Enjoy this Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries recipe today, best when eaten warm out of the oven!

Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries

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In the meantime, I made some yummy Orange Banana Bread the other morning when my son was home from college. Instead of the traditional loaf pan, I made it in a 9×13 pan, added fresh oranges sprinkled with sugar, and baked it. When it came out of the oven, I flipped it over – sort of like an upside down cake.

Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries

Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries

Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries


I’m happy to share the recipe with you, and I hope you have a beautiful day, full of lots of love and happiness!

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Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries

Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries
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Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries

Tasty, moist bread using overly ripe bananas, which you can also replace by using cooked, mashed butternut squash. You can adapt with gluten-free flour.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 1 9x13 pan
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  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar + 2 Tbsp.
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups mashed bananas, 4 ripened bananas
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, I used gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 2 oranges


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper. Spray the side with cooking spray.
  • Peel the oranges and slice. Place them on the parchment paper. Sprinkle with 2 T. sugar.
  • Mix all other ingredients together, stirring with a wooden spoon.
  • Pour batter onto the orange slices.
  • Bake 35 minutes, until done. Remove from oven and invert onto a large plate. Serve!
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