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Like strawberries? You’re going to love this amazing strawberry bread recipe as much as I do. It’s incredibly moist, soft, and bursting with juicy strawberries, yogurt, and hints of vanilla.
Imagine all those delicious flavors and texture packed into this simple and beautiful bread.
Adapted from my favorite yogurt cake, not only is this bread packed with fresh fruit, but it also contains protein-rich yogurt that brings moisture and rounds the flavor out without weighing down. Like its yogurt bread sister, this healthy strawberry bread is packed with nutrients and not overly sweet, a great bonus if you’re not a big fan of sugar-packed cakes.
Believe me, I’ve made this 1-bowl bread at least 3 times in the last 10 days, it was absolutely delicious.
It’s also so easy to make and if you have not-so-perfect or not-so-fresh strawberries, don’t waste, but turn them into this delicious summer treat. Everyone will ask you for the recipe!
What ingredients you need
- All-purpose flour or white spelt flour
- Vegetable oil
- Vanilla extract
- Baking powder + salt
- Strawberry or apricot jam (optional)
How to make it
- Dice the strawberries
- Mix eggs and sugar in one bowl
- Stir in the rest of the wet ingredients
- Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt
- Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and toss until just combined
- Fold the strawberries into the batter
- Scrape the batter into the loaf pan and bake
- Brush with warm jam (optional). Enjoy! ?
Why is it healthy?
Although “healthy’ can be considered a subjective term, there’re a few reasons why I consider this bread to be nutritionally better than most.
- Firstly, it’s loaded with protein-rich yogurt and plenty of strawberries. They both are highly nutritious, healthy, and low-calorie ingredients. Choose plain yogurt and try to avoid added sugar or sweeteners.
- It’s not covered in a sugar glaze or icing, in fact, it’s pretty low sugar.
I usually choose unrefined cane sugar, less processed than white sugar, however, you can use any sugar you have on hand. The healthiest tip is reducing the amount of added sugar, whatever it is.
- When it comes to cakes, expeller-pressed canola oil (or cold-pressed olive oil) is my choice. This oil is naturally produced by mechanically squeezing (pressing) the canola seeds and it doesn’t go through an insane amount of processing with chemical solvents.
RECIPE NOTES & TIPS
STRAWBERRY BREAD VARIATIONS?
You can replace the strawberries with the blueberry or the raspberries. You can add to the recipe dark chocolate chips, spices, chopped nuts, orange or lemon zest, or whatever you like most.
The jam glaze is optional, but it’s so simple to make, it doesn’t add tons of sugar and makes this strawberry bread so pretty.
Heat gently some apricot or strawberry jam in a saucepan until the jam has melted. If it looks too thick add a tiny bit of warm water. When the glaze is the consistency of runny honey, brush the bread straight away.
HOW LONG DOES IT KEEP?
It keeps well for up 4 days at room temperature, in an airtight container. But do not refrigerate: refrigeration dries this cake out! It’s also freezable: wrap the cake, or slices of cake, in plastic wrap (clingfilm), store in an airtight container, and freeze for up to 1 month.
MORE HEALTHY CAKE RECIPES
- Yogurt cake
- Chocolate zucchini bread
- Apple cake
- Blender carrot cake
- Blender beetroot cake
- 20 Wholesome and healthy cake recipes
If you make this delicious and easy strawberry bread, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, or tag a photo #theclevermeal on Instagram. I would love to hear from you! x
Easy & moist strawberry bread
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup (100 grams) regular sugar or unrefined cane sugar (see notes)
- 1/2 scant cup (80-90 grams) vegetable oil (I used expeller-pressed canola oil)
- 1 cup (250 grams) Plain or Greek-style yogurt (see notes)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cup + 1Tbsp (200 grams) all-purpose flour or white spelt flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp fine salt
- 1 ½ cup (approx 200 grams) strawberries, diced
- 3 Tbsp Strawberry or apricot jam
- Preheat the oven to 350℉/180℃ degrees and place the rack in the middle position. Grease a 9x5x2.5 inch loaf pan with butter or simply line the pan with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, beat eggs and sugar with a fork or a whisk. Then add oil, yogurt (not cold), vanilla essence, and whisk to a smooth consistency.
- In a second bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stir with a spatula until just combined. Do not overmix.
- Fold the diced strawberries gently into the batter, using a spatula and trying to distribute them evenly.
- Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth the top. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- When the cake is done, remove it from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. You can serve it plain or glazed with jam. I glazed it brushing some warm strawberry jam on top (see notes)*. Enjoy!
- Frozen strawberries: they work just fine. Cut the bigger strawberries into smaller pieces while they're still frozen (they break easily). Diced strawberries distribute themselves evenly throughout the cake, give more flavor, and look better than big mushy strawberries.
- Sugar: you can reduce the amount of sugar a little bit further, 1/3 cup sugar (about 75 grams) works just fine if you prefer a less sweet strawberry cake.
- Yogurt: a creamy yogurt with a "pourable" consistency (plain yogurt or Greek-style yogurt) works well. I find the real Greek yogurt is too thick and gives a denser texture.
- Eggs: to avoid a curdling batter, possibly use eggs at room temperature and make sure the yogurt is not too cold.
- Do not overmix the batter because working flour too much can produce gluten, which creates a dense and rubbery cake.
- All-purpose flour and whole-grain flour: you can use white whole wheat, light spelt flour, or all-purpose flour. The first two whole-grain flours are less refined, rich in fiber, and with a light texture similar to all-purpose flour.
I prefer mixing light spelt flour and all-purpose flour.
- Gluten-free: you can substitute all-purpose flour with rice flour.
- Fruit glaze: put 3 tablespoons of apricot or strawberry jam into a small saucepan. Heat gently over low heat until the jam has melted and If it looks too thick adjust the consistency with a tiny bit of warm water. When the glaze is the consistency of runny honey, brush the strawberry bread straight away.
- Baking the cake in a round pan rather than a loaf pan reduces the baking time (about 30 minutes are enough).
- Keeps well for 4 days at room temperature, in an airtight container. Freezable.