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Blueberry Banana Bread

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Blueberry Banana Bread

Walnuts, pecans and chocolate chips are probably three of the most common add-ins for banana breads. I know that they’re my default choices, although I’ve been known to branch out into other add-ins from time to time, opting for peanut butter swirls and coconut instead of crunchy nuts and rich chocolate chips. This time around, I opted to add in some fresh blueberries to create a loaf of banana bread that seemed to have a lighter, more summery flavor.

This is not much more than my basic banana bread recipe with some fresh, farmers’ market blueberries mixed into it. The banana bread itself is easy to make and is fairly low in fat, so you never feel guilty about eating a slice or two for breakfast. Since it uses oil instead of butter, there is no need to wait around while your butter softens up and this loaf can mix up and be in the oven in just a couple of minutes. Fresh berries are going to give you the neatest look in this loaf because there is no frozen juice or liquid to come off them and “stain” the bread when you mix them in. That said, you can still substitute frozen berries if you want to make this loaf in the off-season.

The banana bread is moist and tender, with a good banana flavor punctuated by bursts of fruity blueberries. The banana bread batter is thick and it supports the berries very well; you won’t end up a loaf where all the berries have sunk to the bottom during baking. This will keep well for a couple of days when well-wrapped and is great for snacking, as well as for breakfast and for dessert!

Blueberry Banana Bread
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp vegetable oil
2 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 1/4 cups)
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups blueberries

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 9×5-inch loaf pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, vegetable oil, egg, vanilla and mashed bananas until smooth. Add in flour mixture and stir until just combined and no streaks of flour remain. Fold in blueberries with a spoon or spatula, then pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake for about 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached.
Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

Makes 1 loaf

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27 Comments
  • Amanda A
    June 14, 2010

    That looks soooo good. I’m not a big banana fan but I think the blueberries would make it rock!

  • dani
    June 14, 2010

    i’ve done this before and was a huge fan! thanks for reminding me πŸ™‚

  • Joanne
    June 14, 2010

    whoa I can’t believe there’s only 3 tbsp oil in this! It looks so MOIST! Love the blueberry banana combo!

  • Kitchen Corner
    June 15, 2010

    This is simply good!!

  • Les
    June 15, 2010

    in the absence of fresh berries, would frozen ones work?

  • Les
    June 15, 2010

    oops – ignore my question! i can’t read properly — just noticed you said we could substitute frozen for fresh. LOL!

  • Anna
    June 15, 2010

    I just made this today and it was great! Thanks so much for the wonderful recipe!

  • Esther
    June 15, 2010

    I just made this yesterday and mine didn’t turn out as good as yours did. Mine was really, really dense and for some reason it wasn’t that moist and tender. Maybe it was b/c I used really mushy bananas and reduced the sugar? I’m not sure, but I love how pretty your bread turned out. πŸ™‚ I’m going to try this recipe again to see what I did wrong.

  • smilinggreenmom
    June 19, 2010

    Awesome! Your recipe sounds and looks amazing! I would like to try it using Kamut Wheat though since it is so healthy and our family loves it. We have been avoiding the white flours/sugars etc and focusing on whole grains! Can’t wait πŸ™‚

  • youresf
    September 7, 2010

    in the absence of fresh berries, would frozen ones work

  • hanushi
    March 6, 2011

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! I have made this and have linked to you! πŸ™‚

  • Valerie
    September 6, 2011

    Yum! Ok, so I waited too long and blueberries are getting out of season. Instead I substituted walnuts and made a fabulous banana nut bread recipe. Thanks for sharing! Next year I’ll try it with blueberries when they are no longer $8/lb. πŸ™‚

  • Leigh
    March 21, 2012

    found this on pinterest. wanted something easy that i had all the ingredients for. made it today and its great!

  • Moe
    January 4, 2014

    I just wanted to say I have made this recipe several times now and it turns out great! I was just looking through my Pinterest board again to find this recipe to make tomorrow morning. πŸ™‚

  • Dani
    September 10, 2014

    I have made this several times. I add in a 1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce and a 1/2 c. chopped walnuts along w/ all of the other original ingredients. Turns out great every time and is a huge hit with everyone who tries it! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • sonya johnson
    January 26, 2015

    Could you use a muffin tin?

  • Nicole
    January 26, 2015

    Sonya – Yes, you can make this recipe in a muffin tin. The baking time should be about 15 minutes or so, depending on how full you fill your muffin tins, but be sure to check them with a toothpick to ensure that they are fully baked before taking them out!

  • Monica
    February 9, 2015

    What a hit!! My family absolutely loved it! I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil and it was great! Thanks for sharing you recipe!

  • Shyla
    February 16, 2015

    Just made this! YUM! πŸ™‚ thanks for the great recipe!

  • Dorothy
    August 17, 2015

    I added a extra banana and had baked for 70min it didn’t turn out πŸ™

  • Nicole
    August 18, 2015

    Dorothy – It didn’t turn out because you added that extra banana. Additional banana will make this loaf (and many other banana bread recipes) too heavy and will prevent them from rising and cooking evenly. Next time, skip the extra banana and stick with the recommended amount of fruit.

  • Laura
    December 30, 2015

    Do you think this would work with frozen mixed berries? Very excited to try this!

  • Nicole
    December 31, 2015

    Laura – Yes, definitely!

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