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!)
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.
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
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix dry ingredients together.
- Make hole in middle of dry ingredients and add strawberries, oil, applesauce and eggs.
- Pour batter into a greased and floured pan.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes, depending on your oven.
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.
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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