Berry Banana Bread

Sharon Davis, Nutritionist
Family & Consumer Sciences Education, www.homebaking.org

2 cups whole white wheat flour
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons flaxseed meal
2⁄3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg OR 1⁄4 cup soft tofu (2 ounces)
1⁄2 teaspoon finely grated fresh orange peel
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup mashed ripe banana (2 medium)
1 1⁄2 cups fresh or unsweetened frozen berries, may be mashed
1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and 1⁄2 inch up sides of one 81⁄2 x 41⁄2-inch loaf pan. In medium bowl, whisk to blend the whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt.
  2. In large mixing bowl, beat butter, flaxseed meal and sugar on medium-high speed. Add the egg or tofu and orange peel. Continue beating on medium-high, drizzling in the oil and beating until fluffy.
  3. Add the mashed banana; blend on low. Spoon in the flour mixture; mix on low speed just until blended. Using a spoon, stir in the berries and walnuts. Spoon batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake 60-65 minutes or till a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. (food thermometer will read 200°F).
  5. Cool loaf 5 minutes; remove from pan and cool on rack. Wrap and freeze or slice.

Makes one large loaf, 20 servings.

Note from Sharon: The fruit may be strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries or a blend. This bread is a great source of potassium (121 mg per serving). 

Nutrition information per slice: (using fresh strawberries). One slice provides approximately: 115 calories; 2 g protein; 20 g carbohydrate; 4 g fat (1 g saturated); 14 mg cholesterol; 1 mg iron; 3 g dietary fiber; 11 mcg folate, and 65 mg sodium.

Strawberries are rich in vitamin C and are a favorite of all ages. In fact, in a survey of kids 7-9, they picked strawberries as their favorite fruit followed by grapes, apples, oranges and bananas.