Banana Strawberry Oatmeal Bread

This banana strawberry oatmeal bread is for those who enjoy a “less sweet” quick bread option.  It tastes great with peanut butter or jam!

Banana Strawberry Oatmeal Bread

Banana Strawberry Oatmeal Bread

Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 12
Calories 224 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1⅓ cup  whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 4 eggs
  • cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups cubed strawberries

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉.  Coat two 9”x5” bread pans with cooking spray.
  • Mix together flours, oats, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Set aside.
  • Put bananas, eggs, maple syrup, butter and extracts into a blender and process until smooth. 
  • Pour banana mixture into the flour mixture and blend with a spoon just until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Add strawberries to the bread mixture and gently fold until they are incorporated into the batter.
  • Divide batter equally into the bread pans.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center clean or the internal temperature is 205℉. 
  • Allow to rest in the pans for 5 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.  Allow to cool completely before slicing.
  • Hack:  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze tightly wrapped loaves or slices for up to 3 months.
  • Hack:  Try experimenting by using different kinds of fruit and/or berries in this recipe.  Let me know it turns out in the comments section!
  • Hack:  Take advantage of the wide variety of fruits and berries that can be found in the frozen foods section of the grocery store.  If the pieces are too large for your purpose, simply let a few thaw so you can mash them or puree the desired amount in a blender.
Keyword afternoon tea, baked, banana, berries, bread, cake, dessert, easy, fruit, leftover, loaf, oatmeal, over-ripe, ripe, snack, strawberry, vegetarian

Did you know?  A family of four wastes about $1,600 per year on produce that “goes over” before it gets eaten.  While my favorite way to use (almost) too ripe fruit is to bake something delicious, this article offers other solutions to avoid waste!

I have lots of recipes for using up fruit and berries, including fruit leatherbanana pudding, and pork chops with apples and onions, to just name a few!

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Cranberry pecan chicken salad is a fresh twist on a classic treat. Try it in a sandwich or on a bed of fresh greens. It’s sure to tantalize your taste buds!

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad

Course lunch, Sandwiches
Servings 2
Calories 265 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup chicken, cooked and shredded (1 small breast)
  • 2 tbsp red onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup celery, chopped
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries, chopped (10-12 dried cranberries)
  • 2 tbsp pecans, chopped (5 -6 pecan halves) 
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • Dash salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine chicken, onion, celery, cranberries and pecans.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, parsley, salt and pepper.  Pour over the chicken mixture and stir to combine.
  • Allow to chill for an hour to combine flavors.
  • Hack: Store leftovers, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Hack:  For a delicious change of pace, replace cranberries with ¼ cup red grapes.
  • Hack:  I've used pecans in this recipe but you can use your favorite nut or whatever nuts you have on hand.
Keyword chicken, chicken salad, cranberries, grapes, leftover, pecan, protein salad, sandwich

Did you know? People call cranberries a superfood for good reason: They have all kinds of health-boosting benefits.

Suggestion: Serve this salad on simple white bread or oatmeal honey sandwich rolls!

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