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Cranberry Banana Bread with Fresh Cranberry Glaze

Love the combination of tart and sweet, moist and crunchy?  This recipe is just for you.  The perfect addition to a cup of coffee for Mom and my kids are devouring them!  The bread itself is absolutely delicious – banana bread with a hint of tartness from fresh cranberries and the crunch of walnuts.  Plus, the fresh cranberry glaze on top enhances the complex flavors.

Cranberry Banana Bread with Fresh Cranberry Glaze     Cranberry Banana Mini Muffins with Fresh Cranberry Glaze

Cranberry Banana Bread with Fresh Cranberry Glaze

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon. baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup (2 medium) mashed bananas
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries (measured; then chopped or pulsated through food processor)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease muffin tins or loaf pan.

Cream butter with an electric mixer.  Gradually add sugar and bananas.  Reduce speed of mixer and add flour, baking soda, salt, milk cranberries and walnuts.  Evenly fill muffin cups or loaf pan.

Bake until toothpick comes out clean.

  • Mini-muffins for 25 minutes
  • 12-count muffin tin for 35 minutes
  • 3-count small loaf pans for 40 minutes
  • Large 9x5x3 inch loaf pan for 60 minutes

Fresh Cranberry Glaze

  • 2 or 3 tablespoons of Fresh Cranberries; chopped or pulsated through food processor
  • 1/4 cup of confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Combine all ingredients and spread over the top of loaf or muffins.

SweetStackers Cranberry Banana Mini Muffins

Store in an air-tight container.  Sweet Stackers will separate moist mini muffins to prevent them from sticking together or ruin the glaze topping.  The stackable trays also work great in the freezer!  Visit sweetstackers.com for more information.

Aaaa..vocado Mini Muffins

These mini muffins will make you say, “Mmm…”!

That is because everyone in my house couldn’t guess the magic ingredient to make these muffins a smidge green.  I heard that substituting avocado in your basic banana bread recipe is really delicious and I just had to try it!  I was pleasantly surprised, because it gave the muffins a nice creamy and subtle flavor.  The spices and sweetness from the raisins and mini chocolate chips complemented them perfectly.

So easy and a great way to add this super fruit as a yummy treat in your kid’s lunchbox!

Cooling Avocado Mini Muffins

Avocado Bread Mini Muffins

yields 36 mini muffins

2 C flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. allspice

1/2 C butter

1 C sugar

1 C  – 1 large avocado

1/3 C milk

1 tsp. lemon juice

1/2 C raisins (optional)

1/2 C mini chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°.  Grease mini muffin tin with cooking spray.

With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar together.  Add the avocado until well mixed.  Lower mixer speed and add dry ingredients, milk and lemon juice.  Fold in the raisins and chocolate chips.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Have you ever substituted a “different” ingredient to your banana bread recipe?

Balsamic Strawberry-Banana Bread

This is not your ordinary banana bread, which by itself is absolutely delicious.  But I thought to give my banana bread recipe a little make-over and add a summer twist with strawberries.  The base ingredients were the same as my banana bread recipe, but I only added one banana and made a homemade balsamic strawberry sauce.  Balsamic vinegar and strawberries are a great combination because it brings out the sweetness of the berry.  I was pleasantly surprised that this bread turned out even better!

Balsamic Strawberry-Banana Bread

Balsamic vinegar and Strawberry Sauce

1 Cup fresh or frozen strawberries, chopped

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

In a saucepan, stir the strawberries and sugar over medium heat for 5 minutes until the strawberries cook down into a sauce.  Add the balsamic vinegar to combine.  Remove from heat and set aside.

This sauce would even be delicious over yogurt or ice cream.  Ooh…the possibilities!

But here is the bread recipe…

Strawberry-Banana Bread with

Balsamic Strawberry-Banana Bread

2 C flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 C butter

1 C sugar

1 medium mashed bananas

balsamic strawberry sauce (recipe above)

1/3 C milk

1 tsp. lemon juice

1/2 C chopped nuts (optional)

1/2 C chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Grease pan, mix all ingredients together and place in a 9 x 5 x 3 inch pan and bake for 60-70 minutes.  I used 3 mini loaf pans and baked for 45 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Vienna Mushroom Swiss Cheese Bread

This is one of my “go to” recipes when I need to bring an appetizer to a party, especially in the winter.  I have been making this for a Superbowl party for the past few years and everyone seems to get pretty excited about it.  This bread is seriously gone in minutes….so it must be good!!

Vienna Swiss Cheese Bread

Vienna Swiss Cheese Bread

1 Loaf Vienna Bread

1 lb. brick swiss cheese – cut in 1/4″ slices

3/4 C melted butter (or use half margarine)

1 tsp. seasoning salt

1 TB minced onion

1 TB dry mustard

1 TB lemon juice

4 oz sliced canned mushrooms (I used fresh too, and I liked it better)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Vienna Bread - diagonal cuts

Cut bread on a diagonal, 1/2″ apart, making sure not to cut through bottom on loaf.  Cut bread the same way in the other diagonal direction.  Place bread on heavy duty foil.

Insert pieces on cheese into every little slot of the bread.  Mix melted butter and the rest of the seasonings.  Pour over the top of bread.  Sprinkle with mushrooms.  Wrap up to create a tent and bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes.

Kitchen Tip:  Bake for 1/2 hour and transport to the party house, then bake for an extra 1/2 hour so it comes out of the oven hot.

Banana Bread

What is more comforting on a chilly afternoon than the aroma of homemade banana bread?  This is a simple and delicious recipe that I got from my neighbor.  It is perfect for the overly ripe bananas that are sitting on your counter top.

Kitchen tip:  If you have overly ripe bananas, don’t throw them away!  Peel the bananas and place in a freezer bag until you are ready to use them.

Banana Bread

2 C flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 C butter

1 C sugar

1 C (2 medium) mashed bananas

1/3 C milk

1 tsp. lemon juice

1/2 C chopped nuts (optional)

1/2 C chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Grease pan, mix all ingredients together and place in a 9 x 5 x 3 inch pan and bake for 60-70 minutes.  I used 3 mini loaf pans and baked for 45 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.