Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread — Super moist blueberry banana bread made with Greek yogurt and dark brown sugar. Smear some homemade blueberry butter onto a slice of this blueberry brown sugar banana bread and prepare to fall in love!
Moist Blueberry Banana Bread Recipe
Banana bread and blueberry muffins are two of my favorite things. So I combined them into one heavenly mashup.
This blueberry banana bread is ridiculously moist, soft, and bursting with blueberries in every bite. It’s like blueberry coffee cake with the comforting, homey qualities of banana bread.
I have 40+ banana bread and banana recipes, nor do I lack for blueberry muffin or blueberry coffee cake recipes. I don’t know why I haven’t paired blueberries and bananas together before now. Better late than never, right?
This blueberry brown sugar banana bread is a one-bowl, no-mixer recipe that goes from bowl to oven in minutes. I adapted my Banana Yogurt Muffins and Little Banana Bread Loaf recipe. I stuck with Greek yogurt, but changed up the sugars. Rather than using any granulated sugar, I used both light and dark brown sugar.
Light brown sugar typically has about 1 tablespoon of molasses per cup, whereas dark brown sugar has about 3 tablespoons. The extra molasses adds moisture and creates a richer flavored, amber-hued bread.
The blueberry banana bread recipe uses Greek yogurt to provide moisture and richness without adding as much fat as sour cream, although it can be substituted.
There’s no butter in this moist banana bread either, and for the fat source I used coconut oil. I love baking with coconut oil and this quick bread doesn’t taste like coconut. Rather, it adds a nearly imperceptible undertone that’s sweeter and more fragrant than canola or vegetable oil, but those may be substituted if you’re concerned.
I got the coconut oil, sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, flour, baking powder, and baking soda from Vitacost. It’s nice to be able to save money on my shelf-stable dry goods and pantry staples, and they show up on my doorstep, which is great. One less grocery trip to make. Vitacost has a huge array of items from organic cinnamon to Organic King Arthur All-Puprose Flour, my favorite brand.
The blueberry and yogurt banana bread is falling-apart soft and tender, and even though the batter is very thick before baking, the bread turns out soft and fluffy with just the right amount of density.
The cinnamon and nutmeg gently perfume the bread, and when served with a smear of blueberry butter, it’s total comfort food worthy of your ripe bananas. Best banana-anything I’ve ever made!
What’s in Blueberry Banana Bread?
To make this brown sugar blueberry banana bread, you’ll need:
- Greek yogurt
- Coconut oil
- Light and dark brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
And to make the homemade blueberry butter, all you need is:
- Unsalted butter
How to Make Banana Bread with Blueberries
This is a super easy banana bread recipe! First, combine the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl, along with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Then, add the mashed bananas and stir to incorporate before adding in the dry ingredients.
Fold the fresh blueberries in with a spatula, being careful not to over mix the batter. Pour the blueberry banana bread batter into two greased 8×4-inch loaves and bake until the top is domed, golden, and set in the center.
Let the blueberry brown sugar banana bread cool in the loaf pan for 15 minutes before turning it onto a wire rack.
How to Make Blueberry Butter
Flavored butters are so simple to make, but they taste incredible! To make the homemade blueberry butter, whip together 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter and 1/2 cup blueberries (if you’re using frozen berries, make sure they’re drained well).
The blueberry butter lasts up to a week in the fridge, so you can enjoy it on your morning toast, waffles, pancakes, and more!
Should I Use Fresh or Frozen Blueberries?
You can use either in this blueberry banana bread with oil! I used frozen blueberries since they’re readily available and inexpensive. Not being reliant on fresh berries is nice, but if you have them go for it.
Keep the berries frozen when adding them to the batter because they run and bleed less if kept frozen. I haven’t tried with fresh, but baking time would be reduced.
How to Store Blueberry Banana Bread
This blueberry banana bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Tips for the Best Blueberry Banana Bread
The batter is extremely thick. I used 2 cups flour because I knew that the frozen berries would release a fair amount of juice while baking, so I created an extra-thick batter to compensate. If you’re using fresh berries, start with 1 3/4 flour and use your judgment.
During the last 5 minutes this blueberry banana bread was in the oven, I tented the loaf pans with a sheet of foil so the tops wouldn’t get too browned before centers cooked through. Note that baking times will vary based on moisture content of bananas, blueberries, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your bread, not the clock.
Lastly, homemade blueberry butter will keep up to 1 week in the fridge. If you can’t eat all of it in a week, I recommend freezing the leftovers to enjoy atop future baked goods.
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Blueberry Banana Bread
- 1 large egg
- 6 ounces plain or vanilla Greek yogurt (sour cream may be substituted))
- 1/2 cup liquid-state coconut oil (canola or vegetable oil may be substituted)
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, or to taste
- 1 to 1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large or 3 small/medium)
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch salt, optional and to taste
- about 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries (keep them frozen and don’t thaw; fresh may be substituted)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), very well softened
- about 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (if using frozen, make sure they’re well-drained)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Spray two 8×4-inch loaf pans with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pans; set aside.
Make the Banana Bread
- In a large bowl, add first 8 ingredients (through nutmeg), and whisk to combine.
- Add the bananas and stir to incorporate.
- Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, optional salt, and fold with spatula or stir gently with a spoon until just combined; don’t overmix. Batter is extremely thick.
- Fold in blueberries with a spatula.
- Turn batter out into prepared pans, smoothing the tops lightly with a spatula and pushing it into corners and sides as necessary.
- Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes (if using fresh berries, baking time will likely be reduced), or until the top is domed, golden, and the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter.
- Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving. While bread cools, make the Blueberry Butter.
Make the Blueberry Butter
- I baked 42 minutes total, and during the last 5 minutes, tented the pans with a sheet of foil so tops wouldn’t get too browned before centers cooked through. Baking times will vary based on moisture content of bananas, blueberries, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your bread, not the clock.
- Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
- Blueberry butter will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 1 week
- Adapted from Banana Yogurt Muffins and Little Banana Bread Loaf
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 87mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g
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