Blueberry Banana Bread

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This staple blueberry banana bread recipe has the perfect combination of bananas and fresh blueberries. It is so moist, delicious, and super simple to make!

Banana bread is the best. I love that it works as both a breakfast and a dessert! If you need more warm, delicious banana bread in your life, try my strawberry, cinnamon cream cheese, and award-winning banana bread recipes! You won’t regret it!

3 slices cut from a loaf of banana bread.

Quick and Easy Blueberry Banana Bread Recipe

This post goes out to all of my sweet bread lovers out there! I’m always so happy when we have banana bread at the house. It’s so hard to refrain from eating the whole loaf in one sitting. I always like to put a little honey butter on top for a treat that is truly divine. Honestly, though, the flavor of this blueberry banana bread is so good, you don’t even need any butter on top! It’s so moist, sweet, and flavorful on its own. It starts with my all-time favorite banana bread recipe. Then, we add some juicy blueberries! Blueberries and bananas make the perfect combination.

And that combination tastes even better surrounded by warm, moist bread! This banana bread is so buttery, rich, and crumbles perfectly in each bite. And the addition of blueberries makes each bite flavorful and juicy! This is one of my favorite kinds of bread to make as a gift for friends and family. It gets compliments wherever it goes! (And speaking of gift-giving, banana bread muffins and bars are also quick and delicious!) It’s time to take advantage of the end of blueberry season and make some homemade bread. You’ll go crazy over the warm, mouthwatering result!

Ingredients for Blueberry Banana Bread

Bananas and blueberries are really all you need here! This recipe uses so many staple ingredients; no grocery trip necessary! It’s perfect for when I have overripe bananas on hand and my sweet tooth hits. All measurements can be found below!

  • Butter: You can use salted or unsalted butter here. Just make sure it is softened so your batter mixes together smoothly!
  • Granulated Sugar: Granulated sugar is going to give your banana bread its perfect sweetness. It also melts down to create a smooth texture when baked.
  • Eggs: Necessary for moisture and to bind ingredients together.
  • Bananas: This is the perfect opportunity to use ripe or even overripe bananas! The softer the better.
  • Flour: Flour is used for tossing your blueberries in. It will keep them from sinking in your loaf.
  • Baking Soda: Baking soda will keep your bread light and fluffy.
  • Salt: To enhance overall flavor, salt is a must!
  • Blueberries: Fresh blueberries work best here, but may be expensive or hard to find if they’re not in season. Feel free to substitute for frozen blueberries!

How to Make the Best Blueberry Banana Bread

Making this delicious bread is as straightforward as it gets. It’s the kind of recipe that both novice and advanced bakers can enjoy! With how insanely good it is, you’ll be coming back for more!

  1. Preheat Oven, Prep Pan: To begin, preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray two 9×5 loaf pans with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Mix Butter and Sugar: In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. Add Bananas to Sugar Mixture: In a small bowl, beat eggs using a fork. Then, add eggs to sugar mixture and beat until combined. Add mashed bananas and mix until combined.
  4. Sift and Mix Dry Ingredients: Sift all dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add sifted dry ingredients to banana mixture and mix until flour is just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX! Fold in floured covered blueberries.
  5. Pour Into Pans: Pour batter into prepared loaf pans and bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Your bread should be done when the edges are slightly brown or a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before removing from loaf pans.
Process shots of making bread dough and tossing blueberries in flour.

Tips for Making the Best Banana Bread Possible

Use these tips and tricks to make sure your blueberry banana bread is the talk of the town! They’re super easy and can help you get the best result every time. You will adore the flavors you create!

  • Use Ripe Bananas: If the peel of your bananas has turned brown, don’t throw them out! Overripe bananas are perfect for bread-making. The longer bananas have to ripen, the sweeter they become. They also have a softer texture which is perfect for making a smooth dough.
  • Bananas Not Ripe Enough: On the flipside, if your bananas are too green, there’s a method to make them softer. You can bake them for 15-20 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Once cooled, the insides should be nice and soft!
  • Flavors and Toppings: You can get creative with your flavor combinations in this recipe. Other berries like raspberries and blackberries are absolutely divine! Citrusy things like orange zest, lemon zest, or even lemon curd pair perfectly with the smooth, fruity flavor of blueberry. Adding a glaze or icing, drizzled homemade caramel, or chopped nuts can also enhance your banana bread’s flavor.
  • Don’t Overmix: Overmixing your batter can cause gluten to develop. This makes your bread become too dense when baked.
  • Measure Flour: This is one of the most common mistakes when making baked goods. If you add too much flour, your bread will become hard and dry.
  • Let Cool Completely: Be sure to let your loaf cool down completely before cutting. The banana mixture needs time to set! I like to wait at least 15 minutes before slicing up.
A loaf of blueberry banana bread.

Storing Leftover Blueberry Banana Bread

If you have any leftovers of this bread, I’m proud. It never lasts long at my house! Here are some tips for keeping it fresh for as long as possible.

  • At Room Temperature: Keeping your bread in the fridge will dry it out, so storing it at room temperature is best! Make sure it is tightly wrapped in plastic wrap. It will stay good for 3-4 days.
  • In the Freezer: This bread freezes really well! When wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, it will keep for up to 3 months. Thaw bread overnight in the fridge before serving. You can pop a slice in the microwave for 30 seconds for that freshly-baked effect.
Closeup of blueberry banana bread slices.

A Reader’s Review

“I just finished eating TWO pieces. It turned out AMAZING!!!!! Thank you for this delicious recipe. I did everything the same except added teaspoon of vanilla and cinnamon. Made it in one bread loaf. Cooked about twenty minutes more. Also added additional blackberries. I will forever use this recipe. Yum.”
Lisa

Blueberry Banana Bread

4.89 from 9 votes
This moist and delicious Blueberry Banana Bread has the perfect combination of bananas and fresh blueberries that is super simple to make!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 12 slices

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup softened (1 stick butter)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries tossed in 1 Tablespoon of flour

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Spray two 9×5 loaf pans with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, using an electric or stand mixer with paddle attachment cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  • In a small bowl, beat eggs using a fork. Add eggs to the sugar mixture and beat until combined. Add mashed bananas and mix until combined.
  • Sift all dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add sifted dry ingredients to the banana mixture and mix until flour is just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX! Fold in floured covered blueberries.
  • Pour batter into prepared loaf pans and bake at 375F for 15 minutes. REDUCE heat to 350F and bake for an additional 30 minutes until edges are slightly brown or until come out clean. Let cool completely before removing from loaf pans.

Notes

Updated on September 22, 2021
Originally Posted on April 15, 2016

Nutrition

Serves: 12

Calories153kcal (8%)Carbohydrates25g (8%)Protein2g (4%)Fat5g (8%)Saturated Fat3g (15%)Cholesterol29mg (10%)Sodium160mg (7%)Potassium91mg (3%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar13g (14%)Vitamin A183IU (4%)Vitamin C3mg (4%)Calcium7mg (1%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword blueberry banana bread
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. This was really amazing. It’s simple banana bread, it basic but I’m going to adopt this recipe for blueberry and non-blueberry banana bread. I added Lemon zest (of one lemon) and it really added extra depth!

  2. Made this recipe tonight and it’s delicious! I only had one egg so i halved the recipe (used one 9×5 pan, 2 bananas, same cook time).

  3. Even though I used two smaller pans than recommended
    8×4 rather than 9×5
    My two loaves barely rose above 2 inches
    Flavor was good and not under done so I would agree with those who went with one pan

  4. I made this recipe this morning in two 8×4 bread pans. Also made it with gluten free flour and it came out amaaaaaaazing! Crazy moist and delish. Really sweet for my taste though. might have just been my overly ripe bananas, but I’d probably cut back on the sugar just a touch. Thanks for this recipe- it’s a keeper!

  5. Loved this recipe! My little toddler loves blueberries so I was excited to try this recipe. It turned out great! Light, fluffy and tasty! I love putting butter on everything but these are great on their own! Instead of doing a loaf I made mini muffins. I cooked them for 9 minutes at 375. It made about 4 dozen. I will definitely make these again!

  6. I just finished eating TWO pieces. It turned out AMAZING!!!!! Thank you for this delicious recipe. I did everything the same except added teaspoon of vanilla and cinnamon. Made it in one bread loaf. Cooked about twenty minutes more. Also added additional blackberries. I will forever use this recipe. Yum.

  7. Have made this recipe twice, first time baked it in two loaf pans came out very small for a bread, second time baked it in one pan and added 20 min. To cooking time came out great

  8. This tasted great! It was moist and light. I used 2 bananas instead of 3. I also baked it for 25 minutes instead of the 30 mentioned.

  9. I made these into lactation muffins by adding 3 Tbs. brewers yeast to the flour mixture, and added 2 Tbs. ground flaxseed soaked in 4 Tbs. water to the wet ingredients. I then scrapped the blueberry flour. It made 21 large muffins. And they turned out great!
    *I should note that I am dairy free so I used vegan butter, not sure if there would be a difference when using regular butter. Regardless, this recipe is excellent!

  10. I’m curious if anyone has halved the recipe to make just one loaf and if it turned out ok?
    BTW, I totally agree with Wendi … I hate when someone “reviews” a recipe when they either didn’t make it at all or they made so many modifications that it isn’t even the recipe at all.

    1. I am getting ready to make the whole recipe, but week before last I didn’t have enough banana for the whole recipe, so I just halved it (except I did put two bananas) and it was wonderful!

    2. I don’t know why but this recipe only made one loaf for me. It’s in the oven so I can’t say anymore about it. Looks good!

    1. I can’t believe a reviewer gave it a one star rating without making it.
      NO, DUH, THERE IS NO MILK IN THE INGREDIENTS LIST.
      I almost didn’t make these due to the low rating, then realized there were TWO erroneous ratings based on someone’s ignorance.
      I made it as directed, and it came out perfect. Without MILK Rosalyn (who should remove her erroneous comments)

      1. 5 stars
        I have not made this yet but I do make one that is almost exactly the same. The only difference is the flour, baking soda and salt. And so with this being said any Baker will guess that it is the same. So I would give to this a 5 star. Just imagine, that bright blue blueberries and ripe bananas in this moist delicious bread…. DEFINITELY 5 STAR

    1. I would think you could put half the batter into the pan, dump the blueberry filling onto it, then dollop the rest of the batter on top. I have a coffee cake that uses this method. I’d bet the result would be lovely.

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