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Banana bread with blueberries

Banana bread with blueberries

Two very ripe bananas and one package of blueberries were sitting on my counter, so naturally I had to make a banana bread with blueberries. I wanted something different from the banana bread recipe I used a couple of weeks ago, so in addition to blueberries, I also added Greek yogurt. Well, adding the Greek yogurt was sort of a necessity (as opposed to creativity), since I only had 2 bananas while the recipe called for 3, so I measured that 1 mashed banana equaled 1/3 cup in volume, and that’s how much Greek yogurt I added to replace the missing banana.

Blueberries add so much to banana bread! In addition to the berry flavor, they almost make the banana bread even more moist, without letting it lose the texture. Biting a slice of banana bread with blueberries is very much like having a slice of a berry cake: juicy and fruity, but without all the butter. I still can’t believe that this moist loaf of bread has only 1/3 cup butter, the rest of butter replaced by Greek yogurt and bananas. I need to make recipes like this more often!

Banana bread with blueberries

I also realized something while making this banana bread and that one: the key to a moist and flavorful banana bread is to use very ripe bananas. Before I even consider using the bananas in baking, I wait until they turn black on the outside and get really soft to the touch. When peeled, such bananas are still white inside but very soft and mushy, not really holding their banana shape. Mashing such bananas with a fork is very much like stirring the smoothie: effortless! That’s when bananas are at their sweetest!

Banana bread with blueberries

Banana bread with blueberries

Banana bread with blueberries

 

Banana bread with blueberries

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 loaf

Banana bread with blueberries

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix mashed bananas, Greek yogurt and melted butter, using wooden fork or spoon. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix just enough to blend the ingredients; do not over-mix, the lumps will work themselves out.
  3. Add chopped walnuts and whole blueberries to the batter and mix them in to distribute evenly through the batter.
  4. Butter a 4x8 inch loaf pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, butter the parchment paper too. Pour the batter in the pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.
  5. Note: lining the bottom of the pan with parchment paper ensures that the bottom of the bread will not get stuck.

Notes

Adapted from Simply Recipes

http://juliasalbum.com/2013/04/banana-bread-with-blueberries/

 

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  • Medeja April 16, 2013, 3:35 am

    Banana bread with blueberries sounds great! And also looks so good, soft.. I would love it for breakfast.

  • Rosa April 16, 2013, 3:57 am

    It looks fantastic! A beautiful cake.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen April 16, 2013, 5:35 am

    I can’t believe I’ve never thought to put blueberries in banana bread, your bread looks so delicious! I love the addition of greek yogurt too!

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes April 16, 2013, 6:24 am

    The cake looks fantastic!

  • Tash April 16, 2013, 6:38 am

    Yum! This looks delicious. I am a huge fan of banana loaf (my mother has a recipe that she’s used consistently for the last forty years or so) and remember the smell of it baking as one of those ‘key’ memories from my childhood. I hadn’t thought of adding blueberries to a banana loaf, though I imagine it does add quite a pleasing taste and texture difference to the otherwise-uniformity of the loaf.

  • Monique April 16, 2013, 8:59 am

    I like blueberries in a banana bread and lemon loaves:) Looks delish Julia.

  • Denise | TLT April 16, 2013, 10:35 am

    I used to make a simple banana bread with blueberries (agreed: they are great in this bread) pretty often, but somehow completely forgot about it. That is, until now. Love the look of this beauty!

  • Mallika April 16, 2013, 1:38 pm

    That looks so fabulous! I love banana breads and yours looks so sinfully good.

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef April 16, 2013, 1:39 pm

    mmm, this sounds wonderful. banana bread is classic- love your updated version :)

  • Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com April 16, 2013, 2:43 pm

    I’m so making this, my husband loves anything with blueberries :).

  • Deb April 16, 2013, 4:02 pm

    I seem to always have too many ripe bananas and endlessly search for inspiring recipes
    to use my banana bounty. Pairing bananas with blueberries is a perfect antidote to my dilemma!

  • zerrin April 16, 2013, 5:06 pm

    An amazing banana bread! Love the blueberries inside! Replacing missing banana with Greek yogurt is a brilliant idea! And it’s great that you use little butter in it. I can imagine how moist it is! Wish I had one slice right now, or two or three! YUM!

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate April 16, 2013, 7:32 pm

    I will definitely be making this :)

  • Suzanne Perazzini April 16, 2013, 9:17 pm

    What a great looking loaf. I could easily make this gluten-free and I can eat both bananas and blueberries. I picked up a little tip recently – if your bananas aren’t ripe enough, pop them in the microwave for a bit. It ripens them super fast.

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 16, 2013, 10:10 pm

    I want this with my tea! Yum :)

  • rebecca April 16, 2013, 11:15 pm

    lovely bread and always think that blueberries make it look so pretty

  • Amy Tong April 17, 2013, 2:58 am

    Oh…your banana bread with blueberry is so beautiful. I recently made one with chocolate chips (cos my family won’t eat banana bread unless I add chocolate chips.) But I definitely would prefer one with blueberries!

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu April 17, 2013, 1:07 pm

    Blueberries are the perfect addition to banana bread–this looks delicious!

  • Yelena April 17, 2013, 1:37 pm

    I like how you use blackberries here. Looks so moist. I wonder if it will be the same with strawberries-)

  • john@kitchenriffs April 17, 2013, 1:57 pm

    Bananas and blueberries are a wonderful combo! Your bread looks great. And you’re right that bananas have to be really ripe before you can bake with them. Although you can actually microwave them for a few minutes if they’re not, and that seems to help. Good recipe – thanks.

  • Monica April 17, 2013, 10:27 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks divine. Banana bread is my favorite, and blueberries can only make it better! Genius.

  • Laura Dembowski April 19, 2013, 4:02 pm

    I saw this on one of the food sites and thought it looked AMAZING! Just don’t ask me which food site, after awhile of looking and submitting, my brain turns to a mush of food pics! I so want a slice of this right now!

  • Zach April 28, 2013, 11:27 am

    Your photos are stunning and your recipes sound delectable. We would love for you to share them at thefeastingeye.com. The Feasting Eye is still a bit new, but I think you will like what you see :-).

  • Dorothea Dillman May 12, 2013, 5:38 pm

    Oh Wow! I feel so dumb. We raise blueberries and years ago I decided I wanted to see how good blueberries and bananas would taste together so I spent time developing a blueberry banana pound cake (which I think came out great). It just never occurred to me to add blueberries to a banana bread recipe. The combined taste is super! Oh well :-/
    Your recipe looks great as well and I certainly intend to try it! Thank you!

    • Julia May 14, 2013, 1:33 pm

      Thank you for your kind words! I am jealous of your blueberry garden! I’d love to start experimenting with gardening and planting all sorts of berries, fruits, and veggies.

  • Monica July 12, 2013, 11:04 pm

    How would I use frozen bananas in your berry & banana bread?

    • Julia July 13, 2013, 3:09 am

      I know that other people do use frozen bananas in baking and it works great (except the color might be darker). I would imagine that you would need to thaw frozen (hopefully very ripe) bananas before proceeding with this recipe’s instructions.

  • Susygoosy July 16, 2013, 11:07 am

    Its in the oven RIGHT NOW!!!

  • Donna Slepicka August 8, 2013, 11:58 am

    Made 2 loaves of your blueberry bread today with the abundance of fresh Michigan blueberries currently available. It was so easy, Greek yogurt gave it a rich depth and the texture was light. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Donna

    • Julia August 8, 2013, 12:13 pm

      Yes, this bread is a good way to use up those extra blueberries :). Very happy that you’re enjoying the recipe!

  • Glenda August 8, 2013, 6:18 pm

    Made this yesterday and it was delicious. Very moist and so good right out of the oven with a cup of coffee. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Julia August 9, 2013, 2:37 pm

      Thanks, Glenda, for stopping by! Very glad you’re enjoying this banana bread with coffee in the morning – that’s a perfect combination! :)

  • Tracey September 9, 2013, 9:06 pm

    I have about 10 hands of bananas in my house right now. My daughters swim team members parents got a little banana crazy at the last swim meet. Its in the oven now. However, I made 3 little loaves. It looks and smells wonderful. Bananas and blueberries how can you o wrong. Looking forward to enjoying it. Many more bananas to use up. I am going to have to freeze some.

    • Julia September 10, 2013, 4:15 am

      Banana bread disappears pretty fast in our house. :) And, yes, it smells wonderful as it bakes – I love it! Need to get out to the store and get some bananas myself! :)

  • Tracey September 9, 2013, 9:17 pm

    It turned out wonderful just to let everyone know. Love it. The bananas could have been a little riper so day after tomorrow another couple batches.

    • Julia September 10, 2013, 4:12 am

      Thank you! This banana bread does turn out great every time! And, yes, I like to use the bananas that are dark on the outside and very mushy and soft on the inside – such bananas make the best and the most flavorful banana bread!

  • sima September 11, 2013, 8:08 pm

    Do you have any suggestions for egg replacement? I’m so excited to try this recipe for my in laws but they don’t eat eggs.

    • Julia September 18, 2013, 9:08 pm

      Sima, I just did a google search, and it indicates that you can substitute an egg in a banana bread with 1/4 cup of very ripe mashed banana or 1/4 cup yogurt. So, I think you’re safe replacing 1 egg in this recipe with 1/4 cup of ripe banana or yogurt.

  • Samantha September 22, 2013, 6:49 pm

    This bread was awesome!
    Thanks!

    • Julia September 23, 2013, 1:34 am

      You’re very welcome! :)

  • Brenda November 2, 2013, 8:00 pm

    Hi there. I look forward to making your banana and blueberries bread. I have a question for you. Can u use frozen blueberries ? Thank u. Brenda

    • Julia November 5, 2013, 2:14 am

      I have not used frozen blueberries in this recipe, but I’ve used frozen berries in similar recipes like this cake. So, I think frozen blueberries will work just fine! Just use them frozen, without defrosting, – that’s how I successfully used them with that cake.

  • Kristia {Family Balance Sheet} January 12, 2014, 5:44 pm

    Found you from Pinterest. This looks delicious and I only wish I had some ripe bananas on my counter to make it today. I’m headed to the store tomorrow though, so I’ll make it by the end of the week.

  • Charity January 13, 2014, 8:20 am

    Anyone have the nutritional information on this?

  • Melissa February 18, 2014, 7:49 am

    Do you use plain greek yogurt for this recipe? Or can you use vanilla?

    • Julia February 24, 2014, 3:28 pm

      I used plain Greek yogurt for this recipe – but vanilla one can be used too – I’ve done it in a similar recipe previously: vanilla yogurt doesn’t even impart that much vanilla flavor to the bread anyway, even though extra vanilla flavor would be more than welcome for this bread!

  • Shelley May 25, 2014, 9:30 am

    I added sweetened shredded coconut instead of walnuts and it worked out really well!!

    • Julia July 8, 2014, 2:24 pm

      Thanks for the idea, Shelly, I’ve got to try adding sweetened shredded coconut sometime too!

  • Kim June 1, 2014, 2:08 am

    Could you substitute chocolate chips for the blueberries? Not as healthy, I know, but have a craving :)

    • Julia July 8, 2014, 2:24 pm

      Of course, you could! That would be so delicious!

  • Irina June 3, 2014, 8:28 am

    Love this bread! Thank you

    • Julia July 8, 2014, 2:23 pm

      Thanks, Irina! :)

  • Emily June 12, 2014, 3:44 pm

    This is so wonderful! I have been making almost weekly as muffins! I use about double the blueberries. Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

    • Julia July 8, 2014, 2:23 pm

      Emily, I am so glad you liked these! Making these as muffins with double the blueberries will be my perfect breakfast!

  • Emily July 21, 2014, 12:47 pm

    I made this over the weekend, and it is so delicious! I never thought of putting blueberries in banana bread. I used fat free vanilla Greek yogurt, and while I hate substituting ingredients in a recipe that I’ve never made before, it still turned out great. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Julia July 23, 2014, 10:33 pm

      I am glad you liked it! I love blueberries in a banana bread. Strawberries go well too, except they tend to make banana bread too moist but if it’s kept refrigerated, it’s excellent too! I love vanilla Greek yogurt, but usually save it for myself for breakfast and use plain one for baking.

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