Adventures with Long Mulberries and Whole Wheat Banana Bread

This banana bread is packed with blueberries, strawberries and mulberries. Made with whole wheat flour, raw sugar and extra-virgin olive oil.

Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Blueberries, Strawberries and Mulberries by FamilySpice.com

I spent the weekend pulling my hair out because The Professor, my 12-year-old son who is too good for homework, had four weeks to complete a 3-book project, but he had barely made a dent in it. My boy can’t be persuaded by rewards, bribes or punishment. I suppose that would be a good trait if he becomes a politician, but as a son trying to be convinced by his mother that it would be in his best interest to finish his homework, this trait gets in the way.

I tweeted about it over the weekend, grumbled about spending my Saturday night barking at my son over this darn project. Mimi Avocado and Kim/Liv Life were kind enough hear my whining and we pledged our support to each other, being the unappreciated moms that we were. Thanks, ladies!

That night in my house there were tears, screams, slamming of books. He lost a sleepover that his brother was able to attend with his cousins and he was feeling the bite of procrastination. After much pain, The Professor buckled down and completed a tremendous amount of work that night. He woke up at 6am and then diligently finished his report. He was all smiles and proud when he told he was done.

A job well done.

Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Blueberries, Strawberries and Mulberries by FamilySpice.com

BUT, this was not the first time that this happened. It has been a recurring theme in my boy’s young academic life. I quietly reminded him of the other examples, and he nodded his head that he understood. I reminded him that he only two more years before high school (can you hear my heart breaking?) and that this behavior would seriously hurt his university choices. I got the usual, “I know. I know.”

We shall see if he does know.

And that was my wild and exciting weekend. It ended with a quick visit to see my in-laws and my mother-in-law offered us some of these giant red mulberries. They were grown from a friend’s mulberry tree in Fallbrook, about 45 minutes north of us. We had never seen such giant mulberries before. I took some home and learned that these long mulberries are also known as Himalayan Mulberries. You can read all about them here.

Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Blueberries, Strawberries and Mulberries by FamilySpice.com

Gorgeous, aren’t they? And they were about 2-inches long each.

I made this banana bread and stuffed it with blueberries, strawberries and these long, red mulberries. It is made with only whole wheat flour and wheat bran, and sweetened with bananas and raw sugar. I have been experimenting with raw sugar and I’m really liking the result. It also contains extra-virgin olive oil and not butter, but who could tell?

The best thing about this bread is that my husband couldn’t tell the difference. No usual comments when he knows I made his meal healthy.
Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Blueberries, Strawberries and Mulberries by FamilySpice.com

“Mmmmm…. tastes great!”

You be the judge.

Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Blueberries, Strawberries and Mulberries

Oh yeah, you read that right. This bread is packed with berry goodness, made with only whole wheat flour and sweetened with bananas and raw sugar. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup wheat bran
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup over-ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup milk, low-fat
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup red mulberries, fresh
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, hulls removed and chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together:
    • 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1/2 cup raw sugar
    • 1/4 cup wheat bran
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
  3. Using a stand mixer, whisk:
    • 1 cup over-ripe bananas , mashed
    • 1/2 cup milk, low-fat
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 egg, large
  4. In batches, add dry ingredients into wet, making sure everything is evenly distributed.
  5. Gently stir in by hand:
    • 1/2 cup blueberries
    • 1/2 cup red mulberries, fresh
    • 1/4 cup strawberries , hulls removed and chopped
  6. Apply non-stick spray to a 9" x 5" loaf pan, and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. Pour batter inside.
  7. Bake bread in oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.
  8. Let the bread rest in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.

Notes:

Serving Suggestions: If you can't find mulberries substitute with blackberries. Strawberries also tend to melt when bakes. If you prefer use raspberries instead.

Prep Time:

Yield: Serves 10

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6 Responses to Adventures with Long Mulberries and Whole Wheat Banana Bread

  1. I’ve never tried mullberries but they sound wonderful – love that you loaded up this bread with berries!

  2. mjskit at #

    Good luck with The Professor! He sounds like a very determined young man, but obviously not as determined as Mom! 🙂 Those mulberries are beautiful! What a unique combination of bananas, blueberries and mulberries. I bet this bread is delicious!

  3. Amazing berries – love the healthy recipe too…

  4. Wow, the Professor is definitely a handful. At least the book project is done and you can finally breathe.

    Sigh 😀

    And I’ve never tasted mulberries. It looks, well, different!

  5. I’ve never tried mullberries and I’m very curious about the flavor. Considering all the berries are my favorite, I can’t believe I haven’t even tried this kind (will look out for this!). Your banana bread look so good. My borning banana bread needs some change!

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