CRANBERRY ORANGE BANANA BREAD
This Cranberry Orange Banana Bread recipe is easy to make, wonderfully moist and sweet and flavorful, and it’s drizzled with a yummy orange glaze.
PREP TIME: 10 MINS
COOK TIME: 50 MINS
TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR
Cranberry Orange Banana Bread Ingredients:
1/3 cup canola oil (or any mild-flavored cooking oil)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup orange juice
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (or white whole-wheat flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
optional: zest of one orange
Orange Glaze Ingredients:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons Florida’s Natural Orange Juice
optional: zest of half an orange
TO MAKE THE BREAD:
Preheat oven to 325°F (165°C). Grease a 9 x 5-inch bread pan with cooking spray, or line it with parchment paper, and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oil, maple syrup, orange juice, eggs and vanilla extract until combined and smooth. Whisk in the mashed bananas, and whisked until mostly smooth. (There will be some small lumps due to the bananas – it’s ok!)
In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon until combined. Pour the dry ingredient mixture into the banana mixture, and stir until evenly combined, being careful not to over-mix the batter. Gently fold in the cranberries (and orange zest, if using) until they are evenly mixed into the batter.
Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, and spread the top with a spoon so that it is flat and smooth. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean. (*If the bread starts to get too dark and brown on top while baking, place a sheet of aluminum foil lightly on top of the bread until it finishes baking.)
Remove from the oven, and let the bread cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before slicing.
TO MAKE THE GLAZE:
Whisk powdered sugar and orange juice (and orange zest, if using) together in a small bowl until completely combined. If you would like a thinner glaze, whisk in a little more orange juice. If you would like a thicker glaze, whisk in some more powdered sugar.