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Blueberry Banana Bread

This moist Blueberry Banana Bread is studded with juicy fresh berries for a summery spin on the classic quick bread recipe.

Two slices of Blueberry Banana Bread on plate

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.

(For more reader favorite banana bread recipes, try my Dulce de Leche Banana Bread, Nutella Banana Bread, or Chai Caramel Banana Bread next!)

slices of Blueberry Banana Bread on a white plate

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
  • Salt
  • 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.
  • Blueberries 

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.

Closeup of Blueberry Banana Bread on white plate

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)

Overhead view of loaf of Blueberry Banana Bread and two slices on plate

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.

Variations

This Blueberry Banana Bread is delicious as-is, but here are a few ideas for switching things up:

Slices of Blueberry Banana Bread on plate

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.

Find more quick bread recipes here.

Blueberry Banana Bread

Yield 1 standard 9"x 5" loaf
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes

This Blueberry Banana Bread requires only minutes of prep work and the payoff is a moist loaf of banana bread bursting with juicy berries! 

slices of Blueberry Banana Bread on a white plate

Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/2 cups (180g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 medium overripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4-6 ounces (113-170g; 3/4 - 1 cup) blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F°. Grease and flour a standard 9”x 5” loaf pan.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine the melted butter, sugar, and brown sugar until well-mixed. Mix in the egg and vanilla. Stir in the bananas and sour cream.
  4. Add the flour mixture in 3 or 4 portions, mixing just until combined. Stir in the blueberries.
  5. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the bread. Then, transfer the bread to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Wrap the bread tightly and store it at room temperature for 3 to 4 days. 

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    13 Comments on “Blueberry Banana Bread”

  1. Blueberries are one if my favorite things about summer. I always have overripe bananas on the counter or freeze them for muffins or quick bread — you can’t beat it! Your bread looks delicious and blueberry jam sounds incredible!

  2. We’re also of the sort that continuously buys bananas and don’t use them before they go overripe- so this is perfect! And the blueberries now are incredible. Gorgeous recipe.

  3. This looks delicious! I’m concentrating on using raspberries this month but may have to try some blueberry recipes next month

  4. Blueberry picking is actually on my upcoming weekend agenda. The quick bread can be my first recipe:)

  5. I’ve never had the combo of blueberry and banana. It looks and sounds delicious!

  6. I’m totally missing out on blueberry season right now. I’ve cut back on my berry purchasing because funds were tight this month. And I haven’t gone to pick any either! Need to fix that. Loving the blueberries mixed into this banana bread.

  7. You can’t ever go wrong with banana bread! Love those blueberries dotted throughout.

  8. Made the Blueberry Banana Bread two days ago… it was absolutely fabulous! Blueberries and Bananas – what a delightful combination.
    Followed the recipe exactly… it was very moist inside and the outside was crunchy sweet… thank you so much for posting.

  9. I love your new look!
    But I loved the old one too!
    With this heatwave I haven’t been baking at all.
    I’m so behind.
    Can’t remember if I’ve done a banana bread with berries?
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Took an extra 20-25 minutes to bake without drying out.

  11. This looks great. I may even break from my tried-and-true banana bread recipe to give it a shot!

  12. This blueberry banana bread is delicious. I just made it. The best ever that I have made. Love your recipe. Amazing.

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