I love baked goods with bananas, and this banana blueberry bread is one of my favorites. The sweet bread is full of juicy blueberries and has tons of sweet banana flavor.
All you need for this easy banana bread recipe are fresh berries (though you can use frozen if necessary), very ripe bananas, and a few other pantry staples that you likely already have on hand if you love to bake. The prep time is minimal and you don't even need a mxier, which is an added bonus!
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Why You’ll Love Banana Blueberry Bread
- Versatile - You can serve a slice of banana bread for an easy breakfast on its own or with a smear of butter or cream cheese, and it’s a great mid-day snack. Or, drizzle it with a powdered sugar glaze or serve with ice cream for a delicious dessert!
- Easy - Making this recipe is quick and easy, and all of the simple ingredients are easy to find at most grocery stores.
- Mostly Allergen-Free - This gluten-free and dairy-free banana bread contains nearly none of the most common allergens. While it does have eggs, you can swap them out for flax eggs to eliminate those as well.
- Mashed bananas - Bananas give the bread its signature flavor, but they also make the bread incredibly moist. Use very ripe bananas for the best flavor.
- Gluten free 1-to-1 flour blend - Use an alternative to all-purpose flour like Bob's Red Mill gluten free flour blend, which contains xanthan gum. The xanthan gum will help provide the ideal texture and structure. If you're using another brand, make sure it contains a similar binder.
- Salt - Salt enhances the natural sweetness of the blueberries and bananas.
- Baking powder - Baking powder helps the bread to rise.
- Baking soda - This leavening agent works in tandem with baking powder and flour to achieve the perfect structure and texture of the bread.
- Ground cinnamon - This spice gives the bread its warm flavor and aroma.
- Granulated sugar - White sugar mixes compliments the sweetness of the bananas and helps the loaf to brown up nicely.
- Eggs - Eggs help the ingredients to bind together.
- Oil - Using oil instead of butter helps to create the most moist bread since oil allows the batter to hold more moisture.
- Vanilla extract - Vanilla rounds out the flavors of all of the ingredients.
- Fresh blueberries - Blueberries add bright sweetness to the bread. If you don't have fresh blueberries, you can use thawed, frozen berries instead.
See recipe card for full ingredient list and quantities.
Substitutions & Variations
- Make it Egg Free / Vegan - Substitute flax eggs or your favorite egg replacer to eliminate the eggs.
- Almonds - Try using almond extract in place of some or all of the vanilla extract and sprinkle the top of the loaf with sliced almonds.
- Spices - For more warm flavor, add other spices like nutmeg, allspice, or cloves.
- Citrus - Add lemon zest or orange zest for bright flavor that complements the bananas and blueberries.
- Nuts - Fold crushed nuts into the bread batter - pecans would be fabulous!
- Chocolate chips - Sprinkle in some chocolate chips for extra sweetness.
- Miniature version - Make this recipe in mini loaf pans or muffin tins for smaller versions that are perfect for gift-giving. Just wrap the mini loaves in plastic wrap and tie a ribbon around them for a sweet gift for family, friends, hostesses, or teachers.
How to Make This Blueberry Banana Bread Recipe
This easy quickbread recipe follows the muffin method for mixing and doesn't require a mixer.
STEP 2: Crack the eggs into a second smaller bowl. Whisk them until frothy, like soap bubbles.
STEP 3: Add the vanilla and oil to the bowl with the beaten eggs. Whisk again until smooth.
STEP 4: Use a fork to mash the bananas until they are a wet pulp.
STEP 5: Add the wet ingredients and mashed banana to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Fold together about 10 strokes with a spatula.
STEP 6: Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of gluten free flour over the blueberries to coat them.
STEP 7: Add the flour coated blueberries to the mixed banana bread batter. Fold again until the berries are evenly distributed.
STEP 8: Pour the banana bread batter into your loaf pan. Top with a few extra blueberries and a sprinkle of coarse sugar, then bake.
To check for done: gently poke the top center of the loaf with one finger. If it springs right back it is baked through. If it leaves an indentation, bake another 2-3 minutes and recheck.
Store leftover banana bread in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you live in a warmer climate, keep your container in the refrigerator to prevent the bananas from fermenting.
Bread can turn out soggy if the ratio of dry ingredients to wet ingredients isn’t spot on. Be sure to measure precisely for the best results when you’re making baked goods.
Blueberries are full of nutrients and antioxidants that make them a great choice for daily consumption.
When you’re baking banana bread, aluminum foil can keep it from over-browning. Keep an eye on it while it’s in the oven to determine if you need to cover it with foil.
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Banana Blueberry Bread
- 2 Cups Gluten Free 1-to-1 Flour Blend I use Bob's Red Mill
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 6 Tablespoons Oil
- 1 ½ teaspoon Vanilla
- 3 Bananas mashed
- ¾ Cup Fresh Blueberries
- 1 Tablespoon Gluten Free 1-to-1 Flour Blend to coat the berries
- Turbinado Sugar optional
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper.
- Combine the gluten free flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Whisk well to combine. Set aside.2 Cups Gluten Free 1-to-1 Flour Blend, ¼ teaspoon Salt, 1 teaspoon Baking Powder, ½ teaspoon Baking Soda, ½ teaspoon Cinnamon, 1 Cup Sugar
- Crack the eggs into a second smaller mixing bowl. Whisk until they are frothy like soap bubbles.2 Eggs
- Add the vanilla and oil to the beaten eggs. Whisk again until smooth.6 Tablespoons Oil, 1 ½ teaspoon Vanilla
- Use a fork to mash the bananas until they are wet and pulpy, with just a few lumps left.3 Bananas mashed
- Add the egg mixture and the mashed banana to the dry ingredients. Fold together with a spatula until the dry ingredients are incorporated, about 10-15 strokes.
- Toss the blueberries with 1 tablespoon of flour. Add the blueberries to the banana bread batter. Fold together a few strokes to evenly distribute.¾ Cup Fresh Blueberries, 1 Tablespoon Gluten Free 1-to-1 Flour Blend
- Pour the batter into your prepared pan and top with a few extra blueberries and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if using.Turbinado Sugar
- Bake in a preheated oven on the center rack for 55-60 minutes, until the top springs back when gently poked. If your bread starts to get overly brown, loosely lay a piece of aluminum foil over the top of the bread and continue to bake until cooked through.
- Remove the bread from the oven and cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then transfer the banana bread from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Tiffany is the recipe developer, stylist and food photographer behind Well Fed Baker. As a lifelong baker who had to go gluten free and dairy free in 2016, Tiffany strives to share allergen friendly recipes that never feel like they are free from anything.