While I have always loved the combination of Strawberries and Bananas, I never thought of baking them together into a bread. One of the lovely bakery stands at my local Farmers Market was selling a loaf of Strawberry Banana Bread this past weekend. I didn't buy it, but my friend did and as her text later in the day told me, it was soooooo good. It just so happened that I had a few bananas on my counter just begging to be mashed into something sweet and yummy. So I thought I'd take the opportunity to give this new idea a try.
Fresh Strawberry Sauce last week.
Strawberry Banana 'Smoothie' Bread
1 1/4 C all purpose flour
1 C whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
dash of cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C brown sugar
1/4 C white sugar
3/4 C natural, unsweetened applesauce
2 over ripe bananas
12-15 medium strawberries (thawed from frozen preferred)
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter and flour a loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. In a food processor or blender, puree the strawberries and bananas until smooth, like a smoothie. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour the fruit puree in the center. Add the beaten eggs, applesauce and vanilla and carefully whisk together. Stir until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.