I hate throwing away produce. Hate it. But no matter what my good intentions are with every grocery trip, I seem to always wind up throwing something away. Well, this week I decided that before those bananas turned black on their little hanger, I was going to figure out something to do with them! I also had a container of strawberries sitting in the fridge and the lightbulb just lit up for me!! Very ripe bananas + strawberries = Strawberry-Banana Bread!! I’m a genius, didn’t you know?? Ok, maybe not, but it was still a pretty darn good idea! I searched the interwebs for a recipe, and when I found one that suited my taste, I headed for the kitchen and got to work. It was quick to prepare and then I just had to wait the excruciating hour for it to bake.
I’m not a very patient person.
I don’t much like to wait.
But, especially not for sweets. So, it was fortunate that I also needed to cook dinner and was distracted by that for awhile. And then I had laundry to fold.
Oh what fun *smirk*
And then the hour had passed and I got to pull the warm, sweet bread out of the oven. Guess what I did then?? Waited some more!! I’m not sure how often I will make sweet bread since they test my ability to be patient so much, but this one turned out fabulous and it was well worth the wait in the end *grin*
Definitely a nice change from the standard banana bread recipe, and I got to salvage two produce ingredients and save them from the grasps of the trash can! Hopefully this will inspire you to find nifty ways to save your produce too 🙂
Adapted from The Sweets Life
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup butter or margarine
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 no-sugar applesauce
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3 mashed bananas
- 1 cup chopped strawberries
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan.
- In a small bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Mix in eggs, vanilla, applesauce, and mashed bananas. Stir in chopped strawberries.
- Add flour mixture into the wet ingredients and mix to combine.
- Pour into greased loaf pan and bake for 60-65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool for 10 minutes in the pan before removing and cooling fully on a wire rack.