This strawberry banana bread recipe is the perfect solution for a quick and delicious breakfast or lunch. The combination of sweet fresh strawberries, mashed bananas, and buttery vanilla bread makes this recipe a go-to morning meal that everyone can enjoy!
🌟 Why this recipe works
Strawberry banana bread is a light sweet bread recipe that is great for morning breakfast or a quick snack for brunch and lunch. It's made with ripe mashed bananas to give the bread moisture and sweetness and mixed with fresh strawberries for color and flavor.
Making banana bread is super easy for any home cook and a great way to make use of those blackened ripe bananas! With a few pantry staples like flour and eggs, some vanilla extract, and leaving agents like baking powder and soda, you can make the best banana bread recipes anytime.
This easy strawberry banana bread recipe is perfect for meal prepping too, as it lasts throughout the week for packed lunches. It is also delicious served as a dessert with a dollop of whipped cream or ice-cream scoop along the caramel or strawberry sauce. And why not to pair with some sandwiches with fresh homemade sandwich bread.
With minimal effort and ingredients and maximum flavor, this delicious banana strawberry bread recipe is sure to become a family favorite. Perfectly sweet and tender, this bread will be gone in no time!
🍽 Key Ingredients
All you need to make this delicious strawberry banana recipe is a few pantry staples, ripe bananas, and strawberries.
Bananas - Overripe bananas are best for this recipe because they are naturally sweet and add moisture to the bread.
Butter - Melted butter not only adds flavor but also helps keep the bread moist.
Sugar - Adding granulated sugar to banana bread gives it sweetness.
Eggs - They act as a binder and help to keep the bread together and add structure.
Vanilla extract - A touch of vanilla will give the bread an amazing aroma and flavor.
Flour mix - Making banana bread requires all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. This combination will result in an airy banana bread - thanks to the leaving agents.
Strawberries - Fresh or frozen strawberries dropped into the banana bread batter will add color and a fruity flavor.
You can use bread flour if you don't have all-purpose flour. You can also use cake or almond flour if you have it on hand.
Either butter or vegetable oil is a must for making banana bread moist. It also keeps it fresh for days that way for days.
You can use either light brown sugar or coconut sugar as a replacement for granulated sugar.
Any type of berries will work in this recipe. Fresh blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or cherries are excellent choices if you don't have strawberries.
🔪 How to make
Making strawberry banana bread is incredibly easy and straightforward! With just 10 mins of prep and 60 minutes of baking, you can have a freshly baked strawberry banana loaf ready in just over an hour that your family will absolutely love!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) and grease a loaf pan with melted butter or cooking spray.
Wash and slice the fresh berries.
Combine the bananas, sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl. Whisk or blend for a minute, then add the eggs and vanilla.
In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
Gently add the flour mixture to the mashed banana mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula to incorporate the ingredients.
Gently fold the strawberries into the batter
Pour this into the prepared loaf pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes until golden brown on top.
Tip: Allow to rest for 15 minutes in the loaf pan before slicing.
Serve with butter, maple syrup, honey, sour cream, or whipped cream.
💭 Cooking tips
If you find that your strawberry banana bread is starting to burn before it's cooked, loosely cover it with aluminum foil.
Coat the strawberries in flour
You may find that the majority of the sliced strawberries will fall to the bottom of the prepared pan during baking. A good trick is to lightly coat them in flour first before mixing them into the batter. This will help them to stay suspended in the batter while it bakes.
Let it cool
Resist the urge to cut into your freshly baked goods straight from the oven. The bread needs time to cool so that it doesn't break upon slicing.
Make sure your bread is cooked through by testing it with a toothpick in the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean, it's ready.
📖 Recipe Variations
If you're looking for a way to switch up this recipe, there are plenty of variations that you can make. Here are some ideas to get you started:
Strawberry banana bread muffins
If you're looking for a more portable version of this bread, try making muffins instead! Just divide the batter into greased muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Chocolate chip strawberry banana bread
Add ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips into the banana bread batter for an indulgent treat.
Walnut strawberry banana bread
Add ½ cup of chopped walnuts to the batter for added crunch and texture.
Strawberry banana bread with streusel topping
Mix together ¼ cup of all-purpose flour, ¼ cup of brown sugar, and 3 tablespoons of melted butter until it forms a crumbly mixture. Sprinkle the topping over the strawberry banana bread batter before baking.
🥗 What to serve with
Combine your freshly-baked strawberry banana bread with other delicious morning and lunch treats for your family and friends. Here are some tasty sweet, and savory morning recipes to get you started:
If you're looking for a more savory option, serve your strawberry banana bread with baked eggs avocado, Sausage breakfast casserole, bacon, egg and cheese cups, or a perfect bacon quiche or broccoli cheddar quiche.
A slice of banana bread also combines well with other sweet breakfast and lunch treats like Nutella banana toast roll-ups, Nutella banana bread muffins, Brioche French toast, and French toast casserole.
🙋 Frequently asked questions
Why does banana bread call for baking soda?
The baking soda helps the bread to rise and become airy and light in texture, so it's important not to omit this ingredient. Additionally, baking soda helps to neutralize some of the acids from the banana, which can make the banana bread taste even better.
How to know when bananas are ripe?
As a banana ripens, the yellow skin accumulates black spots and starts to cover the skin. When the banana is covered in black spots, it is considered to be ripe. Ripe bananas are much softer and sweeter than unripe ones and are perfect for baking banana bread.
🧊 Storing and ♨️ reheating
You can store leftover strawberry banana bread in many ways and enjoy it cold or reheated.
Room temperature - Cover the banana bread in aluminum foil and store it in the cupboard or bread bin for up to 3 days.
Refrigerator - Place it in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Freezer - Wrap it tightly with plastic wrap, place it in a freezer bag, and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight at room temperature.
Reheating - You can warm slices of strawberry banana bread in the toaster, frying pan, or microwave.
🍳 Related bread recipes
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👪 Serving size
You can expect 10 servings from one loaf of this strawberry banana bread or make two loaves for more servings and storing options.
With the perfect combination of sweet and tart flavors, it's sure to be a hit with everyone in your family. We hope you enjoyed learning how to make the perfect strawberry banana bread. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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Strawberry Banana Bread
- 3 Bananas - smashed overripe
- ⅓ cup Butter - melted and cooled
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs - lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 ½ cups All purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon Baking soda
- 1 teaspoon Baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 1 cup Strawberries - sliced
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius) and grease a loaf pan with melted butter or cooking spray.
- Wash and slice the fresh berries.
- Combine the bananas, sugar, and melted butter in a large bowl. Whisk or blend for a minute, then add the eggs and vanilla.
- In another bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
- Gently add the flour mixture to the mashed banana mixture, stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula to incorporate the ingredients.
- Gently fold the strawberries into the batter and pour this into the prepared loaf pan.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes until golden brown on top.
- Allow to rest for 15 minutes in the loaf pan before slicing.
- Serve with butter, maple syrup, honey, sour cream, or whipped cream.