This moist Blueberry Banana Bread is studded with juicy fresh berries for a summery spin on the classic quick bread recipe.
Easy Blueberry Banana Bread Recipe
Finding new ways to use blueberries is the best thing about blueberry season. Some years it’s a Blueberry Cream Cheese Tart, others it’s a batch of Blueberry Pecan Shortbread Bars, but if you’re looking for a simple blueberry recipe, it doesn’t get much better than this Blueberry Banana Bread.
I have a longstanding love of banana bread, which is good because I make it relatively often. (We have a tendency to buy bananas and not eat them. Anyone else do that?) While many banana bread recipes taste like a variation of the standard, adding blueberries makes a bread that tastes like something entirely different.
The blueberries bring a bright flavor to the table, and they also make the bread incredibly moist. Neither the banana nor the blueberries dominate here; instead, they’re perfectly balanced. I add a bit of sour cream to create a tender crumb and lend a little tartness to bring the whole thing together.
Leave your mixer in the cabinet for this recipe—you can easily mix this bread without it. And, if you prefer, you can make 12 standard-sized muffins instead of a loaf.
What You’ll Need
Scroll down to the recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- All-purpose flour – Learn more: How to Measure Flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Unsalted butter – Learn more: Unsalted or Salted Butter: Which is Better for Baking?
- Granulated sugar
- Light brown sugar – Dark brown sugar is a little too assertive for this recipe, so stick with light brown.
- Egg – Let this come to room temperature.
- Vanilla extract
- Overripe bananas – The darker the bananas, the better. Not only are they sweeter, but they’ll also add more banana flavor to the recipe.
- Sour cream – You can swap this with Greek yogurt if you prefer.
Can I Replace Fresh Blueberries With Frozen?
If blueberries aren’t in season, you can use frozen instead of fresh. Learn more about using frozen fruit in baking.
How to Make Blueberry Banana Bread
Like most quick breads, this Blueberry Banana Bread is, well, quick! Mixing the batter takes mere minutes.
Prepare. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a standard 9”x 5” loaf pan, tapping out the excess flour.
Mix the dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl.
Mix the wet ingredients. Combine the melted butter, sugar, and brown sugar in another bowl. Whisk in the egg and vanilla, then stir in the mashed bananas and sour cream.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 or 4 portions, mixing just until combined. Fold in the blueberries.
Bake. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Cool. Let the bread cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then run a knife along the edges and turn the loaf out onto a wire rack to finish cooling. (Learn more: Why Every Baker Needs Wire Cooling Racks)
Tips for Success
Here are some hints and tips to help you make perfect Blueberry Banana Bread:
- Mash the bananas well. A few lumps are okay, but you want them to be fairly liquid-y when you mix them into the batter.
- Measure accurately. If you aren’t using a scale to measure by weight, lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cup, then sweep off any excess with a butter knife.
- Don’t over-mix the batter. If you do, you’ll end up with a dense, tough loaf of banana bread.
This Blueberry Banana Bread is delicious as-is, but here are a few ideas for switching things up:
- Add a streusel topping. Use the streusel recipe from my Peach Streusel Bread.
- Add a glaze. Use the glaze recipe from my Chocolate Pound Cake with Vanilla Bean Glaze.
- Top it. Serve slices with a scoop of ice cream, lemon curd, or whipped cream to take your Blueberry Banana Bread from breakfast to dessert.
How to Store
Wrap the bread tightly and store it at room temperature for 3 to 4 days.
Can This Recipe Be Frozen?
You can freeze Blueberry Banana Bread for up to 3 months. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap—you can freeze an entire loaf or individual slices. Let the bread thaw at room temperature before serving.