Strawberry Banana Bread

I love banana bread and adding strawberries to an already good thing makes it that much better.

When I saw a recipe for Strawberry Bread at Evan’s Eat Laugh Love for my Secret Recipe Club of the month assignment, I knew I wanted to play around with that recipe and see what I could come up with, and this was the lucky loaf.

If there’s one thing I despise, it’s dry baked goods. Muffins and bread can be among the worst offenders in the dry baked goods category, so I was especially careful to make sure this bread stayed moist.

I did that by adding some brown sugar because brown sugar tends to keep baked goodies moist. There’s a handy chart here about what to add and incorporate for chewy, soft, and moist cookies.

And bananas make anything moist and dense and such was the case with this loaf.

Don’t you just want to bite off the very top layer?

It’s the muffin top principle. Eat the muffin tops because they’re so moist, packed with flavor, and best part of the muffin, and then pawn off the remainder of the muffin onto less-clued in others, like my husband, who isn’t quite the moisture-content-connoisseur that I am.

I promise the entire loaf of bread tastes like a muffin top, so you don’t have to go cherry-picking off the best parts.

Or strawberry-picking, or banana-picking, in this case.

When the strawberries baked, not only did they make my house smell amazing, but they released a bit of moisture, also helping to create a really moist, luscious loaf.


Strawberry Banana Bread (with Gluten-Free & Vegan suggestions)

 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 medium banana, divided (mash half – about 1/4 cup mashed banana; slice the other half – about 10 thin slices)

1/4 cup canola oil

1 egg white, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup strawberries, diced (I used TJ’s frozen strawberries, thawed and diced; or try mixed berries)

Preheat oven to 350F and prepare a 9×5-inch loaf pan by either lining it with foil, allowing for overhang to easily lift out the bread or by spraying well with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugars, baking soda, cinnamon and stir to combine. Slice a banana in half and mash one half with a fork and slice the other half into thin discs. Add the mashed banana to the dry ingredients and stir. Add the oil, beaten egg white, vanilla and stir until just combined. Gently fold in 3/4 cup strawberries. Pour batter into prepared pan and top with 1/4 cup strawberries and banana slices, pressing them very gently into the surface of the batter. Bake for 45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean (Depending on moisture content bananas and berries, cooking times may vary from 40 to 50 minutes). Allow bread to cool before removing it from the pan. Slice and serve as is, or add butter, cream cheese, jelly, or frosting, if desired. Store extra bread in an airtight container on the countertop or store in the freezer for up to three months.

Notes: I suspect you could use this batter as muffin batter. I’d bake for 18-20 minutes at 350F and start watching them closely from there. To keep gluten free, use GF flour. To keep vegan, replace the egg white with a chia/flax egg, egg replacer, or add extra banana or applesauce.


This bread was very quick to make. A true quick bread.

And it’s almost vegan, shy of one little beaten egg white, which I’m sure could be omitted and replaced with a bit of extra banana, applesauce, or a flax egg.

I hate flimsy, thin little slices of bread that break, crumble, and don’t hold their shape from plate to mouth, so I sliced this bread nice and thick.

There’s that muffin top principle again.

Even though there are bananas and strawberries woven into the bread, it’s the slices of bananas and strawberry pieces layered on top of the loaf that are so tempting.

I love butter on bread. Who doesn’t?

But this bread was so moist that it didn’t even need to be buttered. Not that I would have complained with a pat of butter placed on warm bread or anything, but it was good enough that Skylar and I inhaled half the loaf the minute the pictures were done, sans butter.

Related banana recipes:

Peanut Butter Banana Bread (Vegan, GF)

Banana Crepes Roll-Ups (Raw, Vegan, GF)

Cinnamon Raisin Banana Oatmeal Muffins (Vegan, GF)

Banana Nut Muffins (Vegan, GF)

Caramelized Bananas

I also have a banana recipes post highlighting some of my favorite recipes using bananas.

And if you like fruit in baked goods, try these Mango and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you like banana bread? Do you have a favorite banana bread recipe?

This is one of my faves because the combo of peanut butter and bananas is dynamite. The resulting bread is so ridiculously dense, heavy, and not dry in the least.

Do you pick off muffin tops and leave the rest for someone else?

Ok, yes, I’m guilty as charged.

The winner of the $50 Visa Gift Card and Peanut Butter Giveaway is


151 Responses to “Strawberry Banana Bread”

  1. GLIDING CALM — March 12, 2012 at 12:49 am (#


  2. Michaela — March 12, 2012 at 2:09 am (#

    ha, while reading this post, I am eating banana bread in a bowl! I guess I like it ;)
    I have never even thought of combining banana bread with strawberries- I have only ever used raspberries.

  3. Kathryn — March 12, 2012 at 2:46 am (#

    I love the strawberries in there, they look so pretty and the flavours sound great!

  4. Lauren — March 12, 2012 at 3:50 am (#

    This looks delicious girl! I’m thinking of making this into muffins for an upcoming brunch party. Thanks for the recipe love!

  5. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — March 12, 2012 at 3:52 am (#

    Dry baked goods are definitely a pet peeve of mine… if you could call it a pet peeve? I *hate* when I’m at a bakery and I buy a dry cupcake or something! Anywho… love the look of this bread — looks anything BUT dry! I wish it were strawberry season here, I need to move to FL or Cali so I can have great fresh strawberries!

  6. Alyssa (Down_To_Earth) — March 12, 2012 at 4:03 am (#

    Banana bread instantly makes me think of my mom . . .in my world, she’s the Queen of the stuff (but I’m sure everyone’s mom’s banana bread is the best ever – haha). Strawberries sound like such a yummy twist . . .and I hear when they’re baked/roasted, they change inflavor composition. I’m very excited to try this. Thanks!

  7. Paula — March 12, 2012 at 4:04 am (#

    I think you had mentioned you would be posting a new quick bread recipe so I’ve been waiting anxiously !!!! This looks deliciously dense and I love the flavor combo,

  8. dragonmamma/naomi — March 12, 2012 at 4:06 am (#

    I just made these over the weekend:

    I still have over-ripe bananas, so I’ll be making another batch today.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 12, 2012 at 7:41 am (#

      wow I bet those are amazing with 1 c of cashew butter in them! Definitely moist and rich I’m sure!

  9. Sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 12, 2012 at 4:30 am (#

    mmmmmm this looks divine. i LOVE how moist strawberry bread is, but i’ve never thought of adding bananas to it. so creative averie! oh, and thank you for the link to that handy chart that shows how different ingredients give moisture to cookies! that is SO helpful (i pinned it!). i LOATHE dry baked goods. blehhh!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 12, 2012 at 7:40 am (#

      I had pinned that one awhile back too and it made the rounds for a bit and then died off. Thanks for the re-pin b/c I thought it was super handy, but I love food sciencey stuff like that.

  10. Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit — March 12, 2012 at 4:55 am (#

    Ohhh look at you! I love the new blog style, and the name. Very nice! Are you thinking of updating your URL too? Also – of course… the bread looks divine!

  11. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — March 12, 2012 at 5:00 am (#

    Averie, this looks perfect! The prettiest banana bread I’ve seen in a while. Awesome!

  12. Heather (Where's the Beach) — March 12, 2012 at 5:01 am (#

    Love banana bread and love the combo of bananas and strawberries. This looks to beautiful – what a perfect spring brunch idea.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 12, 2012 at 7:38 am (#

      If only I was organized enough to plan a brunch and get up and actually do it …hah!

  13. elizabeth@Lone Stars and Stripes — March 12, 2012 at 5:07 am (#

    What a fabulous idea! Pinned & saved! I love the blogosphere! It makes life so much more yummy! :)

  14. Tamzin — March 12, 2012 at 5:27 am (#

    WOW!! I love banana bread so adding strawberries sounds like a dream I so gotta try this x x

  15. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — March 12, 2012 at 5:28 am (#

    This sounds like such comfort food. I’d slather it with almond butter and be a happy camper.

  16. This looks delicious Averie! Love that you left some of the banana in slices.

  17. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning — March 12, 2012 at 6:13 am (#

    Strawberry and banana seems like such a natural combination- I can’t believe I’ve never seen a recipe for a bread or muffin combining the two! This looks SO delicious! (I’d probably eat it warm… with some vanilla ice cream….)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 12, 2012 at 7:37 am (#

      I know and can’t believe I don’t have this smoothie combo either. That’s gonna change soon too!

  18. katie @ KatieDid — March 12, 2012 at 7:14 am (#

    This looks dreamy. Toasted with a bit of almond or peanut butter, this would be incredible.

  19. Blog is the New Black — March 12, 2012 at 7:17 am (#

    Dyinggggg. I have all these ingredients.

  20. Callie — March 12, 2012 at 7:43 am (#

    LOVE banana bread – it always reminds me of my grandma, and that’s never a bad thing ;) By the way, I really did spend about an hour going through your back post yesterday — I just can’t get over your photos! So beautiful, Averie!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 12, 2012 at 7:44 am (#

      Well you just made my day knowing that because your photos are gorgeous! Hope the move to CA has been treating you right! :)

  21. — March 12, 2012 at 7:47 am (#

    I am so excited I won the giveaway. Very fitting because I am such a huge peanut butter fan!!! My two favorite banana bread recipes are your pb banana bread because it is so moist, delicious and healthy! Katie Lee has an really great recipe for a very cakey dessert like banana bread. Love the pink on your site!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 12, 2012 at 7:53 am (#

      I didn’t even remember that you had tried my pb banana bread. Fun that Katie Lee has a good recipe, too. There are so many good ones (thanks to you!) on her site :)

      Congrats on the win. I know you’ll enjoy!

  22. vanillasugarblog — March 12, 2012 at 8:16 am (#

    well that’s a great idea/addition to banana bread.
    i’m always looking for new ways to kick up banana bread.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 12, 2012 at 1:32 pm (#

      Trust me, I almost didnt make this b/c I was like…well…how many ways can I really make banana bread ‘unique’ but it had been almost 2 yrs so figured I was due for a nana bread post :)

  23. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — March 12, 2012 at 8:27 am (#

    I love banana bread…and definitely with strawberries added! Yum! Sounds and looks delicious. Great pick for Secret Recipe Club! I have mine next week and have a delicious treat in mind…

  24. Erica — March 12, 2012 at 8:58 am (#

    I have a friend whose birthday is coming up and he LOVES strawberry baked goods. I am totally making this or a cupcake version for him- thanks!

  25. Cassie — March 12, 2012 at 9:04 am (#

    This is stinking gorgeous and yes, I want to eat off the top layer, right away. YUM!

  26. Rachel's Cottage House — March 12, 2012 at 9:18 am (#

    I’ve never heard of such a thing (Strawberrry Banana Bread)! I will have to make it soon! I love the beautiful color of it as well…

  27. Anna @ On Anna's Plate — March 12, 2012 at 10:11 am (#

    The strawberries make this bread so pretty!! Yum!

  28. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan — March 12, 2012 at 10:30 am (#

    “The muffin top principle” – there’s got to be a metaphor-for-all-of-life in there, I just can’t quite grasp it ;)

    I got your email and will write back as soon as I have a chance! I know EXACTLY what you’re saying!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm (#


      no rush either, I’ve been buried today and am trying to come up for air….lol

  29. Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — March 12, 2012 at 10:40 am (#

    Wow, this recipe looks fabulous! I’ve gotten so I just love to have fresh berries in the house, and this looks like a fun way to use them. I’m certain my kids will love it! Thanks!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm (#

      I used frozen for this b/c I’m too cheap to “waste” fresh berries by baking them…lol

  30. brighteyedbaker — March 12, 2012 at 10:46 am (#

    I have been craving banana bread lately for some reason, and yours looks fantastic! I love the addition of strawberries, and I, too, am a firm believer in extremely moist bread cut into thick slabs :)

  31. Anna @ The Guiltless Life — March 12, 2012 at 10:56 am (#

    I love banana bread! Haha I have banana protein pancakes up on my blog today – I think we’re all going through a banana craze! I’m heading home for two weeks on Wednesday so I think that’s why I have bananas on my brain ;).

    I gotta admit I have never tried strawberries with bananas, so I think that’s a must!

  32. Christine (The Raw Project) — March 12, 2012 at 11:14 am (#

    Awesome job on this recipe, it sounds amazing! I adore just about anything banana, but have not had banana bread in a long time!

  33. Katie — March 12, 2012 at 11:27 am (#

    I always put sliced bananas on top of the bread like that too – so delicious. They get all caramleixzed and gooey and really help the bread retain the moistness that is necessary for a good bread.

    I only bake with strawberries every so often, because they seem to turn everything an unfortunate shade of brownish green. Maybe I’m doing something wrong though, because yours look great!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm (#

      all caramleixzed and gooey and really help the bread retain the moistness <— YES And I never have had the brown/green issue. I know that sunflower seed butter can turn things green but I’ve never had that issue come up so I think you’re safe!

  34. Amber K — March 12, 2012 at 11:30 am (#

    I LOVE banana bread and I used to make a really awesome one before I went gluten-free. I haven’t been able to find the right combination of flours to make anything decent. Although your peanut butter banana bread cake is just plain awesome. I don’t know if anything can top that. But these pictures are sure tempting!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm (#

      The banana bread I linked in this post is pretty much the same recipe as the cake you speak so highly of :)

      And you should try this strawberry bread and maybe underbake it by a touch, or keep a close eye on it, b/c GF flours are prone to getting to dry!~

  35. Lori at a Family's Life — March 12, 2012 at 11:40 am (#

    These look so most! I love a banana and strawberry combination!

  36. looks delicious, and for some reason, I’ve never thought about adding strawberries to banana bread! However, I just added strawberries to my banana ice cream I made :) So I guess we are on the same wave length there! Stop by and check out my SRC post

  37. Daisy@Nevertoosweet — March 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm (#

    Lovely banana bread ~ it’s the best way to use ripe bananas and I really like how you’ve added strawberries to it :) Yum! Thanks for sharing!

  38. Kerry @ Totes My Oats — March 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm (#

    Never had bread with strawberries… it sounds amazing, especially with banana!

  39. Jenny@vegetarianhatesvegetables — March 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm (#

    Wow, wow, and wow! Oh, yes, I do love me some butter on bread! The real deal, no margarine. Yum!

  40. Lindsay @ Fuel My Family — March 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm (#

    I totally eat the top off my quick breads. And I also pawn the rest off on my husband. Or I’ll cut us both a slice but by the time his is put in front of him, the top was already eaten off. Hey, I slaved away making the bread, I should get to eat the part I want :). And honestly, I don’t even think he knows what hes missing since I do it every time, he may have never even tasted how good the top is! Or he is just a really good husband and pretends he doesnt care.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm (#

      That’s what husbands are for, and I’m convinced mine also has no idea what he’s missing. lol

  41. Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather — March 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm (#

    Oh what a good pick Averie!!! LOVE how moist this bread looks. You really can’t go wrong with banana and strawberry.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm (#

      Thanks, Heather! And been loving your instagram progress pics with your bun :)

  42. Bev Weidner — March 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm (#

    That. Bread. Looks. Perfect.

  43. Cuisinart TOB-40 — March 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm (#

    Totally in love with these Strawberry Banana! :)

  44. Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair — March 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm (#

    Oh I love the idea of slicing bananas on the top! I think I’ll need to do that the next time I make banana bread. Great SRC choice!

  45. Krissy's Creations — March 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm (#

    Your so right, dry baked goods is the worst! This banana bread looks incredible! So moist and delicious!

  46. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries — March 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm (#

    yum!! i love the strawberry + banana combo. it’s one of my favorite yogurt flavors too.

  47. Michele Sparrow — March 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm (#

    Tripping out a little bit. I JUST took some banana chocolate chip muffins out of the oven for the boys after school snack. Must be banana bread day! I love the idea of strawberry banana bread. Never tried it…definitely need to!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm (#

      We could swap kitchens some days I think. We are always on the same wavelength!

  48. angie — March 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm (#

    this looks amazing! fabulous pictures!!

  49. Kare at Kitchen Treaty — March 12, 2012 at 5:38 pm (#

    Strawberries and bananas – of course! Such a great combination. I love that you added strawberries to banana bread and wish I’d thought of it first. ;) I’ll have to try this recipe soon.

  50. Susan with Permanent Posies — March 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm (#

    Wow! That looks delicious! Your photos are beautiful too. They look like I could take a bite right off the page! Great SRC post

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