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Strawberry Banana Bread.

If you’re anything like me, you look forward to summer all year long.  Sundresses, sunscreen, beach towels, wedge sandals, dinners on the patio, gooey s’mores – some of the best parts of the season, right?  But that’s not what I’m talking about. 

All year long I look forward to summer produce.  And when it finally arrives, I cannot get enough of it.  I go to farmer’s markets and instantly forget about what I already picked up at the store two days ago, or what will arrive from our CSA tomorrow.  I go NUTS.  I buy squash by the dozen and berries by the flat.

And then I get it all home and PANIC that I cannot possibly eat it all before it goes bad.  Last week I saw an amazing deal on organic berries at the market, and couldn’t resist picking up – oh, you know – four pints of them. 

Strawberry Banana Bread by Daily Garnish

These were the best berries I have had all summer.  Ridiculously sweet, adorably tiny, and perfectly ripe.  I started off strong – plowing my way through the first pint within the first hour.  But as my attention turned to things like plums and melons, the berries started to look sad. 

Nothing makes me cringe more than tossing out perfectly good (and expensive!) produce, so I wanted to make good use of what was left.  It was the perfect storm of wilting berries and blackening bananas, and so I knew what I had to do.

Strawberry Banana Bread by Daily Garnish

Strawberry banana is one of those classic flavor combinations you always see on things like yogurt, smoothies, and bubble gum.  So why not add summer berries to what I already know is amazing banana bread?  If you have an abundance of berries this summer, I can’t think of a better way to use them up than this.

Strawberry Banana Bread

by Emily Malone

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 55-60 minutes

Ingredients (1 loaf)

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unbleached cane sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar (loose)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 ripe medium bananas
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients – flour through sugar.

In a separate dish, mash the bananas with a fork until they are totally broken down – they should look like goop! Add the eggs, applesauce, and vanilla and whisk until totally combined – try to work out as many lumps as possible.

Trim the tops off the strawberries and slice them into bite-sized pieces. If you have large berries, you may want to cut them in half more than once. Add the berries to the bowl of wet ingredients, and fold them in with a spatula.

Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. Try to avoid over-mixing! Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan, and pop into the oven. Bake for 55-60 minutes. The top will be golden brown and have a good crust. Test to see if bread is done by inserting a toothpick in the thickest part of the loaf (it should come out clean when bread is ready).  Transfer loaf to a cooling rack, and allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Strawberry Banana Bread by Daily Garnish

Do you see that oozing berry goodness?  Yes, it tastes as amazing as it looks.

Strawberry Banana Bread by Daily Garnish

Fresh strawberries take this banana bread to a dangerously addictive level.  They are gooey and juicy and I only wished I had added more so that I got one in every single bite.

Strawberry Banana Bread by Daily Garnish

This loaf lasted a total of ONE day in our house of three (adults).  I’d like to say it was an event split, but I’m fairly certain that I am responsible for 80% of it’s consumption.  No regrets.

Strawberry Banana Bread by Daily Garnish

Happy summer!

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Nicole     at 11:10 am

Oh my gosh, WHY have I not already thought of this combination?! Looks wonderful!!

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Ally     at 11:44 am

Although I am a dedicated reader of your blog, I rarely comment. However, today’s recipe has be coming out of the wood-work! First, I absolutely LOVE all things banana bread. Second, I have 2 pounds of strawberries in my refrigerator that I have no clue how I am going to eat before they go bad. Three, this loaf looks diving!

I am off to preheat the oven now. Thanks so much for sharing unique ways to use up all of the fabulous summer goodies. :)

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Amber K     at 11:45 am

I love freezing any produce I know I’m not going to get to before it goes bad. But this bread looks great!

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Heatherb     at 12:10 pm

Think I can omit the applesauce and it would turn out the same? Or sub Greek yogurt? I realllly don’t want to go to the store again and I reallllly want to make this bread today!!!! Thanks for a great recipe!

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Kelly     at 1:01 pm

Oh my goodness…this sounds like heaven! Strawberry Banana is a classic combination!! I might replace the applesauce with coconut oil!!

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Callie @ The Wannabe Athlete     at 1:06 pm

Will you PLEASE wrap up a loaf of this and send it across the country to me? My mouth is watering!

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Erica     at 1:15 pm

I think this would be to dangerous to have in the house!

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Hannah     at 3:34 pm

Ahhhhh where was this last week when I had 2 lbs of strawberries to eat and no recipes? To the store I go!

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Ruth     at 4:36 pm

What a great and interesting combination, I would really like to try this bread! Thanks for sharing :)

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Kari @ bite-sized thoughts     at 5:14 pm

What a great idea :) I think I might even have to buy strawberries specifically for this purpose – the bread looks fantastic.

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Emily @ Life on Food     at 5:25 pm

What a great idea! So simple. I love summer produce too, especially the berries. I look forward to fresh berries all year round.

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Marie     at 5:28 pm

looks yummy! do you think it would work if I replaced the eggs w flax eggs? thanks!!

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Mai     at 6:04 pm

LOVE banana bread. never thought of adding strawberries though. i’m going to have to make this recipe this weekend!

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Ella     at 7:09 pm

Could you use oil instead of applesauce? Same amount?

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Julie Reply:

Yep! :) It’s much healthier w/ the applesauce, though… just sayin’. :)

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luv what you do     at 7:12 pm

I jsut made my first strawberry banana bread this week and can’t wait to try your recipe too. What a great combination of tasty summer flavors!

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Eden     at 7:23 pm

This sounds delicious and I’m pinning it now. My only issue is when I’ve had strawberry bread in the past, I don’t care for the slimey texture of the berries (same thing with blueberries) so I think I’ll try it with some of the THRIVE freeze dried strawberries to see how that fixes my texture issue.
Thanks for sharing. I have the same heartache about throwing away produce because I couldn’t eat it fast enough. Just another reason I buy (and sell) Thrive foods.

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S.     at 7:34 pm

I just wanted to comment to say not only does this recipe look amazing, but your introduction was so beautifully written! I love your blog!

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Mollie     at 7:37 pm

Mmm…looks delicious!! But I must take issue with the notion of sunscreen being one of the greatest parts of summer. Necessary but so not fun to deal with! Made me chuckle to see it up there with s’mores. :)

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mollie k. Reply:

love the name! ;)

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Joe @ The Frolicking Fells     at 7:42 pm

We have been getting a lot of strawberries buy-one-get-one-free at the grocery store these past few weeks. Unfortunately, they seem develop mold almost as soon as we get them into the fridge. I’ve been throwing them in the blender with lots of spinach and bananas and a little bit of Greek yogurt to make a great breakfast or post-run smoothie!

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Kari     at 8:13 pm

Oh My Word…that looks delish. I must try this recipe!!

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Marie G     at 8:29 pm

I wonder how to make a gluten-free version…

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Liz     at 10:45 pm

Freezing berries for smoothie is a no-brainer way to use up berries as they age. No need to manufacture a problem to “solve” with this delicious-sounding bread…no excuses necessary.

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama     at 5:29 am

I just made a strawberry zucchini bread last week in an effort to use up my over abundance of fresh finds. YUM!!I’m like you, I live for this time of year!

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction     at 6:17 am

Why have I never thought of putting strawberries in banana bread before?! This sounds wonderful!

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Leah P.     at 6:59 am

You are BRILLIANT! And not only for this bread, but for everything that you’ve posted. I come to your site every day to see what’s new and exciting. I never leave a comment but today I felt like I needed to let you know that you are an awesome blogger and I love reading about your exercise, food, and family. Thank you for sharing.

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Leah Reply:

Yay, another Leah!

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Ms. Adams     at 7:12 am

What a perfect combo. I don’t know why I never thought of this. Can’t wait to try it!

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Sloane @ Life Food and Beer     at 8:07 am

I have some Strawberries and bananas that are borderline bad and was trying to figure out what to do with them this morning (Blender died:( ). I figured I would make banana bread but this recipe will work perfectly! and looks great!! Thanks!

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Angela     at 9:35 am

This looks amazing! Thanks so much!

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Kimberly     at 10:12 am

I do the same thing!! I go to the grocery store, stock up on produce, then go to the farmers market and can’t resist the flats of strawberries and blueberries or tables’ worth of heirloom tomatoes! I end up freezing most of the berries for smoothies or muffins later.

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Lee     at 12:20 pm

I don’t think it would last a day in my house…and there are only two of us!

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Michelle@PeachyPalate     at 1:29 pm

You are the banana bread queen!

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Vanessa     at 2:18 pm

Just in case you want to try & veganize the recipe without eggs, you can use flax seeds ground with water OR possibly apple cider vinegar…I’m not sure the ratios but just suggestions:)

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Mari     at 2:27 pm

YUM! Looks amazing!!!

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Ali     at 3:42 pm

JUST made this and it is incredibly yummy!

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Venessa     at 4:39 pm

I look forward to your new (and old) recipes everyday & cannot wait to try this one! Thank you for making food so fun to work with.

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Britt @ Better Living XoXo     at 1:33 pm

Looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

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Holly     at 10:31 am

This is unrelated to strawberry banana bread, but I just got home from Trader Joe’s and realized I unknowingly bought all the ingredients for your summer vegetable vegan lasagna. I’ve been wanting to make it since last year so I’m pretty excited about this coincidence. Today will officially be dedicated to watching the Olympics and making lasagna! Um…yeah I guess I have no life :)

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emily     at 4:48 am

made the banana strawberry bread this weekend… YUM!

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Morgan @ moments of mmm     at 8:55 am

Thanks for the inspiration! I had two rotten bananas and some strawberries slowly on their way to the garbage. Now, they have transformed into a gorgeous loaf of banana bread. Lovely.

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deep south runner     at 10:50 am

Made this last night, turned out awesome!!Thanks!

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kristin     at 10:58 am

I have this in the oven now! :) so excited!! I don’t have a loaf pan so I’m using an 8 x8 square pan & keeping watch… done it before and turns out great if you decrease the baking time (for anyone wondering if you can sub a different pan for a loaf or would rather have less time with the oven on since it’s summer). Thanks for the recipe, Emily! From the delicious sweet smell wafting around my place, I know this will be a summertime fav!

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Jaglangham     at 9:28 pm

I have made a ton of your recipes and EVERY single one is AMAZING!! I made this bread, I added flax seed, walnuts and did all whole wheat flour and it was SOOOOO good. Thank you! :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

So happy to hear it. :)

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MommyPage     at 3:33 pm

YUM!! I’ve never tried making strawberry banana bread but it looks delicious and colorful.

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Sarah     at 6:36 pm

that sounds AMAZING! I am so making this ASAP!!!

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Danielle     at 4:25 pm

I am a regular reader of Daily Garnish but have not commented before however I wanted to let you know that a lot of american recipes do not translate very well here in australia due to some ingredients and a different metric system. THIS recipe however translates VERY well! I had way too many strawberries and remembered this recipe from a few months ago and thought I’d try it. Everyone in my family loves it – my hubby with a cup of tea, my son in his lunch box for a school treat and my daughter, well she’s 3 and would eat it in place of all meals if I would let her.

Thank you very much!

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Lili K     at 6:38 pm

Made this. Sooo delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

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