Strawberry Banana Bread

Banana bread is my all-time favorite solution to a bunch of overly ripe bananas.  One of my boys is a self-proclaimed banana king, and he is the reason I freely toss bananas in my grocery cart.  But even the Banana King can’t beat the lightening speed ripening capacity of bananas in the summertime.  Bananas go from perfectly yellow to profusely spotted in the blink of an eye.  My freezer tells me she just hasn’t got the space for more.

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Thus, we are a banana bread eating family.  I typically make this yummy moist banana bread with yogurt

, often with chocolate.  This time, I had a bunch of plump, fresh strawberries that needed some attention.  So, I decided to throw them in and make strawberry banana bread.

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I was originally inspired to start making strawberry bread about ten years ago, when I saw it in my Penzeys mag. Which I love, by the way (both strawberry bread and Penzeys.)  Strawberry bread is superbly delish in its own right. But two good things coming together can turn into something great, and that’s what happened here.  Bananas + strawberries = strawberry banana bread that’s grrreat!

Strawberry Banana Bread

This Strawberry Banana Bread is moist, dense, and chock full of sweet berries and bananas.  Brown sugar adds a perfect amount of sweetness, while cinnamon lends that mouthwatering aroma that only cinnamon can.  This strawberry banana bread is super easy and keeps well for breakfast, snack, or sneak a scoop of vanilla ice cream over it for dessert :)


Strawberry Banana Bread
This strawberry banana bread is bursting with fresh berries and sweet bananas. It is moist and keeps well.
Recipe type: breakfast, snack
Serves: makes 1 loaf
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp table salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, room temp
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup salted butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350F, with rack on lower middle. Grease and flour a glass 8x5" loaf pan.
  2. In a bowl, gently toss strawberries with the granulated sugar, coating all strawberries with sugar. Let sit.
  3. In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  4. In separate bowl, beat eggs until slightly foamy. Add vanilla, brown sugar, and melted butter (not too hot.) Add in the macerated strawberries and mashed bananas.
  5. Using rubber spatula, gently fold flour mixture into the egg/butter mixture, just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  6. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Bake about 1 hour to 1.5 hours, or until toothpick in center comes out almost clean, with just a few moist crumbs attached.
  7. Let bread cool in pan on wire rack. When cool, carefully remove bread from pan.
  8. Note: Keeps well wrapped in freezer.

Source:  Chew Out Loud


    • says

      Yes, I do think it will work fine! Use them straight from the freezer. If you already defrosted them, be sure to drain out the excess liquid. Enjoy, Roxanne, and thanks for writing! :)

  1. says

    I tried this recipe and it came out very nice. The aroma of banana & strawberries filled the whole house. It tasted more of yummy pudding which I liked it most. I replaced butter with corn oil and 1/4 cup brown sugar with white sugar. It took me just an hour to bake it. Thanks for the tasty recipe.

    • says

      Strawberry Preserves will be more liquid than chunks of fresh strawberries. I would recommend using the fresh strawberries (or even frozen) rather than the preserves, as the liquid ratio will alter the final result. You could swirl a few tablespoons of preserves over the top, before baking, if you’re really wanting to use up those preserves :).

  2. Melissa says

    HI! Only had 1 very ripe banana, so I made 1/2 a recipe and put it in 2 mini loaf pans. Don’t know how long I cooked them for because I forgot to set the timer, but less than an hour. Perfect. My husband ate slices with ice cream for dessert and raved! Thanks!

  3. Elizabeth Moon says

    I made this bread a couple weeks ago with some left over strawberries from strawberry shortcake. It turned out do good! From now on, this recipe is one of my favorites! No more “plain” banana bread! Your recipe is the best!

  4. Jen Courtney says

    Just made this tonight – fabulously delicious!! It was still warm for dessert n nice n moist due to throwing in an extra overripe banana. Put a dollop of whipped cream on it. Nirvana… :) Thank you for the latest permanent addition to my recipe collection!

      • Valerie says

        Made it this week for company, using coconut oil…it was fantastic! Super light, but still had that dense “breadiness” that makes banana bread so yummy?? And the strawberries add a nice sort of sweet but kind of tart hint to it. Sooo good! I don’t know if I’ll be able to make just plain banana bread for my husband again…my daughter says it needs extra strawberries, but she’s 4, so her life revolves around anything sweet!

        Thank you again for the helpful hints and the great recipe :)

  5. Jodi says

    I made this today! It was delicious. I cut the butter in half by using 1/4 cup applesauce and I also reduced the sugar a bit. I don’t think anyone would notice the difference (it was still super moist). I also sprinkled unsweetened shredded coconut on top.

  6. says

    Making my 5th strawberry banana bread — we totally love it! Even tho strawberries are just coming into season, Ive been buying them all along just to make this recipe. Thank you!

  7. Amber says

    Great recipe!!! I added slices of banana and strawberry along with some cinnamon sugar on top! It’s in the over now and smells so yummy!!!!!!


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