Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Bread

Good morning from the lone star state! I made it back to Texas! It’s a bit hotter down here, but otherwise Teddy and I are enjoying being back home (Teddy was born in Texas). Teddy is having a ball having more people and another dog around. So far, he’s managed to take the stuffing out of about five of Sophie’s (my parent’s dog) toys in the course of about an hour.

He chooses a new victim every 10 minutes or so. He thinks it’s Christmas because he has 30 new toys at once!

I’ve been busy unpacking and haven’t managed to cook anything yet, but I will soon! In the meantime, I thought I’d share the recipe for one of my latest kitchen ventures before I left:

Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Bread! I originally saw the recipe for this delicious bread on Daily Garnish and have wanted to make it ever since. I am a huge banana bread fan and love the strawberry banana combination in my smoothies. I don’t know why I never thought to add strawberries to banana bread! It is an extremely tasty enhancement to banana bread, and strawberries are still in season for a little while longer!

This makes such a great breakfast and is a nice and healthy snack too. You could adapt any banana bread recipe and add some chopped strawberries, but I went off of Emily’s because she always has great healthy recipes on her blog. I substituted and used all whole wheat flour. Some people don’t like the texture of baked goods that exclusively use whole wheat flour, but I think it’s just as good!

It’s a pretty simple recipe. The hardest part is having the delicious scent of banana bread permeate your house and have to wait 45 minutes until it’s baked to eat it!

First, preheat your oven to 350 and chop your strawberries into bite sized pieces.

Then mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until they are fairly smooth.

Add the rest of the wet ingredients to the bananas along with the chopped strawberries and stir to combine.

Then add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined.

Pour into a greased bread loaf pan and bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Bread

Adapted from Daily Garnish

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar (loose)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350.
  2. Chop up your strawberries into bite sized pieces.
  3. Mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, brown sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  4. In another bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until they are fairly smooth and creamy. Then mix in the applesauce, eggs, vanilla and chopped strawberries.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir until just combined.
  6. Pour into a greased bread loaf pan and bake at 350 for about 45-55 minutes. Mine was done at 45 minutes, so keep an eye on yours! When the bread is done, an inserted toothpick will come out clean.
  7. Let cool for at least five minutes and enjoy!
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15 Responses to Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Bread

  1. Yumm this is my kind of bread, I have made something similar before and love it soo much!
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  2. My coworkers have been giving me a hard time about slacking on the baking-for-the-office bit lately – this could be just the thing to satisfy everyone! I can only imagine it warm, with our first cup of coffee…looks wonderful!
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  3. I am such a strawberry fan, I can dominate a whole container by myself.
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  4. wow that looks soo amazing and wholesome :)
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  5. mika says:

    I love it! So healthy and delicious!
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  6. Min says:

    Hi, Caroline! Welcome back to Texas! You sure are spoiling Teddy aren’t ya! 3o toys?! ;) . I’m def pinning this one! Love banana bread but never have I ever thought to add strawberries! Yum!
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  7. Banana bread (and any variation of it) is my favorite sweet bread, hands down (I’m sure I’ve told you this already), so I always get excited when I discover a new variation. I thought I’d seen them all, but I don’t know that I’ve ever come across a recipe that incorporates strawberries into the batter. Yum! One of my favorite twists is peanut butter banana bread (of course), and I bet that would be amazing with strawberries as well!

    I’m glad you’re resettling back into Texas life! When does school start? xoxo
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  8. Aww I love little Teddy! I also love trying new breads, so this looks great!
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  9. This recipe looks so good! I love anything strawberry-banana!
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  10. Looks yummy! I wonder if it would work with raspberries instead of strawberries? (I’ve started having allergic reactions to strawberries, sadly.)
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    • Caroline says:

      I’m sure it would be great with raspberries too! Sorry about your strawberry allergy – that really sucks :/

  11. Lucie says:

    This bread looks and sounds amazing with strawberries!!
    I’ve tried a few of your recipes, love them all so far

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