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Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter

Posted Apr 15 2014 3:01am

Banana bread and blueberry muffins are two of my favorite things.

So I combined them into one heavenly matchup.

Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter - Blueberry coffee cake meets super soft banana bread! So good!

The bread is ridiculously moist, soft, and bursting with blueberries in every bite. It’s like blueberry coffee cake with the comforting, homey qualities of banana bread.

I have 40+ banana bread and banana recipes  nor do I lack for  blueberry muffin  or  blueberry coffee cake recipes . I don’t know why I haven’t paired blueberries and bananas until now. Better late than never.

Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter - Blueberry coffee cake meets super soft banana bread! So good!

It’s a one-bowl, no-mixer recipe that goes from bowl to oven in minutes. I adapted my  Banana Yogurt Muffins and Little Banana Bread Loaf  recipe. I stuck with Greek yogurt, but changed up the sugars. Rather than using any granulated sugar, I used both light and dark brown sugar.

Light brown sugar typically has about 1 tablespoon per cup, whereas dark brown sugar has about 3 tablespoons. The extra molasses adds moisture and creates a richer flavored, amber-hued bread.

Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter - Blueberry coffee cake meets super soft banana bread! So good!

The recipe uses Greek yogurt to provide moisture and richness without adding as much fat as sour cream, although it can be substituted.

There’s no butter in the bread, and for the fat source I used coconut oil. I love  baking with coconut oil  and the bread doesn’t taste like coconut. Rather, it adds a nearly imperceptible undertone that’s sweeter and more fragrant than canola or vegetable oil, but those may be substituted if you’re concerned.

Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter - Blueberry coffee cake meets super soft banana bread! So good!

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Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter - Blueberry coffee cake meets super soft banana bread! So good!

I used frozen blueberries since they’re readily available and inexpensive. Not being reliant on fresh berries is nice, but if you have them go for it. Keep the berries frozen when adding them to the batter because they run and bleed less if kept frozen. I haven’t tried with fresh, but baking time would be reduced.

The batter is extremely thick. I used 2 cups flour because I knew that the frozen berries would release a fair amount of juice while baking, so created an extra-thick batter to compensate. If you’re using fresh berries, start with 1 3/4 flour and use your judgment.

Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter - Blueberry coffee cake meets super soft banana bread! So good!

The bread is falling-apart soft and tender and even though the batter is very thick before baking, the bread turns out soft and fluffy with just the right amount of density.

The cinnamon and nutmeg gently perfume the bread, and when served with a smear of blueberry butter, it’s total comfort food worthy of your ripe bananas.

Best banana-anything I’ve ever made.

Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter - Blueberry coffee cake meets super soft banana bread! So good!

Brown Sugar Blueberry Banana Bread with Blueberry Butter

Yield: two 8x4-inch loaves

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 40 to 45 minutes

Total Time: about 75 minutes, for cooling

Bread
1 large egg
6 ounces plain or vanilla Greek yogurt (sour cream may be substituted))
1/2 cup liquid-state  coconut oil  (canola or vegetable oil may be substituted)
1/2 cup  light brown sugar , packed
1/2 cup  dark brown sugar , packed
2 teaspoons  vanilla  extract
1 to 2 teaspoons  cinnamon , or to taste
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, or to taste
1 to 1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large or 3 small/medium)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose  flour
1 teaspoon  baking powder
1 teaspoon  baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
about 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries (keep them frozen and don't thaw; fresh may be substituted)
Blueberry Butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), very well softened
about 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (if using frozen, make sure they're well-drained)

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray two 8x4-inch loaf pans with floured cooking spray, or grease and flour the pans; set aside.
  2. Bread - In a large bowl, add first 8 ingredients (through nutmeg), and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the bananas and stir to incorporate.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, optional salt, and fold with spatula or stir gently with a spoon until just combined; don't overmix. Batter is extremely thick.
  5. Fold in blueberries with a spatula.
  6. Turn batter out into prepared pans, smoothing the tops lightly with a spatula and pushing it into corners and sides as necessary.
  7. Bake for about 40 to 45 minutes (if using fresh berries, baking time will likely be reduced), or until the top is domed, golden, and the center is set, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs, but no batter. I baked 42 minutes total, and during the last 5 minutes, tented the pans with a sheet of foil so tops wouldn't get too browned before centers cooked through.  Baking times will vary based on moisture content of bananas, blueberries, climate, and oven variances. Bake until done; watch your bread, not the clock.
  8. Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving. While bread cools, make the Blueberry Butter.
  9. Blueberry Butter - In a small bowl, combine the butter, blueberries, and whip vigorously with a spoon to combine. Optionally, instead of blueberry butter, try  Strawberry ButterHoney ButterCinnamon-Sugar Butter , or  Vanilla Browned Butter Glaze . Bread will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Blueberry butter will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Adapted from  Banana Yogurt Muffins and Little Banana Bread Loaf

Recipe from Averie Cooks . All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words, or simply link back to this post for the recipe. Thank you.

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This post was brought to you by Vitacost. Recipe and all opinions expressed are my own.

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