Super Moist and Delicious Blueberry Banana Bread Loaf

Two classics come together in this super simple Blueberry Banana Bread recipe. No need to choose between blueberry or banana because I have included both. This recipe really has all the great fixins a loaf should have; oats, blueberries, bananas and pecans. The other cool thing about this recipe is that it can easily be made into muffins.

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Quick breads, loaves and muffins are so easy to make and are great to have on the kitchen counter for snacks. They freeze well, they travel well and they taste amazing. Way better to have these on hand than to run into your local coffee shop and buy one. Make a loaf or a batch, whichever you decide and keep them on hand.

I’ve got a few other versatile recipes that can be baked up as loaves or muffins; Healthy Mini Apple Muffins, 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins or this Best Peanut Butter Bread Recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Blueberry Banana Loaf

  • soft moist crumb
  • loaded with goodness like oats and pecans
  • easy to make
  • travels well
  • can be made ahead
  • versatile
styled slice of blueberry banana bread

Equipment Needed

  • loaf pan
  • mixing bowl
  • measuring cup and spoons
  • wire cooling rack
  • cake tester

Ingredients To Make Blueberry Banana Bread

  • ¾ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon for blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup quick cooking oats
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
ingredients for blueberry banana bread

How to Make Blueberry Banana Bread Loaf

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper spritzed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Mix the oats with buttermilk and allow to soak for at least 10 minutes.
stirring ingredients
  • Toss the blueberries with 1 tablespoon flour. Set aside.
folding in blueberries
  • Stir together the remaining flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
mixed dry ingredients
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the sugar and beat until well blended. Add the eggs and bananas. Continue mixing until combined.
  • Scrape down the bowl and add the flour mixture. Mix just until evenly blended.
  • Fold in the blueberries and pecans, leaving some for the topping.
mixing ingredients
  • Transfer to the prepared loaf pan and spread evenly. Top with remaining blueberries and pecans.
adding batter to loaf pan
  • Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove the loaf from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
baked blueberry banana bread
  • Remove the loaf from the pan by lifting the parchment paper. Allow the loaf to cool completely before slicing.
sliced blueberry banana bread

How to Store Blueberry Banana Bread

This Blueberry Banana Bread loaf will keep for a few days stored in an airtight container on the counter. If also freezes very well. I sometimes slice into individual servings and freeze them. Makes it really easy to just grab a piece and go.

Variations of a Blueberry Banana Bread

  • swap the blueberries for chocolate chips
  • use different nuts like walnuts or almonds instead of pecans
  • add a teaspoon of cinnamon or nutmeg
  • top with a glaze of confectioner’s sugar and water
  • use applesauce instead of ripe bananas
  • bake in a 12 cup muffin tray or 24 cup mini muffin tray
  • bake in mini loaf pans
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Tips and Tricks

  • bring butter to room temperature so it mixes well
  • don’t pass on spraying the parchment this is really important so your loaf doesn’t stick
  • buy a cake tester so you don’t need to use tooth picks
  • keep a stash of ripe bananas in the freezer -make sure they have some black spots on them, the more the better as they will be sweeter
  • toast the pecans for a deeper flavor
blueberry banana bread slice on plate

FAQs

What can I substitute for buttermilk?

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand you can use regular milk and a tablespoon of vinegar. Plain yogurt also works well as a substitute for buttermilk.

Do I have to coat the blueberries in flour?

Yes it is best to coat the blueberries in flour so they don’t sink to the bottom of the loaf pan. You want an even distribution of blueberries so make sure to toss them in flour before adding them to the batter.

Can I use fresh blueberries to make this Blueberry Banana Bread?

Fresh blueberries will work very well in this recipe. I tend to keep a bag of frozen blueberries in my freezer but if I had some fresh ones in the fridge I would definitely use them.

Can I use a different kind of oat in this Blueberry Banana Loaf?

I recommend using quick cooking oats otherwise the oats will not soften and they will be chewy.

Blueberry banana bread loaf sliced

Can I make this Blueberry Banana Loaf into muffins?

Yes this recipe for blueberry banana bread will make excellent muffins. You can make them in either a 12 cup muffin try or a 24 cup mini muffin tray. Take note though the baking time will differ. Check often to make sure you don’t overbake them.

Can I make this recipe for Blueberry Banana bread gluten free?

It is possible to make this recipe gluten free by swapping out the all purpose flour for a gluten free flour that uses a 1-1 ratio to all purpose flour.

What can I substitute for butter?

If you don’t want to use butter in this blueberry banana loaf you can substitute a neutral flavored cooking oil. The taste and texture of your loaf may be different if you use oil instead of butter.

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Blueberry Banana Bread

The perfect combination of two classics!

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour, plus 1 tablespoon for blueberries
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup quick cooking oats
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 bananas very ripe
  • ½ cup pecans coarsely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×5 loaf pan with parchment paper spritzed with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Mix the oats with buttermilk and allow to soak for at least 10 minutes.
  • Stir together the remaining flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the sugar and beat until well blended. Add the eggs and bananas. Continue mixing until combined.
  • Scrape down the bowl and add the flour mixture. Mix just until evenly blended.
  • Fold in the blueberries and pecans, leaving some for the topping.
  • Transfer to the prepared loaf pan and spread evenly. Top with remaining blueberries and pecans.
  • Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove the loaf from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the loaf from the pan by lifting the parchment paper. Allow the bread to cool completely before slicing.
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