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  • 1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour spooned then leveled
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 3 to 4 very ripe bananas smashed
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 light brown sugar packed
  • 1 heaping tablespoon orange zest
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 1 cup dried cranberries


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter and flour 5x9 in loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. You can also use a smaller sized loaf pan. Set aside.
  • In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, spices and salt. Set aside.
  • In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add mashed bananas, or if you’re lazy like me, let the machine mash them on medium speed. Add the melted butter to the bananas.
  • Mix in the sugar, beaten egg, orange zest, orange juice vanilla extract and rum. Reduce the speed of the machine to low.
  • On low speed, add the flour mixture and mix just until moistened. You should still see dry flour bits.
  • Fold in the cranberries with a spatula just until incorporated. Be careful not to over mix. Pour mixture into a buttered loaf pan.
  • Bake for 1 hour, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Be sure to test other areas of the loaf to make sure. I inserted a toothpick and mistakenly poked bananas which remain wet even after baking.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, and then cool on a rack. Slice, and enjoy.
  • Cooking time (duration): 10 minute prep, plus 1 hour bake time