I love a classic banana bread recipe but I also like twists on tradition and wanted to try to add a new flavor to the somewhat sweet but simultaneously mellow flavored bread. This banana blueberry bread recipe did just the trick with its juicy blueberries dotting the banana bread with bright sweetness.
You can start your day with this tasty treat and a steamy cup of coffee, serve it as dessert, or make it a sweet side at a mid-day soiree. It’s really perfect for any event.
Dress it up with whipped cream or ice cream or serve it alongside softened butter or cream cheese. This beautiful blueberry-studded bread will steal any show!
The next time you want to make a show-stopping sweet that works well any time of day, try this banana blueberry bread recipe.
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Common Questions about Banana Blueberry Bread
Do bananas and blueberries work well together?
These two fruits are an amazing flavor combination that works well in this bread as well as smoothies and cakes. Add a little lemon zest on top of the loaf for an even more incredible flavor.
Can I use frozen blueberries?
You can, but you might not want to — the frozen berries might bleed their blue color into the bread. But, if you have frozen berries and can’t find fresh ones, you can defrost the right amount in a strainer over a plate overnight, then pat the berries with a paper towel to eliminate the extra juice — and remember to coat them in flour.
Why are the blueberries coated in flour?
First, the flour helps to soak up some of the juice. But more importantly, it makes them more likely to stay suspended in the batter before baking. You want those berries to be evenly distributed throughout the loaf and not sink to the bottom of the batter during the baking process.
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Making Banana Blueberry Bread Ahead of Time
You can easily make banana bread and store it for a couple of days until you’re ready to serve it. Just bring it to room temperature or microwave it briefly.
It’s easy to store banana blueberry bread in either the fridge or freezer.
Refrigerator: Wrap the whole loaf tightly in plastic wrap or store slices in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Freezing: Place slices of the bread in a freezer-safe container or wrap them tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
Tips For The Best Banana Blueberry Bread
- Use very ripe bananas – Toss your overripe bananas into the freezer into you’re ready to use them. They’re the sweetest addition to banana bread and you can just defrost them when you’re ready to bake.
- Make sure to have all of your ingredients at room temperature. This will make them more mixable, but also ensure that all of the dry ingredients are moistened by the wet ingredients.
- Use both baking powder and baking soda. This helps to make sure the bread has the right color and rises as it should.
Many of these ingredients you’ll already have on hand — just fill in the blanks with a quick grocery store trip if necessary.
- All-purpose flour
- Medium bananas
- Large eggs (room temperature)
- Butter (unsalted – melted, and cooled)
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract or vanilla paste
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Fresh blueberries (or frozen)
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
There’s not a lot that you need from your kitchen to make this quick bread.
- Fork or potato masher
- Large mixing bowl
- Electric mixer
- Small bowl
- Medium bowl
- Loaf pan
- Parchment paper or foil
- Cooking spray
- Wire Rack
How to Make Banana Blueberry Bread
This moist bread is so easy to make and is the perfect way to start a weekend or holiday morning.
- Place the bananas in a large bowl.
- Using a potato masher or large fork, mash the bananas until they are smooth with only a few small chunks remaining.
- To the mashed bananas add the eggs, melted butter, sugar, and vanilla extract.
- Turn an electric hand mixer (or a stand mixer) onto low speed and beat the banana mixture until all ingredients are incorporated and the mixture is smooth.
- Place all of the dry ingredients in a separate bowl (medium size). Either sift them into the bowl or mix them together with a fork until completely combined.
- Turn the mixture back on to low speed.
- Gradually combine flour mixture with the wet ingredients in intervals until all of the dry ingredients have been moistened and there are only small lumps.
- Next, add the blueberries and a bit of flour to a small bowl.
- Then, mix the berries with the flour, ensuring they are completely coated.
- Gently fold the floured berries into the bread batter.
- Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl and the bottom to get all of the batter into the loaf tin.
- Insert the pointed end of a sharp knife into the top of the batter and make a straight, lengthwise cut down the entirety of the loaf of batter.
- Sprinkle fresh berries on top of the batter.
- Bake the bread until it passes the toothpick test (fully inserted in the center of bread it comes out dry).
- When the bread is finished, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool briefly in the pan.
- Next, take the bread out of the pan and allow it to fully cool on a wire rack.
- If you’re going to serve it soon after baking, the bread can remain warm or you can let it reach room temperature. Otherwise, allow it to completely cool before storing it.
What to Serve With Banana Blueberry Bread
This sweet bread filled with bananas and berries has a rich flavor that is as good as a start to the day as it is a dessert-style treat so you can serve it in tons of ways. Here are a few ideas.
- Butter – Set out some high-quality salted butter to soften before serving the banana bread. The saltiness pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the bread.
- Cream cheese – Since banana bread can be a little crumbly, you’ll want the cream cheese to be soft before serving so that it can be spread easily. The slight tang of cream cheese, and its texture, are perfect atop a piece of this bread.
- Jam – The bread already has fruit in it, but why not add more? Grab your favorite jelly or jam — fig jam is great in the fall and winter months while brighter fruit preserves might be better during other seasons.
- Coffee and tea – Warm morning (or after-dinner) beverages are a welcome accompaniment to this sweet bread.
- Whipped cream – For a super sweet treat, try serving a dollop of whipped cream over top.
Why You Should Make This Recipe
Besides the fact that your friends and family will just love this moist, fruity, cake-like bread there are some other reasons to try it, too.
- Easy – Bread-making isn’t always easy but this one is as simple to make for a new baker as it is for the baker who has made all of the breads.
- Versatile – This bread can as easily be on the breakfast table as it can fill in as an addition for mid-day tea or be designated to the dessert table.
- Healthy – Sure, there’s some sugar in there, but the bananas and blueberries add an element of nutrition to this sweet treat.
- Affordable – Bananas and blueberries tend to be fairly affordable and many of the rest of the ingredients are probably already in the pantry.
Variations and Add-ins
While I love the way the flavors in this bread intermingle just as they are, there are lots of ways to spruce it up or change it.
- Sugar – Sprinkle some granulated sugar over top for a surprisingly sweet crunch.
- Glaze – Make a quick glaze with confectioner’s sugar and milk to drizzle over top.
- Chocolate – Mix chocolate chips into the batter to add even more sweetness.
- Fruit – Swap out the blueberries for other varieties of berries or add in some dried fruit like raisins or craisins.
- Extracts – Use a different flavor of extract instead of vanilla. Almond will impart nuttiness while a coffee extract will make the bread extra ready for breakfast-time consumption.
- Brown sugar – Swap some or all of the granulated sugar for brown sugar for a more molasses-style flavor.
- Blueberry muffins – If you need a good muffin recipe, just switch this recipe up and make cakey muffins by baking in a muffin tin.
- Lower gluten – Use gluten-free flour as a substitute for all-purpose flour.
- Smaller loaves – Use small loaf pans to create mini loaves of this goodness to give away as gifts or just to store in your freezer.
- Peanut butter – Make peanut butter banana bread by adding just a bit of your favorite smooth peanut butter to the mixture.
- Sea salt – If you’re a fan of sweet and salty combos, sprinkle a little sea salt on top of the bread before baking.
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Banana Blueberry Bread
- 2 cups all-purpose flour + 1 tablespoon for the berries
- 4-5 ripe medium bananas should make about 2 cups mashed
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- ½ cup butter unsalted, melted and cooled
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ½ teaspoon vanilla paste
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries or frozen (but may stain/change the color of the whole bread) + more on top for decoration
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Mash the bananas until smooth (a few chunks here and there is fine) in a large bowl with a fork.
- Add eggs, butter, sugar, and vanilla and beat with an electric mixer on low until smooth.
- In a separate bowl combine dry ingredients. Now add that mixture to the wet ingredients in batches mixing on low at the same time.
- In a medium bowl toss the blueberries with 1 tablespoon of flour.
- Stir in the flour-coated berries into the batter.
- Pour the batter into a 9 x 5 inch loaf tin (greased or lined with parchment paper or foil). The batter will be somewhat sticky.
- Make a small cut lengthwise about ½ inch deep in the center of the bread. Decorate with berries on top.
- Bake for 1 hour and 35-40 minutes (or it may take you slightly more, depending on the oven!) until the toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few breadcrumbs.
- Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool in the tin for 10 minutes.
- Later transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Cut into 10-12 thick pieces and enjoy.
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