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Grandma's Strawberry Banana Bread for the Bread Machine

Updated on January 24, 2012

Bread Recipe With Added Fruit

The Strawberry Banana Bread is perfect for Breakfast, Brunch, or a Snack. Here I'm having it for Breakfast with some Strawberries and a fat-free Yogurt along with the morning cup of Can't-Do-Without-It Coffee.

And I like to think it is a bit healthy. Among the ingredients are included two fruits - Real Strawberries and Real Bananas - versus imitation flavors. Also included are those good-for-you fiber ingredients Whole Wheat Flour and Old-Fashioned Oats. Add a little Cinnamon, which I'm hearing is good for us. A LOT can be said for Cinnamon, but that could be a whole other lens. Very little Sugar, which in itself is not really bad for us. Besides, the Bread needs a little Sugar for proper rising abilities. Our Chihuahua, Rosie, gives me lots of Sugar when we wake up and that helps me rise.If you have a back-to-basics mind set, or just love the aroma and flavor, what better way to get that than making your own loaf of homemade Strawberry Banana Bread. Luckily, with the range of bread machines on the market, anyone can easily make their own bread. I don't believe using the Bread Machine violates the idea of back-to-basics any more than using the refrigerator or washing machine. It just makes it easier and time-saving for a variety of reasons, which also would be another lens.

So, Bread Lovers, LET'S MAKE THAT BREAD!

2011/06/21 19:42

Lining up ingredients
Lining up ingredients

Liquid Ingredients

Liquids first

Always put liquids in the bread pan first.

  • Yogurt - I used Yoplait fat-free Strawberry Banana - 6 oz.
  • Strawberries - Mashed* - 1/2 + cup - I buy frozen Strawberries, measured out 1 cupful, thawed and then mashed, which made almost 3/4 cup, but I put it all in anyway. Probably shouldn't have.
  • Bananas - Mashed* - 1 /2 cup - 2 medium bananas made just a little over 1/2 cup. Of course I used it all.
  • Vanilla - 1/2 teaspoon

That was easy enough. Let's see what's next.

Squeezing the Strawberries and Bananas
Squeezing the Strawberries and Bananas

*Strawberries and *Bananas

Mashing good fun

Place the fruit in a baggie and seal, removing as much as air you can. Then mash with your hands. This is an idea I saw on the internet. I like it because not only is it a time-saver, but it is also quite un-messy. Don't forget to defrost the Strawberries first - they're VERY COLD.

Strawberries, Bananas, Yogurt
Strawberries, Bananas, Yogurt


Is that a fancy fish?

Then just upend the opened bag over the bread pan and "smoosh" the fruit out. Add the Yogurt and Vanilla. Next - the Dry Ingredients.

(My computer doesn't like "Smooshing", but it's a good descriptive verb in my opinion.)

Find Music To Bake Bread By - Play it on your MP3

Rock On, Rock 'n' Roll and Bake That Bread. Could that be called "Bake 'n' Shake"?

Loaded for Bread
Loaded for Bread

List of Dry Ingredients

Now for the dry ingredients.

  • Bread Flour - 2 cups
  • Whole Wheat Flour - 2 cups
  • Oats - Old-Fashioned uncooked - 2/3 cup
  • Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon

This is so easy. I love making bread.

Mixing the Strawberry Banana Dough
Mixing the Strawberry Banana Dough

Two Final Ingredients

Almost done

Almost done.

  • Margarine - 2 Tablespoons - quartered - 1 quarter in each corner on top of dry ingredients - I like "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" margarine. It has a pleasant buttery taste.
  • Yeast - Bread Machine kind - 2 1/2 teaspoons. Make a small hole in the center for the yeast - don't go through to the liquid.

Close the lid. Set the Bread Machine for a 2-pound Wheat Bread Loaf.

My Bread Machine beeps when it's in the mixing stage. That's when I make sure all the flours have mixed in well. If necessary, I help a little with a rubber spatula. Using a rubber spatula is safer for the Bread Pan and it's Paddle Mixer.

Cuisinart CBK-200 2-Pound Convection Automatic Bread Maker

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Norpro 370 Bread Slicerand Guide with Crumb Catcher

I can never get the bread sliced evenly. This guide is a great help.

Yay! It's Ready!
Yay! It's Ready!

Looks Done

Don't put a fork in it, use a toothpick. Stick the toothpick into the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean, your Strawberry Banana Bread is done.

The Bread Machine I Want Next. - Of course, it's on Amazon.

When the time comes that I should need a new bread machine, I hope to get the Breadman BK1060S 2-Pound Professional Bread Maker with Collapsible Kneading Paddles and Automatic Fruit and Nut Dispenser.

The collapsible kneading paddles are the main feature I want. The paddles collapse automatically while the bread is baking leaving only about 1/2" hole in the bottom.

The automatic fruit and nut dispenser is also a good idea. I wouldn't have to worry about being caught on the phone or in the bathroom when the machine beeps.

Several reviews give good recommendations regarding this bread machine.

Breadman BK1060S 2-Pound Professional Bread Maker with Collapsible Kneading Paddles and Automatic Fruit and Nut Dispenser
Breadman BK1060S 2-Pound Professional Bread Maker with Collapsible Kneading Paddles and Automatic Fruit and Nut Dispenser

Product Features

Bread maker with 14 baking functions, including low carb, gluten free, artisan dough, and jam

3 loaf sizes (1, 1-1/2, or 2 pounds); 3 crust colors (light, medium, or dark); 15-hour delay timer

Exclusive, collapsible kneading paddles and automatic fruit and nut dispenser for convenience

Includes collapsible measuring cup, adjustable measuring spoon, and recipe book

Measures 16 by 18 by 12 inches; 2-year limited warranty.

Remove the Pan from the Machine
Remove the Pan from the Machine

Removing the Pan From the Machine

Using a potholder (this is one I crocheted), careful not to touch the Bread Pan or the inside of the Bread Machine, lift the Pan by the handle straight up and out of the Bread Machine.

Ready to Slice
Ready to Slice

Cool-Down Time

Set the Bread Pan with its precious cargo of Strawberry Banana Bread in a safe place. Let it cool for at least 10 minutes.

I forgot to take the photo before I cut the bread in half for freezing. It wouldn't go seamlessly back together again. But you get the idea.

In the Freezer
In the Freezer


Usually I quarter the bread-loaf. Three of the quarters are bagged separately in freezer baggies. The fourth quarter is kept in a storage baggie on the kitchen table. The home-made breads won't keep as long as the store-bought varieties. However, mine have been good for over a week on the table and a good 3 months in the freezer. They might possibly keep longer than that, except the home-made breads are always eaten before that much time goes by.

p.s. That loaf of store-bought bread has been in there about 3 months or so. It could last forever in there.

In the Breadbox
In the Breadbox

On the Table

Strawberry Banana Bread; Banana Bread; Oats and Wheat Bread.

Strawberry Banana Bread
Strawberry Banana Bread

Here is a printable version of the recipe. Print the recipe and make your own Strawberry Banana Bread. Make a loaf as a gift. Store half in the freezer for later. Take it to work and share with your co-workers.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15-20 Minutes

Total Time: Depends on Bread Machines

Serves: 16


  • Yogurt - 6 oz. fat-free - strawberry banana flavor
  • Strawberries - 1/2 cup - mashed*
  • Bananas - 1/2 cup - mashed*
  • Vanilla - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sugar - 2 tablespoons
  • Salt - 2 teaspoons
  • Bread Flour - 2 cups
  • Whole Wheat Flour - 2 cups
  • Oats - old fashioned uncooked - 2/3 cup
  • Cinnamon - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Margarine - 2 tablespoons
  • Yeast - Rapid Rise / Bread Machine - 2 1/2 Teaspoon


  1. Put ingredients in the Bread Machine Pan in the order given. You will find that most Bread Machine recipes are listed as: liquids first; then dry ingredients; then margarine (if used) and yeast.
  2. *An easy method of mashing the fruit is to put it in a baggie, letting as much air out as you can, and then seal the baggie. Mash the fruit in the baggie with your hands. Then, open the baggie, "smoosh" the fruit out into the Bread Pan.
  3. Set the machine for 2 lb. Whole Wheat Bread w/ Medium Crust. When using Whole Wheat Flour, the Machine Gives the bread a pre-warming period.
  4. When the Strawberry Banana Bread is finished cooking, carefully remove the Bread Machine Pan from the Machine. Always use pot holders to avoid burns.
  5. Set the Bread Pan in a safe place where it won't be knocked over. Let cool for at least 10 minutes.
  6. Turn the Bread Pan upside down over a paper-towel or such like and let the Bread slide out, Shake gently if necessary.
  7. Make sure the Paddle is not left in the bottom of the Bread Loaf.
  8. Finish cooling the Bread and then wrap and store. Use freezer baggies or double wrap for storage in the freezer.
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      RuthieDenise 5 years ago

      This sounds so good. I love strawberries and it is the season for them right now.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This turned out great! I used fresh strawberries. The bread has a very nice strawberry and banana flavor.

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      grandma deal 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I believe a recipe is just a starting point. It's fun to try different things. The oats were added to an old recipe, so sure, leave them out. I think substituting the yogurt for the milk should be fine. (My opinion) I also think juice could be a good substitute liquid. Don't be afraid to experiment. If you try something and don't like it, don't repeat that one. You never know what family favorite you might come up with. Good luck and happy baking. ;od0

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Is it possible to do the recipe substituting the yogurt for milk and leaving out the oats? we live too far from town to run in and I really want to try the recipe out today! Let me know :)

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      HtCares 6 years ago

      This sounds wonderful...can't wait to try it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @grandma deal: Cookies I saw the complete recipe below after I was done. I hope the salt and sugar left out above won't affect the taste too much.

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      grandma deal 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Derek - You are awesome! I am so glad you caught this error. I truly hope no one had to through anything out because of it. The yeast has been added to the recipe now and all is well again in Strawberry Banana Land. ;o)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Whatever you do, don't make this! You will end up with a big lump of wasted ingredients. I believe she missed the step where she added the yeast.

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      I can't wait to try this in my bread machine! Also, I have featured this lens on my cherry banana bread recipe lens. Yum!

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      we are going to have to give this a try sounds wonderful thank you for sharing

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      I Like banana bread although am more inclined to go for carrot cake, but kiddies love BB and banana muffins... thank you for sharing

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      grandma deal 7 years ago

      @marckq: It's a lot more fun with the bread machine than it was before. Thanks for visiting.

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      Will you be my Squid Mommy? Strawberry banana bread sounds almost as good as Johnny Depp. Angel BLESSED!

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      marckq 7 years ago

      I love banana bread, and you make it sound like it's a lot of fun baking them! Very nice lens

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      grandma deal 7 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: It would most certainly be my great pleasure to Squidoo-adopt you, my child. I would make fresh bread for you every day! Even though I must be the one to eat it. ;o)

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      grandma deal 7 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: ALMOST - when it comes to JD - almost is very good. Thank you for visiting and the Angel blessing. s

    • darciefrench lm profile image

      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      Will you be my Squid Mommy? Strawberry banana bread sounds almost as good as Johnny Depp. Angel BLESSED!

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      sorana lm 7 years ago

      Great recipe and so easy to make. You have to love the bread machine; excellent invention.

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      grandma deal 7 years ago

      @KimGiancaterino: You're right, Kim. It smells great. But, then, so do all of them. Sounds like you got one of the best machines.

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Yummy! This would smell so wonderful baking. I do love my bread machine. It's one of the first ever introduced and is still going strong (Hitachi).

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      grandma deal 7 years ago

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thank you, Brenda. I appreciate you.

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Looks great, my family would love it and I agree that this bread is somewhat healthful since it includes foods and better grains. I also agree that a bread machine doesn't take away from the fact that this is a homemade loaf of bread. No additives, just pure simple ingredients. Lensrolling to my banana bread recipe.


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