Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread

It’s been a while since I made a quick bread. They’re truly one of my favorite things to bake, although I don’t seem to make them often. Anyway, I decided to take advantage of all the summer berries by making a simple bread with strawberries.

Of course, what goes better with strawberries than cream cheese? Granted, I’m pretty much always looking for an excuse to use cream cheese, but this is truly a fabulous use for it.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread is packed with oats, brown sugar, cream cheese, and plenty of fresh strawberries! - Bake or Break

The bread itself is packed with oats and brown sugar and strawberries, making a pretty tasty treat on its own. But, to me, the best part of this bread is that the sweetened cream cheese mixture isn’t completely mixed into the bread. Instead, it’s just slightly mixed into the batter with a few turns of a spoon. The result is that you get little bursts of big cream cheese flavor every few bites.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: one 9"x 5" loaf (10-12 servings)

Strawberry Cream Cheese Bread


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
  • 6 ounces strawberries, chopped
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a standard 9"x 5" loaf pan.

Whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla and mix well. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Stir in strawberries.

In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla until smooth. Add to bread mixture, stirring 4-5 turns until streaked with cream cheese mixture.

Transfer batter to prepared loaf pan. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack before serving.

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  1. This looks so moist and decadent! Definitely going to give this a whirl!

  2. mary July 2, 2012 Reply

    Sounds wonderful! Do you think I could use frozen strawberries?

    • jennifer July 2, 2012 Reply

      mary, frozen should work just fine.

  3. Mmm I need a whole lotta this! Love it!

  4. Riley July 2, 2012 Reply

    This looks great! A perfect way to make good use of all of those summer berries!

  5. Erin July 2, 2012 Reply

    I love cream cheese in anything, and this bread in partiular sounds very yummy.

  6. Shawn F. July 3, 2012 Reply

    I think you skipped a step. When does oat mixture get added?

  7. JenniferP July 3, 2012 Reply

    I had to bake this late last night after seeing the post. It was quick to put together. Although I really wanted to try it after baking, I fell asleep while waiting for it to cool…I ran to the kitchen to try it first thing this morning. It is amazing!! I love the brown sugar/oat combination with the strawberries, and the cream cheese swirl is soooo good. I can’t wait to make this again for family! Thanks for the yummy recipe.

  8. jennifer July 3, 2012 Reply

    Shawn F., you’re absolutely right! It’s fixed now. Thank you so much!

  9. mary July 3, 2012 Reply

    jennifer, thank you for your prompt response yesterday! Used frozen berries, altho I defrosted enough to drain some juice off them. Worked great! Would you store leftovers in refrigerator? Wonderful recipe!

  10. jennifer July 4, 2012 Reply

    mary, I would refrigerate unless it will al be eaten within a day or two.

  11. Andreas Ivarsson July 4, 2012 Reply

    That looks very delicious!

  12. Winston July 6, 2012 Reply

    Will HAVE to give this recipe a go have never seen a bread recipe as scrumptious as this! I bet it’s one of those recipes that’s so good that I will have to bake one for myself in secret so I don’t have to share ;p

  13. So Good! This is so right up my alley. I love that the cream cheese is not completely mixed in yet it still looks like a moist slice of pure goodness.

  14. Angie Alvarez September 24, 2012 Reply

    Can we substitute the strawberries for “guava paste”??? It mix great with cream cheese!

  15. jennifer September 24, 2012 Reply

    Angie, I’ve never used guava paste, so I can’t say if it would work or not. If you try it, let me know how it works.

  16. DK September 29, 2012 Reply

    Substituted the strawberries with homemade jam (peaches, strawberries and plums with a dash of honey) and it came out really good, despite several ‘opps-noob-baker-should have read the directions more carefully) moments (like not properly creaming the butter and the cream cheese mixture was of a softer consistency then suggested). So delicious, thank you for sharing this!

  17. erin October 16, 2012 Reply

    Oh, this sounds divine. Summer’s coming up down here in Oz, too, so – strawberry season! Yum.

  18. Renee November 5, 2012 Reply

    Hi! I managed to find so sweet red strawberries at Trader Joe’s a few days ago and finally tried your recipe. Success! I think it would also be excellent with blueberries, so next tie I’ll see how it works with frozen ones.

    Bonus: for a little extra decadence, I smushed together some butter, brown sugar and cinnamon ad sprinkled it over the top just before I put the pan in the oven!

  19. Ginger Stark March 30, 2014 Reply

    This is in the oven as I type!

  20. Kendall Stark April 17, 2014 Reply

    I made this a few days ago, without a bread pan or my American measuring cups! I was sure that it would turn out dry or underdone… it came out spectacular! Everyone loved it, and one of them went out, bought the ingredients and made it herself the next day. The strawberry season is almost up here and it’s a great way of using them. Thanks, Jennifer!

  21. Karen June 27, 2014 Reply

    I am an avid baker…you are killing me…I just want to MAKE everything you post! It looks so delicious and I know it is. Thank you for the wonderful torment.

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      Jennifer McHenry June 27, 2014 Reply

      Karen, the key is to find plenty of willing people to take all those baked goods off your hands! Then, you can just keep baking!

  22. Aimee July 6, 2014 Reply

    I bake all the time. I came across this recipe and made it. Wonderful loaf bread. Moist and flavorful! A must try. Thank you!!

  23. Nikhita May 12, 2015 Reply

    I just made this and it is delicious!! I can’t wait to try out more of your recipes, thank you for sharing!

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