Strawberry lemon oat bread

Hi πŸ™‚ How’s your afternoon treating you?

I hope it had at least one moment that felt like this:

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Oh Bell. So much joy and sass for a tiny pup.

Livi and I had a great morning, and then around noon, we went to go see Kyle and Meg’s new house. They moved this weekend while we were out of town, so I was excited to check it out for the first time. It looks beautiful! Luna seems to be enjoying her new digs, too πŸ˜‰

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We picked up Oregano’s takeout:

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(that’s the Oregano’s favorite salad: greens, kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, feta, raisins + chicken with vinaigrette)

and hung out for a while. 

Afternoon jolt was this lovely bread.


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I’m trying to work my way through the pantry and freezer staples, and remembered the giant bag of oats and bit of almond meal we had left.

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They were the dry components of this seriously decadent healthy bread. It’s like a muffin meets a cookie πŸ™‚ I’m excited to have some with tomorrow morning’s omelet!

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This afternoon, a slice was perfect with a smear of almond butter and a cup of coffee.

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Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!


Strawberry lemon oat bread

A gluten-free breakfast or snack option with a lovely lemon brightness. Serve hot with butter or ghee, or cold with a smear of your favorite nut butter.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40


  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup oats (gluten-free: use gluten-free oats. For grain-free, use more almond meal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a standard loaf pan with nonstick spray, or grease with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, almond meal, baking powder, sea salt and cinnamon. Whisk with a fork to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the remaining ingredients (except for the strawberries).
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Stir in the strawberries.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes until the top is set and lightly golden.
  6. Serve hot, or allow to cool and store covered in the fridge.


  • This would also be AMAZING crumbled onto vanilla ice cream.


  • Serving Size: 8


Can’t wait to go for a walk when Liv wakes up from her nap; it’s gorgeous outside <3

See ya in the morning.



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  1. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on March 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! It is so pretty too. This would be awesome with greek yogurt or fr-yo!

    • emma @ be mom strong on March 19, 2014 at 6:15 am

      I actually made something very similar to this yesterday and added those Enjoy Life chocolate chips… so good!

  2. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on March 18, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Yum!! This sounds like an absolutely fantastic breakfast recipe πŸ™‚

  3. Krista on March 18, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    You have 1 tablespoon of coconut oil listed twice. Can you clarify, please?

    • Fitnessista on March 18, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      fixed it! sorry bout that

      • Krista on March 18, 2014 at 7:58 pm

        Thanks! It looks really good and I’m going to make it right now!

        • Fitnessista on March 18, 2014 at 8:01 pm

          let me know how it turns πŸ™‚

  4. Jennifer on March 18, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    After just finishing up the Ballet Beautiful workout, I’m headed to the kitchen to make this bread. Wondering if I can stand on my feet long enough to mix πŸ™‚ Good workout, agree with you about the counting.

  5. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on March 18, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    OH wow! I will definitely have to try this out! It looks fabulous! And with ice-cream!? YUUMMM. Can’t wait! πŸ™‚

  6. Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift on March 18, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I take a 2 week hiatus from blogland and come back to THIS goodness? Holla!
    Looks delicious, I may have to force my family to help with some major taste-testing. πŸ˜‰

    Also, that Oregano’s salad has my keyboard covered in drool. (Blog reading while hungry is never a good idea…)

  7. Amanda @ A Latte Learn on March 18, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    ooh, this sounds so good. saving the recipe!

  8. Karen on March 18, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    This looks delicious! I have saved the recipe and will make it on the weeknd after I do my weekly grocery shop. Simple and healthy – a great combination! Thanks for posting great recipe ideas, I have been making the mexican lasagne (from the winter shape up) and quinoa chicken enchilada casserole lately and they are both tasty easy meals to make!

  9. Alex @ Kenzie Life on March 18, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    This looks amazing! I love lemon in baked goods. It’s so refreshing! I just made your superfood snack bites (the ones you posted in February with the goji berries and hemp seeds) and they are incredible! I think they are my favorite snack bites ever! (I got tired of the medjool date variety so this was refreshing). I’ve been having 2 as a pre-workout snack. They’re just enough to give me some energy and hold me over until I can eat after class!

  10. Sharon T on March 19, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Thank you! I have all these ingredients at home – and no plans for tomorrow. Good deal. πŸ™‚

  11. Kate B on March 19, 2014 at 1:23 am

    As soon as I read this, I realized I had all the ingredients on hand. So, I just whipped it up! In place of the brown sugar, I used 1/8 cup of maple syrup. And instead of 1 cup of almond meal, I used a 1/2 cup of almond meal + 1/2 cup coconut flour. I prefer mixing the latter two types of flour for a lighter density than using almond meal alone. That was, of course, in addition to the 1 cup of oats. Oh, and I added a teaspoon of lemon extract and used the juice of a whole lemon. It adds a great punch! It’s really delicious and I want to eat the whole loaf now – but I’ll be good and pace my servings out πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for the recipe inspiration!!

  12. Emily B on March 19, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Read this just in time for breakfast prep (love late work days)! Will be omitting the almond meal for ground flaxseed and removing lemon zest, but hey we go with what saves mama a grocery trip πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the health inspiration and drool worthy photos! And a way to get rid of all those BJs strawberries before they start to get moldy… Go big or go home lol

    • Alexa on March 19, 2014 at 1:17 pm

      did swapping to ground flaxseed work? and you still used 1 cup of it?

  13. Runner Girl Eats on March 19, 2014 at 6:29 am

    Yum! Looks tasty. That first picture just makes me smile…so much joy!

  14. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on March 19, 2014 at 7:14 am

    This bread sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing! Also, I want to recreate that salad!

  15. Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye on March 19, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Liv is so darn cute!! I always think if I ever had a little girl, I’d want to dress her exactly like you do Live =) Love her little Toms in that pic.

    • Fitnessista on March 19, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      aww thank you!

  16. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on March 19, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Bella is so adorable! When it gets warm in Omaha I’m going to run around outside just like that. ;p

  17. Brynn on March 19, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Yum, yum! What a perfect bread that is still light enough for the spring and summer months. Such a great change from the pumpkin loafs I have been making on repeat.

  18. Cristal on March 19, 2014 at 8:39 am

    My Bella moment was walking out of work!!! Love going home to my family πŸ™‚

  19. Paula on March 19, 2014 at 8:41 am

    This sounds like the perfect spring/summer treat: substantial but not too heavy, especially with those bright citrus flavors! I’m trying this as soon as I have another occasion for which to bake (lest my husband and I eat the entire thing ourselves in two days).

    • Fitnessista on March 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      yes, ours is almost gone haha

  20. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on March 19, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I still have almond meal I’ve been meaning to try to use somehow, so I might try that bread!

    I love how big girl Livi is looking these days. So cute!

  21. Megan @ Meganmumbles on March 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Jealous of your beautiful weather!

  22. Emily on March 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Dogs and toddlers show you how you need to be in the world. “Yay! It’s morning! There’s sunshine! Everything is awesome!”

  23. Nicole on March 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    So yummy!! I made this in my diabetes cooking class this morning (I’m a dietitian) and everybody loved it! πŸ™‚ I will be making it again tonight when I get home!

    • Fitnessista on March 19, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      i’m so happy everyone liked it!! ours is almost gone already, too πŸ™‚

  24. Shaina Anderson on March 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Mine is in the oven right now and smells so good!!

    • Fitnessista on March 19, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      yay, hope you love it!

  25. Amie on March 19, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I have a banana allergy. Any substitution ideas?

    • Fitnessista on March 19, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      half a container of applesauce πŸ™‚

  26. Livi on March 20, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Looks delicious!

  27. Nicole M. on March 20, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Just threw a batch in the oven using blackberries and candied ginger with whole wheat flour instead! Here’s to hoping they turn out!

  28. Liza on March 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I am allergic to banana…what would you recommend I use instead?

    • Fitnessista on March 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      1/2 container of applesauce would work nicely

  29. jen on March 20, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    this sounds really good, I’m about to do a gluten-free test for April-May to see if it helps with my crohn’s disease so I’m going to prep and freeze a lot of stuff so this and a lot of your gluten free recipes will be going on my list to make :)!

  30. Cassie Vaughn on March 21, 2014 at 11:07 am

    That salad looks so good! It could be possible that I’m hungry.

  31. Hayley on March 21, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Yum…just made this and had a slice warm from the oven. My toddler wouldn’t even try it..weirdo! I hope I have the power to resist another slice!

  32. miki on March 23, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Found strawberries at the market yesterday and just took this out of the oven. It’s delicious and my whole house smells amazing. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

    • Fitnessista on March 23, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      so happy you’re enjoying it! πŸ™‚

  33. Chetana on March 24, 2014 at 7:21 am

    This is definitely going to be sumptuous to try during the weekend. I am arranging a small party at my garden this weekend. Will this recipe go well with cream and honey on top?

  34. eliana on March 14, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Yum! I cannot wait to try this recipe out, thanks for the share. Love checking out your blog, keep up the posts!

  35. Lisa Roy on June 30, 2021 at 1:34 am

    Hi Gina, I really loved the making process of Strawberry lemon oat bread. Have bookmarked u r site and keep them coming..

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