Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter

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! 

Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter - Blueberry coffee cake meets super soft banana bread! So good!

Creating This 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 oilsugarsvanillacinnamon,  flourbaking 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.

slices of Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread topped with Blueberry 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! 

three slices of Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread on small white plate

What Does Blueberry Banana Bread Taste Like? 

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! 

loaf of blueberry banana bread on white platter

Tips for the Best Blueberry Banana Bread

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.

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.

Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter

More Easy Blueberry Recipes: 

slice of Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter

Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter

Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter

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!

Yield: 2 8x4-inch loaves
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

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)

Blueberry Butter

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. 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

  1. In a large bowl, add first 8 ingredients (through nutmeg), and whisk to combine.
  2. Add the bananas and stir to incorporate.
  3. 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.
  4. Fold in blueberries with a spatula.
  5. Turn batter out into prepared pans, smoothing the tops lightly with a spatula and pushing it into corners and sides as necessary.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

  1. In a small bowl, combine the butter, blueberries, and whip vigorously with a spoon to combine. Optionally, instead of blueberry butter, try Strawberry ButterHoney ButterCinnamon-Sugar Butter, or Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze.

Notes

  • 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

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 87mg Carbohydrates: 19g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 11g Protein: 2g

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Six-Banana Banana Bread — Six bananas in one loaf of bread means an extremely soft, moist, and richly flavored bread

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Browned Butter Buttermilk Banana Bread with Strawberry Butter — The browned butter and buttermilk add richness, softness, and moisture, and the strawberry butter makes it that much better

Pineapple Coconut Oil Banana Bread – Buttermilk, bananas and coconut oil keep this bread super moist, tender and it tastes like a tropical vacation

Banana Bread with Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze – Classic  banana bread when you have 2-3 bananas. Vanilla is used four times in this easy recipe that turns out moist and perfect every time. This is the most popular banana bread with readers

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97 comments on “Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter”

  1. I am absolutely in love with this combination of blueberry muffins and banana bread! Such a wonderful idea to put the two together in one loaf! I love that you used brown sugar and coconut oil in this as well. It looks heavenly! :)

  2. This looks beyond perfect! I love the blueberry butter too!

  3. Beautiful! I think I will try and make this tonight! :)

  4. I recently started using coconut oil and I LOVE it!

    Your bread looks fabulous, Averie. And as always, lovely photos. Thanks for the Vitacost link. I’m going to check it out. I’m always checking for the best online deals on household and pantry staples. If it saves me a trip to the store, then I’m one happy gal! :)

  5. I’m making this to take for our Easter lunch at work. Is the yogurt fluid ounces or weight? Thanks

  6. This cake looks crazy good! I already made my grocery list :)

  7. I love that you used coconut oil instead of butter! Gonna try this one!

  8. Well if I hear te word “butter” I’m probably coming out to play.

  9. I’m such a sucker for blueberry! These look great!

  10. What a gorgeous loaf of banana bread! LOVE the combination of blueberries and bananas. I made blueberry banana muffins awhile back, but it was much too long ago and now I’m craving this lovely bread! And I love how you used coconut oil for the oil in this bread. — I’ve never tried that before in breads, but now you’ve got me incensed to try it! Pinning this beautiful banana bread! ;)

  11. Oh, gurrrrl, this is right up my alley, too!! Definitely is perfect for my morning latte! :-D

  12. Definitely an amazing combo!! Love it…wish I had a piece of it now for my afternoon snack. :)

  13. This bread looks delicious!! Wish I had a piece right now!

  14. Better late than never is right! So glad you decided to do it. Looks perfectly moist and delicious!
    Hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday!

  15. I’m all over that blueberry butter! Yum! Quick question- what do you mean when you say that light brown sugar has 1 tbsp per cup and dark brown has 3 tbsp per cup?

  16. Averie, you KNOW I LOVE this bread right?! All those blueberries & that butter look amazing!

  17. I’m with you – banana bread and blueberry are two of my favorites – what a way to combine them!!

  18. This is a serious lifesaver for supremely indecisive people like me! I can never settle on whether I want a muffin or a quick bread loaf, but when I reach for both, I feel a little bit guilty. But it’s too hard to just eat half of each! Oh, the problems I face… ;) With how much I love bananas — I eat one every day with breakfast! — and berries, this wouldn’t last two days in my house. And I’d be the only one eating it!

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    And I’ve been making tons of banananana bread lately. DEFINITELY going to add this one to the to-do list!

  20. banana & blueberry is a killer combo! great recipe.

    xx,
    Elizabeth
    http://www.adrian-james.com

  21. This looks delicious! I am going to try making this recipe with our four 3 year-olds who love to cook. I pinned it. Thank you for your recipe!

  22. The sound of blueberry butter made it time to stop, drop, and cook!

  23. Don’t you just love that “Why didn’t I think of this sooner?” moment? ;) This bread looks crazy good!! I love blueberries and bananas together! Pinned!

  24. Hm. Something’s not right about this. Mine didn’t rise. It tastes good, but it came out looking like cake rather than bread. No dome while it baked, and almost no rise. I’m wondering whether Greek yogurt contains enough acid to activate the baking soda. Followed the recipe to the letter, although I substituted canola oil for the coconut oil. (I don’t like the coconut flavor imparted by coconut oil.) Anyway…it didn’t work for me. Sorry to be a killjoy.

    • Sorry it didn’t work for you. I had no issue and I remade it and tested it before I posted it, just to make sure it works, and it does. Maybe something about your blueberries, your flour, your oven, the kind of Greek yog you used, how old or new your baking soda was; with baking there are so many variables. I make SO MANY cakes/quickbreads with Greek yogurt and don’t ever have any issues. Many on this page are made with Greek yogurt or you can use it in most places, even if not expressly stated https://www.averiecooks.com/category/dessert/cake I honestly think it could be your baking soda OR your flour. I swear by King Arthur. It has a higher than typical gluten content which tends to give baked goods more structure and prevent things from falling and/or not rising. I would look into either of those ideas – if you retry it, LMK!

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