The Best Strawberry Banana Bread

Strawberry Banana Bread — This strawberry bread is packed with fresh, juicy strawberries in every bite! This is an easy, no-mixer quick bread recipe you’re going to love! 

sliced loaf of Strawberry Banana Bread

Easy Strawberry Banana Bread Recipe

I love banana bread. It’s my thing. I’ll take banana bread over a fancy dessert anytime. I couldn’t get enough of this super soft, moist banana bread that’s bursting with juicy strawberries in every bite.

I have over 40 different recipes for banana bread and dozens more for banana muffins and banana cakes. I have an older recipe for a Soft and Fluffy Strawberry Banana Cake, and this strawberry bread is and new and improved rendition of that recipe.

I took my base recipe for Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread that I’ve also used as a base for  Carrot Zucchini Bread and Carrot Apple Bread. It’s a very adaptable quick bread base and never lets me down.

This strawberry banana bread is a fast, easy, no mixer recipe, and because I used oil there’s no butter to cream and no mixer to dirty. Oil keeps bread softer and springier than butter, and I prefer it.

Baking with bananas and strawberries adds so much moisture that it’s impossible to make a dry loaf. I used fresh strawberries and although the recipe would probably work with frozen, they’ll release more juice and you’ll likely need to compensate by adding more flour.

What’s in Strawberry Banana Bread?

For this delicious strawberry bread recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Egg
  • Brown sugar
  • Canola oil
  • Granulated sugar
  • Sour cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Salt 
  • Mashed bananas
  • Fresh strawberries

Note that you can substitute plain Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream, if desired. Just make sure to use whole fat or low-fat Greek yogurt and not fat-free for the best flavor. 

sliced loaf of banana strawberry bread

How to Make Strawberry Banana Bread

To make this banana strawberry bread, simply mix together the dry ingredients before adding in the wet. Stir in the mashed bananas and the diced strawberries before turning the batter into a greased and floured loaf pan. 

Bake the strawberry bread for around an hour, or until the top is golden and set and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Once the bread has cooled completely, you can slice and serve it. If desired, slather your strawberry bread with homemade Strawberry Butter or Honey Butter, or drizzle Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze or Cream Cheese Glaze over the entire loaf if you’re feeling fancy. 

Can I Use Whole Wheat Flour Instead of All-Purpose? 

I haven’t tried it myself, but my gut says using whole wheat flour would mess up the texture of this banana bread. 

Is There a Sour Cream Substitute I Can Use? 

Like I already mentioned, you can use plain Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream if needed. I’ve had a few readers ask if they can omit the yogurt / sour cream altogether, and the answer is no. The yogurt is needed for the proper chemical reactions to occur in the batter so the bread can rise. You might be able to sub in buttermilk, but then you’d have to play around with the amount of dry ingredients. 

The Best Strawberry Banana Bread - Super soft, moist bread with tons of juicy strawberries! Easy, no-mixer recipe, and THE BEST use for ripe bananas!!

Tips for Making Strawberry Banana Bread

For this strawberry bread recipe, it’s important that you toss the berries in a little flour before folding them into the batter. If you skip this step, the berries may sink to the bottom of the loaf while it bakes. 

You may also need to tent the pan with a sheet of foil draped loosely over it in the last 10 minutes or so of baking to prevent top and sides of the strawberry bread from becoming overly browned before center cooks through.

Lastly, you can easily freeze this bread if desired. Once it cools to room temperature, seal it in a freezer bag. Set it out on your counter to thaw overnight when you’re ready to dig in. 

Strawberry Banana Bread

Strawberry Banana Bread

This strawberry banana bread is packed with fresh strawberries! This is an easy, no-mixer quick bread recipe you're going to love!

Yield: one 9x5-inch loaf
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil (liquid-state coconut oil may be substituted)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (lite is okay; or Greek yogurt may be substituted)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional if necessary (see step 4 in directions)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large or 3 small bananas)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, quartered and tossed in 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray one 9×5-inch loaf pan with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside. Note – Loaf is not very tall as baked in a 9×5 pan, but I fear an 8×4 pan will be a bit too skimpy.
  2. To a large bowl, add the the first six ingredients, through vanilla, and whisk to combine.
  3. Add 1 1/4 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and fold with spatula or stir gently with a spoon until just combined; don’t overmix.
  4. Add the bananas and fold gently to combine.
  5. Add the strawberries tossed in 3 tablespoons flour and fold gently to combine. Batter should be on the thicker side. If it’s not, you may wish to add up to 1/4 cup additional flour. All bananas and strawberries vary in their moisture content and the consistency of batters will vary. The berries will release water into batter during baking and it’s better to err on the side of a thicker than thinner batter by adding additional flour if you deem it necessary.
  6. Turn batter out into the prepared pan , smoothing the top lightly with a spatula.
  7. Bake for about 55 to 65 minutes (I baked 60 minutes) or until the top is golden, the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.*
  8. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving.
  9. Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Notes

*Tip: Tent the pan with a sheet of foil draped loosely over it in the last 10 minutes or so of baking to prevent top and sides from becoming overly browned before center cooks through. Baking times will vary based on moisture content of bananas, strawberries, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your bread, not the clock and don’t worry if it takes longer to bake than the baking estimates provided.

Recipe adapted from my Cream Cheese-Filled Banana Bread and Carrot Zucchini Bread.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 24mg Sodium: 228mg Carbohydrates: 38g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 20g Protein: 3g

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95 comments on “The Best Strawberry Banana Bread”

  1. Oct 17/16
    I made the banana strawberry bread this evening. I used a long metal loaf pan. I cooked at 350 for 40 mins
    Very nice, loved it but could have maybe cooked it a little less. Portion size perfect. Thanks so much!

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you overall! Baking times, with banana bread especially, can be a little bit of a crap shoot given different pan sizes, ovens, etc but sounds like it was just fine.

  2. Hi. Need to ask a question. Is it possible to use whole wheat flour instead of plain flour??

  3. I just baked and served The Best Strawberry Banana Bread !!  It is undoubtedly one of the best bread I have ever eaten !  My guests loved it, too. I want more !!

  4. I love this recipe, and make it all the time in mini-muffin pans, to pack for my 3-year old’s preschool lunch! I add a shredded zucchini and sub white whole wheat flour for the white flour. I use thawed frozen strawberries when I can’t find good fresh ones. Turns out great! I keep the mini muffins in the freezer, pop them in his bag in the morning, and they are thawed by lunchtime! Next I’m going to play with cutting down on the sugars and/or substituting maple syrup. My son loves these! Thanks!

  5. I have made this bread twice and my friends and family love it. I did one in the loaf pan and the other in a bunt pan and the tenting was a get tip for me because my oven temp is off so the outside cooks faster. I’m going to make this again today. Again thank you for this recipe because it was awesome ???

  6. This recipe is incredible! I made it into cupcakes and added vanilla frosting and oh my.

  7. Made it this morning in my bundt pan since I don’t have a loaf pan and it was fantastic!! Will definitely make again, thanks for the recipe!

  8. Averie, this is very good. I forgot the flour for the strawberries so they all sank and a bit too moist and sweet but still very tasty. I used coconut oil on hand and it has a very nice tropical flavor to it.
    Thank you for the recipe.

  9. This bread was absolutely wonderful. It was so good that I had to make it again! We treated it as a dessert bread and had it with vanilla ice cream.

    Rating: 5
  10. Can you make in a bundt pan if you don’t have a loaf pan on hand…. and forgot to get one when you went shopping 💁‍♀️🤣

  11. Is the sour cream crucial / yogurt crucial? Is substitution necessary or could I just leave it out?

  12. Wondered why you use brown sugar instead of white sugar. I’ve always made banana bread with white sugar. Thanks!

    • Just one of those things I did. I have probably 35-40 recipes for banana bread on my site and just mixed it up with this one for variety. Also brown sugar tends to keep baked goods moister.

  13. I made the Best Strawberry Banana Bread last week and I’m making in again today. I love it.

    Rating: 5
  14. This was the best bread ever yummy soft and melt in your mouth goodness

    Rating: 5
  15. These were family approved! I did the batch as a dozen muffins, worked perfectly and baked for 23 minutes at 350. They didn’t brown like I would have like but cooked perfectly throughout; I just like a little top crust on my muffin

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for the 5 star review and glad they were family approved! If you like a crustiness on a muffin, increase the heat to 375 maybe even 400, and bake slightly less time, but that will brown the outside more so than a 350F oven will.

  16. Hello,
    I made your strawberry banana bread today. I used coconut oil, in liquid form as you suggested. I cooked, for the full amount of time, as to your instructions including tenting the pans with aluminum foil. My toothpick did not come out clean. I must have baking the bread for another 15-20 mins then finally took it out of the oven with an unease feeling. When it cooled I sliced it and indeed the center was all mushy! I put it back into the oven for another half hour out of the pan on a rack. The inside is still soft and almost gooey.

    I am an experienced bake and have not run into this before. Can you make a suggestion what might have gone wrong.

    Thank you,
    Phyllis

    • Banana bread is one of those things that can take a very long time to bake, much longer sometimes than youd think. I wouldn’t worry what the clock says and just bake it until you know it’s done. Some bananas/berries just have more moisture content than others.

  17. What a great recipe! I doubled the recipe and made two loaves as I needed to use up some bananas and glad I did! I followed the recipe exactly as you presented it and the bread came out perfectly moist and flavorful and I will be using it for my banana bread french toast breakfast drizzled with agave syrup too! This is without a doubt one of the best banana bread recipes I’ve ever tried!

    Rating: 5
    • Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you loved this and think it’s one of the best banana bread recipes you’ve ever tried! I am sure it will be wonderful as french toast with syrup! Yum!

  18. Hi Avery, I have made your carrot zucchini bread at lot of times . I omitted the sour cream and it works great.
    Thanks for the great recipes !

  19. What an amazing recipe! I just made it following your instructions to the T and it turned out DELICIOUS. The goal was to have it for breakfast for the rest of the week, but SO loved it so much he ate the entire loaf, except for a small slice I had to try it. Needless to say, I’ll be making these again and again. Thank you so much!

  20. This was great! An easy and delicious way to use up extra bananas and strawberries.

    Rating: 5
  21. I just made this. It was a very easy Recipe. I baked it for 65 minutes. However, when I stuck a knife in it to see if it was done it did not come out clean. So, I let it go for a few more minutes & then a few more until it was finally a bit over baked & still the knife did not come out clean, I don’t understand why??

    Advice??

    • Your bananas or your berries are possibly just extra moist and juicy, your oven is not running as hot as your think it is, you may have undermeasured the flour by a bit or measured correctly but needed a bit more.

      When baking with fruit, although I wish I could say that recipes are an exact science, but they aren’t. All fruit, ovens, climates, brands of ingredients, etc. vary and so it’s impossible to say what it exactly was that was the culprit here when reading this from afar. Thanks for trying the recipe.

  22. Loved it, worked out perfect first time and its sooooooo tasty!

    Rating: 5
  23. I made the recipe exactly as instructed. I did use coconut oil, in place of regular oil. This turned out so moist and delicious! I did bake for 55 min and ended up baking an additional 30 until the center cooked through. No complaints though, having a bread so moist from the fruits. Definitely a 5 star!!! Thank you for the recipe

    Rating: 5
  24. It came out great. However, twice now the center has fallen during the 15 cool down in the pan. Toothpick comes out clean but the nice dome doesn’t hold. What am I doing wrong? Using the 8×4 pan and seems just right. Thanks for your help?

    Rating: 4
    • Sometimes what can happen when a lot of falls like that is that even though it seems done, if you bake it for another five minutes or so and just let the internal temperature gets slightly hotter it sets the loaf so to speak, there’s all kinds of baking chemistry involved, but that can prevent falling. It’s not foolproof but sometimes when the internal temperature is not quite hot enough that’s when a loaf falls. That’s my only off-the-cuff suggestion. I’m glad you like the bread and that you keep trying it!

  25. Delicious & moist! I added a cup of chopped pecans & made 4 foil mini loaf pans. 1 hour bake time. Perfect holiday gifts!

    Rating: 5

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