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Banana Split Bread

I developed this recipe in an effort to add pizzazz to my plain banana bread. I was pleased with the results, and so were my family and friends! —Janis Allnatt, Rochester, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)


  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium)
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) red maraschino cherries, chopped and well drained
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with bananas and pineapple. Fold in the chocolate chips, cherries and walnuts.
  • Pour into two greased 9x5-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Editor's Note: Four 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans may be used; bake for 50-55 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 225 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 117mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Dawn
    Feb 15, 2021

    I made this for my orthopedic surgeons practice and one of the girls came up to me and said that one of the girls came up to me and said that bread was delicious the office loved it.

  • Starla
    Jan 24, 2021

    Was yummy makes to very heavy loaves.

  • GigiMarieMeme
    Feb 11, 2019

    This bread has good flavor and a very nice texture. My husband really liked it! I will make this again.

  • JMartinelli13
    Oct 6, 2018

    I made a few changes. I subbed 1 cup mini chocolate chips instead of the 2 cups of regular, it's what I had on hand. The recipe calls for walnuts, and my guys are nut allergic. In some cases, you can just leave them out, but what I've found with quick breads and other baked goods, crushed Rice Krispies makes a great substitute! I love that it makes two loaves, one for now, and one to freeze. I wrapped the second loaf in Press N Seal, and put it in the freezer until it was solid. You can then vaccuum seal it, or use a ziptop freezer bag.

  • chaosmommy
    May 23, 2018

    No comment left

  • eva_dewolf
    Feb 10, 2016

    This bread was delicious , nice & moist. I substituted miniature white chips for the chocolate & chopped pecans. We loved it, almost like fruitcake, but not dry at all.

  • _nlfPA
    Dec 12, 2015

    I love to bake quick breads for Christmas and I made this one and my family loved it.It is a great quick bread to make anytime of the year but by adding red and green cherries it makes it more festive.Nancy Foust FE

  • shortytalk
    Nov 1, 2014

    very easy to make...

  • angelhairred
    May 9, 2014

    I've been making this for at least 20 years. When I'm in a really big hurry I use a yellow or spice cake mix and just throw everything in...the cherries, chocolate chips and chopped pecans. Throw a little extra pumpkin or apple pie spice in as well. I make it for our Preacher every year and many of the Seasoned adults at our church. they ALL love it...My cookbook calls it "Bishop's Bread". My family can't wait for fall to come so I start baking more.

  • CaptObvious
    Mar 16, 2014

    Hi everyone, captain obvious checking in. To those thinking this sweet bread is too dessert like, you are adding pineapple, chocolate and cherries. Of course it is... Don't serve WITH soup, serve after. Sorta like dessert.