Fresh strawberry banana loaf cake

Fresh strawberries turn this moist & fruity banana loaf cake into a zingy seasonal treat! Delicious as a snack or with ice-cream as an easy dessert.

Banana loaf cake, aka banana bread, is our standard way to deal with too-ripe-to-eat brown bananas here at FFF towers. I have an ancient recipe scribbled in my notebook in blue crayon which is the easiest, most delicious banana bread ever – although I’ve no idea where it first came from. All I know is, it works, brilliantly, every time.

strawberry banana bread. Fresh strawberries turn this moist & fruity banana loaf cake into a zingy seasonal treat! Delicious as a snack or with ice-cream as an easy dessert.

Rapid ripening

So, when three bananas started to be more brown than yellow, I knew what I had to do. I also knew that as fresh strawberries are now at the peak of the season, and hence cheap as chips, we had a HUGE punnet of them in the fridge. What better way to make the banana loaf cake into a seasonal summer treat than by incorporating some of these luscious red berries?

Full of fruit

I tweaked my tried-and-trusted banana cake recipe a little, to better let the fruit flavours shine through, and added fresh strawberries to some of the mixture so I could marble the batter. Finally, I topped the cake with halved strawberries, which provide both a beautiful decoration and an intense pop of concentrated berry flavour. 

Strawberry banana bread. Fresh summer strawberries turn this moist & fruity banana loaf cake into a zingy seasonal treat! Delicious as a snack or with ice-cream as an easy dessert.

The end result looked absolutely gorgeous and tasted wonderful too! Kipper was delighted to have a slice as her afternoon snack, and I persuaded myself that it must count towards her 5-a-day… right?

What’s the time? Banana bread time!

I’m also happy to confirm that this strawberry and banana loaf cake is lovely with a cuppa for elevenses, delicious for afternoon tea, and works particularly well with or without a scoop of ice-cream as an easy dessert.

The fresh fruit makes this banana bread wonderfully moist, but does mean that it will only keep for a day or two and is best eaten straight away. I doubt this will be a problem.

Strawberry banana bread. Fresh summer strawberries turn this moist & fruity banana loaf cake into a zingy seasonal treat! Delicious as a snack or with ice-cream as an easy dessert.

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Fresh strawberry & banana loaf cake

A moist, fruity, summery cake packed with fresh berries and bananas. 
Course Cake, Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Author Helen

Ingredients

  • 2-3 very ripe bananas, peeled
  • 100 g golden caster sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 225 g self-raising flour (2 cups)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 110 ml sunflower oil (1/2 cup)
  • 200 g strawberries (approx. 1 cup)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 170C (340F).
    Line a 22x13cm (2lb) loaf tin with greaseproof paper.
  • In the food processor, blend the peeled bananas and the sugar to give a smooth mixture.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, egg and oil, and process to a batter.
  • Transfer about 2/3 of the mixture to a separate bowl. 
    Hull the strawberries, and reserve about 50g (4-5 berries) for the top. Roughly chop the rest and add to the batter in the food processor. Pulse until combined.
  • Spread half the 'plain' batter into the prepared tin. Pour and spread the 'strawberry' batter over, then top with the rest of the plain batter. Run a knife or a skewer through the batter a few times to swirl the two together.
  • Halve the reserved strawberries and arrange in a line on the top of the loaf. Press gently down.
  • Bake the cake at 170C (340F) for around 45 minutes, until risen, golden, and a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the tin and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  • Once cold, peel away the greaseproof paper and serve!

If you’d rather make a healthier banana loaf cake without any added sugar, try my banana bread with streusel topping – refined sugar free! Or these delicious and easy sugar-free banana scones, which are a terrific afternoon tea treat. 

Or if you just want more delicious fruity bakes, how about coconut lemon cake with olive oil & yogurt, plum and almond crumble cake, or Devon apple cake with honey crumble topping.

8 Comments:

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  3. Love the combination of strawberries and bananas, would not have thought of this but really like the idea!

    • Thanks Kavey. I think I was subconsciously influenced by a banana-strawberry ice-cream we used to get as kids. I only remembered it after I’d baked the cake…

  4. Banana bread is absolutely the best way to use up browning bananas! I haven’t tried a strawberry version before, it sounds delicious 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve put a lot of different flavours in banana bread but never tried strawberries. It looks really pretty.

    • Thanks Janice. Banana bread is a bit of a blank canvas, isn’t it? I usually add dried fruit or nuts or chocolate chips, but I thought that strawberries would add a lovely summery twist – and they did!

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