It’s the beginning of berry season! Oh how lovely it is to swap out my bags of frozen berries for fresh berries.
To celebrate berry season, I’ve made my favourite banana bread and stuffed it full of fresh strawberries and blueberries. This Berry Banana Bread is kept moist with my secret ingredient (pssst – sour cream!!), and each mouthful is bursting with berries.
To be fair, it’s not berry season in my backyard yet – for that, we’ve got another month or two to go – and by “backyard” I mean my potted veggie garden on my rooftop deck 😉 . It’s been an unseasonably cool Spring here in the Pacific Northwest, so my strawberry and raspberry plants only have buds so far!
Ribbons of cinnamon! Oh how I love thee, cinnamon!
There’s a lot of cinnamon in this loaf – the more the better, in my opinion! Cinnamony batter is layered with generous sprinkles of cinnamon sugar, creating visible “ribbons” of cinnamon flavour explosions throughout the loaf.
Have you ever stopped to consider how many perfect pairings there are with peanut butter?
- Peanut butter and banana
- Peanut butter and chocolate
- Peanut butter and jam
- Peanut butter and honey
- Peanut butter and celery and raisins
Peanut butter, you poly-amorous little minx! 😉
Let’s consider the first perfect pairing: peanut butter and banana. Peanut butter is one of my absolute Favourite Foods. Right up there with avocados, chocolate chips, and pie. I like to eat spoonfuls of peanut butter straight from the jar. You too?
Then you’ll definitely be with me in loving this Peanut Butter Banana Bread.
I have a confession – I don’t like Pumpkin Spice Lattes. And I don’t like pumpkin pie.
I will tolerate eating one slice of pumpkin pie per year on Thanksgiving – and only because every year, J needs his pumpkin pie and strongly encourages me to bake one 😉 The pumpkin pie recipe that I make is light, fluffy, and heavily spiced – more importantly, J loves it, and I tolerate it.
This Pumpkin Spice Loaf has very similar flavours – heavily spiced and uses 1 full cup of pumpkin puree. J gave it his seal of approval – and for me, I much prefer a warm slice of Pumpkin Spice Loaf slathered with melty butter over pumpkin pie or a PSL any day. 😉
Soo, confession: I ate half of this Whole Wheat Apple Spice Bread loaf before I took the photographs for this blog post. Whoops. I can never resist a warm, moist, spiced loaf that’s calling my name… Forgive me – this loaf is irresistible!
Apple cinnamon is one of my favorite flavor combinations ever (I lovelovelove apple pie) – so Apple Spice Bread was a no brainer for me. It’s quick to throw together, and using all whole wheat flour ups the healthy-factor for breakfast!