Fresh Spring Strawberry Bread

Sliced up and ready to eat.

Sliced up and ready to eat.

Every year, when I was a child, my mom would pull out her recipe for strawberry bread.  This sweet, yummy bread was a sure harbinger of Spring.  Even though my mom used frozen strawberries in her bread,  I seem to remember only eating this treat when fresh strawberries were available.  I loved slathering this bread with a tasty strawberry cream cheese she would make and then dunking it in milk.  While I remember loving this bread, when my mom shared the recipe with me, I decided to make a few tweaks to improve it’s nutritional punch.  (I would still qualify this bread as more of a treat then a nutritional powerhouse!)

Photo by Manchester-Monkey of flickr.

Photo by Manchester-Monkey of flickr.

The original recipe called for 2 cups of white sugar, 1 cup of vegetable oil, frozen strawberries and 3 cups of white flour.  I made some adjustments to these ingredients.  Check out the amended recipe.  I think it has much more to offer nutritionally than the original.

Wet and dry ingredients before mixing.

Wet and dry ingredients before mixing.

Batter after mixing wet and dry ingredients.

Batter after mixing wet and dry ingredients.

Some of the major changes I made to this recipe include:

  • Switching the flour from white to whole wheat and adding ground flax seed and almond meal to the recipe
  • Reducing the total sugar from 2 to 1 cup and replacing the white sugar with coconut sugar
  • Reducing the oil from one cup of vegetable oil to 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of applesauce
  • Changing from frozen strawberries packed in sugar to fresh strawberries
Batter awaiting the oven to heat up.

Batter awaiting the oven to heat up.

 

Bread right out of the oven.

Bread right out of the oven.

Fresh Spring Strawberry Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups of whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup fresh ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup of almond meal
  • 1 cup of coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbs of applesauce
  • 1 lb of strawberries, stemmed and chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together.
  3. Make hole in middle of dry ingredients and add strawberries, oil, applesauce and eggs.
  4. Pour batter into a greased and floured pan.
  5. Bake for 50-60 minutes, depending on your oven.
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I am satisfied with a not very sweet bread.  If you like a sweeter taste, you might experiment with the amount of sugar you use.

Final product.

Final product.\

Fresh strawberry season is a short one.  Take advantage of the bounty nature is offering and whip yourself up some of this tasty bread.

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2 Responses to Fresh Spring Strawberry Bread

  1. This looks delish! I love adding flax seed when baking and have really been wanting to try out coconut sugar. Thanks for the recipe- pinning it! :)

  2. admin says:

    I know! I love adding flax seed too because it adds such a great nuttiness to the recipe and it gives you a shot of those healthy omega-3′s most of us are lacking. Enjoy!

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