As a kid, I had an obsession with strawberry banana smoothies, strawberry banana flavored candies, and strawberry banana yogurt. Honestly, strawberry banana flavored anything was heaven to me. The two flavors compliment each other so, so, SO well! Now as I’m older I try to stay away from almost all of my favorite childhood treats. The amount of sugar or artificial colors in all those strawberry banana flavored snacks and drinks is horrifying.
A Healthier Alternative:
So sitting at home Friday morning with a couple of super ripe bananas and some strawberries, I got to thinking. What is something healthy but equally delicious, that feels naughty but isn’t, that I can make with these magical fruits. Then I opened the cupboard and saw our giant tub of Gold Standard strawberry protein powder. It was way too cold and rainy for a smoothie, buuut it was perfect weather for some baking! That’s when I decided to experiment and make some protein packed strawberry banana bread that is also gluten free and GUILT FREE!
Honestly, I am so proud of myself for this recipe. I’ve NEVER made up my own baked goods recipe before because they seem so scary and intimidating to create. I never went to pastry or culinary school, I just have an imagination and a passion for cooking/baking. Taking a risk, I experimented anyways and feel so confident now. The recipe turned out AMAZING. It is the grown up version of all those artificial, sugar filled strawberry banana treats from childhood.
How I did it:
I started off with one cup almond flour. Almond flour is life. I almost never use all purpose flour anymore. Almond flour not only adds nutrients but it has great texture and flavor! I get mine in bulk from Costco because of how often I use it.
Then I added a scoop (about 1/4 C) of Gold Standard strawberry protein powder. There are no artificial flavors or colors in this protein. I’m also really excited about this recipe because I can actually use our protein powder in it without having to buy another flavor. Every time I look up protein powder baking recipes it calls for either vanilla or chocolate; never strawberry. So for all my strawberry protein powder lovers out there: this one is for you.
Next, I added two super ripe bananas (mashed) to the mix. Honestly, three super ripe bananas would make this recipe taste even better! I just only had two when it was time to test out my vision.
Then three eggs to hold it all together and as an additional protein source. I mixed the eggs up with a fork before adding it to my mixing bowl just so it was easier to combine all of the ingredients together.
I gave the bread a super-food boost and hint of chocolate flavor I added a teaspoon of raw cacao. Because honestly, chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate covered bananas are both amazing so why not add a little chocolate love to this bread?
To sweeten things up naturally, I added 1/4 C of raw, unfiltered, local honey. Then I mixed everything together before adding the final ingredient.
Finally! I diced 3 fresh strawberries and folded them into the batter. Make sure the strawberries are medium-small in size. Do not add more strawberries. Because they are so juicy, over-doing it on the strawberries will result in a soggy bread and cause you issues while baking. The same will occur if you use frozen strawberries! FRESH STRAWBERRIES ONLY!
I sprayed a small bread pan with coconut oil (which I get at Trader Joe’s). Spray-able coconut oil makes life oh so easy. Finally, I placed it in the oven at 350 for 45 minutes (35-45 depending on your oven, bake until a tooth pick or knife comes out clean).
Let it cool for 30 minutes. Then slice, and ENJOY the heck out of it. I baked this yesterday and had leftovers for breakfast this morning warmed in the microwave with grass-fed butter spread on top: YUMMY IN MY TUMMY!!! Comment below and let me know if you try this recipe and how it turned out or comment with any ideas or twists to make this recipe even better! I’d love to hear from you!