I decided to use our fresh-picked strawberries to make a variation of our favorite quick bread recipe and made Strawberry Banana Bread. I love to make healthy, whole wheat, naturally-sweetened, fruit or veggie quick breads for us to have for breakfast. It is easy and healthy for mornings that I don’t feel like much breakfast prep. The girls love theirs with some unsweetened almond milk.
Did I mention that it tastes as good, if not better than it looks?
Healthy Whole Wheat Strawberry Banana Bread
Made with whole wheat flour and sweetened naturally with pure maple syrup.
- 3 large overripe bananas (brown are best)
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup sunflower oil
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 heaping cup of chopped strawberries, plus 2-4 more for slicing and placing on top of the loaf
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a large mixing bowl, mash the overripe bananas until free of any lumps. Whisk in the maple syrup, oil, almond milk and vanilla extract. Add the chopped strawberries, reserving the sliced ones to place on top of the batter.
- In a medium mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt.
- Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Do not over mix or the loaf will not rise properly.
- Pour batter into a lightly greased or non-stick 9 x 5 loaf pan, top with the reserved sliced strawberries and bake 50-55 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely before removing from the pan.
We are planning on picking more berries soon because we ran out and they were so delicious! I think that I am going to try a sugar-free jam recipe soon, so stay tuned for more sweet summer strawberry recipes! 🙂
They look so moist and yummy! Wonderful!!! Celeste 🙂
Sugar free jam! I can’t wait to see that recipe. I always make a small batch of freezer preserves when it is strawberry season. Your bread looks yummy!
Yumyumyum! Thanks for sharing your great ideas and recipes!
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What a wonderful looking recipe! I plan to make this for my T1 diabetic father. Could I incorporate nuts (walnuts) do you think? If so, how many?
Sure, you could probably add 1/2 cup of nuts. Chopped walnuts are great in banana bread! I also have a Walnut Banana Bread recipe here that is loved by many. The strawberries do go soft in this bread and some people don’t care for the more mushy texture. Enjoy!
Looks beautiful! I made it tonight, and followed it exactly, yet the strawberries on top are completely burnt and yours look lovely, any idea why? Could it just be my oven is too powerful?
Thanks for sharing 🙂
Sorry to hear that. Not sure why that would have happened. How long did you bake it for? Did you have the right temperature?