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Strawberry banana bread, with blueberries

Whenever I make banana bread, it’s usually because I have overly ripe bananas that are about to rot but I don’t want to waste them. You should’ve seen these 3 bananas that went into this bread: they were black and already mushy inside their banana casing. My mother-in-law cringed when she once saw me save bananas that were this ripe. This time around, I also had a package of fresh strawberries that were getting dangerously soft and a package of wrinkled fresh blueberries, so why not throw all of these soft, wrinkly, mushy ingredients together into one deliciously moist strawberry banana bread!

Strawberry banana bread, with blueberries

And what a great and colorful banana bread it turned out to be! I also added a tablespoon of fresh lemon zest to the bread batter which gave the bread even more oomph! It’s like the summer entered my house! Mixed berries, spiced up by the lemon zest in a banana bread – to me, it tastes like a summer berry cake. You can’t really go wrong with a very moist banana bread stuffed with strawberries and blueberries.


Strawberry banana bread, with blueberries

Total time: 1 hour

Adapted from Simply Recipes.


  • 3 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (lemon zest from 1 whole lemon)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

1) Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2) In a large bowl, mix mashed bananas and melted butter, using wooden fork or spoon. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix just enough to blend the ingredients; do not over-mix, the lumps will work themselves out.

3) Add lemon zest, chopped strawberries and whole blueberries to the batter and mix them in to distribute evenly through the batter.

4) Butter a 4×8 inch loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, butter the parchment paper too. Pour the batter in the pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Note: lining the bottom of the pan with parchment paper ensures that the bottom of the bread will not get stuck.

Strawberry banana bread, with blueberries

Strawberry banana bread, with blueberries

Strawberry banana bread, with blueberries

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  • Medeja April 27, 2013, 4:36 am

    This banana bread with berries looks so yummy!

  • Monique April 27, 2013, 8:25 am

    The colors are great..oh yes..a little coffee..or green tea..
    All set.
    Bon weekend Julia..
    I think I could add lemon zest to anything and enjoy.

  • Denise [email protected] Brazil To You April 27, 2013, 8:28 am

    Gorgeous and delish bread loaf, Julia!

  • Brianna April 27, 2013, 10:00 am

    Yum! What a beautifully colorful banana bread, just in time for spring/summer. I bet kids would love this :).

  • Laura Dembowski April 27, 2013, 11:56 am

    This looks great with all those berries! And it looks so moist. Love the addition of citrus zest too – I put it in everything I can. You have me seriously wanting to make banana bread!

  • [email protected]'s Recipes April 27, 2013, 12:47 pm

    Looks particularly beautiful and appetizing with added berries!

  • Juliana Walters April 27, 2013, 1:54 pm

    Stunning photographs! I don’t even like bananas and I want to eat this bread!

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate April 27, 2013, 7:36 pm

    I LOVE bananas when they look like death. LOL.

  • Ashley April 27, 2013, 8:33 pm

    I love all the berries in this! They’re so pretty and I bet it tastes delicious!

  • Von April 28, 2013, 2:53 am

    I’m not a huge fan of banana bread so I don’t make it often, but my mum does and everytime, she actually leaves the bananas to ripen for a couple of days just for the banana bread, which is like the complete opposite of your situation 😉 I love the idea of putting strawberries and blueberries in banana bread- sounds like a really interesting and tasty combination!

  • whiness April 28, 2013, 3:03 am

    It must be delightful. Banana bread is one of my favourite… desserts? For me there’s no different definition for this. 😉 I must try your recipe and bake banana bread with other fruits. Your photos say it all – this is delicious!

  • Suzanne Perazzini April 28, 2013, 3:15 am

    A more colourful banana loaf I have never seen. It looks so delectable. I often use bananas in baking for the moisture and sweetness they add.

  • Katy @ Katy's Kitchen April 28, 2013, 10:33 am

    Banana bread is so delicious with berries! It looks super moist, love it. I really like the shape of that loaf too, I’m not sure if its the pan you were using but its kind of cool.

  • Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} April 28, 2013, 10:46 am

    What a perfect way to change up the same old banana bread recipe! I love the addition of lemon zest; it always makes baked goods taste fancier, doesn’t it??

  • Anjo Angela Lim April 28, 2013, 10:47 am

    Saw this on tumblr. Could not find a link to bring me back to the source so—yup. Google! (Thank goodness for it).

    I SHOULDA KNOWN that it would be you, you cooking savant! I was so drawn to the texture of your banana bread. So moist, and tender and eye flutter-groan-melt into a puddle of goo inducing! Love it. Bookmarked it. You’re my hero. That is all.

  • [email protected] April 28, 2013, 4:15 pm

    Gosh, that’s so pretty! Really terrific looking, and I’ll be the flavor is even better. Love this recipe – thanks so much.

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef April 28, 2013, 5:36 pm

    what an awesome bread! yum!!

  • Beth April 28, 2013, 6:48 pm

    Four kinds of fruit in one recipe? That is my kind of food! Love this pretty bread.

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes April 28, 2013, 7:37 pm

    I’m the same way – HATE to waste rotting bananas so I make banana bread all the time. This looks like a great use for them! Love the colors in this bread.

  • [email protected] April 28, 2013, 8:31 pm

    Absoultely gorgeous bread Julia! I make banana bread often to use up overripe bananas but never thought of tossing in other fruit that was past its prime. Love it!

  • The Squishy Monster April 29, 2013, 2:37 pm

    What a gorgeous loaf—I love how it’s studded with such vibrant colors!

    • Sara April 20, 2016, 3:29 am

      Ever tried making this recipe with all vegan ingredients…..it sounds delicious BUT I am a vegan……wondering how a Vegan substitute for butter and egg would work……has anyone commenting tried this version with success?

  • Yelena April 29, 2013, 10:23 pm

    Looks amazing!!!! Very moist and so many berries, can imagine how delicious it is! Or it was-))

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker April 30, 2013, 1:48 am

    This bread looks sensational. Pinning it! Lovely post…

  • Rosa April 30, 2013, 4:18 am

    That cake looks ever so tempting, beautiful, moist and delicious! A wonderful combination.



  • Monet April 30, 2013, 3:52 pm

    What a beautiful banana bread! I love banana bread, and I’m always looking for a new twist. This is such a seasonal treat with all these fresh berries. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Donalyn April 30, 2013, 5:40 pm

    This looks like a really delicious combination! I often freeze over-ripe bananas to use in baking later – that works very well to save the ones that I don’t have time to use right away.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 2, 2013, 2:04 pm

    Oh my yummyness! I need this for tea, everyday 🙂

  • Amy Tong May 3, 2013, 7:22 pm

    Your banana bread is gorgeous. I love the different berries in it. 🙂 must be very flavorful and delicious.

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies May 3, 2013, 7:42 pm

    My mom used to always put blueberries in banana bread, but it’s not something I often see other people do. So I love this! AND you added strawberries. Perfect. 🙂

  • [email protected] in disguise May 4, 2013, 3:09 am

    The smell of this bread baking must be out of this world!
    I too hate wasting anything and now I have a new and wonderful recipe for those over ripe bananas.
    Pinned to try soon

  • Maegan @ The BakerMama May 10, 2013, 1:03 am

    Made this bread with whole wheat flour and it was so yummy! I served one loaf at a ladies brunch and it was such a hit! I made another loaf for home and we all loved it, especially my two year old! So fruity and delicious!

    • Julia May 10, 2013, 3:04 pm

      Glad you liked it! Making it with the whole wheat flour is such a great idea – I need to do this too! Thank you for the idea!

  • Donna Slepicka August 8, 2013, 11:55 am

    Made the bread today with fresh Michigan blueberries. It was super simple and really delicious. Parchment paper is a great clean up saver too. Thanks!

    • Julia August 8, 2013, 12:14 pm

      You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know how it turned out!

  • brandee March 2, 2014, 9:01 am

    Can I make this without the banana? I don’t have any in the kitchen, I have the blueberries and strawberries! Thanks

  • angela April 1, 2014, 10:02 pm

    could you use frozen blueberries & strawberries?

  • elfslammer February 12, 2015, 10:40 pm

    I searched for “what can I make with blueberries, strawberries and a banana” thinking maybe I would get some smoothies or muffin recipes. I was delighted to see your banana bread recipe. There was another bread recipe with the same main ingredients but used sour cream, which I didn’t have. So I went with yours. I doubled the recipe because I had 5 bananas on hand plus two pints of blueberries and two one pound containers of strawberries and I wanted to use as much of the berries as possible. Two of the bananas were still edible the other three were black as tar. I put them in the bowl by pulling off the stem end and squeezing the banana peel like a toothpaste tube. They came out very easily. Mine did not look like yours. I used 4 x 8 pans like you but they were not as tall and while blueberries were visible in the cut end they did not stick out the top like yours. Strawberries were less noticeable, but once in a while you would bite through one. Absolutely delicious. I sprinkled white sugar on top of the batter before putting in the oven to make a little crisp crust. Something I learned from another banana bread recipe I use. I did not use parchment paper just used cooking spray and I had no sticking problems. Once again very delicious. I don’t know when I will have this combination on hand again but when I do I will remember this recipe!

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