Chocolate-Cherry Banana Bread

I love to make (and eat!) home-made breads! This is one of my favorites right now. From Taste of Home:

Ingredients:

* 1 cup boiling water
* 2/3 cup dried cherries
* 1/4 cup butter, softened
* 3/4 cup sugar
* 2 egg whites
* 1 egg
* 1 large ripe banana, mashed
* 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/3 cup baking cocoa
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions:

* In a small bowl, pour water over cherries; let stand for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy for 2 minutes. Add the egg whites and egg, beating well after each addition.
* Combine the banana, sour cream and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with banana mixture. Drain cherries and coarsely chop; fold into batter with pecans.
* Pour into a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).

Nutrition Facts: 1 slice equals 164 calories, 5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 148 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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