananas.

Banana Split Bread

What makes this banana bread special is the addition of not only semi-sweet chocolate chips, but maraschino cherries, too! My mom always made this particular bread with chopped walnuts, and it’s delicious with them, but we are a nut-free house so the bread pictured is as well. I’ll add them in to the recipe below so you can decide for yourself.

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Banana Split Bread

This Banana Split Quick Bread is a fun spin on a classic banana bread recipe that I’ve been using for many years. It’s sweet and chocolatey, and the added cherries make it playful and fun, just like a banana split!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8 slices


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter 1 stick, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries drained well and cut into fourths
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts optional
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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and spray a 9" loaf pan generously with cooking spray.
  • Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in eggs one at a time until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Stir in milk and cinnamon. Add the banana mixture to the butter mixture and stir until combined.
  • In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and still just until combined - do not overmix.
  • Gently fold in chocolate chips and walnuts. Carefully fold in the cherries so they don't bleed into the batter.
  • Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan for half an hour before removing and cooling the bread directly on a wire rack.
  • Slice and serve as is, or with ice cream, if desired.


Feel free to use nuts to make this a true banana split. Wouldn't nutella be so nice on individual slices?
Keyword banana bread, banana split


Calories: 478kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 6gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 593mgPotassium: 250mgFiber: 3gSugar: 41gVitamin A: 454IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of "Yellow Bliss Road" is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Lorrie says:

    Could this recipe be made into mini-loaves? What would you suggest for baking time? I would like to make mini loaves as gifts.

    1. Kristin Maxwell says:

      Yes you could make mini loaves. The cook time and how many loaves you would get would depend on the size.

  2. Karen Johnson says:

    I had a friend years ago who made what she called festive fruit bread. I believe this is the same recipe. She always gave us a loaf for Christmas. I have hunted this recipe for some time. I am going to make this for Christmas this year in her memory. Thank you.

    1. Kristin says:

      You are so welcome Karen, thank you so much for for sharing some of your history.

  3. Pat White says:

    your bread sounds great, i ill try it later tonite, i was wondering if instead of bananas , i could try peaches

    1. Kristin says:

      I don’t think peaches would be a suitable replacement for bananas in this recipe.