Jun 16, 2013

Roasted Strawberry Banana Bread


 

This banana bread is moist and delicious, made with white whole wheat flour, sweet roasted strawberries and ripe bananas, with just a smidgen of butter, so you can enjoy a slice without the guilt!

I had some bananas that were getting brown and I was really in the mood for banana bread, so I combined the two for a delicious quick bread. You can turn these into muffins if you prefer. In the past I attempted this recipe, but the strawberries released too much liquid which made the bread a little too moist. Roasting the strawberries is the perfect solution, most of the liquid dries out from roasting so you get the flavor of the strawberries in every bite.





Roasted Strawberry Banana Bread
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 16 • Size: 1 slice • Old Points: 2 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 2 pt
Calories: 88 • Fat: 2 g • Carb: 19 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 2 g • Sugar: 10 g
Sodium: 111 mg • Cholest: 4 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cups strawberries, diced
  • 3 ripe medium bananas, mashed
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (not packed)
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • baking spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a loaf pan with baking spray. Place the strawberries on a baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes, remove and set aside.


In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.

In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add egg whites, bananas, apple sauce and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.

Add flour mixture and blend at low speed until combined, do not over mix. Fold in strawberries and pour batter into the prepared loaf pans; bake in the center rack for about 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let the pan cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.

114 comments :

  1. That looks amazing! Bookmarking

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  2. Can I use whole wheat flour instead of WHITE whole wheat flour? Will it make a difference in baking or measurements?

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    1. Whole wheat flour will work just as good. I use whole wheat in mine. I also sub in coconut oil for butter. Makes it very moist and so delish!

      I'll definitely have to try this one! I've never roasted strawberries before but it sounds divine! <3

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    2. Glad I saw this! I'm going to use the same subs if it's healthier! Making this today for the rest of the week.

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  3. i think i'm making this today!!! :) yummo!

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  4. this looks absolutely perfect. my mouth is watering, gina! :) good thing i have all of these ingredients on hand. thanks for this recipe!


    Ginger @ Chic by Night
    chicbynight.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for asking that Lauren, was going to ask myself but you beat me to it!

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  6. This looks awesome. Does it make two loaves or one? And what size loaf pan did you use (I think I have three different sizes in my drawer.)

    I have used so many of your recipes and especially love your baked goods.

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    1. It makes one loaf, it was just a standard loaf pan, not sure the exact dimensions.

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  7. Fantastic! I really hope I can convince my girlfriend to bake this for me tomorrow...

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  8. Its in the oven right now; if the batter is any indication, it will be very yummy!

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  9. Just pulled this out of the oven! Had some too-soft bananas and a bucket full of ripe strawberries so this recipe came at a good time. I used whole wheat flour and it worked fine. I ended up pulling mine out at around 40 minutes because the toothpick came out clean and it was browning a bit. Great recipe!

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    1. Excellent, all ovens vary so glad you shared your baking time.

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  10. I actually don't have unsweetened applesauce on hand at the moment, would it be okay if I left it out since it's only 2 tablespoons? Or is there something I can replace it with?

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    1. Maybe more banana, it might be dry if you leave it out since it's replacing the butter.

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  11. Oh how I wish I'd bought strawberries while I was out earlier! I can't wait to try this one!

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  12. Has anyone made this at high altitude? Any modifications?

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    1. I live at about 7500 ft and always decrease baking temp by 25 degrees. I monitor very closely as well.

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  13. Just used up my strawberries making jam. I will have to run out and get more to try this yummy looking bread. Love your recipes!!! Thanks!!!

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  14. Yum! Just for clarification--do you roast the strawberries at 350 degrees or is that just the baking temp?

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    1. once roasted should they still be as moist as shown in the photos?

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  15. As I don't have applesauce, I may use my regular banana bread recipe and add the roasted strawberries. Will have to see. Never had a banana bread with strawberries before, but sounds delicious in concept.

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  16. This looks delicious! I love banana bread as well as strawberries, and I'm looking to try baking some slightly healthier things so I'll definitely have to try this!

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  17. Gina, do you spray BOTH the roasting pan for the strawberries and the loaf pan or just the loaf pan?

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    1. Just the pan loaf so it doesn't stick.

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  18. Can I substitute the wheat flour for rice or almond flour - I have to have gluten-free (due to Celiac)?

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    1. I'm sure a gluten free baking mix would work.

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  19. I just made this last night and it was amazing!!!! I actually ended up finding unsweetened applesauce in the back of the pantry. It's definitely going to be a keeper. And I'm making your shrimp with pasta in tomato sauce tonight for dinner. I LOVE your recipes!!!

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  20. I'd love to make this as muffins. Do you have any recommendations for baking time?

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  21. What an awesome flavor for a banana bread, I love it! It looks so delicious and easy, and I'd enjoy it so much for breakfast, brunch or snacking! Thanks, Gina.

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  22. I'd love to make this as muffins. Do you have any recommendations for baking time?

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  23. I made this last night as soon as I saw it on Pinterest. It came out fan-freakin'-tastic! Once again you've shared a great recipe. And it's low point too?!?! I'm in heaven.

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  24. Can't wait to try this. I agree with Marla M, I'm going to try as muffins. Don't have all the ingredients right now but will let all know how they come out and what my times were once I have made. Thanks Gina!!

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  25. What would you suggest as a substitute for the brown sugar for folks on a low sugar diet?

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    1. I'm not sure how cutting the sugar would effect it, but you could experiment with using your sweetener of choice. I heard monk fruit was a great healthy replacement, I haven't tried it though.

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  26. What gluten free baking mix do you suggest? Looks so good but trying to cut back on my gluten.

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    1. I heard Williams Sonoma was great, or Bob's Red Mill

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    2. Bob's Red Mill mix is my go-to. I've used it as a replacement in many many baking recipes and have never had an issue. It always comes out with a great texture and the flavor is never 'off'

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  27. Any idea how to translate the baking time to a breadmaker? We just got one but I'm still learning the settings and how long to bake in one.

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    1. I've never owned one so I am not too sure.

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  28. I've been really loving baking with white whole wheat flour. My kids would be happy campers if they saw this come out of the oven! Looks delicious!

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  29. Could you use frozen strawberries?

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    1. That is what I used since I have so many in the freezer. I just let them thaw and then proceeded with the directions.

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  30. I made it today, it is delicious! ( I did add some dark chocolate chips to the batter ;-) )

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  31. If I substitute coconut oil for the butter, do I still use 2 TBSP?

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  32. Looks good. Might have to throw in some shredded zucchini and chocolate chips too :-)

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  33. Can I substitute the butter with more applesauce and the sugar with stevia or Splenda?

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    1. No guarantee it will work if you do.

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  34. Delicious Gina. I'm so happy to have found your site!

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  35. Roasted strawberries are the best way to go for a quick bread and this one looks great!

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  36. Just pulled these out of the oven two seconds ago, and they look and smell amazing :)
    Made jumbo muffins instead of a bread loaf. Baking time was exactly 32 minutes for me after pre-heating the oven. Thanks for a great recipe!

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  37. seriously I have just started baking this recipe and the strawberries smell amazing!!! Can't wait to taste it. Actually I can't wait to taste the strawberries cooled from the oven! Thanks for another great recipe!

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  38. I veganized this, made it into mini muffins and have a VERY happy family on my hands - roasted strawberries - omg this ROCKED!!

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  39. I followed the recipe as written but put into muffin tins. There was about 4 C batter so I scooped 1/4 C into each sprayed and lightly floured tin. Baked for 18 mins and they were prefect! Thanks SO much for all of the amazing recipes. Your blog has been such a positive thing in my life this year.

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  40. Delicious! I replaced the sugar with truvia and it was still so good!

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  41. This just came out of the oven 30 mins ago. The strawberries smelled wonderful roasting. This tasted yummy! Thank you for sharing your recipes!! I have made a few of your recipes and they don't disappoint!!

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  42. In the oven now, smells great! Hope it turns out like the picture. I love all your recipes!

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  43. should i put parchment paper on the cookie sheet when roasting the strawberries???

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  44. Finally got around to trying this recipe. It is baking now and making the whole house smell wonderful!

    Gina, thanks for just being so darn awesome! Your recipes are making the biggest difference in my life right now. Finally feel like I am on the right track to becoming a healthier me and that I can still enjoy food!

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    1. Thanks Natalee, so happy to hear that!

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  45. So, so delicious! Made this for a friend's baby shower today and it was a huge hit! Everyone asked for the recipe and I sent them all a link to your site. Thanks for the wonderful recipes!

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  46. Delish! I added 1/4-cup chopped pecans and baked in standard size muffin tin (made 10 muffins). I baked for approx. 20-22 minutes. My husband and I loved them! We enjoyed them for breakfast with a smear of low-fat cream cheese--so good. Gina, thanks for all the great recipes . . . can't wait for your cookbook.

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  47. Ran this through WW PointsPlus Tracker and it's coming out as 3 PPV. Wonderful bread! Toast this with a tsp of peanut butter....FANTASTIC!

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  48. I'll never, ever learn my lesson. I always peruse your blog when I'm at work and inevitably I find something I want to go straight home and make. This though, I can't wait until home time. I've already texted my SO and told him to go pick up strawberries. Pronto! Killing me...

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  49. OMG. Found your blog last night. Bookmarked (not joking)12 recipes and made this one for my daycare provider's birthday. She texted 15 minutes after I dropped my twins off asking for the recipe. Ended up using a muffin pan and they came out perfectly--my 2.5 year olds loved them. Making another batch for my own family tonight!

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  50. THIS BREAD IS SO GOOD! i have to get myself to stop eating so much of it!! I made mine with whole wheat flour and it's great! I love the idea of roasting the strawberries. I wanna make chocolate cupcakes now and put roasted strawberries in them along with some white chocolate chips.

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  51. I made this and my family (7 and 5 year old plus a little neighbor friend) ate it in less than 5 minutes. Great recipe! We loved it. I am sad it is already gone.

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  52. My 17 month old loves your whole wheat blueberry muffins, so I can't wait to make this bread! I am just waiting for my bananas to ripen a little more. i can't wait to make it!!

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  53. So delicious! I made it this morning and first off it made my house smell so yummy. And second, my sister in law, niece, and my daughter loved it too. They said it was delicious. Which makes me happy knowing that it's also healthy. Thank you so much for your amazing recipes. I've made at least one thing a day from your site since I found it 2 months ago.

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  54. This was delicious and unusual banana bread. I made exactly as written except for one whole egg and one egg white.

    I used two middle-sized loaf lans resulting in two tiny loaves. Use one middle-size
    pan or larger for one loaf. Thank you!

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  55. Made this this morning and had 2 slices so far with some peanut butter...it is sooo AMAZING! Couldn't fine white whole wheat flour so just used regular whole wheat flour...also forgot to get the unsweetened applesauce but had some of the mini Mott's applesauce cups sugar free healthy harvest summer strawberry so I used that instead. I will definitely be making more later in the week!

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  56. This bread is delicious!

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  57. Gina, how on Earth do you get your bread so light and fluffy? I've bought new baking soda and I'm always careful not to overmix, but mine comes out a lot flatter and denser. Anyone else have this issue? What's your secret?

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  58. I made some slight modifications: substituted in cake flour that I've been wanting to finish up and blueberries instead of strawberries (my local store was completely out!) It's so light and moist, everyone in my office is raving about it!

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  59. I just took it out of the oven and it smells great, but it appears that it didn't rise at all. Is it supposed to?

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    1. This bread is a little moist and dense, but it shouldn't be too dense. Maybe it needed a few more minutes in the oven.

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  60. I just took these out of the oven(2nd batch) and they smell wonderful! I used coconut oil instead of butter and they taste AWESOME!!Thank you.



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  61. This looks like my kind of bread. I love roasted strawberries and banana already, but the fact that it looks this good and it's a lighter version makes it even more appealing!

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  62. This looks like my kind of bread. I love roasted strawberries and banana already, but the fact that it looks this good and it's a lighter version makes it even more appealing!

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  63. making it for the second time! I made twice as much strawberries and froze them. This weekend I pulled out the package when I had bananas to use and voila! :) We loved it the first time I made it.

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  64. Just made this with a few modifications. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough whole wheat flour so I had to use white flour. I was also out of applesauce so I used light sour cream instead. And we added chocolate chips on the top of one (we only have small bread pans so I was able to make three loaves). Oh and in using the small pans, it only took 25 minutes.
    This bread was fantastic! Thanks for the great recipe! Will definitely make again!

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  65. Just made this today, tasted heavenly. Thanks, Gina! :B

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  66. I just made this and the house smells amazing! However, the bread barely rose. Is there supposed to be no baking powder or might I have messed up with the mixing?

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  67. I just made this and the house smells amazing! However, the bread barely rose. Is there supposed to be no baking powder or might I have messed up with the mixing?

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  68. This has been brilliant every time I've made it (probably half a dozen times at least now). I've used strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and today, I'm trying peaches. I like the texture best if I sub nonfat Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla, whatever's on hand) for the butter, which skims off even more fat and calories.

    Thank you so much for this recipe - it has become a staple treat at our house. So much so that it's even worth turning the oven on when it's 102 outside, like today!

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    1. Wonderful! So glad you're enjoying it!

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  69. This came out TERRIBLE for me! Not moist, but SOGGY. I even baked it longer than recommended, let it air for a day, then put it back in the oven at 250 for over an hour now. No matter what I do, it's way too moist. A pity, as I was looking forward to this. I can't imagine what went wrong (shouldn't be an altitude issue, I live in Florida). :( That said, it did taste amazing, we just can't eat it because it's basically sopping.

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    1. Did you roast the strawberries? First time I made it I didn't and it came out very wet.

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  70. Mine really didn't rise either :( It's pretty dense and not light and fluffy at all. It still tastes pretty good! but there's something fairly unsatisfying about such a tiny piece of banana bread
    Not sure what I did wrong - though I will say I was having trouble creaming the butter with the amount of sugar, it really wasn't going much past a kind of wet sand consistency. Maybe I went wrong there :(

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    1. Not sure what went wrong, since so many others had success with this recipe.

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  71. What do you mean by 1-1/4 cup strawberries?

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  72. I'm not much of a baker, but this recipe came out perfectly for me. It was delicious and moist, and the banana taste wasn't overpowering. I'm not a fan of bananas in general, but I decided to give it a try, and I'm glad I did. It was wonderful...and the strawberries perfectly complemented the recipe. This will definitely be added to my recipe faves!

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  73. I have a loaf in the oven right now started it at 5am, but well worth it. I made a double batch this past weekend my husband and kids ate all of it. I got one slice. So I'm hiding some this time. Now I need more bananas!

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  74. Is there an alternative to apple sauce that I can use?

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  75. I used Whole Pastry Flour and 2 cups of frozen strawberries. Just to experiment, I cut the brown sugar to 1/4 cups and added some of the natural strawberry juice that came out from roasting. Also added 1/4 cups (will add 1/2 C next time) of shredded coconut (organic, unsweetened). Mine came out very moist and a bit more dense than fluffy and the flavor was great! Will definitely make this again and will try adding Chia seeds next time.

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  76. I made today as "cupcakes" they made 15-I baked at 350 degrees for 22 minutes-they were WONDERFUL-each cupcake is same ww point I think??? SO good-Gina you need your own show-not kidding-your own SHOW ASAP:) thank you for sharing....

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  77. Just made this today. I've tried many "banana bread" recipes but I think I've finally found my favorite. Very good taste, moist, addicting. Thanks for sharing. Love "Skinnytaste".

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  78. *** FANTASTIC!! *** A+++!!! Made this late yesterday and the whole loaf was gone by the next morning. (Probably should not admit that there are only 2 of us). :-O Made 2 small substitutions (because that's what I had on-hand): Used 1/2 cup of Splenda Brown Sugar Blend instead of light brown sugar and 2 eggs instead of egg whites. Can't wait to experiment with some other roasted fruit!!

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  79. Purchased 3 lbs of strawberries today so thought id check out this bread since its been on my pinterest board for a while now. it turned out super good, really moist and stuff, but pretty dense (didn't really rise a ton) but thats OK i still loved the taste. thanks for the recipe.

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  80. can I use gluten free all purpose flour? or should I use regular gluten free flour?

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  81. I made this today and it was amazing. The strawberries gave it a little added moisture. I didn't have white whole wheat flour, but I used the regular whole wheat flour and it was perfect.

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  82. I love this, it's really tasty :-)
    I would just like to know what's the serving size in grams? I think my loaf pan is different size from the one used in this recipe, unless I cut it in 16 paper thin slices.

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