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Healthier Blueberry Banana Bread

This easy recipe for Healthier Blueberry Banana Bread is a tender, delicious quick bread filled with fresh blueberries. Made with Greek yogurt and seasoned with cinnamon this easy banana bread recipe has a moist, tender crumb and an easy, optional vanilla glaze – no wonder it’s a favorite at my house!

Sliced Blueberry Banana Bread on a wood cutting board with fresh blueberries.

This Blueberry Banana Bread recipe is so easy to make, with no mixer required! Great for snacks. But it’s also pretty enough to serve for tea or a special dessert.

As you know, banana bread is a classic, cozy, comfort food no matter the time of year. But something special happens with you add fresh blueberries.

It’s utterly delicious, with a moist and tender crumb due to bananas and Greek yogurt, and is a healthier snack than traditional desserts.

Perfect for tea or with coffee, on a picnic, or simply any time you’re craving something sweet.

Sliced Blueberry Banana Bread on a White Cake Plate

Ingredients for Blueberry Banana Bread

Much like my favorite Greek Yogurt Banana Bread, this Blueberry Banana Bread has simple ingredients you may already have on hand. 

You’ll need some fresh blueberries (you can use frozen in a pinch, but they’ll leave purple streaks in the batter), ripe bananas (they want to be at least speckled with dark dots on the skin – but this recipe is great for using up bananas you’d not want to eat fresh anymore!), all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground cinnamon, salt, sugar, eggs (I use large eggs for baking!), Greek yogurt (full fat, or at least 2% always works best in baked goods – FAGE is a good brand), cooking oil (whatever flavorless oil you have to hand) and some pure vanilla extract.

Do you need to glaze the Blueberry Banana Bread?

Absolutely not. It’s delicious all on its own.

But… if you want to add a sparkle of sweet flavor or you want to dress it up for teatime or dessert, a simple vanilla glaze is perfect.

Can I make this Blueberry Banana Bread ahead? Does it freeze well?

Yes! If you want to make this ahead, it’s easy to bake and then freeze.

Wrap the cooled, unglazed, whole loaf tightly with plastic wrap, then place in a resealable freezer bag for up to 2 months.

Or for quick snacks, slice the bread and wrap each in plastic wrap before storing it in a resealable freezer bag.

Thaw the bread at room temperature. Slices can be microwaved for 20 to 30 seconds.

Sliced Blueberry Banana Bread on a wood cutting board

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Blueberry Banana Bread


  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

Description

This recipe for Blueberry Banana Bread is a tender, delicious quick bread filled with blueberries. Perfect for the spring, made with Greek yogurt and flavored with cinnamon.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups all purpose flour + 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, plus more for the top

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and coat a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the 2 cups of flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Combine the sugar and mashed bananas in a large bowl. Whisk in the eggs, Greek yogurt, cooking oil and vanilla extract until smooth.
  4. Fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture until just combined and there are no white flour streaks.
  5. Reserve several blueberries to sprinkle on top of the bread before baking, and toss the remaining berries in the remaining 1 tablespoon of flour. This helps prevent them from sinking to the bottom during baking. Gently fold the blueberries into the batter.Unbaked Blueberry Banana Bread with Fresh Blueberries
  6. Spoon batter into the prepared loaf pan and sprinkle the reserved blueberries over the top of the batter.Baked Blueberry Banana Bread in a loaf pan
  7. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool the bread for 10 minutes in the pan before removing to a wire rack to cool before glazing or slicing.

Notes

To make my easy vanilla glaze, combine 1/2 cup of powdered sugar (sifted), 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and roughly 1-1 1/2 tablespoons of milk, gradually adding the milk to the other combined ingredients until you reach the desired consistency.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 282
  • Sugar: 27
  • Sodium: 379
  • Fat: 7
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Unsaturated Fat: 6
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 51
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 5
  • Cholesterol: 37

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