According to my friend who shared the recipe, this bread will make you want to jump up and down!
½ cup + 2 Tbsp butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3½ cups flour
2½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1½ cups mashed ripe bananas (about 4 medium)
1 can (20 oz) pineapple bits, drained
1 jar (10 oz) red maraschino cherries, well drained and chopped
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup chocolate chips
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar with the vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with bananas. Fold in the pineapple, cherries, chocolate chips, and nuts.
Pour into two greased 9 x 5 x 3 inch (or 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inch) loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. (For four 5.75 x 3 x 2 inch pans, bake for 50 to 55 minutes.) Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Let cool completely before slicing.