Go ahead, buy that flat of fresh strawberries at the farmers market. Then save some for this strawberry bread, which uses 1 lb per loaf. It has a subtle flavor that is perfect for laying in other things like lavender, rose, thyme, and nuts.
This low-fuss strawberry bread is very similar to banana bread. You can use strawberries in any condition and it always turns out great.
- Fresh strawberries
- Strawberries that are a little too soft or overripe for eating plain
- Ones that lack flavor and aren't good for snacking
- 1 lb strawberries
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 ¾ cup all purpose flour 8.75 ounces
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups strawberry mixture
- ½ cup walnut or vegetable oil
- ¼ cup almond milk or regular milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup chopped chocolate chips
- Chop strawberries and add them to a medium sauce pan along with ½ a cup of sugar. Mash to release juices. Bring to a simmer and then reduce heat to medium and let it reduce to about 1.5 cups. Let cool slightly (so it isn't piping hot) before adding to bread ingredients. (see note)
- While it simmers, measure and prep the rest of the ingredients.
- Preheat oven to 325F. Great a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
- Medium bowl: whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips.
- Large bowl: mix the eggs and sugar together. Then whisk in the strawberry mixture, oil, milk, and vanilla.
- Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl and mix until just combined.
- Bake for about 1 hour. To check if it is done, insert a toothpick into the middle. If it comes out clean or with just a couple crumbs, it is ready.
- Let cool slightly before cutting or it will fall apart!
- The batter will be a pretty pink color, but as it cooks it loses that color. Recipes that show bright pink bread used dye. (I even tried adding beets and couldn't get that bright pink color once it cooked).
- Feel free to add chopped walnuts, almonds, or other kinds of nuts to this recipe.
- If you have walnut oil, that works great in place of vegetable oil, but no need to go out and buy it for this recipe.
Recipe notes & tips
- Nut oils: I love using delicately flavored cooking oils, but regular vegetable oil will work just fine.
- Almond milk: regular milk works great too (or other nut milks)
- Sugar: decrease the sugar in either the strawberry mixture or in the bread by ¼ cup to make it less sweet, or add ¼ for an extra sweet bread.
- Strawberry mixture: The volume of this isn't too finicky. You can easily use up to ¼ cup extra and reduce the amount of liquid elsewhere (I like to take away equal parts oil and almond milk).
- Pink strawberry bread: The color comes out much like banana bread, not very pink. I've even tried added in some beet for color and it still doesn't turn pink after being cooked. I found a couple recipes with hot pink bread and found out they are using packaged strawberries that have a lot of dye. So if you want it pink, you'll have to add dye.
Other strawberry baked goods
Muffins and scones are great alternatives to a quick bread as well. I found a couple recipes from some of my favorite bloggers to share.
What are you go-to quick breads?
Banana bread and its many variations are a staple in my house. I enjoy branching out to use other fruits. How about you? What is your favorite way to use strawberries? Leave a comment.