Strawberry Chocolate Chip Bread

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups ripe strawberries (2 cups finely chopped, 2s cup puree)
  • 3 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups applesauce
  • 1TBSP imitation vanilla
  • ½ very ripe mashed banana
  • ½ a bag vegan chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 °F and prepare two 9 x 5 inch loaf pans.
  2. Puree half of the strawberries with the applesauce. (In a blender is fine.)
  3. Slice and prepare the remaining half of your strawberries, then put them in a medium-sized bowl and combine with the puree mixture. Set aside. *I used fresh strawberries that I had frozen. You could just as easily use already frozen berries or fresh would be fine too. Frozen was difficult to slice, though J
  4. Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, vanilla, mashed banana, and baking soda in large bowl: mix well.
  5. Add your strawberry mixture to the dry ingredients, blending until dry ingredients are just moistened.
  6. Add the chocolate chips and stir. Mixture will be pink and delicious and it will be difficult not to just eat it all right then 🙂
  7. Spray or grease pans and divide batter into pans
  8. Bake at 375°F  got 50-60 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean. Though, honestly, I had mine at about 400°F for 70mins but it could be because my oven is older than I am or because I had so many things in there at a time? Not sure, but just set a time for 50 minutes and then check periodically.
  9. Remove from oven when it’s done and let it cool.
  10. It’s important to let the bread COOL and dry a little bit. The strawberries will make it very moist and you’ll think it’s not done.
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