Strawberry- Oatmeal Banana Bread

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Strawberry- Oatmeal Banana Bread

Yield: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 55 min

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 Tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripened bananas
1/2 cup mashed strawberries (fresh or frozen)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 8X5-inch loaf pan.

2. Whisk together first 5 dry ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, mix butter and sugars with an electric mixer; beat for two minutes. Add eggs, lemon zest, sour cream and vanilla; beat until combined. Mix in banana and strawberries. Stir in dry ingredients- just until combined. Gently scoop into prepared pan.

4. Bake 55 to 65 minutes, or until toothpick tests out clean.

Tips:

*The more flavorful your strawberries are, the more they will add strawberry flavor to this bread. I found that French strawberries from my Farmer's market stand worked wonderfully!
*If you're using fresh strawberries, save a couple of extra ones to slice thinly and place on top of the batter before baking. You'll get a nice decor on top of your bread.
*Check in the middle of baking, and if it's browning too much on top, gently set a piece of foil on top of the bread to keep it from browning further.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (Adapted from CookingBread.com)