Yes, you need another banana bread recipe. Especially a special one like this, that is studded with lots of delicious add-ins.Jeweled banana bread with honey butter. There is something special in EVERY bite! Repin to save.

This is an unconventional banana bread recipe that I’m pretty sure you’ll fall madly in love with.

My friend Meredith has an impressive repertoire of dessert recipes that are always perfectly executed. 

She introduced me to the idea of adding chocolate chips, maraschino cherries, and toasted walnuts to banana bread. This is now my go-to banana bread recipe.

This recipe takes standard banana bread to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Don’t get me wrong. I love plain banana bread.

But with this banana bread, there is something special about every single bite.

And if that weren’t enough, each slice is slathered with honey butter. 

Simply. Amazing.

What Makes This Banana Bread Jeweled?

The addition of maraschino cherries. 

The pink cherries add beautiful color and flavor to this banana bread. 

Money-Saving Tip: Bananas

Avoid throwing out bananas that have gotten brown by putting them in the freezer for later use. Simply let the frozen bananas fully thaw before using.

Jeweled banana bread with honey butter: Grab the recipe and make this ASAP! Best banana bread I've ever had.

Jeweled Banana Bread

Yield: 3 small or 2 large loaves
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Don't overmix the batter. This can result in a dry bread.


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice (from a jar of maraschino cherries)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 10-ounce jar marashino cherries, drained
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

For Honey Butter

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter and flour three small or two large loaf pans. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, mashed bananas, and maraschino cherry juice. Combine flour and baking soda and add to banana mixture, avoiding over-mixing. Stir in maraschino cherries, chocolate chips, and toasted walnuts.
  2. Pour evenly into prepared loaf pans and bake for 45 to 60 minutes.
  3. To make honey butter, mix together softened butter with honey. Serve with warm banana bread.

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